No. 22 Transylvania women's basketball sweeps regular-season series with Manchester

Kristen Hayes preparing to shoot a 3

North Manchester, Ind. – The No. 22 Transylvania women's basketball team won its 14th consecutive game on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Manchester University Spartans, 82-48 at Stauffer-Wolfe Arena.

The Pioneers scored 80 points or more for the ninth time this season while holding an opponent to under 50 points for the sixth time in the 2018-19 campaign as they wasted no time holding the last-place Spartans in check.

Transylvania improved to 19-2 on the year and 13-1 in HCAC play while the Spartans dropped to 0-12 in the conference schedule and 2-19 overall.

The Pioneers broke open Saturday's contest five minutes in when sophomore guard Ashton Woodard knocked down a three-pointer to transform a one-point Transylvania lead into a 25-12 advantage at the end of the first quarter.  

Manchester played the Pioneers evenly on the scoreboard in the second quarter before Transylvania closed the half on a 7-2 run to carry a 44-26 lead into the halftime break. The Pioneers concluded the first half shooting 48 percent from the field while subduing Manchester into 29 percent field-goal shooting.

The Pioneers' defensive intensity continued into the second half as they limited Manchester to 22 points in the final 20 minutes and just nine points in the final quarter. Transylvania's efforts were bolstered by an 18-point advantage in the three-point department as Manchester shot just 1 for 13 from outside.

Transylvania put forth another balanced scoring ledger, led by junior forward Shelby Boyle's 12 points on 3 for 7 shooting from the field and 5 for 6 day at the free-throw line. Boyle added four rebounds, three assists, and one block.

Woodard finished with 11 points, four rebounds, and four assists on 3 for 7 shooting from the field. Senior guard Kristen Hayes added 10 points on 5 for 7 shooting from the floor to go with five rebounds, two blocks, and one steal.

Freshman guard Grace Shope led all reserves with eight points as 10 different Pioneers scored in Saturday's contest.

Transylvania maintains sole possession of first place in the HCAC standings with four games remaining in its regular season. The Pioneers will next play on Wednesday, February 6 against the Mount St. Joseph University Lions in Cincinnati, Ohio. Tip-off commences between Transy and Mount St. Joseph at 7:30 p.m. at the Harrington Center.

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