Richmond, Ind. – The Transylvania women's basketball team opened the 2019 portion of its schedule with a 69-58 victory over the Earlham College Quakers at Druley Performance Gym on Wednesday afternoon.
The win was the Pioneers' fifth straight and improves their record to 10-2 overall and 4-1 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, while the Quakers fall to 4-8 overall and 2-3 in conference play.
Fresh off of a stellar week of play in which she reached the 1,000 career-point mark, Transylvania junior guard Celia Kline led the Pioneers with 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the field to go along with seven rebounds, two steals, and two assists.
The Pioneers got off to a hot start in the first quarter as Kline and sophomore center Elizabeth Hardiman combined to score 13 points, giving the Pioneers a 22-14 lead after the first 10 minutes of play.
The second quarter saw junior guard Shelby Boyle score four points on 2-for-2 shooting from the field as the Pioneers extended their lead to 37-28 at the halftime intermission.
Using a barrage of three-pointers, Transylvania extended its lead to its largest of the game at 45-30 with 8:15 remaining in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, sophomore guard Zenoviah Walker helped secure the 69-58 victory for Transylvania with a perfect 4-for-4 performance from the free-throw line.
For the game, the Pioneers outscored the Quakers 32-24 on points in the paint and held a 9-2 advantage on fast break points.
Transylvania's second unit was especially potent on offense in the victory. Led by senior guard Macey Ford, who tallied nine points on a 3-for-4 three-point shooting performance, the Pioneers' bench outscored Earlham's reserves, 28-19 on the night.
Up next for the Pioneers is a trip to Defiance, Ohio on Saturday, January 5 for an HCAC matchup against the Defiance College Yellow Jackets. Tipoff between the Pioneers and the Yellow Jackets is set for 1:00 p.m. at the Karl H. Weaner Center.
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