Offense explodes in Transy win over Mt. St. Joseph
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Transylvania put up a season-high 96 points Wednesday and led wire-to-wire in a 96-51 decision over Mt. St. Joseph Wednesday in a women's Heartland Conference basketball contest at the Beck Center.
Transy, the HCAC league leader, is 17-5, 13-2 in the conference while the Lions are 3-19, 2-13 HCAC. Transy came into play with a one-game lead over Franklin in the HCAC race.
Transy never trailed in the first half, shooting over 60 percent from the field en route to a 46-24 edge at the break. The Pioneers turned a 26-17 lead at the 6:40 mark into a 22-point cushion by outscoring Mt. St. Joseph 20-7 leading into halftime.
Katelyn Smith and Nicole Coffman each scored 15 points in the first half, combining to convert 13 of 21 field goal attempts. Madisen Webb was five of seven for 11 points. She also had five rebounds. Coffman handed out three assists.
Transy outscored Mt. St. Joseph 24-10 in the paint and 13-7 off turnovers. Heidi McManus led the visitors with nine points in the half.
The lead kept growing in the second half, eventually reaching 46 points with just over two minutes to play. Transy finished the game shooting 58 percent from the field, including six of eight from three-point range.
Smith finished with 24 points, two more than Coffman, while Webb had 16 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. Elizabeth Thomas came off the bench to score a season-high 12 points. Coffman also led the team with five assists.
Mt. St. Joseph shot 32 percent from the field and McManus was high with 13 points. Transy outscored the Lions 50-22 in the paint and had a 23-12 edge in points off turnovers.
Transy will travel to Manchester for its next contest on Saturday at 1 p.m. before returning home to complete the regular season with games against Hanover and Bluffton.