Hanover, Ind. – The No. 6/9 Transylvania women's basketball team fell prey to the Hanover College Panthers, 64-57 at Collier Arena on Wednesday night.
The loss snaps a 19-game win streak for the Pioneers, who are now 22-2 on the season and 16-1 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, while Hanover's record improves to 17-6 overall and 16-1 in league play. The two teams now sit tied atop the conference standings with just one game remaining in the regular season.
The Pioneers were plagued by shooting woes throughout the night. Transylvania shot 31.6 percent from the field and 15 percent from three-point range.
Ashton Woodard led the Pioneers on offense with 20 points, five rebounds, and four assists. The senior also went 10-for-12 from the free-throw line and hit on 2 of 4 three-point tries.
Joining Woodard in doubles figures was Miranda Otero, who tallied 13 points, 10 rebounds, and two blocks in 25 minutes of action off Transylvania's bench. The performance is the first double-double of Otero's career.
The Panther defense held Transylvania to just 24 points in the first half on Wednesday, marking the lowest-scoring first half by the Pioneers in HCAC play this season. Hanover took a 29-24 lead into the halftime intermission.
The Hanover lead ballooned to its largest margin of the night at 36-24 less than two minutes into the second half following a 9-0 run by the Panthers.
However, the Pioneers responded with a 12-0 run of their own that was capped off by a layup by Otero with 4:05 left in the third quarter to tie up the contest at 36-36. Despite Transylvania's rally, the Panthers retained control of the game into the final period with a four-point lead.
Trailing Hanover by four points with just over a minute remaining in the game, Woodard drilled a straightaway three-pointer to cut the lead to 58-57.
Despite Transylvania's fight, the Panthers went on to outscore the Pioneers 6-0 over the final minute of play to escape with the 64-57 victory. The Hanover win snapped a program-record 33-game conference win streak for the Pioneers.
The Pioneers will wrap up regular-season play by hosting the Bluffton University Beavers at the Beck Center on Saturday, February 22.
A victory over the Beavers will secure Transylvania at least a share of the HCAC regular-season crown and hosting privileges for next weekend's conference tournament. The game will tip-off at 2:00 p.m. following a Senior Day ceremony where the Pioneers will honor Woodard and fellow senior Shelby Boyle.
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