Transylvania women take off in second half for ninth straight victory

Rachel Cox had a game-high 14 points for Transylvania in Wednesday night's win over Franklin
Rachel Cox had a game-high 14 points for Transylvania in Wednesday night's win over Franklin

Lexington, Ky. –The Transylvania women's basketball team used a powerful second half to roll to a 70-49 victory over the Franklin College Grizzlies at the Beck Center on Wednesday night, extending the Pioneers' current win streak to nine straight games.

With the win, Transylvania's record moves to 12-4 overall and 7-2 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, good for a share of second place in the conference standings.

Leading the way for Transylvania was senior forward Rachel Cox, who scored 14 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field to go along with five rebounds and two blocks.

Sophomore guard Ashton Woodard tallied 14 points on an efficient 5-of-6 shooting performance, while knocking down both of her three-point attempts. Woodard also grabbed six rebounds for the Pioneers.

After jumping out to an 11-4 lead early in the game, Transylvania's shooting went cold, allowing Franklin go on a 7-to-2 run, cutting the Pioneers lead to 13-11 at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter saw the Pioneers find their shooting touch, as a 62 percent shooting performance gave Transylvania a 45-33 lead at the half.

The Grizzlies came out of the locker room ready to make a run in the second half, scoring a basket early in the quarter. However, the Pioneers responded with a three-point basket by junior guard Celia Kline just seconds later, pushing the lead to 36-29.

The shots continued to fall for Transylvania throughout the third quarter, allowing the Pioneers to extend their lead to 56-35 heading into the fourth quarter.

With the game safely in hand, Transylvania made use of its reserves in the fourth quarter as 17 Pioneers saw playing time en route to the 70-49 victory.

Transylvania's bench outscored Franklin's 31 to 22, thanks in large part to 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field from junior guard Taylor Jackson.

The Pioneers now look ahead to a matchup with the Bluffton University Beavers, one of two teams along with Hanover who are in a three-way tie for second place in the HCAC, this Saturday, January 20. Tipoff between the Pioneers and the Beavers is set for 2:00 p.m. at the Beck Center.  

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