Lexington, Ky. – The No. 9/10 Transylvania women's basketball team used a potent shooting night from Shelby Boyle to defeat the University of Redlands Bulldogs, 59-57 on Saturday evening in the consolation game of the 2019 Pat Deacon Tournament.
Boyle hit 6 of 11 three-pointers for a game-high 22 points to lead the Pioneers in a defensive-minded triumph over a gritty Redlands team to move to 4-1 on the season. Redlands dropped to 3-3 on the year.
Trailing 7-4 early in the first quarter, Boyle quickly heated up the Pioneer offense with back-to-back three-pointers. Ashton Woodard followed with a triple to extend Transylvania's lead to 14-7 with two minutes to go in the first quarter. Boyle tossed in one more threeball to end the quarter with a 17-7 lead for Transy.
Redlands used a 50 percent shooting exhibition from the field in the second quarter to get back into the contest. The Bulldogs closed within two points twice in the quarter before Boyle sent in her fourth three-pointer of the game to put the Pioneers ahead, 28-23 with 1:49 remaining in the half. Transylvania closed the half on a 10-5 run for a 32-25 halftime lead.
Woodard fought her way to seven points in the third quarter while Miranda Otero scored four points off the bench to lead the Pioneers in the third quarter, boosting the home team's lead back to 10 points at 46-36.
Redlands made a steady charge throughout the fourth quarter, scoring the first five points of the period. Boyle kept the Bulldogs at arms' reach before Redlands answered back with a three-pointer to pull within four at 48-44 with 5:38 remaining. Boyle struck with her sixth made 3-pointer of the game to put the Pioneers ahead, 51-44 with 5 minutes to go in regulation.
Woodard added two free throws with 4:10 remaining to put the Pioneers up by nine points before the Bulldogs went on a furious run. Behind four jumpshots and back-to-back triples, the Bulldogs went on a 10-0 run in just under three minutes to capture a 55-54 lead.
Boyle quickly secured the lead back for the Pioneers, setting up Otero for a close-range finish on a drive and dish with 1:12 to go for a 55-54 lead. The Pioneers gained a defensive stop and Woodard cashed in on the ensuing possession with a left-handed scoop shot to give the Pioneers a 57-54 lead with 20 seconds to go.
The Bulldogs' bid for a tie came up short, and Kennedi Stacy hit two free throws with seconds remaining to put the game on ice.
The Pioneers collected the win despite shooting 33 percent from the field to 40 percent for Redlands.
Boyle finished the game with 22 points, six rebounds, four assists, three steals, and a block and was named to the Pat Deacon Tournament's All-Tournament Team. Woodard finished the game with 19 points, three rebounds, and two assists. Otero posted nine points and six rebounds off the bench.
Transylvania next tips off Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play this Saturday, December 7 at the Anderson University Ravens in Anderson, Indiana. The Pioneers square off with the Ravens in the conference opener at 1:00 p.m. at O.C. Lewis Gymnasium.
For more on Transylvania women's basketball, follow @TUWBX on Twitter
2019 Pat Deacon Tournament – All-Tournament Team
Alyssa Downs, Redlands
Shelby Boyle, Transylvania
Klaire Varney, Maryville
Katie Garrish, Southern Virginia
Savanna Christensen, Southern Virginia (Tournament Most Valuable Player)