Trolls Take Down Wolves

For only the third time in the women’s basketball program history, the Trolls defeated Cardinal Stritch University (Milwaukee, Wisconsin). In a conference game Trinity upset the No. 11 preseason ranked Wolves with a decisive 78-66 victory. The team took control of the game from the beginning and never let Cardinal Stritch gain ground. The win stops a 19-game and ten year losing streak to this opponent with Trinity’s last victory over the Wolves in the 2006-07 season. Trinity remains undefeated in the early conference schedule with a 3-0 CCAC record. They are 5-3 overall.

The Trolls gave up the first basket of the game, but answered with a three pointer by Lauren Stokes to take over the lead. From there Trinity held the top spot for the rest of the game. Behind a strong defensive presence the Trolls build a ten point lead and at the end of the first quarter were ahead 20-13.

With a 30-21 lead midway through the second quarter, the Trolls went on an 11 point run and were up by 41-21. At the half the gap was 17 at 41-24.

The Trolls continued to control the game in the third quarter and maintained their sizable lead. By the end of the period the difference was 22 at 61-39. The double digit gap remained throughout the final quarter. The Wolves made up some ground late in the game for the 12 point spread at the final buzzer.

Trinity shot .475 percent from the field, .381 percent from the arc, and .875 percent from the line. Cardinal Stritch was .404 percent from the floor, .481 percent from the three-point line, and .700 percent from the free throw line. Trinity grabbed 31 rebounds and the Wolves had 36. The Trolls also had 11 steals for the game.  Celina Wanta led the team with 18 points, five rebounds, three assists, and five steals. Lauren Stokes had 15 points and four assists. Also in double digit scoring was Breanna Toppen with 13 and Ally Giampapa with 10. Katie Moran was the high rebounder with six boards. She also had five assists.

The Trolls next contest is on November 29 in a game at the University of St. Francis at 5 pm.