Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania women's basketball team used a great shooting performance to claim a 70-58 victory over the Defiance College Yellow Jackets in the first round of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament at the Beck Center on Tuesday night.
Sophomore guard Celia Kline led the Pioneers in scoring with 20 points on 5-for-8 shooting on the night. Kline continued to dazzle from distance, as she recorded five made three-pointers in the win.
Junior forward Rachel Cox added 18 points for Transylvania, 12 of which came in the pivotal second half. Cox also grabbed nine rebounds for the Pioneers.
With the win Transylvania's record moves to 19-7 overall and 13-6 in HCAC play, while Defiance's season comes to an end with a record of 13-13 overall and 10-9 in HCAC play.
The first quarter started off with a bang, as the Pioneers drained two 3-pointers in the first 90 seconds of the game. However, Defiance also came ready to shoot, as the Yellow Jackets went 8-for-12 from the field in the first quarter, giving them a 19-16 lead going into the second quarter.
The Pioneers responded with some great defense in the second quarter. Transylvania only allowed six Defiance points on 2-for-14 shooting in the quarter. This tremendous defense combined with the Pioneers continued shooting prowess allowed Transylvania to outscore Defiance 17-6 in the second quarter.
Transylvania shot a remarkable 9-for-15 from three-point range in the first half in route to their 33-25 halftime advantage.
Cline lead the Pioneers with 12 points in the first half on 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the three-point line.
Both teams came out of the halftime intermission ready to continue their hot shooting nights, as they combined to record seven more three-pointers in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter the Pioneers were content to protect their double digit lead, as they traded baskets with Defiance before eventually claiming the 70-58 victory
The Pioneers' defensive pressure was key in the victory, as they forced the Yellow Jackets to shoot below 40% for the game, while recording seven blocked shots. Boyle and Cox each blocked three shots in the Transylvania victory
Following tonight's victory, the Pioneers now turn their attention to the HCAC Tournament Semifinals. Transylvania will travel to Terre Haute Indiana to face the number two seed Bluffton University Beavers on Friday night. The game is set for an 8:00 P.M. start at the Hulbert Arena.
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