Trolls Take Care of Titans

Taking on Indiana University-South Bend (South Bend, Indiana) in a conference game, the Trolls avenged an earlier season loss to the Titans. Trinity commanded their home court in the first half to post a 30-18 half-time lead.  The team gave up ground in the third quarter, but maintained the lead and put the Titans away in the fourth quarter for a 65-55 win. With the victory the Trolls improve to 13-12 overall and 6-10 in the CCAC and move ahead of IU-South Bend in the standings.  

The first quarter of the game was evenly played as the score was tied three times and not separated by more than two points until the final minute. Trinity scored the final five points of the quarter to go ahead 15-10.

The Trolls took control of the game in the second period when they held the Titans to eight points. Four minutes into the quarter Trinity had a 14 point lead and by the half was ahead by 12 at 30-18.

The Trolls experienced a scoring drought in the first seven minutes of the third quarter. They did not add a point to the scoreboard while the Titans scored 17 points to take a 37-30 lead.  A lay-up by Lauren Stokes with three minutes left opened the flood gates for the Trolls, who then proceeded to score 17 points in the remaining time and to go back on top at 47-39 at the end of the quarter.

The Titans scored the first seven points in the fourth quarter to make it a one-point game, but the Trolls did not give up the lead. Trinity forced a number of turnovers that they converted to points to rebuild their lead and go back ahead by double-digits. By the end of the game the gap was 10.

The Trolls ended the game with a .366 field goal percentage and a .692 free throw percentage. IU-South Bend shot .388 percent from the field and .667 percent from the line. The Trolls lost the rebounding battle with 32 boards to the Titans’ 47. Defensively Trinity forced 34 turnovers from the IU-South Bend. Bethany Janmsa led the team with 14 points and six rebounds. Celina Wanta, Kelsie Foster, and Lauren Stokes each had 11 points. Wanta also had seven rebounds, five assists, and six steals.

The Trolls play next on February 4 at No. 1 University of St. Francis at 1 pm.