Transylvania women catch fire from outside in team effort

Transy 77 MSJ 49

Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania women's basketball team knocked down 16 three-pointers en route to a dominant 77-49 victory over the Mount St. Joseph University Lions at the Beck Center on Wednesday night.

Transylvania continued its recent trend of stiffening defense, holding Mount St. Joseph to 35 percent shooting from the field and 22 percent from three-point range. The Pioneers also outrebounded the Lions 39-27.

The win moves Transylvania's record to 17-5 overall and 12-3 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play. The Pioneers remain in second place in the conference standings with just three games remaining in the regular season.

Offensively, the Pioneers relied heavily upon senior forward Rachel Cox, who led all scorers with 23 points on 8-of-17 shooting from the field, including 5-of-8 from beyond the three-point line. Cox grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots in the victory.

Transylvania sophomore guard Shelby Boyle was just one rebound shy of her third straight double-double as she recorded 10 points and nine rebounds on the night. 

Junior guard Celia Kline was red hot from outdoors, adding 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting from three-point range.

The Pioneers shot a blazing 60 percent from the field in the first quarter, allowing them to jump out to an early 23-12 lead.

Transylvania extended its lead to 40-24 at the half off of six points from Cox in the second quarter.

In the second half, the Pioneers continued to play lockdown defense while hitting their outside shots, leading to the eventual 77-49 victory.

Coming up on Saturday, February 10, the Pioneers will venture to Defiance, Ohio to face the Defiance College Yellow Jackets. Tip-off between the Pioneers and the Yellow Jackets is set for 1:00 p.m. at the Karl H. Weaner Center.

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