Trinity Takes on No. 17 St. Francis

On Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night the Trolls hosted No. 17 University of St. Francis (Joliet, Illinois) in a conference game.  Trinity took a commanding lead in the first half, but by the intermission St. Francis had cut it to six points at 38-32. The Trolls continued to lead until late in the fourth quarter when the Saints went on top and finished the game on a 12-to-4 run to hand the Trolls a 71-64 loss. Trinity is 13-14 overall and 9-8 in the CCAC.

Throughout the game the lead changed hands nine times and the score was tied nine times. Most of that action happened late in the game as Trinity controlled the first half. The Trolls shot .556 percent in the first half and were hot from the arc at 5-of-8.

The Trolls posted a 12 point run in the first quarter to go ahead by 10 points and by the end of the period they were up by 14. The gap increased to 18 points in the opening minutes of the second quarter before St. Francis started to make a comeback.  Trinity had a 35-19 point lead with five minutes left in the period, but did not score for the next three minutes. During that stretch St. Francis closed to within five points. By the half the gap was six points.

The score was briefly tied twice in the opening minutes of the third period, but Trinity held the Saints off to go back ahead by seven. With a three-pointer in the last 30 seconds of the period St. Francis was within four at 50-46.

At the 6:32 mark in the final quarter St. Francis gained the top spot on the scoreboard for a brief period. With four minutes left the teams were tied at 59-59 and they were again deadlocked with three minutes to play at 62-62. St. Francis scored the next nine points to take over and the Trolls could not get their shots to fall. A final lay-up as time expired made the final score a seven point difference.

For the game the Trolls ended with a .472 field goal percentage, a .375 three-point percentage, and a .667 free throw percentage. St. Francis was .429 percent accurate from the floor, .391 percent from the arc, and .667 percent from the line. Trinity took in 30 rebounds to St. Francis’ 36.  The team was led by Lauren Stokes with 16 points, five rebounds, and five assists. Ally Giampapa had 16 points and Celina Wanta added 12 with eight rebounds.

The Trolls play at No. 13 Olivet Nazarene University on February 10 at 1 pm.