Wednesday, February 06, 2013
HCAC-leader Transylvania University got double-figure scoring from three different players in the first half tonight, and shot a blistering 61 percent from the field, en route to a 96-51 home win over the Mount. The Lions slip to 3-19 overall, 2-13 in the HCAC and will return to action on Feb. 9 when they play at HCAC-foe Earlham College.
Transy rolled out to a 9-2 lead early in the game against the Mount, and despite a three-point field goal by Heidi McManus (Bethel, OH/Williamsburg) with 14:48 on the first half clock, cutting their lead to 11-7, played well overall at both ends of the court. The Pioneers held a 17-8 lead with 12:34 to play in the first half and after leading 24-13 with 8:50 to play, finished the half on an 9-0 run to lead at the break, 46-24. The Mount converted only 31 percent of its shots in the first half, and had 11 turnovers. McManus led the first half scoring for the Mount, firing in nine points, while teammate Tara Dennis (Batavia, OH/Williamsburg) had five rebounds. Transy held a 21-17 rebounding advantage in the first half.
The Pioneers would pick up in the second half where they left off in the first half, out-scoring the Mount 15-2 to start the second half and take control of the game. Transy was particularly effecting with their inside offensive game, as they shot 53 percent from the field in the second half, and they controlled the boards, finishing the game with a 50-28 advantage. Four different players finished in double-figure scoring for the Pioneers, while the Mount was paced by McManus' 13 points and three steals. Chelsea Castleberry (Hebron, KY/Conner) added seven points for the Mount while Megan Mentzel (Amelia, OH/Ameia) had seven points and a team-high tying five rebounds. Transy claimed wins in both games this season in the series between the two teams.