Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania women's basketball team drew the curtain on the 2018 Pat Deacon Classic with a dominant 101-48 win over the Methodist University Monarchs, coupled with moments of history on Friday night at the Beck Center.
The Pioneers roared ahead early in Friday's contest to christen the ninth-annual Pat Deacon Classic, named for Transylvania's longtime women's basketball head coach, field hockey head coach and athletics administrator.
Behind a suffocating first quarter which witnessed the Pioneers secure a 28-6 stronghold on the contest, Transylvania cleared the way for senior guard Celia Kline to become the newest member of the program's 1,000-point club with a three-pointer later in the night.
The victory moved the Pioneers to 8-2 on the season and into Saturday's championship game against No. 18 Trine University, which defeated the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in the first game of the evening at the Pat Deacon Classic.
The 101-point output also served as the single-game scoring high mark for the Pioneers in the five-year era under head coach Juli Fulks.
The Pioneers surged ahead with a 55-15 halftime lead and clinched an 80-30 advantage after three quarters. The Pioneers won the final quarter, 20 to 16 to hit the 100-point mark for the first time since March 2, 2014, in a 110-70 over Hanover College in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament championship game.
The Pioneers spread around the scoring in the first half during a sustained scoring barrage, hitting on 22 of 34 field goals in the first half and 8 of 16 from three-point range. Defensively, the Pioneers held Methodist to 21 percent shooting in the first half and locked the Monarchs into 1 for 10 from outside. 11 different Pioneers scored in the first half as the home team put the game quickly out of reach.
With 14 points on the evening entering the fourth quarter, Kline put a bow on the contest, sinking a left-wing three off a feed from fellow senior guard Macey Ford, for her 1,002nd career point, becoming the 21st player in Transylvania women's basketball to reach the quadruple-digit career scoring mark for her career.
Kline led the Pioneers in scoring with 17 points and was one of six players to score in double figures. The senior added four rebounds, two assists, and one steal in the victory while shooting 5 for 11 from three-point range. Juniors Shelby Boyle, Ashton Woodard, sophomores Kaitlyn Johnson, Elizabeth Hardiman, and freshman Grace Shope all scored 11 points apiece, with Johnson doing so on a perfect 4 for 4 night from the floor and Hardiman hitting on all five of her field-goal attempts.
Woodard led the Pioneers with five of the team's 27 assists while Boyle reeled in a team-high six rebounds.
The Pioneers will face Trine at 6:00 p.m. tomorrow night in the championship game at the Beck Center to follow the 4:00 p.m. consolation matchup between Whitewater and Methodist.
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