Senior forward Hillary Shepherd inbounds the ball
Senior forward Hillary Shepherd inbounds the ball
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Manchester University women’s basketball team put up a good fight on the road at nationally-ranked and unbeaten Transylvania University on Wednesday afternoon. The Spartans held the third-ranked Pioneers to their lowest point total of the season in a 64-36 midweek setback. Transylvania also scored a 64 points against both Bluffton and Rose-Hulman in early December.

Manchester’s defense was able to slow one of the top offenses in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference as Transylvania was limited to just 33 percent (23-69) shooting for the game, and just 22.9 percent (8-35) shooting from beyond the three-point arc.

First-year guard Eva Bazzoni (Wabash) led the Spartans with 13 points. Bazzoni connected on a trio of triples. Hillery Shepherd (Middletown) added a career-high eight rebounds, while Miranda Bieghler (Plainfield, Ind./South Putnam) added seven assists and six boards.

Laken Ball led Transylvania with 18 points and nine rebounds. Grace Shope added 13 points.

Manchester (7-8, 4-4 HCAC) will be on the road for its next game on Saturday  when the Spartans are scheduled to play at Franklin College beginning at 1 p.m.

Transylvania (15-0, 7-0 HCAC) remained unbeaten on the season. The nationally-ranked Pioneers will hots Bluffton on Saturday at 2 p.m.