LEXINGTON, KY – The Transylvania University women's basketball team ran away from Hanover College, 110-70, on Sunday afternoon at the Beck Center to win the 2014 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Tournament Championship. With the victory, Transylvania earned the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament set to begin next week.
The top seed Pioneers jumped out on Hanover 56-32 at the half and never looked back. Transy's hot shooting continued in the second half to secure the school's second women's basketball HCAC tournament title. The Pioneers shot a blistering 59% for the game, including 47.6% from behind the arc.
Leading the way for Transylvania was sophomore guard Katelyn Smith (Hazard, Ky./Perry Co. Central). The sophomore scored a team-high 23 points, grabbed six rebounds, and dished out five assists, earning the tournament Most Valuable Player award for the first time. Junior guard Nicole Coffman (Liberty, Ky./Casey Co.) chipped in nine points and seven rebounds in the win and was named to the all-tournament squad. Senior guard Madisen Webb (Georgetown, Ky./Scott Co.) also earned a spot on the all-tournament team, netting 14 points with eight rebounds and six assists in the title game.
Freshman guard Jessie Davidson (Lexington, Ind./Austin) scored14 points with three rebounds for the Panthers in the championship game, claiming a spot on the all-tournament team. Junior guard Alicia Hopkins (Columbus, Ind./East) joined Davidson on the all-tournament squad.
Franklin College's Lindsey Dall (Brownsburg, Ind./H.S.) earned the final spot on the all-tournament team for her efforts this weekend.
Transylvania, under head coach Greg Todd, improved to 25-2 and will make the trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time since 2009.
The announcement of the Division III women's basketball field will be presented via webcast on www.ncaa.com beginning at 2:30 PM Monday.
Katelyn Smith (Transylvania) HCAC Tournament MVP
Transylvania Head Coach Greg Todd