Lexington, Ky. – The No. 9/10 Transylvania women's basketball team suffered a 75-67 loss to the Maryville (Tenn.) College Scots on Friday evening in the opening night of the 2019 Pat Deacon Tournament.
Maryville staged a come-from-behind victory by erasing an 18-point deficit in the third quarter to hand the Pioneers their first defeat of the 2019-20 season.
The Pioneers dropped to 3-1 on the year while Maryville improved to 5-1.
Each team looked fresh and ready after the Thanksgiving holiday as the Pioneers accelerated to a 20-16 lead after the first quarter. Shelby Boyle reached an individual milestone with her 1,000th career point by scoring 11 points in the opening quarter.
Boyle became the 22nd player in Transylvania women's basketball program history to reach the 1,000-point mark for her career with a driving runner to give the Pioneers the four-point lead 10 minutes into the ballgame.
Both teams let it fly from outside in the second quarter as the Pioneers sank 6 of 9 three-pointers and Maryville knocked down two 3-pointers. Grace Shope keyed the effort by knocking down all four of her three-point attempts in the quarter on the way to a career-high night with 20 points and a career-high 6 of 8 three-pointers. Transylvania outscored the Scots by six in the second quarter to carry a 43-33 lead to the break.
The third quarter witnessed vigorous swings for both teams. Shope began the half with her fifth made 3-pointer of the night while Ashton Woodard added three made free throws to spur the Pioneers on a 6-0 run. Kennedi Stacy converted on a drive to give Transy its largest lead of the night at 51-33 with 6:44 to go.
Maryville changed the complexion of the game with a 17-3 run behind second-chance opportunities and well-timed three-pointers to trim Transy's lead to 54-50. Boyle hit a late triple in the third to hold off the charging Scots with a 59-54 advantage.
The Scots continued their momentum with a 9-0 to lead off the fourth quarter to take their first lead of the night, growing a 63-59 lead. Woodard halted the run with a pair of free throws to cut the deficit back down to two. Mirando Otero scored inside on a hook to tie up Maryville at 63-63, but the Scots scored on their next two possessions to take a 68-63 lead with 5:54 to go.
The Pioneers stayed within three points of Maryville down the stretch but went cold from outside in an effort to tie up the game. Maryville's Elsa Eckenrod scored the pivotal jump shot from the top of the key with 1:04 left in the fourth quarter to give the visitors a five-point buffer and put the game out of reach.
Maryville finished the night shooting 40 percent from three-point range compared to 32 percent for the Pioneers.
Boyle finished the night with 14 points, eight rebounds, and one assist. Woodard had 16 points, five assists, and two rebounds.
The Pioneers will face off against University of Redlands (Calif.) in the consolation game of the Pat Deacon Tournament tomorrow to lead off a Saturday doubleheader. Transylvania and Redlands will tip-off at 4:00 p.m. from the Beck Center followed by Maryville and Southern Virginia in the championship game at 6:00 p.m.
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