Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania women's basketball team closed out the 2017 portion of its schedule with a hard-fought 72-59 victory over the Spalding University Eagles at the Beck Center on Saturday night.
The win propels Transylvania's record to 6-4 overall and 1-2 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play as the Pioneers get set to return to HCAC play.
Leading the way for the Pioneers on offense was junior guard Celia Kline who scored 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field, including 6-of-11 from beyond the three-point line.
Senior forward Rachel Cox continued her recent streak of double-digit performances as she added 16 points to go along with nine rebounds and four blocks in the Pioneers' victory.
The game got off to a slow start for the Pioneers, as cold shooting from the field allowed Spalding to carry a 31-28 lead into the locker-room at the half.
In the third quarter, Transylvania junior guard Kristen Hayes took control of the game, as she scored nine points on 4-for-4 shooting from the field, giving the Pioneers a 48-46 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
The Eagles kept the game close early in the fourth quarter before Kline knocked down a trio of timely three-pointers in the span of just over a minute to push the Pioneers' lead to 64-54 with 4:26 remaining in the game.
With the lead in hand, the Pioneers were clutch from the charity stripe, hitting nine free-throws in the final minutes of the game to coast to the eventual 72-59 victory.
Up next the Pioneers will travel to Bluffton, Ohio on Tuesday, January 2 to face the conference rival Bluffton University Beavers in a midweek matinee. Tipoff between the Pioneers and the Beavers is set for 2:00 p.m. at the Sommer Center.
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