Trolls Upset No. 13 Tigers

In a conference game the Trolls posted an upset victory over No. 13 Olivet Nazarene University (Bourbonnais, Illinois). Trinity held the high-powered Tigers to 73 points and a low field goal percentage. The Trolls trailed by one point, 43-42, at the half, but held Olivet Nazarene to 30 points in the second half while adding 52 to their own total for the 94-73 win. The victory is a 90 point swing from the first time these two teams met. With the win the Trolls are 14-14 overall and secured a place in the conference tournament with their 10-8 record.

The Trolls gave up the first basket, but then scored the next ten points to take a 10-2 lead. Olivet came back to take over the top spot and at the end of the first quarter the Tigers had a 20-19 edge.

The second quarter remained a tight battle as not more than five points separated the teams. By the intermission the Trolls trailed by one point at 43-42.

The second half belonged to the Trolls. After a 47-47 tie earlier in the third quarter, the Trolls rallied off seven points to go ahead 54-47. With four minutes left in the quarter Trinity was ahead by two points at 56-54 before they went on a 13 point run to take a commanding lead.

Throughout the fourth quarter the Trolls held a double digit lead. They increased their scoring margin and pull away from the Tigers for the 21 point win.

For the game the Trolls shot .507 percent from the field, .357 percent from the three-point line, and .875 percent from the line.  They held Olivet Nazarene to .295 percent from the floor, .222 percent from the arc, and .655 percent from the line. Each team had 41 rebounds.  Trinity had great production from a number of players. Ally Giampapa led the Trolls with 18 points and eight assists. Breanna Toppen and Lauren Stokes each had 17 points. Katie Moran ended with 11 points, four assists, and four rebounds. Kelsey Foster was the high rebounder with nine boards and Jessica Bianchi had six assists.

The Trolls will next be in action on February 14 in a home game against St. Ambrose University.