Lexington, Ky. – Using an immaculate third-quarter outburst and a consistent flow of three-pointers all night long, the Transylvania women's basketball team roared to an 84-62 win over the Hanover College Panthers on Wednesday night at the Beck Center.
Four different Pioneers hit double-figure scoring as Transylvania's wing-oriented offense prevailed over Hanover's inside attack in an early-season matchup of two of the top teams in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
The Pioneers moved to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in HCAC play while the Panthers dropped to 4-3 and 1-1 on their HCAC schedule.
Wednesday's hotly-anticipated matchup presented a clash of styles which led to a back-and-forth first quarter, dictated by nine combined points from Hanover's starting forwards Maleha Motter and Alexis Nall. The Pioneers swung back from outside, creating a string of open three-point shots to hit 5 of 14 triples in the first quarter, resulting in a 19-19 tie.
Transylvania's offense intensified in the second quarter as the Pioneers sank another three 3-pointers and shot 9 for 16 from the floor as they pushed the tempo and forced the Panthers into eight second-quarter turnovers to take a 43-38 halftime lead.
The Pioneers turned the game into a rout in the third quarter, outscoring Hanover 32-12 by shooting a blistering 10 for 12 from the floor and hitting on all six of their three points attempts. Transylvania would go on to knock down a season-high 16 three-pointers while shooting 46 percent from outside in Wednesday's win.
Hanover's three-point woes increased throughout the contest as the Panthers missed all 10 of their three-point tries in the second half and shot just 2 for 16 from behind the arc on the evening.
While the Panthers slowed down the Pioneers in the final quarter as their full-court press began to generate turnovers, Transylvania also clamped down Hanover's offense, holding the Panthers to just 24 points in the second half.
Junior guard Ashton Woodard led the Pioneers with 18 points on 6 of 8 shooting, hitting 3 of 5 three-point attempts. Woodard added six rebounds and two assists as one of multiple Pioneers with terrific nights.
Junior forward Shelby Boyle and senior guard Celia Kline each finished the night with 16 points. Kline hit a game-high four 3-pointers while Boyle shot over 50 percent from the floor and notched a season-high four blocks on Wednesday.
Sophomore guard Zenoviah Walker had one of the best performances of her career, logging 14 points, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals in 26 minutes of work, while aiding the defensive assignment against Hanover. Senior guard Macey Ford tallied a bench-high six points, knocking down two threes on the night. Senior guard Kristen Hayes also contributed nine points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block as another key cog in the defensive stand.
The Pioneers improved to 4-0 at the Beck Center for the 2018-19 season. Transylvania shot 51 percent from the field while holding Hanover to 36 percent shooting. Transylvania registered a season-high 20 assists on Wednesday.
Transylvania will aim to extend its four-game winning streak on Saturday when the Pioneers visit the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Fightin' Engineers in Terre Haute, Indiana. The HCAC contest is scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. tip-off from Hulbert Arena.
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