Men's Basketball

Pioneers beat 'our own worst enemy'

Transylvania's women made only one field goal in the last 8½ minutes of their 90-79 victory over Defiance at the Beck Center Wednesday night.

The Pioneers became "our own worst enemy," as Coach Greg Todd put it, while the visiting Yellow Jackets sliced a 21-point second-half deficit to seven in the last minute.

What had helped Transylvania to its big lead paid off at the end when the defense forced six turnovers in the final four minutes. The Pioneers also made enough free throws to withstand a defiant Defiance comeback.

"We had a nice lead, but then we relaxed," Todd said. "Give Defiance credit. They made shots and went to the glass hard. They made life tougher for us."

"When they cut into the lead, we had to refocus," said Transy's Jackie Distler, who scored a game-high 21 points, 12 in the second half. "I felt a little pressure and thought we'd better step it up."

The Yellow Jackets first trimmed the 56-35 deficit to 11 by the 13-minute mark.

Transylvania (8-1, 2-1 Heartland Conference) led by 18 until a 7-0 run got the visitors within 75-64 at the six-minute mark and to 78-71 on a three-pointer by Courtney Schmersal with 4:13 left.

The Pioneers made 10 of 12 free throws after that while the defense was disrupting the Jackets' offense.

"They made a couple of runs, and we had to keep playing our game," said Transy guard Ashley Pait, a junior transfer from Kentucky Wesleyan. "We tightened up on defense. We focused on their shooters, defensive rebounding and taking care of the ball."

Defiance (4-5, 1-2) committed 28 turnovers, 13 in the second half. Transylvania had a 25-17 edge in points off turnovers for the game.

"Our defense causing 28 turnovers was the difference," Todd said. "Going to the free-throw line was the main thing we did on offense."

Transylvania was 8-for-10 at the line in the first half while building a 48-35 lead. Transy fouled only twice, and Defiance didn't get to the line.

The Pioneers made 25 of 32 free throws for the game, including 14 of their last 16.

Pait finished with 17 points and a game-high five assists for the winners. Kelsey e_SDHpMcCarty scored 12 of her 14 points in the first half. Holly Milburn had a double-double with 14 rebounds and 10 points.

Schmersal and Katie McNamara had 14 points each for Defiance. Shavonda Price had a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards.

defiance (4-5) — Price 5-14 1-1 11, McNamara 4-12 5-7 14, Bailey 3-5 0-0 6, Stucke 3-9 0-1 8, Schmersal 5-7 0-0 14, Cole 0-0 0-0 0, Bateman 0-2 0-1 0, Graves 2-5 0-0 5, Zachrich 2-2 4, Deskins 2-6 0-0 5, Carunchia 2-2 0-0 4, White 3-7 2-5 8.

transylvania (8-1) — Milburn 5-10 0-0 10, McCarty 4-10 6-6 14, Adler 3-6 3-4 9, Pait 7-17 2-2 17, Distler 8-11 3-4 21, Harris 0-2 2-3 2, Akridge 2-7 4-7 8, Wright 0-1 0-0 0, Black 0-0 3-4 3, Flynn 2-9 2-2 6.

Halftime—Transylvania 48-35. Three-point goals: Defiance 9-23 (Schmersal 4-5, Stucke 2-3, Deskins 1-3, Graves 1-3, McNamara 1-7, Bateman 0-1, Price 0-1), Transylvania 3-7 (Distler 2-3, Pait 1-3, Flynn 0-1). Fouled out—Stucke, McCarty. Rebounds—Defiance 45 (Price 10), Transylvania 42 (Milburn 14). Assists—Defiance 12 (Stucke 4), Transylvania 16 (Pait 5). Total fouls—Defiance 24, Transylvania 15. A—301.

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