Transylvania women lock down Earlham in 17-point home victory

Transy 62 Earlham 49

Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania women's basketball extended its season-best win streak to five games and registered its highest total of blocks in over eight seasons with 16 in a 60-43 victory over the Earlham College Quakers at the Beck Center on Wednesday night.

The win pushes Transylvania's record to 8-4 overall and 3-2 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play while concluding a grueling stretch of four games in six days.

Sophomore guard Ashton Woodard led the way for Transylvania with 18 points on 6-of 8 shooting from the field to go along with seven rebounds. Woodard went a perfect 5-for-5 from the free-throw line.

Also reaching double figures for the Pioneers were sophomore guard Shelby Boyle and senior forward Rachel Cox, who added 12 and 10 points respectively. 

Transylvania jumped out to a 9-0 lead just five minutes into the game thanks to five early points from Woodard.

Leading 18-5 at the start of the second quarter, Transylvania continued to control the game at both ends, extending its lead to 27-13 at the half 

The Pioneers outrebounded Earlham 24-13 in the first half, while their stifling defense allowed the Quakers to score just 13 points on 18 percent shooting in the half. 

As Transylvania continued to control the game in the second half, Pioneers head coach Juli Fulks was able to give her weary first unit large stretches of rest by playing her entire bench. The Pioneers rode the high-energy play of the reserves to the eventual 60-43 victory.

The Pioneers played lockdown defense throughout the game, holding the Quakers to just 25 percent shooting from the field for the game. 

Senior forward Carlee Clemons was an intricate part of the defensive effort, as she posted a career-high five blocks in the Transylvania victory.

Up next the Pioneers will look to extend their win streak to six games as they host the Defiance College Yellow Jackets on Saturday, January 6. Tip-off between the Pioneers and the Yellow Jackets is set for 1:00 p.m. at the Beck Center.

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