Lexington, Ky. – Behind a suffocating second-quarter performance, the Transylvania women's basketball team pulled away from the Anderson University Ravens on Saturday night for an 82-47 win at the Beck Center.
Junior guard Ashton Woodard posted a game-high 20 points behind a 4 for 7 shooting performance from three-point range, including 10 points during a key 16-0 run in the second quarter which changed the direction of the game.
After clawing to a 14-13 deficit after the first quarter, the Pioneers overpowered Anderson 24 to 8 in the second quarter to secure a 15-point halftime lead which they would build throughout the rest of the night.
The win improved the Pioneers to 6-2 overall and 3-1 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play. Anderson fell to 5-5 overall and 1-3 in conference play.
The Pioneers sputtered to a 4 for 18 start from the floor before Woodard and the Pioneers locked in for the second quarter. Following a pair of made free throws by Anderson's Tatum Minier at the 6:40 mark of the second quarter, Anderson took an 18-17 lead.
Sophomore guard Zenoviah Walker began Transylvania's signature run with a runner to take the lead back for the Pioneers for the rest of the evening. Woodard knocked down her first three-pointer of the 16-0 run to boost the Pioneers to a 22-18 cushion. Woodard canned another jumper on the following possession as the run caught more momentum.
Woodard bookended the run with a triple and a free throw with 1:34 left in the half to put the Pioneers in the driver's seat with a 34-18 advantage.
Walker buried a three-pointer to help aid the second-quarter onslaught and added 12 points off the bench.
Junior forward Shelby Boyle was the other double-digit scorer for Transylvania, providing 11 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three blocks, and two steals and connected on two 3-pointers.
The Pioneers shot 40 percent from the field and held the Ravens to 31 percent shooting on the night, including 2 for 15 shooting from long range. Transylvania took immense care of the basketball, turning the ball over just six times while forcing the Ravens into 23 turnovers. The conversion rate was all in Transy's favor as the Pioneers registered 30 points off turnovers to two points off turnovers by the Ravens.
Transylvania returns to play on Wednesday, December 19 as it journeys to Louisville, Kentucky to face off against Division III Spalding University. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Columbia Gym.
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