Trolls Struggle Against Trojans

In their third conference game of the week, the Trolls struggled at Trinity International University (Deerfield, Illinois). The team got the shots they needed, but could not get them to fall and as a result trailed through almost the entire game. After a nine-point gap at the half they made a run in the third period, but could not gain the top spot and ended in a 61-54 loss. Trinity falls back below .500 overall at 8-9 and is 3-7 in the CCAC.

The Trolls had plenty of opportunities to score as they forced the Trojans into 36 turnovers and also picked up 29 offensive boards. However they could not capitalize on those chances as they struggled to score.  The team took a total of 79 shots, but only got 19 of them to count for a .241 field goal percentage.

The slow scoring started from the beginning as the Trolls did not hit double-digits until there was 1:46 left in the first quarter. By the end of the period the team trailed by five at 16-11.

In the second quarter the Trolls were down 25-19 with six minutes to play. They did not score for the next three minutes and the Trojans pulled ahead by 15 points. However the Trolls got things going in the remaining time and out-scored the Trojans 8-to-2 to cut the difference to nine, 36-27, at the half.

The Trolls made a great run in the third quarter and went on a 12-to-4 run in the first four minutes of the second half to make it a one-point game at 40-39. Trinity International scored the next six points to increase the difference to seven, but the Trolls had the final six points to pull to within two to make it 46-44 at the end of the third quarter.

Trinity could not get the top spot and continued to trail in the final period. The difference increased to seven points with 2:45 to play and was still there with 1:17 left. With free throws in the final minute the seven-point gap held at the final buzzer.

For the game the Trolls shot .241 percent from the floor and .636 from the line. The Trojans were .489 percent from the field and .714 percent from the free throw line. Trinity had 46 rebounds and TIU ended with 40. Kelsie Foster led the team with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Bethany Jansma had 11 points and four rebounds and Lauren Stokes had 10 points and eight rebounds.

The Trolls play next on January 11 at home against Purdue University-Northwest at 5:30 pm.