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Finlandia’s Carsyn Osterman, Bailey Froberg among state leaders in several statistical categories

Junior Bailey Froberg dribbles the ball during a Finlandia University women’s basketball game this season. She made 80.8 percent of her free throws to rank 10th in the state among all four-year colleges and universities. (Finlandia photo)

HANCOCK — Finlandia University women’s basketball players Carsyn Osterman and Bailey Froberg finished the 2019-20 women’s basketball season ranked in the top 10 in two statistical categories among all players at Michigan four-year colleges.

Osterman, a 5-foot-7 sophomore guard-forward who graduated from Baraga High School, averaged 4.3 assists per game that put her seventh in the state. She also averaged nearly double of any other Lion in that category.

She led the American Collegiate Athletic Association in assists and her 112 is fifth best in school history. Osterman had at least five assists in 11 games, including a career-high 12 vs. Pine Manor on Feb. 29.

Froberg, a 5-5 junior guard from L’Anse, shot 80.8 percent from the free throw line to rank 10th in the state. She led the ACAA in free throw percentage and was fifth in school history for a single season. Froberg ended the season hitting her last 10 attempts and finished making 59 of 73.

Osterman was right behind her, making exactly 80 percent on 72 of 90.

Sophomore Carsyn Osterman works the ball around during a Finlandia University women’s basketball game this past season. Osterman averaged 4.3 assists per game, good for seventh in the state among all four-year colleges and universities. (Finlandia photo)

A third area player, 5-8 sophomore guard Katie Loman of Ishpeming, actually made 87.5 percent of her free throws but didn’t have the necessary minimum attempts as she was 14 of 16 for the season. Loman also had 42 steals, second on the team despite fewer minutes than a number of other players, and had six vs. Dubuque on Nov. 9.

Osterman was second for Finlandia with a scoring average of 9.4 points per game. Froberg was next at 9.2 ppg.

Osterman, who was a first-year player at Finlandia following a year at Wisconsin-Stout in 2017-18, led the Lions with 52 steals, was third in blocked shots with 15, and was second in rebounding, including first in defensive rebounds, averaging 6.7 total rebounds per game.

Froberg, who was also in her first year at Finlandia after completing two seasons at Gogebic Community College in Ironwood, led FU with 29 made 3-pointers, including sharing a season-high of four vs. Wisconsin-La Crosse on Nov. 29, and was third on her team with 35 steals.

She had averaged 22.3 ppg in 2018-19 at Gogebic, 10th in Division 2 of the National Junior College Athletic Association, and finished her two years with the Samsons totaling 1,289 points.

Junior Katie Loman makes a play during a Finlandia University women's basketball game this season. She was among team statistical leaders in steals and would've been in free throws if she'd had more attempts. (Finlandia University photo)

In high school, Osterman was an All-Upper Peninsula Class D First Team honoree as a senior, while Froberg was on the All-U.P. Class ABC Second Team in her final year.

Loman, in her second year at Finlandia, was on the Mid-Peninsula Conference All-Defensive Team while with the Hematites.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.

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