Lexington, Ky. – Grace Shope scored a team-high 10 points, and the No. 15 Transylvania women's basketball team cruised to a 68-42 victory over the Earlham College Quakers at the Beck Center on Monday afternoon.
The victory propels Transylvania's record to 9-1 overall and 3-0 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, while the Quakers fall to 2-8 and 1-2 in league play.
The Pioneers imposed their will on the Quakers throughout the game, using a definitive height advantage to claim a 49-31 rebounding advantage for the game.
Laken Ball turned in a stellar performance on Monday. The freshman scored a career-high eight points and tallied a career-high 11 rebounds to lead the Pioneers. Additionally, Shelby Boyle provided a strong performance that included eight points, eight rebounds, and three assists in the victory.
Transylvania took control of the game from the opening tip. Fueled by six quick points from Shope, the Pioneers took a 15-6 lead over the Quakers with just over three minutes remaining in the first quarter.
The Pioneers' defense clamped down on Earlham in the second quarter, allowing the Quakers to score just five points in the period. Boyle scored six points in the quarter to propel Transylvania's lead to 37-17 at the break. Transylvania outrebounded Earlham 23-10 in the first half.
Transylvania made use of a balanced offensive attack throughout the third quarter that saw six different Pioneers score as the lead grew to 52-28.
In the fourth quarter, the Pioneers extended their lead to the largest of the day at 68-36 when Gracie Haywood knocked down a corner three with 1:27 remaining in the game.
The Pioneers' bench outscored the Quakers' reserves 34-17 in the contest. Additionally, Transylvania held a 46-20 advantage in points in the paint.
Up next for Transylvania is a road matchup against the Bluffton University Beavers on Saturday, January 4. Tip-off is set for a 1:00 p.m. start at the Sommer Center in Bluffton, Ohio.
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