No. 15/16 Transylvania women's basketball overpowers Manchester in HCAC matinee

Boyle shooting

Lexington, Ky. – The No. 15/16 Transylvania women's basketball team roared to a 74-48 victory over the Manchester University Spartans on Saturday afternoon at the Beck Center for a 2-0 start in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play.

The Pioneers used a pivotal 8-0 run midway through the second quarter to build a double-digit lead that continued to grow throughout the afternoon as the Pioneers won their 2019-20 HCAC home opener against the Spartans.

The Pioneers improved to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in conference competition while the Spartans fell to 3-4 overall and 0-2 in the HCAC.

Manchester jousted back and forth with the Pioneers early before Transylvania closed out the first quarter strong with a straightway 3-pointer by Shelby Boyle and a strong inside finish by Miranda Otero, giving the Pioneers a 20-17 advantage after the first period. Boyle had eight of her game-high 17 points in the first quarter to give the home team a lift.

Transylvania tore away from the Spartans after Manchester tied up the quarter at 20-20 in the opening minute of the second quarter. Elizabeth Hardiman scored six points in the second quarter on 3-for-4 shooting from the field as the Pioneers outscored Manchester 16 to 6 in the period. Though the Pioneers missed all seven of their three-point attempts in the quarter, Transylvania still shot 44 percent from the field in the period and concurrently held Manchester to a 2-for-11 performance from the floor.

Buoyed by the second-quarter run, the Pioneers went on to outscore Manchester 38 to 25 in the second half as their offense sharpened throughout the course of the afternoon. The Pioneers assisted on 22 of their 33 field goals, further illustrating their Saturday propensity for keeping the ball moving.

For the afternoon, the Pioneers shot 43 percent from the floor on 33 for 77 shooting while limiting Manchester to just 17 for 52 shooting for a 33 percent clip. Transylvania commanded the boards, outrebounding the Spartans 49 to 26.

Ashton Woodard furnished a line of 14 points, a game-high eight assists, six rebounds, and two steals while knocking down 6 of 11 field-goal attempts. Hardiman was the other double-figure scorer for the Pioneers with 14 points and five rebounds on 7 for 12 shooting. All but one player scored off the bench for the Pioneers, which combined for 25 points.

The Pioneers will now soar west to the Bay Area for a pair of games near the campus of the University of California, Santa Cruz as they resume their nonconference schedule before the holiday break. Transylvania will take on Monmouth College (Illinois) on Wednesday, December 18 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern time and face host school UC Santa Cruz on Thursday, December 19 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern. Both games will be played at Kaiser Permanente Arena, the home of the NBA G-League's Santa Cruz Warriors as part of the December Classic Tournament hosted by UC Santa Cruz.

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