HANCOCK - What a difference a day makes.
Actually, the Finlandia University women's basketball team returned to the court Saturday afternoon just 18 hours after defeating Northland College with some blistering three-point shooting.
Against the College of St. Scholastica, the Lions missed 18 of their first 21 trey attempts and ended up suffering a 78-56 defeat.
"I don't know if we felt the effects of playing the night before or what," Finlandia coach Jason Keefer said. "But we were a step behind all day and they (Saints) took advantage."
CSS coach Stacy Deadrick, whose team belted the Lions a week ago, said her strategy was simple.
"We wanted to put pressure on them right away because we felt they might have tired legs from playing the night before," Deadrick noted. "It worked to our advantage."
St. Scholastica - Holly Peterson 3, Mariah Hovick 8, Erin Frase 20, Kayla Heisier 14, Caitlin MeKernon 13, Elena Huber 2, Brittani Brennan 4, Sammy Doucette 4, Haley Hoyer 6, Emily Giomski 4. FG: 31-67; FT: 11-20; Rebounds: 44 (Doucette 9); Fouls: 15; Fouled out: None; 3-point FG: Hoyer 2, Heisier 2, Peterson 1.
Finlandia - Paige Yoho 3, Brierra Ruska 10, Marrisa Burke 6, Hailey Gervais 6, Megan Turunen 2, Emily Cole 11, Adrianna Osuna 5, Kristen Fallon 5, Tianna Borst 2 Kaylin Rajala 6. FG: 19-57; FT:12-17; Rebounds: 39 (Burke 9); Fouls: 15; Fouled out: Osuna; 3-point FG: Gervais 2, Burke 2, Yoho 1 Fallon 1.
Halftime score: CSS 42, FU 20.
St. Scholastica grabbed an 11-2 lead right out the gate and never looked back at Paavo Nurmi Gym.
The Minnesota squad was up by a 25-10 margin midway through the opening half before the Lions made a brief rally behind freshman center Emma Cole.
But with Erin Frase dominating inside, CSS pumped the lead to 42-20 at the intermission.
With the threat of their three-point shooting all but diminished, Finlandia could never mount a comeback in the second half.
"We just never got anything going in the way of a sustained offense," Keefer said. "Until the game was out of reach."
A flurry of late three-pointers by the locals made the final score more respectable, but it was too little.
Cole led the 2-5 Lions with 11 points and also grabbed eight rebounds, while Brierra Ruska tossed in 10 more. Marrisa Burke and Hailey Gervais scored six points apiece, with the former hauling in a team-leading nine boards.
"I thought that Emma Cole came in there and played well," Keefer stated. "And Brierra (Ruska) had some good moments."
The 3-5 winners received 20 points from Frase. Kayla Heisier put in 14 and Caitlin McKernon netted 13 markers.
FU will play a pair of homes games this week, meeting Lawrence University Tuesday night and Alverno College on Friday.