Trolls Apply Second Half Pressure

It was a very strong second half effort for the Trolls in a conference game at Indiana University-South Bend (South Bend, Indiana), but not enough to overcome the 20 point deficit from the first half. The team trailed 45-25 after the first half and came out storming in the second period to score 43 points. Despite the all-out effort, Trinity fell seven points shy of the victory at 75-68. The team is now 4-4 overall and 0-3 in the CCAC.

In the first quarter the Titans went on an 11-point run to pull ahead 18-6. By the period’s end the Trolls trailed at 22-10. The scoring gap increased to 20 points in the opening three minutes of the second quarter. It grew as large as 22 points and at the half the difference was 20 at 45-25.

The Trolls showed a great fighting spirit in the second half as they worked to make up the difference. In the third quarter they more than doubled their score with 26 points in the period. With two minutes left in the quarter they cut the difference to a single digit and on a jumper by Bethany Jansma with 31 seconds left they were within five at 56-51. The Titans hit a three-pointer before the end of the period to make it 59-51.

Trinity scored the first basket of the fourth period, but IU-South Bend went on a 5-0 run to take an 11 point lead. The Titans were still ahead by 10 points at 68-58 with three minutes to play, but the Trolls had fight left in them.

In the final minute a lay-up by Katie Moran put the team to within five. They had the opportunity to cut it even closer, but missed on a couple of attempts. Free throws by the Titans in the final seconds created the final seven point gap.

For the game the Trolls shot .321 percent from the field and .800 percent from the line. IU-South Bend was .424 percent from the field and .652 percent from the line. The Trolls made only two three-pointers and the Titans had 10. While IU-South Bend had control of the boards with 55 rebounds to Trinity’s 38, the Trolls forced the Titans into 27 turnovers. Celina Wanta led the team with 22 points, eight rebounds, and seven steals. Moran had a double double of 10 points and 11 rebounds. Jansma added 12 points.

The Trolls play next on November 30 at home against the University of St. Francis at 5:30 pm.