Fredericksburg, Va. – Three Pioneers scored in double-figures as the Transylvania women's basketball team pulled away from the William Peace University Pacers 63-48 on Saturday afternoon at the William M. Anderson Center on the campus of the University of Mary Washington.
Playing in the second day of the Hyatt Place Tipoff Tournament, the Pioneers squared off with the Pacers aiming to bounce back from the previous night's defeat to Johns Hopkins. After a slow start on Saturday, the Pioneers awoke with a monstrous third quarter to break a halftime 26-26 tie and move to 2-1 on the season.
The Pioneers used two key runs, one in the second quarter and another to commence the second half to take over control of the game and leave Fredericksburg on a winning note.
The Pioneers earned good looks in the first quarter but couldn't convert as they shot 3-for-16 from the field and trailed the Pacers, 12-8 after one quarter. Senior guard Celia Kline kept the Pioneers afloat with a 2-for-3 quarter from behind the arc.
After William Peace stretched its lead to 19-10 to start the second quarter, the Pioneers went on an instant 13-0 run, punctuated by another three-pointer from Kline and five straight points from junior guard Ashton Woodard. The teams traded buckets the rest of the half as Transylvania took the 26-all deadlock to the halftime break.
The Pioneers outscored William Peace 11-0 to begin the second half as the Pioneers attacked the basket with repeated success. Woodard knocked down a right-wing three on a setup from junior forward Shelby Boyle to stretch the lead to nine, and senior guard Kristen Hayes fed sophomore center Miranda Otero inside on the ensuing play to put the Pioneers in front, 37-26.
The Pacers ended its second-half drought, finally scoring at the 3:34 mark of the third quarter but Otero responded with another inside bucket and Kline hit a triple to give the Pioneers a 14-point lead.
Transylvania kept its lead in double-digits the rest of the way as the Pios outscored the Pacers 19-18 in the final period.
Kline led the way with a game-high 17 points off 5-for-11 shooting from outside and added seven rebounds, earning Hyatt Place Tipoff All-Tournament team honors. Woodard checked in with 14 points, five rebounds, and two assists, while Hayes was the other double-figure scorer on Saturday with 12 points, five rebounds, and three assists.
Boyle and Otero each led the Pioneers with nine rebounds apiece.
Transylvania returns to action on Saturday, November 24 as the Pioneers welcome the Emory University Eagles to Lexington for the Hilliard Lyons Tournament. Tip-off between Emory and Transylvania is set for 5:00 p.m. from the Beck Center.
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