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Baraga graduate Carsyn Osterman’s late shot lifts Finlandia women’s basketball team to win

HANCOCK — Baraga High School graduate and Finlandia junior Carsyn Osterman sank a pair of free throws with three seconds left to lift the Lions to a 67-65 women’s basketball victory over Wisconsin-Superior at the Paavo Nurmi Center on Thursday evening.

Two days later on Saturday, also at home, Osterman scored seven points and dished out a game-high nine assists as Finlandia held off Bryant & Stratton 71-57.

The Lions, now 4-1 and working on a 14-game home winning streak, had a home game scheduled tonight against Northland postponed and likely canceled, with their next game now at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at home against Bay College.

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Finlandia 67, Wisconsin-Superior 65

Osterman combined with three other area high school graduates for 36 points. She finished with 11 points, going 7 of 7 at the free throw line, while leading the team in assists with six and sharing team rebounding honors with seven.

Ishpeming junior Mariah Austin added 10 points, making 5 of 6 shots from the field, and grabbed six rebounds; L’Anse senior Bailey Froberg scored nine points with five rebounds; and Ishpeming junior Katie Loman had six points and a team-high five steals.

In Finlandia’s first win over UW-Superior since January 2007, Loman made a layup with 2:15 left in the first quarter to put the Lions ahead 14-8. But UW-Superior went on a 11-4 run over the next five minutes to take a 19-18 advantage early in the second.

But Finlandia immediately answered with five straight points and never relinquished the lead.

Osterman’s late free throws came with her team ahead 65-63 to make it a two-possession game, which proved crucial as UW-Superior scored one final time when Brianna O’Donnell hit a jumper with one second remaining for the final two-point difference.

The Lions’ Katie Lundeen led all scorers with 23 points, making 9 of 10 free throws, as she also pulled down seven rebounds. She now has 824 career points, 10th all time at Finlandia.

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Finlandia 71, Bryant & Stratton 51

The Lions built a 37-23 halftime lead, though the visitors cut it to 51-42 by the end of the third quarter before Finlandia raced to a 20-point fourth period.

Osterman also had seven rebounds.

Austin led the local contingent with eight points as she grabbed three rebounds; Baraga sophomore Martina Jahfetson had six points, three assists and two steals; Loman had four points, four assists and two rebounds; and Froberg added two points and three assists.

The Lions were led by freshman Olivia Green with 24 points and eight rebounds, while Harlee Froberg had 14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

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

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