Winter Sports Begin At TU

by Abby Ferguson

The Transylvania men’s basketball team is 1-1 after games against the Red Men of Carthage College and the Mountaineers of Berea College. Both of these games proved to be tough contests for the Pioneers.

Head Coach Brian Lane said, “We had an extremely tough time scoring, and a lot of that had to do with the physical nature of the game.”

The Pioneers dropped their opener to Carthage College 76-54. Transy ended up shooting 29 percent from the field (17 of 59), 29 percent from beyond the arc, while the Red Men in the first half shot 54.5 percent.

“I knew that such a tough road trip for our first game of the year was going to be difficult, but I thought it would give us a good idea, very quickly, of where we were compared to some other top ranked teams in the region” commented Coach Lane.

First year Barrett Meyer led the Pioneers with 11 points, while senior Tim Tierney contributed 10 points and four assists. Senior Blake McCowan pitched in with eight points and six rebounds, which helped out the Pioneers finish with a 39-35 advantage.

After a loss to the Red Men, they were ready to play against Berea.

First year Brandon Rash contributed to the team’s win with 10 points and nine rebounds, while Meyer added another 13 points.

Coach Lane explained, “The win at Berea was a nice one because of how quick and aggressive Berea is. Going to their home court and winning by double figures gives us something to build on.”

With a combined effort from seniors Tierney and Matthew Parton of 34 points, the Pioneers came out on top 77-66.

The Pioneers will be playing Centre College at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday in their home opener.

The women’s basketball team is 1-0 after a tough battle against the Spalding University Golden Eagles. Junior Holly Milburn led the team with 22 points and five rebounds; senior Brittany Hinderlight contributed 15 points and a team-high nine rebounds.

The women will travel to Hanover College this weekend to play in the Sodexho Classic. They will play Ohio Northern University at 8 p.m. on Saturday and Kalamazoo College at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The men and women’s swimming teams will be in action on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s meet will be held at 6 p.m. at Union College (Ky.). Having won against the Bulldogs last year, the Pioneers will be looking to come out on top again.

The teams will also be swimming at home against Franklin College on Saturday at 1 p.m. The women will face Butler University on Saturday. Both teams are looking to capture their first win this weekend.

Head Coach George Villarreal said,” The team’s have been training exceptionally well, and the results from our first meets are very positive,” he continued, “Many swimmers have attained personal records, and a very positive signal for the rest of the year and for when we rest them for championships.”

With the DePauw University Invitational coming up soon, these two meets will help them prepare for the schools they will swim against on December 4 and 5.


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