Pioneers women's basketball notches season-high 12 blocks in win vs. Manchester

AShton on a drive

Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania women's basketball team deployed a complete performance on Saturday afternoon, racking up a season-high 12 blocks in a 91-64 rout of the Manchester University Spartans at the Beck Center.

Transylvania opened up the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference contest outshooting the Spartans, 53 percent to 24 percent from the field in the first quarter and used a 13-4 run at the start of the second quarter to seize control of the game for its season-high eighth straight victory.

The Pioneers moved to 13-2 on the season and 7-1 in HCAC play to maintain a first-place tie with Rose-Hulman. Manchester dropped to 2-13 overall and 0-8 in conference play.

Three Pioneers reached double-digit scoring on Saturday, with senior guard Celia Kline posting a game-high 18 points off 4 for 7 shooting from three-point land and 50 percent shooting from the field. Kline added four rebounds and a steal in 25 minutes of work.

Junior forward Shelby Boyle achieved her fifth double-double of the season with 16 points, 11 rebounds, and two assists. Boyle also provided five of Transylvania's 12 blocks as the Pioneer wings flapped actively all afternoon on the defensive end.

Junior guard Ashton Woodard turned in an efficient performance as the Spartans were unable to stop her symphony of drives to the basket, finishing the day 7 of 8 from the field with 16 points, six assists, and five rebounds in 26 minutes of play.

Sophomore guard Zenoviah Walker tallied six of Transylvania's 21 assists on the afternoon, finishing with nine points. 10 different Pioneers scored in Saturday's game as Transylvania reached the 90-point mark for the second consecutive game.

The Pioneers held tremendous command of the game inside, outscoring Manchester 46 to 14 on points in the paint and outrebounding the Spartans, 51 to 25.

Transylvania returns to play on Wednesday as the Pioneers venture north to Franklin, Indiana to square off with the Franklin College Grizzlies in another HCAC contest. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at the Spurlock Center.

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