Trolls Give Purdue-Northwest a Fight

The Trolls can take pride in their effort in a road conference game at Purdue University-Northwest (Westville, Indiana). Trinity fell to a 50-32 deficit in the first half, but stormed back in the third quarter to make it a three point game. The team continued to come at the No. 15 Pride and was within a few points in the final minute before taking a 76-68 loss. Trinity is now 15-14 overall and 8-12 in the CCAC.

The Trolls fell behind in the first half when a 14-point run by Purdue-Northwest created a 17-4 score. By the end of the period the Trolls were down 24-13. Trinity continued to trail by double-digits in the second period and at the half they trailed by 18 at 50-32.

Trinity turned the game around in the third quarter as they fought back into the game.  Purdue-Northwest scored five points in the first 3:30 of the period to take a 55-40 lead. In the remaining 6:30 the Trolls forced eight turnovers and did not allow the Pride another point. By the end of the 10 minute stretch Trinity had closed the gap to three points at 55-52.

The Trolls continued to attack in the fourth period and had the gap to two points a couple of times. With two minutes to play on a lay-up by Jessica Bianchi, they were within four at 67-63. Purdue-Northwest pulled away with five free throws for a 72-63 lead with 41 seconds left. The Trolls were not ready to go away and on a lay-up and three-pointer by Lauren Stokes they were back to within four at 72-68 with 26 seconds to play. Purdue-Northwest was solid at the charity stripe in the final seconds to create the eight -point final.

The Trolls ended the game with a .446 field goal percentage, a .231 three-point percentage, and a .700 free throw percentage. Purdue-Northwest was .460 percent from the field, .471 percent from the arc, and .846 (22-of-26) percent from the line. The Trolls had 22 rebounds and the Pride had 42. Trinity forced Purdue-Northwest into 31 turnovers.  Bethany Jansma led the team with 23 points, four assists, and four steals. Stokes ended with 16 points and seven steals. Bianchi was also in double-digit scoring with 13 steals while adding five steals. Celina Wanta was the high rebounder with five .

Trinity will play in their final regular season game on February 18 at home against Calumet College of St. Joseph at 1 pm.