Kline sets Pioneer three-point career milestone as Transylvania wins at Defiance

Kline rising for three

Kline 3-point record graphic

Defiance, Ohio – Senior guard Celia Kline became the all-time leader for career three-pointers in Transylvania women's basketball history on Saturday afternoon in the Pioneers' 70-58 win over the Defiance College Yellow Jackets at the Karl H. Weaner Center.

Kline, who entered the day ranked sixth nationally in three-pointers made per game, knocked down her second triple of the game early in the second half to reach 241 made three-point field goals for her career, a mark no other Pioneer has ever reached.

The senior's scoring outburst was one of many for the Pioneers, who fielded three other double-digit scorers along with Kline's 13-point showing as the Pioneers moved to 5-1 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play and 11-2 overall. Defiance dropped to 3-10 overall and 2-4 in HCAC play.

With a 5-1 in-conference record, the Pioneers maintained their share of a three-way tie for first place in the conference standings along with Hanover and Rose-Hulman while expanding their season-high win streak to six games.

Sophomore guard Zenoviah Walker enjoyed one of her best games of the season, tallying a game-high 20 points on 8 for 11 shooting from the floor, knocking down 4 of 6 three-pointers on Saturday and adding five rebounds, three steals, and one assist.

Junior guard Ashton Woodard produced 14 points, nine rebounds, and one assist while fellow junior, forward Shelby Boyle posted her fourth double-double of the season with 13 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks, one steal, and one assist.

The Pioneers began the day dictating tempo defensively as they built a 17-7 lead behind a pair of three-pointers by Woodard and Boyle, followed by a late scoring rally keyed by Walker to finish out the quarter.

Transylvania's shooting cooled off in the second quarter as Defiance battled back to cut Transylvania's halftime advantage to 27-24. But the Pioneers quickly took control of the game following halftime, using a rapid 13-0 run in under three minutes to take a 40-24 advantage and play with the upper hand for the rest of the afternoon.

The signature run entailed a half-opening layup by Walker, followed by the record-setting three-pointer by Kline. Each guard connected on another triple to complete the run.  

Transylvania is back in action at home on Wednesday, January 9 as the Pioneers welcome conference rival Mount St. Joseph University to the Beck Center for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off.

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