Pioneers come up short in overtime against TCNJ

Transy 60 TCNJ 64

Ewing Township, N.J. – Junior guard Shelby Boyle scored 17 of her 24 points in the first half but a cold collective shooting night from outside plagued the Transylvania women's basketball team in a 64-60 overtime loss to The College of New Jersey Lions Tuesday night at Packer Hall.

After a blazing second quarter for the Pioneers in which they shot 24-15 for a 36-29 halftime lead, the Pioneers weathered a low-scoring but close third quarter to hold a 46-41 lead after three quarters.

After Boyle buried a three-pointer at the 4:40 mark of the fourth quarter to push Transylvania's lead to seven, the Lions went on a 7-0 run to tie the game at 53-53 with 2:30 to go in regulation. The Pioneers came up with a number of clutch defensive stops down the stretch but could not find the go-ahead bucket late in the fourth quarter.

The Lions had a chance for victory with 13 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and the game tied at 55-all, but freshman guard Zenoviah Walker intercepted an inbounds pass to set up one final look for Transylvania. With time winding down, junior guard Taylor Jackson's five-foot fadeaway jumper rolled around the rim but wouldn't go down, sending the game into overtime.

The Pioneers endured a scoring drought of nearly three minutes to open up overtime but sharp defense kept them within three points of the Lions. Junior Celia Kline hit her first field goal of the evening, a left-wing triple to tie the game at 58-58 with 2:18 left. Jackson came up with an open court steal on the ensuing possession that resulted in Kline getting intentionally fouled on a breakaway, and hit two free throws to put the Pioneers ahead, 60-58.

But the Lions' Charlotte Schum scored on an and-one runner on the subsequent possession to tie the game at 60. While Schum missed the free throw, the Lions came up with an offensive rebound that led to two more free throws and a four-point trip for TCNJ as they retook a 62-60 lead.

The Pioneers had three 3-point attempts on the following possession but couldn't connect, and the Lions hit free throws down the stretch to complete the arduous comeback victory.  

Boyle finished with a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds, also contributing three blocks in the loss. The Pioneers finished the night shooting 31.5 percent from the floor after shooting 48 percent in the first half.

Transylvania will try to rebound tomorrow evening as it visits Newburgh, N.Y. to face the Mt. St. Mary College Knights. Tip-off between the Knights and Pioneers is set for 6:00 p.m. from the Kaplan Center.

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