North Manchester, Ind. – The Transylvania women's basketball team claimed a 60-45 victory over the Manchester University Spartans at Stauffer-Wolfe Arena on Saturday afternoon, the Pioneers 13th victory in their last 14 games.
With the win, Transylvania's record moves to 16-5 overall and 11-3 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play.
The loss drops Manchester's record to 6-15 overall and 5-9 in the HCAC.
Leading the way for Transylvania was sophomore guard Shelby Boyle, who scored 15 points to go along with 13 rebounds and five assists. The performance was Boyle's fifth double-double of the season.
Senior forward Rachel Cox also turned in a strong performance that included 16 points, seven blocks, and five rebounds. Transylvania recorded nine blocks as a team to just one for Manchester.
Also in double figures for the Pioneers was junior guard Celia Kline, who scored 14 points and shot 4-of-8 from beyond the three-point line. Kline also grabbed three rebounds and added three assists and two steals.
Transylvania took control of the game right from the start, taking a 23-11 lead into the second quarter. Boyle led the way for Transylvania, shooting a perfect 6-for-6 from the field in the first quarter.
The Pioneers extended their lead to 36-20 in the second quarter thanks to stifling defense that held Manchester to just 25 percent shooting from the field.
Transylvania suffered through a stretch of cold shooting in the third quarter that allowed Manchester to cut slightly into to the Pioneers lead. But The Pioneers responded by outscoring Manchester 11-9 in the 4th quarter, leading to the eventual 60-45 victory.
Transylvania grabbed 18 offensive boards in the victory and outrebounded Manchester 47-36 overall.
Up next the Pioneers will return to Lexington to host the Mount St. Joseph University Lions on Wednesday night, February 7. Tipoff between the Lions and the Pioneers is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Beck Center.
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