Pioneers' depth shines in home win vs. Manchester

Pioneers' depth shines in home win vs. Manchester

Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania women's basketball team knocked down 15 three-point baskets en route to their eighth straight victory, a 74-47 defeat of the Manchester University Spartans at the Beck Center on Saturday afternoon.

With the win, Transylvania's record moves to 11-4 overall and 6-2 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play.

Leading the way for Transylvania was sophomore guard Shelby Boyle, who scored 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field to go along with eight rebounds, six assists, and two blocked shots.

Also registering double figures for the Pioneers was senior forward Rachel Cox, who added 13 points, four rebounds, and two blocked shots in the Pioneers victory. Cox continues to lead the HCAC in blocked shots with 2.3 blocks per game.

The game got off to a slow start as both teams suffered from cold shooting in the first quarter. However, the Pioneers continued to play tough defense and held a 12-10 lead at the end of the quarter.

The Pioneers made their run in the second quarter as they outscored the Spartans 27-15 thanks to 59 percent three-point shooting in the quarter. The hot shooting led to a 39-25 halftime advantage for Transylvania.

The Pioneers continued to open up the game in the third quarter as their defense held the Spartans to just five points in the quarter, allowing Transylvania to extend the margin to 59-30 heading into the final 10 minutes of play.

The fourth quarter saw head coach Juli Fulks make use of her entire bench while the Pioneers cruised to the eventual 74-47 victory.

Transylvania's defense continued to shine as the Pioneers outrebounded the Spartans 45-26 in the game, and held them to just 35 percent shooting from the field.

The Pioneers bench was also key in the victory, outscoring the Manchester bench 28-14 in the game. Senior forward Carlee Clemons was especially effective off the bench, as she scored six points on 2-of-2 shooting from three-point range to go along with seven rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot.

Up next, the Pioneers will host the Franklin College Grizzlies on Wednesday night, January 17. Tipoff between the Grizzlies and the Pioneers is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Beck Center.

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