Newburgh, N.Y. – The Transylvania women's basketball team splashed in 16 three-pointers on the way to an 84-72 victory against the Mount St. Mary College Knights Wednesday night at the Kaplan Center.
The Pioneers sent in 7 of 12 three-point attempts in the first quarter to set the tone for a proficient evening from downtown in which they shot 16-of-32 for the night.
Multiple Pios enjoyed terrific nights as senior forward Rachel Cox posted a season-high 25 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the floor and a perfect 3-for-3 night from downtown. Junior guard Kristen Hayes added a season-high 21 points off the bench as she knocked down 3-of-6 triples and went a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
Sophomore wing Shelby Boyle had her second straight 20-point night as she posted 23 points in 38 minutes of play; the guard matched her career high of seven made three-pointers in a game with a 7-for-14 line from behind the arc.
After a slow start, the Pioneers blew open a 6-2 lead in the first quarter at the 4:25 mark when Hayes powered in a layup. That bucket commenced a sequence of three straight made three-pointers by Boyle, lifting the Pioneers to a 17-4 advantage with 2:18 left in the quarter. Hayes and junior guard Macey Ford each cashed in on three-pointers to push the Pioneers' lead to 25-12 after one quarter, never looking back.
Cox picked up the slack in the second quarter with a perfect 5-for-5 showing from the floor and hit all three of her three-point attempts in the quarter for a 14-point second quarter. The Pioneers grew their lead to as much as 16 points towards the end of the third quarter to cruise to the 84-72 win, their highest point total of the season.
The 16 made three-pointers also stands as the most three-pointers hit in a game by the Pioneers this season, surpassing their 14 makes against Anderson on November 28.
The win brings the Pioneers to a record of 4-4 for the season as they approach winter break. Transylvania next returns to the floor on Friday, December 29 hosting Oglethorpe University at 3:00 p.m. at the Clive M. Beck Center in Lexington.
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