Trolls Push Tigers to Overtime

The conference opener for the Trolls was an exciting overtime game against No. 16 preseason ranked Olivet Nazarene University (Bourbonnais, Illinois). With no more than one point separating the team after each quarter the game pushed into overtime after a 88-88 tie at the end of regulation.  Each team had their share of the lead in the overtime period, but in the end Trinity came up one point shy of the win with the 105-104 final. The team is now 4-2 overall and 1-0 in the CCAC.

Throughout the entire game the teams were never separated by more than a few points. The Trolls limited the Tigers to nine made three-pointers and forced 26 turnovers. However they committed 36 of their own turnovers and put the Tigers on the line 36 times of which they converted 24 of their free throws.

In the first period the Trolls fell behind at 20-12, but went on a 10-0 run to take a 22-20 lead. By the end of the quarter the teams were in their fifth tie of the game at 22-22. There were three more ties in the second quarter. The Trolls went ahead by five at 41-36 with less than two minutes remaining, but Olivet took the 44-43 lead at the half.

Olivet maintained their lead in the third quarter until Katie Moran made a lay-up with 29 seconds left to give the team a 68-67 lead. The Tigers scored in the final second to regain the top spot at 69-68.

The Trolls took over the lead in the fourth period and were ahead by as many as five points at three separate times. With 1:43 to play they held an 88-83 lead and had the opportunity to increase that lead, but had four missed shot attempts. With 15 seconds left Olivet Nazarene hit a three-pointer to tie the game and send it into overtime.

The first part of the overtime period belonged to the Tigers until Breanna Toppen drained a trey and then made a three-point play to give the team a 104-102 lead with 1:10 to play.  The Tigers pulled to within one on a free throw and snatched the lead on a shot with 45 seconds left. The Trolls could not get their final attempts to count in the remaining time for the one point loss.

For the game the Trinity shot .431 percent from the field, .358 percent from the arc, and .643 percent from the line. The Tigers were .396 percent from the field, .273 percent from the three-point line, and .667 percent from the charity stripe. Trinity took control of the boards with 72 rebounds to Olivet Nazarene’s 51.  In the high scoring game Bethany Jansma led the team with 24 points.  Three players had double doubles with Celina Wanta recording 12 points and 15 boards, Lauren Stokes adding 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Carissa Wisse getting 10 of each. In addition Wanta had eight rebounds and Stokes had four.  Kelsie Foster was one rebound short of her double double with 12 points and nine rebounds. Toppen ended the game with 16 points.

The Trolls will continue conference play on November 19 in a 1 pm game at Cardinal Stritch University.