Transylvania women take care of business against Bluffton

Transy 73 Bluffton 59

Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania women's basketball team won its 10th-straight game thanks to a well-balanced offensive performance in the team's 73-59 victory over the Bluffton University Beavers at the Beck Center on Saturday afternoon.

The victory pushes the Pioneers' record to 13-4 overall and 8-2 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, maintaining a share of second place behind Rose-Hulman in the conference standings.

Transylvania was led in scoring by senior forward Rachel Cox, who scored 18 points on 4-of-10 shooting from the field to go along with five rebounds and two blocks.

Freshman guard Zenoviah Walker provided the Pioneers with a scoring boost off the bench by adding 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field. Walker also grabbed six rebounds and tallied two assists.

Joining Cox and Walker in double figures was sophomore guard Ashton Woodard, who scored 12 points in the Pioneers victory.

The opening minutes of the game was a fast-paced affair that saw Bluffton take a 16-15 lead with just over three minutes to go in the first quarter.

However, the Pioneers responded by going on an 11-1 run over the final 3:28 of the quarter to claim a 26-17 lead.  Woodard led the way with 10 points in the quarter.

Transylvania continued to control the game in the second quarter by holding the Beavers scoreless for the first 5:30 of the quarter, creating a lead it would never relinquish.

Bluffton discovered its shooting touch to whittle away at its newfound deficit, but Macey Ford responded with a crucial three-point play, pushing the Pioneers' lead to 39-22 with three minutes left in the half.

Early in the second half, Bluffton made a 10-2 run that cut the Pioneers' lead to 43-39 with 5:26 to play in the third quarter. But the Pioneers responded by pushing their lead to 56-49 after three.

Cox scored eight of her 18 points in the fourth quarter as the Pioneers cruised to the 73-59 victory.

The Pioneers continued to rely heavily upon their defensive pressure down the stretch as the team held Bluffton to a 25 percent shooting mark in the second half.

Transylvania was also clutch from the free-throw line, where the Pioneers were a perfect 17-of-17 in the game. Transylvania continues to lead the nation in free-throw shooting percentage with a mark of 83 percent on the season.

Up next, the Pioneers will host the Hanover College Panthers in a battle of teams tied for second place in the HCAC standings on Wednesday, January 24. The Pioneers will try to return the favor to Hanover after the Panthers won the first meeting of the season in Hanover, 75-69 on December 9, 2017. Tipoff between the Panthers and the Pioneers is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Beck Center.

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