Trolls Fall to No. 7 Fighting Saints

The Trolls, who are receiving votes in the NAIA Coaches’ Poll, took their first conference loss in a game at No. 7 University of St. Francis (Joliet, Illinois).  A run by the Fighting Saints in the first quarter put the Trolls in a deficit that they could not overcome in the remainder of the game. Trinity trailed by 16, 45-29, at the half and ended in a 78-66 loss. The loss ends a four game winning streak for the Trolls and gives them a 5-4 overall record and a 3-1 CCAC record.

After three minutes of the play the score was tied at 8-8 with all eight of Trinity’s points coming from Ally Giampapa. Over the next three minutes the Fighting Saints went on an 8-to-0 run to take the lead. With 2:40 left in the quarter the gap was double digits, which is where it remained at the end of the quarter at 22-12.

Saint Francis’ ability to control the boards allowed them to keep control of the lead. The Fighting Saints had a total of 48 rebounds and Trinity came up with only 17. As a result the scoring difference grew to as many as 21 points in the second period and at the half the Trolls trailed 45-29.

Trinity chipped away at the lead in the third period and scored 10 of their first 12 points in the quarter on the free throw line. They had the difference to 12 points, but it was back to 15, 60-45, at the end of the quarter.

In the final period St. Francis had the lead back to 18. The Trolls did not give up and pulled to within 12. It was that difference that remained at the end of the game.

For the game the Trolls shot .412 percent from the floor, .318 percent from the arc, and .895 percent from the line (17-of-19). St. Francis ended with .475 field goal percentage, .333 percent from the three-point line, and .923 percent from the linen (12-of-13). The Trolls ended the game with 16 steals. Ally Giampapa led Trinity with 22 points and three steals. Celina Wanta had 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and six steals. Breanna Toppen ended with 11 points and Lauren Stokes had nine.

The Trolls play next on December 1 at home against Olivet Nazarene University at 7 pm.