Trolls’ Rally Falls Short

On Fall Fest Weekend the Trolls hosted Rochester College (Rochester Hills, Michigan) in a non-conference game. The team had a slow start and by the half they trailed by 10 points at 35-25. Trinity rallied back in the third quarter to close the gap to three by the end of the period. They briefly took the lead in the fourth quarter, but could not hold on as they fell 72-62. The Trolls are 1-2 at the start of their season.

The Trolls allowed Rochester too many second chance points and also did not stop them from the arc in the first half of the game. Rochester had 18 of their first half points from the three-point line and had collected 12 offensive boards. As a result they took a significant lead which was double digits through all of the second quarter.

In the first three minutes of the third period the Trolls fall behind by as many as 19 points. However they went on a 17-to-2 run in the final seven minutes of the period to pull to within three points. In that stretch Lauren Stokes accounted for eight of those points.

Rochester came back at the beginning of the fourth quarter and scored the first eight points to bring the difference to double digits again at 59-48. The Trolls got scoring from five different players to erase the deficit and take the lead at 62-61 with three minutes to play. The Trolls could not sustain that lead and did not score again in the game as Rochester went back on top and scored the final 11 points.  

The Trolls shot .386 percent from the floor, .381 percent from the arc (8-of-21), and were perfect from the line at 10-of-10. Rochester shot .473 percent from the floor, made 11 three-pointers at .407 percent, and was .692 percent from the line. Trinity ended with 27 rebounds and Rochester had 41. The Trolls forced the Warriors into 30 turnovers and they picked up 21 steals.  Ally Giampapa led the team with 17 points, of which 15 were from the arc, and five steals. Stokes had 16 points and Breanna Toppen had 12. Celina Wanta had seven points, five rebounds, six assists, and four steals.

The Trolls play next on November 7 at Bethel College at 7 pm EST.