Fredericksburg, Va. – The Transylvania women's basketball team was upended by the Johns Hopkins University Blue Jays 73-65 at the William T. Anderson Center on the campus of the University of Mary Washington Friday evening.
One of four teams competing in this weekend's Hyatt Place Tipoff Tournament hosted by Mary Washington, the Pioneers dropped to 1-1 on the young season after witnessing a second-half turnaround from the Blue Jays in Friday's nonconference matchup.
After opening the season up at home last Saturday with a victory against Wittenberg University, the Pioneers played away from Lexington from the first time in 2018-19 on Friday evening in a neutral-site setting versus the Blue Jays.
Transylvania's foray to Virginia started off with an immediate burst as the Pioneers went ahead 13-5 with junior wing Shelby Boyle, senior guard Celia Kline, and freshman guard Zenoviah Walker each sinking three-pointers. The Pioneers locked in defensively as they carried a 17-7 advantage to the end of the quarter.
The Pioneers revved up in the second quarter as they built a 12-5 defensive rebounding advantage and Kline hit back-to-back threes, extending Transylvania's lead to 23-7. Boyle chimed in again with her second three of the contest to raise TU's lead to 26-9.
Trailing 28-11, the Blue Jays made their attack on the Pioneers midway through the second quarter. Finding success on the offensive boards, Johns Hopkins went on a 16-0 run which was fueled by a series of and-one putbacks. JHU chipped the Transylvania lead down to one point shortly before the half before Boyle knocked down another triple to extend the Transy lead to four.
The three-point shot began to fall for Johns Hopkins out of the break as they took a 44-39 lead with under two minutes to go in an offensively-challenging third quarter for Transylvania.
After going 0-for-8 from the three-point line in the first half, the Blue Jays continued to stretch their lead by relying on the outside shot in the second half, knocking down seven 3-point field goals at opportune times over the final 20 minutes.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Blue Jays grew their lead to eight before the Pioneers cut their deficit down to five off of a bucket from junior guard Ashton Woodard and a pair of free throws by Boyle. But the Blue Jays scored again on their next two possessions to reach a double-digit lead. Transylvania cut the lead back down to eight points with two minutes to go, but the Blue Jays executed down the stretch with another three-pointer to put away the game.
Boyle led the Pioneers with her second double-double of the season in as many games, putting forth a team-high 23 points and 10 rebounds. Kline had a game-high five made 3-pointers, shooting 5-for-9 from outside to finish with 15 points and three rebounds. Woodard finished the night with 12 points, three rebounds, and two assists.
Johns Hopkins held serve on the offensive boards with a 15-10 advantage and won the turnover margin by five.
The Pioneers are back in action tomorrow at the second and final day of the Hyatt Place Tipoff Tournament in the consolation bracket where they will face either William Peace or the host team Mary Washington at 12:00 noon.
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