Cox and Kline Named to All-HCAC First Team for Transylvania women’s basketball

Cox and Kline Named to All-HCAC First Team for Transylvania women’s basketball

Greenwood, Ind. – Junior forward Rachel Cox and sophomore guard Celia Kline were selected to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's first team, the conference office announced on Wednesday.

Cox and Kline were two of seven players from the conference named to the All-HCAC First team, capping off tremendous individual years for the Transy letter winners as they guided the Pioneers to a third-place finish in conference regular season play.

Also honored by the HCAC were freshman guard Shelby Boyle, who was named to the All-Freshman Team, and sophomore guard Kristen Hayes, who was named to the All-Sportsmanship team. 

Cox, a junior from Independence, Kentucky (Simon Kenton HS), ranked in the top-10 in HCAC in scoring at 12.9 points per game, fourth in conference in rebounding at 7.6 boards per contest, and fourth in blocks at 1.4 per game.

Cox shot 42.5 percent from the field, 36.8 percent from 3-point range, and 80.9 percent from the free throw line, while starting in all 28 games for the Pioneers.

Kline, a sophomore from Madeira, Ohio (Madeira HS), completed a stellar season in which she came within four 3-point baskets of breaking the HCAC single-season record for makes. In addition to Kline's large volume of 3-pointers, the sophomore also shot an astounding 41.3 percent from beyond the arc, good for second best in the HCAC. Her total 3-point makes ranked Kline third in the nation by season's end.

Kline ranked second in the conference in scoring with 14.9 points per game, averaged 2.1 assists per game, and led the Pioneers in minutes played with 29.4 minutes per game.

Boyle, a freshman from Morgantown, West Virginia (Morgantown HS), came to Lexington and had an immediate impact on the court for the Pioneers. Boyle averaged 7.6 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game while appearing in all 28 of the Pioneers games this season.

Boyle recorded her career-high in points with 19 in a 78-55 victory over Defiance on February 11.

Transylvania received one final accolade from the HCAC, as sophomore guard Kristen Hayes, (Berea, Ky. /Madison Southern) was selected as the Transylvania representative to the HCAC All-Sportsmanship Team.

Transylvania completed its 2016-17 campaign last week by advancing to the final round of the HCAC Tournament Championship game and a 20-8 overall record.

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