Trolls Struggle Against Wolves

The Trolls started their final month of play with a home game against Cardinal Stritch University (Milwaukee, Wisconsin). Trinity struggled against the Wolves, a team in the top of the conference standings and receiving votes in the NAIA national poll. Falling behind by 20 points in the first quarter, the Trolls played from behind the entire game. At the half they were down by 27 at 50-23.  At the final buzzer the gap was 41 points at 86-45. The team is now 3-21 for the season and 1-14 in the CCAC.

The Trolls committed turnovers on their first three possessions and it took four minutes before they got on the scoreboard. By that time they trailed 15-1. Overall in the first quarter they only scored seven points and trailed by 27-7 at the end of the period.

The Trolls were more productive offensively in the second period with 16 points. However the scoring difference remained greater than 20 points in the quarter and at the half Trinity was down by 27.

The majority of Trinity’s points in the third period came from the free throw line where they scored seven of their 12 points of the period.  The Wolves shot .450 percent from the field in that period and increased their lead to 35 points.

Again in the final period the Trolls added only two field goals and lost more ground as the game ended in a 41 point difference.

For the game Trinity shot .239 percent from the field, .261 percent from the arc, and .773 percent (17-of-22) from the line. Cardinal Stritch was .529 percent from the field, .238 percent from the arc, and .636 percent from the line. The Troll shad 29 rebounds and the Wolves had 46. Breanna Toppen led the team with 21 points. Aubrey Goorman added nine points and led the rebounding with six.

The team plays at Robert Morris University on February 4 in a 5 pm game.