Trinity Takes Down St. Francis

Trinity began their quest for a conference tournament title with an upset win over the University of Francis (Joliet, Illinois) in the quarterfinal round. The No. 6 seeded Trolls took a 10 point lead at half-time over the No. 3 Saints, who are ranked No. 19 in the nation. Trinity extended their lead to 18 points in the fourth quarter and had to fight off the Saints to take the 78-73 victory. With the win the team advances to the semifinal round of the tournament.

After exchanging early baskets, Ally Giampapa nailed a three-point to give the Trolls a 7-6 lead that they did not relinquish for the rest of the game.  At the end of the first period the scoring difference was five at 16-11.

The Trolls scored the first six points of the second period to increase their lead by 11 points at 22-11. With 2:30 to play in the period the Trolls had extended their lead to 16 points. St. Francis scored the final six points of the half to make a ten point game at 33-23 at the break.

Through the majority of the third period the Trolls maintained a double digit lead. St. Francis cut the difference to seven points in the final minute of the period on a three -pointer, but Giampapa answered with a trey to create the 10 point lead again. At the end of the period Trinity had a 58-48 lead.

Trinity went on a 10-to-2 run in the opening four minutes of the final period to build an 18 point cushion.  In the next three minutes St. Francis battled back and rallied off 11 straight points to pull to within seven at 68-61. The Saints continued to close the gap and on a pair of free throws were within two, 70-68, with 1:42 to play.

The Trolls used the long ball again when Lauren Stokes drained a three-pointer with a minute left to go ahead by five.  A pair of free throws by Katie Moran with 38 seconds left made it a seven point difference. St. Francis would not give up and hit a three-pointer with 25 seconds left to cut the gap to 77-73. Trinity was able to silence the Saints as Moran hit a free throw in the Trolls’ following possession to create the final 78-73 score.

For the game the Trolls shot .456 percent from the field, but were .583 percent from the arc where they were 14-of-24. They were .706 percent from the line. St. Francis was .400 percent from the field, .286 percent from the arc, and .793 percent from the line. The Trolls had 29 rebounds and St. Francis had 41. Trinity was led by Giampapa with 26 points, connecting on 6-of-10 from the three-point line. She also had six assists.  Celina Wanta added 18 points and five rebounds. Kelsie Foster added 13 points and Lauren Stokes had 10 points.

The Trolls advance to the semifinal round and will play at No. 2 Olivet Nazarene University on February 22 at 7 pm.