By: CASEY McDONALD
It was the first away game of the New Year as the Titans traveled to Joliet, Ill., for another conference match-up against the Fighting Saints of the University of Saint Francis.
Freshman Taitlyn Trenshaw finished the night with a team-high 12 points and four steals off the bench, as she tried to help fight her team’s way back for the victory.
Things looked okay for the Titans when Vicki Gard hit the long three to put the team up by one, but two turnovers by Jess Alexander would also push for her first two fouls of the game. A block by Gard on the defensive would spark a steal by Paige Avery but neither could convert on the offensive. Kylie Fehrman would go to the line after being fouled going for a layup, converting both for the final IU South bend points of the first quarter.
In the second, it was just messy basketball by the Titans as the defensive recorded three steals, only one would make an impact when Trenshaw was fouled for two shots.
IUSB only scored nine points in the second 10 minutes of regulation before going into the half, down 36-16.
A steal by Gard would start off the second half, and an offensive rebound by Tatyanna Goodson would save the Titans from another missed attempt at the basket as she laid it in for two.
It was almost a hot streak in the first few minutes as Avery got fouled and converted both of her free throws, followed by two successful Avery steals that led to a deep three and two made free throws from Kyleigh Kubik.
With four minutes to play in the third quarter, Alexander got into foul trouble after picking up her fourth, but she remained in the game. That didn’t stop her as her defensive rebound led her to an easy layup through the Fighting Saints defense.
Trenshaw and Avery combined for three more steals in the fourth, but it was Trenshaw who would get the final Titan basket of the night as they fell to the Fighting Saints 64-44.
The team is now 12-7 overall, and 3-6 in the Chicagoland Conference.