Thursday, December 05, 2013
Visiting Transylvania University got a balanced scoring attack, rolling out to a 13-point advantage at the half, en route to a 78-56 win over the Mount on Wednesday evening in the HCAC opener for both teams. The Lions, 0-6 overall, 0-1 in the conference, returns to action on Dec. 7 when they return to the conference schedule to host Defiance College.
Both teams struggled with their shooting throughout the early stages of the game, before the Pioneers began to pull away after the score was tied at seven-all. They built up a 24-11 advantage by the 4:39 mark, thanks in part to inside-outside scoring and solid defense. Transy out-shot the Mount 38 to 24 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes of action, and out-scored the Lions, 7-0 from the free throw and holding an edge in the rebounding battle.
Tara Dennis (Batavia, OH/Williamsburg) connected on a lay-up with 15:48 to cut the deficit to 40-30, but the Lions would get no closer as the Pioneers out-scored the home team, 15-4 over the next five minutes to push the lead out to 55-34.
Heidi McManus (Bethel, OH/Williamsburg) led three Mount players in double-figures, firing in 18 points, while adding six steals, four rebounds and three assists. Dennis recorded a double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing a game-high tying 11 rebounds. Chelsea Castleberry (Hebron, KY/Conner) added 15 points, four rebounds and four assists. Transy got double-digit scoring from five players, and their bench out-scored the Lions' substitutes, 22-4.