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Spartans begin week on high note

ANDERSON, IND. – A quick start and balanced scoring proved to be the difference for Manchester University Wednesday, Jan. 15.

The Spartans, moving to 8-6 overall and 5-2 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, roared out of the gates AU's O.C. Lewis Gymnasium, compiling 21 of the first 22 points en route to an 83-54 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference win. MU put 11 players in the scoring column as part of its fifth consecutive and 15th decision in the last 20 games against its league rivals.

Manchester University built its lead throughout the evening. The margin was 22 at halftime (40-18) and got as large as the 29-point final difference. Anderson University, dropping to 1-13 overall and 0-7 in the HCAC, did produce an early second half rally, pulling to as close as 19 but couldn't chip away any further.

Senior forward Erynn Meiklejohn (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and sophomore guard Katie Arterburn (Indianapolis, Ind.) each finished with 14 points to top the Spartans. Meiklejohn added three steals, while Arterburn continued to craft her three-point shooting touch, canning four treys and picked up a team-high four steals to boot. Other team highs came from junior center Alyssa Hammond (Osgood, Ind.) who grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three Raven shot attempts as part of a near double-double (nine points scored) and junior guard Jocelyn Hamilton (Columbus, Ind.) who guaranteed herself spending another night atop the league's assist charts with nine.

Manchester University closes a three-game road swing with a key visit to Hanover College Saturday, Jan. 18. Tip-off is 5 p.m.

NOTES: Meiklejohn goes into Saturday's clash with the Panthers on a bit of a hot streak averaging 15.5 points in her last two games … Hamilton extended her multiple-assist string to 13 straight games. She dished out five-or-more 10 times and is in a run of four straight games where she's earned eight-or-more … For the eighth time this season, Arterburn canned multiple three-pointers in a game … Hammond has grabbed five-or-more rebounds in 11 contests and has a current run of five straight outings with a blocked shot.