Pivotal late season homestand resumes Wednesday

Pivotal late season homestand resumes Wednesday

The final week of the 2013-14 regular season opens Wednesday, Feb. 19, for Manchester University. MU's women host Defiance College of Ohio.

Game specifics: Tip-off time is 7:30 p.m. at Stauffer-Wolfe Arena … Live audio, statistics and video can be accessed at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics.

Spartan Shorts: MU, standing 13-10 overall and 10-6 in the HCAC, harbors a four-game win streak and have claimed five of their last six contests. They sit fourth in the league with two games to play, trailing Franklin College by just one game for third and leading fifth-place Bluffton University of Ohio by a similar amount … The Spartans are coming off a 58-49 win over the College of Mt. St. Joseph Feb. 15. Junior guard Alyssa Smith (Bluffton, Ind.) helped highlight the victory with a near double-double of nine points and 17 rebounds, while senior forward Erynn Meiklejohn (Fort Wayne, Ind.) knocked down a team-high 13 points … Smith's 17 boards were the most in a game for a Black and Gold player since the 2004-05 season, while the team, which ended with 53 rebounds, had its highest output on the glass since the same year. Meiklejohn, with her third straight and fourth in her last five appearances double-figure scoring game, and junior guard Jocelyn Hamilton (Columbus, Ind.), increasing her multiple-assist run to 23 straight contests, kept impressive individual strings going too … Hamilton, averaging 5.6 assists a game, continues to lead the HCAC. Sophomore guard Katie Arterburn (Indianapolis, Ind.) is in the top 10 in three-point field goal accuracy with her 38 percent rate ranking seventh, while Meiklejohn and junior center Alyssa Hammond (Osgood, Ind.) are sixth (Meiklejohn – 1.2 pg) and eighth (Hammond - .7 pg), respectively, in blocked shots. … The Spartans have reeled off eight straight and nine of the last 10 in the series including a 61-40 win at Defiance in early December.

Regular Season Finale: Hanover College visits North Manchester for Senior Day 2014 Saturday, Feb. 22. Game times are 1 p.m. for the women and 3 p.m. for the men.

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