Trolls Lose to Tigers in Semifinal Game


Less than two weeks ago the Trolls posted an upset victory over Olivet Nazarene University (Bourbonnais, Illinois), but that performance was not to be repeated in a semifinal game of the conference tournament. Facing a nationally ranked team for the second time this week, Trinity, the No. 6 seed in the CCAC, struggled against the second seeded Tigers, who are ranked No. 14 in the nation. The Trolls fall behind by 20 points after the first period and trailed throughout the rest of the game. They ended in a 77-50 loss and were eliminated from the tournament.


It was a slow start for both the Trolls and the Tigers as neither team scored in the opening two minutes of the game. Olivet Nazarene was the first on the board and went on a 17-3 run to take control of the game.  Trailing 19-7 with 2:30 left in the period, the Trolls did not score again in the remaining time and were down 27-7 at the end of the period.


The scoring woes continued for the Trolls at the start of the second period as they scored only two points in the first two minutes and were down by 24 points at 33-9. By the half the Trolls had only 16 points and trailed by 29 points at 45-16.


Scoring came slowly for both teams at the start of the third period and midway through the quarter Trinity had only added  four and Olivet Nazarene had only added seven. By the end of the period the Trolls had lost some more ground and were down by 33 points at 60-27.


The Trolls and Tigers were separated by at least 30 points in the fourth quarter until the final two minutes as Trinity closed on an 8-0 run to bring the final difference to 27 at 77-50.


Trinity shot only .278 percent for the game, including .241 percent from the arc. They were .750 percent from the line. Olivet Nazarene shot .391 percent from the field, .333 percent (11-of-33) from the three-point line, and .667 percent from the charity stripe. The Trolls had 28 rebounds while the Tigers had 51. Lauren Stokes led the team with 11 pts, five rebounds, and four assists. Ally Giampapa was the high rebounder with seven while also handing out six assists. Breanna Toppen added nine points.


The Trolls, who are 16-16 for the season, will participated in the NCCAA North Central Region tournament next week with details of that event yet to be determined.