Trolls Out Run by Tigers

The Trolls hung with Olivet Nazarene University (Bourbonnais, Illinois) for one half of play in a conference game on the road. Trinity matched the high-pressured, fast-paced Tigers in the first half and were down by six points, 54-48, at the intermission. The Trolls could not keep up with Olivet Nazarene in the second half and ended with a 11-84 loss. Trinity is now 2-8 for the season and 0-5 in the CCAC.  

The what was sure to be a high scoring game started out slowly as neither team made a basket in the first two minutes of the game.  The Trolls did a good job at containing the Tigers and with three minutes left in the period they had a nine point lead at 16-7. Olivet Nazarene cut into that lead, but at the end of the first quarter Trinity led 23-19.  

The Trolls continued to hold the top spot until a three-pointer by Olivet Nazarene with seven minutes to play in the quarter gave the Tigers a 30-29 lead. The Trolls did not recover the lead for the rest of the game. By the half they trailed by on six points at 54-48.

Trinity scored the first basket of the third quarter to cut the gap to four and they remained in contact with the Tigers for the next five minutes. Olivet Nazarene went ahead by 10 points and with four minutes left to play in the quarter the Tigers had increased their lead to 11 points. The Trolls continued to fall further behind and at the end of the quarter were down 81-65.  

Two minutes into the fourth quarter the Trolls trailed by 20 points. For the remainder of the quarter Trinity did not make a dent in that difference and the deficit was 27 at the final buzzer.  

One of the deciding factors in the game was that Olivet Nazarene took 95 shots of which 48 were three-pointers for 45 points from the arc. The Trolls were more efficient from the field, but took 27 fewer shots and scored 21 from the three-point line. Another factor was that Trinity had 39 turnovers that the Tigers converted into 45 points.  

The Trolls ended the game with a .522 field goal percentage, a .318 three-point percentage, and a.714 free-throw percentage. Olivet Nazarene was .442 percent from the floor, .313 percent from the arc, and .706 percent from the line. The Trolls had 51 rebounds and Olivet Nazarene had 38. Breanna Toppen led the team with 21 points, connecting on four three-pointers. Jasmine Elliott had 17 points, Kyla Pitts and Alexis Knake each added 11 points, and Aubrey Goorman had 10. Bailey Larson was the top rebounder with 10 while Knake grabbed six. Toppen and Larsen each had four assists.  

Trinity plays next on December 8 at home against St. Ambrose University at 1 pm.