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November 16, 2013

Spartans claim season opener, reach Main View Tip-Off final

NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – Fueled by double figures scoring from senior forward Erynn Meiklejohn (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and junior guard Jocelyn Hamilton (Columbus, Ind.), Manchester University outlasted visiting Kalamazoo College 58-52 in overtime Friday, Nov. 15.

The Spartans, joining No. 12-ranked D3Hoops.com Ohio Northern University in the win column during night one of the 2013 Main View Tip-Off Tournament, bolted out to a 15-8 lead and held the Hornets out of double digits until 11 minutes were left in the first half. The home side got the advantage out to as large as nine later in the frame before going into the break with a 31-26 lead. Kalamazoo answered early in the second 20 minutes with a 6-1 run to hold a 33-32 edge, as the two sides traded the lead five times down the stretch from that point. MU did have a chance to end the game in regulation but a layup rolled out in the final moments to send the game into overtime at 47-47.

Kzoo hit the opening bucket of the extra session, but a 7-0 run from the Black and Gold after that turned the game in their favor. Meiklejohn's 16-point night, which led Manchester University, was aided by a 12-of-14 effort from the free throw line, while Hamilton, chipping in 13 points, hit on four-of-nine field goal attempts and was five-of-eight at the charity stripe. Other impressive numbers for the Spartans came from junior forward Abby Lang (Indianapolis, Ind.) who grabbed nine rebounds; Hamilton who dished out seven assists; and sophomore guard Justine Kruger (Francisville, Ind.) who blocked three Hornet shot attempts. Sophomore center Stephanie Barmes (Greenwood, Ind.) narrowly missed double figures in her first game in an MU uniform, as she totaled nine points.

Senior guard India Hoskins led all scorers, tallying 20 points for Kalamazoo. Junior guard Emily Lindsay was also in double digits for the visitors with 13 points.

Manchester University and Ohio Northern tip off at 7 p.m. in the tournament championship game Saturday, Nov. 16, inside Stauffer-Wolfe Arena. No. 16-ranked D3Hoops.com Carthage College of Wisconsin, who dropped a tight-knit 64-56 decision to ONU in the opener, faces Kalamazoo at 5 p.m. in the consolation championship.