Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania women's basketball team has been forecasted for a second-place finish in the 10-team Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings according to Tuesday's release of the 2018-19 preseason coaches' poll.
As the defending runners-up of the HCAC both in the 2018 regular season and conference tournament, preseason prognostication figures the Pioneers to finish in the same position once again this upcoming season.
Defending conference champion Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology led the poll by receiving 96 voting points and seven of ten first-place votes. Transylvania received the second-highest amount of voting points with 89 and two first-place votes.
Hanover College was tabbed for a third-place finish by receiving 81 points and the other first-place vote. Franklin College, Mount St. Joseph University, and Earlham College rounded out the top-six of the poll.
The Pioneers return four of five starters to their 2018-19 lineup while graduating the reigning HCAC Player of the Year, forward Rachel Cox, who led the team in points (15.0 ppg), blocks (3.0 bpg), three-point percentage (40.6 percent), and was second on the team in rebounds (7.1 rpg).
Transylvania is led by junior forward Shelby Boyle (Morgantown, W. Va. / Morgantown HS), who averaged 11.8 points per game last season and led the team with 8.3 rebounds per game, as well as senior guard Celia Kline (Madeira, Ohio / Madeira HS), who was fourth on the team with 8.1 points per game and led the team in three-pointers made with 52. Boyle was an All-HCAC Second Team selection last season while Kline garnered All-HCAC Honorable Mention honors.
Transylvania begins its 2018-19 season on Saturday, November 10 by hosting the Wittenberg University Tigers at the Beck Center in Lexington, Kentucky at 2:00 p.m.
For the official conference release, click here.
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