Berea, Ky. – Ashton Woodard scored 17 points in leading the No. 11 Transylvania women's basketball team to a thrilling 65-56 victory over the Berea College Mountaineers at the Seabury Center on Tuesday night.
With the win, the Pioneers' record moves to 2-0 on the season while the Mountaineers fall to 3-1 on the year.
Battling shooting woes throughout most of the evening, Transylvania started the game out on a frigid slog. The Mountaineers held Transylvania to just 21 percent shooting from the field in the opening period. Shelby Boyle and Grace Shope each knocked down a three-pointer in the quarter to keep the Pioneers within striking range, but it was Berea that held a 12-11 lead at the first-period break.
Keyed by dominant post play, the Pioneers' offense came to life in the second quarter. Transylvania outrebounded the Mountaineers 16-9, and Elizabeth Hardiman scored six points in the period to lead the Pioneers to a 27-25 advantage at the halftime break.
Transylvania opened the third quarter with a corner three-point basket from Zenoviah Walker that gave the Pioneers their largest lead of the game to that point at 30-25.
Not to be outdone, the Mountaineers battled back to take a 33-32 lead at the 4:59 mark of the quarter. Minutes later, the Pioneers responded with a three-pointer from Kennedi Stacy that put Transylvania ahead for good at 35-33.
Transylvania took control of the game in the fourth quarter as Woodard scored 10 of her team-high 17 points. Woodard shot 6-of-14 from the field on the night and added nine rebounds and five assists.
With just under seven minutes remaining in the game, Stacy stole the ball in the backcourt and fed a pass inside to Miranda Otero, who made a layup to put Transylvania ahead 49-40. Then, at the 2:27 mark, Woodard converted a three-point play to give the Pioneers a 54-49 lead over the Mountaineers.
As Berea attempted to overtake the Pioneers in the waning moments of the game, Walker knocked down four free throws to seal the 65-57 Transylvania victory.
Walker scored 11 points to go along with six rebounds on the night, while Boyle added nine points, five rebounds, three steals, two assists, and two blocks.
Up next for Transylvania is a matchup against the Wittenberg University Tigers on Saturday, November 23. Tip-off between the Pioneers and the Tigers is set for 2:00 p.m. at Pam Evans Smith Arena in Springfield, Ohio.
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