Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania women's basketball team will host the 10th annual Pat Deacon Classic this Friday and Saturday, November 29-30 at the Clive M. Beck Center on the campus of Transylvania University.
The annual holiday tournament, named for legendary longtime Transylvania coach Pat Deacon, welcomes the Maryville (Tenn.) College Scots, the Southern Virginia University Knights, and the University of Redlands (Calif.) Bulldogs to the Beck Center for two days of nonconference competition.
Southern Virginia and Redlands will tip-off the tournament action on Friday at 6:00 p.m. Eastern time, followed by an 8:00 p.m. contest between Transylvania and Maryville. Friday's losing teams will square off on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. in a consolation matchup while the winners will face off on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. for the Pat Deacon Classic tournament crown.
Daily passes are $10 for adults and $15 for an all-session pass for adults. Two-day passes for children ages 5-17 and seniors aged 65+ are $10 while one-day passes for those age groups are $6. Children ages 4 and under are admitted for free.
All games will be streamed live on the Transy Sports Network.
Friday's nightcap matchup pits a compelling nonconference matchup between the undefeated Pioneers against the one-loss Scots. The Pioneers enter Friday's game with their highest national rankings in program history, ranked No. 9 by the WBCA Top 25 poll and No. 10 by the D3Hoops.com Top 25 poll. Transylvania defeated Wittenberg 59-56 last Saturday in its most recent game to boast a 3-0 record.
Maryville carries a record of 4-1 into Friday's contest, bouncing back from a 72-51 loss at Oglethorpe on November 22 to defeat Centre by 16 points in its most recent game. Maryville is led by freshman guard Courtney Carruthers, who averages 21.8 points per game and is shooting 45 percent from three-point range for the season.
The Pioneers are led by senior wings Shelby Boyle and Ashton Woodard; each player has earned Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors in each of the first two weeks of the season. Woodard is the reigning player of the week in conference play and leads the Pioneers in scoring at 17 points per game and assists at 4.3 dimes per contest. Boyle is second on the team in scoring at 14.3 points per game and leads the team in blocks with 1.7 rejections per game.
Like Maryville, Southern Virginia carries a 4-1 overall record into Friday's tournament; the Knights enter post-Thanksgiving play on a three-game winning streak. Redlands heads into the Bluegrass with a 3-1 record. Their two games this weekend will mark the first games away from home of the season for the Bulldogs.
The tournament pays homage to Pat Deacon, a Transylvania University icon. Deacon coached the Transylvania women's basketball team from 1971 through 1987 and the field hockey team from 1971 until 1999. Inducted into the 2000 class of the Pioneer Hall of Fame, Deacon's personal impact upon student-athletes and countless Pioneer hall-of-famers at Transylvania has etched her legacy as an indelible figure in the history of Transylvania Athletics.
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