Lexington, Ky. – The No. 6/8 Transylvania women's basketball team turned in a dominant second-quarter performance to capture a 74-42 victory over the Mount St. Joseph University Lions at the Beck Center on Wednesday night.
The 21-1 Pioneers remained perfect in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play as their record improved to 15-0 with their 18th straight victory. With the loss, the Lions fell to 7-15 overall and 6-9 in league play.
Leading the way for Transylvania were Shelby Boyle and Zenoviah Walker, who each tallied 15 points for the Pioneers. Ashton Woodard added 13 points, dished out five assists, and grabbed five rebounds in the victory.
Grace Shope opened the night with a corner three-pointer that put the Pioneers on top just seconds into the game. However, the Lions responded with a 14-2 run to claim a 14-5 lead midway through the quarter.
The Pioneers retook the lead at 17-16 when Kennedi Stacy knocked down Transylvania's fifth 3-point bucket of the game. Stacy drilled another triple just moments later to draw the Pioneers even with the Lions at 20-20 to end the quarter. Stacey finished the game with 13 points off the bench for Transylvania.
The Pioneers came out of the first-quarter intermission firing on all cylinders. Transylvania scored nine straight points to start the quarter and outpaced the Lions 21-3 in the period. Boyle led Transylvania with eight points in the quarter for a 41-23 halftime advantage.
After a cold offensive third quarter, the Pioneers opened the fourth quarter with a 13-5 run that was capped off by a three-point play by Laken Ball, putting Transylvania in control of the game with a 60-37 lead.
The Pioneers extended their lead to 35 points, their largest margin of the night, before cruising to the 74-42 victory.
Transylvania's defensive dominance was on display Wednesday as the Pioneers outrebounded the Lions 46-24 and forced 21 Mount St. Joseph turnovers in the convincing victory. Wednesday's output marked the 10th time this season the Pioneers have held an opponent to 50 points or fewer.
The Pioneers will return to action on Saturday, February 15 as they travel to North Manchester, Indiana, to face off against the Manchester University Spartans. Tipoff between the Pioneers and the Spartans is set for 3:00 p.m. at Manchester's Physical Education and Recreation Center.
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