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Women’s basketball claims HCAC co-championship

The women’s basketball team won 11 of its final 12 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference games to claim a share of the regular-season conference title with Franklin College before losing to Hanover College in the HCAC tournament to end an outstanding season.

The Pioneers wound up with a 13-3 league record and 19-7 overall mark. After beginning HCAC play with a 2-2 record, Transy caught fire, losing only to Franklin on the road in the rest of conference play. The Pioneers lost 87-64 in the conference semifinals to Hanover, a team they had defeated twice in the regular season.

“We felt good that we were playing our best basketball at the end of the season,” said head coach Greg Todd, who also pointed to a key injury near the end that helped account for Transy’s early exit in the HCAC tournament.

Olivia akridgeSenior guard Brittany Henderlight broke a finger on her shooting hand in practice a day after the Pioneers’ 106-71 win over the College of Mount St. Joseph.

“After that game, we were really on a high, and then we lost our most valuable player,” Todd said. “As a senior and a great leader, she was the heart and soul of our team this year.”

In spite of missing the last three games of the season, Henderlight wound up as Transy’s third leading scorer with a 12.7 average, leading 3-point shooter with 34 made goals, and the 13th all-time leading scorer with 1,075 career points. She was one of three Pioneers named to the All-HCAC first team, her third straight year to win that honor.

Also making the All-HCAC first team were junior guard Olivia Akridge (left) and junior forward Holly Milburn. Akridge was the team’s second leading scorer at 14.1 points a game and the leader in assists with 95. Milburn led the team in scoring with a 15.1 average and rebounding with 6.4 a contest.

Todd, completing his fourth year at the Transy helm, was named by his peers in the HCAC as conference Coach of the Year for the second season in a row.

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