Woodard reaches 1,000 career points as No. 15 Transylvania opens up HCAC play with win at Anderson

Woodard dribbling

Anderson, Ind. – The No. 15 Transylvania women's basketball team used a torrid run in the second quarter to deliver a 69-56 victory over the Anderson University Ravens on Saturday afternoon at O.C. Lewis Gymnasium.

The Pioneers opened up Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play on Saturday with their second double-digit win of the 2019-20 campaign to move to 1-0 in conference play and 5-1 on the season.

Ashton Woodard scored a team-high 17 points to become the 23rd Pioneer in program history to reach the 1,000-point career scoring mark. Woodard followed in the footsteps of fellow senior, Shelby Boyle, who achieved the feat two games ago. Woodard's 1,000th point came in the fourth quarter on a layup with 7:48 remaining.

Woodard milestone

Boyle put forth a 15-point, 12-rebound, and five-assist performance in Saturday's win, knocking down 3 of 4 long bombs.

Trailing 10-9 in the first quarter, the Pioneers outscored Anderson 11 to 5 in the final three minutes to claim a 20-15 advantage. Boyle connected on back-to-back triples and Gracie Haywood knocked down a 3-pointer with 13 seconds remaining in the period to cap off the run.

Anderson pulled within three points at 23-20 early in the second quarter before the Pioneers reeled off 19 unanswered points to build a 42-20 lead. Anderson suffered through a scoring drought of nearly nine minutes as the Pioneers outscored the Ravens, 22 to 8 in the quarter.

Kennedi Stacy hit two 3-pointers to initiate the second-quarter run while Calynn Jackson and Boyle joined in on the barrage from outside. Boyle added two more points at the foul line while Elizabeth Hardiman and Miranda Otero combined for eight points to finish off the run. Otero finished the game with 10 points off the bench and a perfect 4-for-4 showing from the field.

Anderson gnawed slightly at Transy's lead in the third quarter before the Pioneers grew the lead back to 18 points with two minutes to go in the fourth quarter to cruise on to victory.

Transylvania hit 12 of 34 shots from three-point range (35 percent) while Anderson splashed 7 of 18 from downtown (39 percent).

Stacy was the other double-digit scorer for the Pioneers with 12 points, adding five rebounds and three assists in the performance. Haywood had a season-high six points for the Pioneers.

The Pioneers will take the week off for fall semester finals before returning to play next Saturday, December 14 against the Manchester University Spartans in their HCAC home opener. Tip-off at the Beck Center between the Pioneers and Spartans is scheduled for 12:00 noon.

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