Trolls Apply Pressure to Snatch Win

It can be debated whether defense wins championships, but it definitely won this game for the Trolls at Indiana University-South Bend (South Bend, Indiana). The team trailed by 20 points late in the third period, but, behind great defensive pressure in the fourth quarter, they turned the game around and grabbed a 74-65 win. In that final quarter Trinity out-scored the Titans 35-to-7.  In the needed victory the Trolls move to 8-11 overall and 4-6 in the CCAC.  

The Trolls had a slow start to the game and struggled offensively to trail throughout the first period. They did not hit double digits until the final seconds of the quarter, but were down by three points, 13-10, at the end of the period.  

In the second period the Trolls briefly took the top spot, but a 13-to-5 run by IU-South Bend gave the Titans an eight point lead. That eight point difference, 35-27, held at the half.

The third quarter belonged to IU-South Bend as they out-scored the Trolls 13-to-2 in the opening five minutes of the period to take a 19 point lead. The Titans continued with their sizable throughout the quarter and in the final minute were ahead by as many as 20 points. At the end of the 10 minute period the difference was 19 points at 58-39.

The Trolls were down, but not out as they turned things around in the fourth quarter and went on defensive terror that decided the game. Trinity extended their defense to a full-court pressure and did not allow the Titans a point in the first four minutes. In that stretch Trinity cut the gap to 11 points, 58-47.

Trinity continued to put apply the pressure and got six steals in a row to keep the Titans out of their front court. The Trolls took advantage of those turnovers and, on a steal by Ally Giampapa followed by a lay-up by Jessica Bianchi, the team took over the lead at 62-60. At the end of the steal streak, the Trolls had a 68-60 advantage with 1:34 to play.  In the remaining time the Trolls protected their lead on the line for the nine point win.

Overall the Trolls had a .424 field goal percentage, a .259 three-point percentage, and a .786 free throw percentage (11-of-14). IU-South Bend was .386 percent from the field, .357 percent for the arc, and .917 percent from the line.  Trinity had 36 rebounds and IU-South Bend had 40. The Trolls grabbed 20 steals.
The Trolls were led by Giampapa with 24 points and six steals. Celina Wanta had 14 points and four steals. Also in double figure scoring was Kelsie Foster with 15 points and Bianchi with 10 points. Lauren Stokes had six points, six rebounds, and five steals.

The Trolls will play next on January 17 at home against Calumet College of St. Joseph at 5:30 pm.