HANCOCK - Finlandia University women's basketball coach Jason Keefer didn't figure his team would put up a season-high 42 three-point attempts Saturday afternoon versus Silver Lake College.
But Keefer was satisfied that his team hit enough from three-point land to carve out a 69-52 win at Paavo Nurmi Gym.
"We managed to hit enough of them (13 in all), but we didn't plan it that way," Keefer said. "The girls were just getting plenty of tries from out there ... and they put them up."
Finlandia's Hailey Gervais drives along the baseline in the second half of Saturday's game against Silver Lake College. The Lions were 69-52 winners. (Paul Peterson photo)
Silver Lake skipper Mike Fientje wasn't surprised by the Lions long-range bombardment.
"When we played them last month at home, they did shoot a lot of threes," Flentje noted. "I didn't think we got out on them enough today and that led to our early problems."
The Lions hammered in their first five triple tries on the way to a quick 15-2 lead.
Silver Lake - Kaela Cheeseman 12, Brittany Lemke 5, Lyndsay Hoolschbach 5, Areille Flores 6, Raelyn Woock 8, Stephanie Lehman 8, Jacinda Moore 4, Courtney Clavers 4. FG: 18-62; FT: 13-20; Rebounds: 50 (Lemke and Flores 9); Fouls: 9; Fouled out: None; 3-point FG: Cheesman 2. Holschbach 1.
Finlandia - Brierra Ruska 12, Hailey Gervais 8, Paige Yoho 9, Marissa Burke 20, Emma Cole 12 Tianna Borst 2, Kaylin Rajala 6. FG: 27-75; FT: 2-5; Rebounds: 42 (Cole 9); Fouls: 18; Fouled out: None; 3-point FG: Burke 6, Yoho 3, Gervais 2, Rajala 2.
Halftime score: S. Lake 29, Finlandia 26.
But as has often been the case this season, the FU shooting went cold and the Wisconsin team battled its way back into the game.
A 23-4 run to end the half by the Lakers gave them a 29-26 lead at intermission.
"The lid went on the basket and that's the way we've played at times," Keefer said. "We just seem to lose focus in some games."
Hailey Gervais, who handed out a game-high 10 assists, gave FU the lead for good at 34-33 with a triple and then set up teammate Marissa Burke for another trey as Finlandia grabbed 48-36 margin early in the second half.
Burke, who connected on six trifectas and led her team with 20 points, was a key to putting away the Lakers.
"Marissa Burke has very good range and she's pretty consistent," Keefer said. "She was on today."
Silver Lake managed to cut the lead to four points late in the game before Finlandia's 6-foot-2 freshman center Emma Cole netted three quick buckets to put the lead to double figures.
Now 9-13 after its sixth triumph in the last seven games, FU received 12 points each from Brierra Ruska (eight boards and four steals) and Cole, who also nabbed nine rebounds.
Paige Yoho added nine points and six assists, while Gervais, the former Hancock High standout, tacked on eight points and eight rebounds to go with her assist total.
Silver Lake dropped to 12-11 on the season and was paced by Kaela Cheesman with 12 points.
The Lions go to Crown College on Tuesday night.