Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania women's basketball team came out victorious in their first appearance of the 2018-19 season against the Wittenberg University Tigers, 57-51 at the Beck Center on Saturday afternoon.
Junior forward Shelby Boyle recorded a supreme line of 19 points and 18 rebounds, including 10 of those boards in the final quarter to lead the Pioneers to an opening-day victory at home.
In what was a cold shooting performance for both teams, the Pioneers grappled to a 26-21 halftime lead that witnessed both sides shoot under 30 percent in the first half before the Pioneers executed well to close out the game at home. Transylvania outscored Wittenberg in each of the first three quarters before hitting late clutch buckets to finish the afternoon.
Transylvania kept its offense alive early through the free-throw line, where the Pioneers held an advantage in shooting 7-for-8, while Wittenberg did not advance to the line in the first half.
The Pioneers stretched their lead to begin the second half, led by Boyle's quarter-high 12 points. The junior hit the first three buckets of the half for Transy before senior guard Celia Kline knocked down one of her three 3-pointers on the afternoon. Junior guard Ashton Woodard buried a three-pointer to extend Transylvania's lead to its largest of the day at 46-33 with half a minute to go in the third quarter.
Entering the fourth quarter with no made three-pointers on the afternoon, Wittenberg hit two late threeballs to climb back into the contest, slicing Transylvania's advantage to 52-48 with three minutes remaining. With the shot clock winding down, Kline hit a clutch three-pointer from the left corner to stretch Transylvania's lead back to seven with 55 seconds in regulation to put away the game for the Pioneers.
Kline finished her day with 11 points, four rebounds, and four assists. Woodard offered a balanced line of six points, six rebounds, and six assists.
Sophomore center Miranda Otero registered eight points, 10 rebounds, and four blocks, all new career-highs in her first collegiate career start.
Transylvania ended the day shooting 8-for-31 from the three-point line versus 2-for-19 shooting for Wittenberg from outside.
The Pioneers hit the road for two weeks, next playing on Friday, November 16 at the William T. Anderson Center on the campus of Mary Washington University against Johns Hopkins University at 5:00 p.m. Eastern.
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