Transylvania's defense reigns supreme in home win against Hanover

Transy 69 Hanover 59 Ashton Woodard standing

Lexington, Ky. – The wins keep coming for the Transylvania women's basketball team, which won its 11th-straight game, a 69-59 victory over the Hanover University Panthers at the Beck Center on Wednesday night.

Transylvania's Wednesday win vaulted the Pioneers to 14-4 overall and 9-2 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, claiming sole possession of second place behind Rose-Hulman in the conference standings

Leading the way for Transylvania on offense was sophomore guard Ashton Woodard, who scored 22 points on an efficient 8-for-10 shooting performance. Woodard added a perfect 4-for-4 offering from the free-throw line.

Sophomore guard Shelby Boyle contributed a dominating stat line of 15 points, 16 rebounds, and four assists. The sophomore accumulated a 10-10 double-double by halftime. Boyle is averaging 7.8 rebounds per game, a mark tied for third-best in the HCAC.

Joining Boyle and Woodard in double figures was senior forward Rachel Cox, who scored 12 points to go along with four rebounds and five blocked shots.

The Pioneers blocked 11 shots and held the Panthers to 31 percent shooting from the field in the victory.  The Pioneers are averaging an HCAC-leading 6.5 blocks per game this season, a mark that currently ranks fourth in all of Division III. 

The Pioneers wasted little time in taking control of the game, jumping out to a 6-0 lead just seconds into the play. Transylvania ended the quarter on a 10-0 run over the final three minutes, pushing the advantage to 22-11.

Transylvania continued to dominate the game throughout the second quarter. Eight points from Boyle grew the lead to 43-24 at the half.

The resilient Panthers responded in the second half with some ferocious defensive pressure that forced seven Transylvania turnovers in the third quarter, allowing Hanover to cut the lead to 52-41.

However, in the fourth quarter, Transylvania remained unfurled and converted 9-of-12 free-throw attempts to cruise to the 69-59 victory.

Up next the Pioneers will travel to Terre Haute, Indiana for a clash with the first-place Rose-Hulman Fightin' Engineers. Transylvania will look to avenge a 69-58 loss in the teams' meeting earlier this season on December 9, 2017. Tipoff between the Pioneers and the Engineers is set for 1:00 p.m. at Hulbert Arena.

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