Tip-off times of 2 p.m. for the women's contest and 4 p.m. for the men's game are set Saturday, Jan. 7, as the Fightin' Engineers of Rose-Hulman come to Stauffer-Wolfe Arena.
Game details: Fans, friends and alumni can tune in to the action via live audio, statistics and video through links at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics … Recent history in the men's series shows each side with eight wins over the last 16 games including a split a year ago, as the visitors won on each other's home court. Rose-Hulman's women won both games in 2015-16, but the Spartans have claimed 13 of the last 21.
Spartan Shorts: Women – Despite seeing a two-game league win streak snapped at the Spurlock Center Jan. 4, Coach Josh Dzurick's team saw positives. Sophomore guard/forward Beth Schaefer (Fort Wayne, Ind.) resumed an impressive four-game stretch by nearly adding a second double-double in the span. She finished with 10 points, grabbed six rebounds and managed to dish out three assists which tied a single-game personal career best. Senior guard Jenifer Lee (Rockville, Ind.) almost joined her underclasswoman teammate in double-figure scoring with eight points, while junior forward/center Samantha Bolen (Greenwood, Ind.) managed seven points, four rebounds and a blocked shot. Fellow junior inside mate Torrie Christlieb (Culver, Ind.) also tallied seven points and four rebounds … Schaefer's season averages have seen upward trends due to the recent efforts. Her points per game mark has risen just about a point and a half (6-7.4 pg) and her rebounding is up nearly two per game (4.1-6). The sophomore hasn't stopped there, dishing out four assists and swiping away two steals in the stretch … Schaefer is one of five Spartans among the conference's statistical top 10. Her rebounding totals are sixth-highest. Joining her are Bolen (field goal pct. – 41.9 – 10th); Christlieb (blocked shots - .9 pg – 7th); freshman Nicole Weaver (Fort Wayne, Ind.)/Bolen (free throw pct. – Weaver 84.4/Bolen 79.6 – 4th and 9th, respectively); and Lee (three-point field goal pct. – 36.6 – 6th).
Men – Wednesday's home victory not only snapped a six-game slide. It also moved the Black and Gold just a game out of the HCAC's top six … Individual highlights for Coach Gerad Good's team came from the guard duo of sophomore Adrian Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind.) and senior Tyler Alexander (Indianapolis, Ind.), as it has done already this season, by leading the scoring attack. Johnson netted 21 points due, in large part, to a nine-of-10 effort at the charity stripe to go with a team-best four steals. Alexander was just off double-double pace with 18 points and nine rebounds and also blocked two Grizzlies' shot attempts. Freshman guard Erik Bell (Evansville, Ind.) also had an impressive outing, scoring nine points, grabbing six rebounds and dishing out seven assists … Several trends are on the upswing for MU. Johnson enters Saturday's game harboring a run of nine straight double-figure scoring games and six successive outings in which he's dished out an assist. Alexander is getting tough on the glass of late, averaging nine rebounds a game over the last seven contests. Sophomore forward/center Evan Romie (Anna, Ohio) has seen his three-point shooting stock rise in the last three outings, hitting at a stratospheric 70 percent mark (seven of 10) which has helped his points per game average climb more than two (2.4-4.5) … Among the top numbers in the conference for the program are Alexander who is fifth in field goal percentage (57.7); Romie who is the same in three-point accuracy (45.8); and Johnson has the second-most steals per game (1.7).
Bluffton Mid-Week: The Spartans host BU in a women's game Wednesday, Jan. 11, while the men make the eastern trek. Both contests are slated for 7:30 p.m. starts.