Transylvania women's basketball locks down Franklin on the road


Franklin, Ind. – Using another dominant defensive showing, the Transylvania women's basketball team defeated the Franklin College Grizzlies 65-39 on Wednesday night at the Spurlock Center.

Spurred by a defensive first quarter in which the Pioneers outscored the home team 15-5, the Pioneers went on to lock down the Grizzlies to the tune of 13 total points at halftime to cruise to a hard-fought defensive win.

Senior forward Rachel Cox led all scorers with 18 points and eight rebounds as the Pioneers corralled 48 rebounds on the evening.

Sophomore guard Shelby Boyle joined in with 16 points and seven rebounds while sophomore guard Ashton Woodard contributed 10 points, six assists, five rebounds, and one steal.

Transylvania held Franklin to 23.4 percent shooting for the evening as the Grizzlies canned just 15 field goals. It was the second-lowest scoring mark by a Transylvania opponent this season since the Pioneers defeated Anderson 83-38 on November 28, 2017. 

In a slow-starting first quarter, the Pioneers and Grizzlies traded buckets in the first minute of the game. Transylvania then scored the next seven points to attain a 9-2 lead before Franklin's Riley Achenbach hit a jump shot with 4:00 minutes to go.

From there, the Pioneers closed the first half outscoring Franklin 19 to 9 to take a 28-13 lead. The Pioneers outscored the Grizzlies 18-10 in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.

Transylvania wraps up its regular season this Saturday, February 17 as it hosts the Anderson University Ravens for Senior Day 2018. A 2:00 p.m. tip-off will follow the senior day ceremonies for three seniors, including Cox, Sarah Ashley, and Carlee Clemons at the Clive M. Beck Center in Lexington.

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