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December 14, 2013

Black and Gold continue winning ways, claim third straight

TERRE HAUTE, IND. – Fueled by a career single-game best from senior forward Erynn Meiklejohn (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Manchester University kept itself unbeaten in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play Saturday, Dec. 14.

Meiklejohn, going nine-of-10 from the field, which included two three-point buckets, and a perfect six-for-six from the charity stripe, tallied 26 points, guiding the Spartans (4-3 overall, 3-0 HCAC) to a 61-42 win over Rose-Hulman at Hulbert Arena. It was the most points for an MU player since Erynn's older sister, Kelley, scored the same amount in a conference game at Hanover during the 2008-09 campaign.

Due to the efforts of the Meiklejohn and her teammates, Manchester University got out fast and didn't look back. The Spartans, scoring the game's first four points, built as large as a 15-point advantage in the first half and continued to build on that in the second 20 minutes, stretching the lead to 22 in the final moments.

Junior forward Abby Lang (Indianapolis, Ind.) joined Meiklejohn in double digits. She tallied 10 points. Other sparkling numbers for MU came from junior guard Jocelyn Hamilton (Columbus, Ind.) who finished with eight assists, four steals and two blocked shots and junior forward Alyssa Smith (Bluffton, Ind.) who grabbed six rebounds.

Manchester University returns to Stauffer-Wolfe Arena to wrap up its pre-Christmas slate Monday, Dec. 16. In-state rival Trine University visits for a 7 p.m. tip-off.

NOTES: The three consecutive league road victories are the first such string for the program since the 2010-11 squad accomplished the same skein … Meiklejohn turned in the fifth 20-point-plus game of her career … MU's win let it keep pace with defending HCAC champion Transylvania University atop the league standings.