Spartans face off with Franklin tonight

Spartans face off with Franklin tonight

The second half of the 2013-14 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference schedule continues on Wednesday, Jan. 29.

Game specifics: Tipoff times are 7:30 p.m. for the women at Franklin College's Spurlock Center and the men at Manchester University's Stauffer-Wolfe Arena … Live statistics, audio and video for the men's game and live statistics for the women's game can be accessed at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics.

Spartan Shorts: Women – The Black and Gold (8-9 overall, 5-5 HCAC) is looking to put the brakes on a three-game skid. They are tied for fifth in the league with Rose-Hulman, just a game out of the top four … Sophomore guard Justine Kruger (Francisville, Ind.) enters the midweek contest on a bit of a roll. She's scored double figures and hit 50 or percent from the field in four of her last six games with her points-per-game average rising nearly two and a half points (4.7 – 6.9) in the span … Junior guard Jocelyn Hamilton (Columbus, Ind.) is harboring a string of her own, too. She's dished off multiple assists in each of MU's 17 games … The Spartans have individuals mentioned in the top 15 of six HCAC statistical categories. Hamilton continues to top the conference in assists (6.2 pg) and is tied for 15th in steals (1.6 pg); senior forward Erynn Meiklejohn (Fort Wayne, Ind.) is 15th in scoring (11.4 ppg) and sixth in blocked shots (1.1 pg); junior center Alyssa Hammond (Osgood, Ind.) is 15th in rebounding (5.4 pg) and 10th in blocked shots (.8 pg); and sophomore guard Katie Arterburn (Indianapolis, Ind.) is sixth in three-point field goal accuracy (39 pct.) … Franklin claimed the first 2013-14 meeting between the two sides 69-58 at North Manchester Jan. 9.

Men – Manchester University (4-13 overall, 3-7 HCAC) sits just a game out of a three-way tie for fifth on the conference standings … Sophomore guard Brady Dolezal (Tipton, Ind.) was tabbed the conference's Player of the Week for the period ending Jan. 26. He scored 30 points and hit the eventual game-winning bucket with just over two seconds remaining in a 68-67win over Bluffton Jan. 22, finishing the contest eight-of-nine from the field. Dolezal followed that effort with 23 points, on eight-of-11 shooting, in Manchester's 83-59 win against Earlham Jan. 25. For the week, the sophomore averaged 26.5 points per game while shooting 80 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from behind the arc ... Junior forward Jon Thompson (Rushville, Ind.) was just as impressive last week, averaging nearly a double-double (22.5 ppg./8.5 rpg) ... Freshman guard Blake Brouwer (Elkhart, Ind.) and sophomore forward Jarod Schrock (Logansport, Ind.) are keeping residency in the HCAC's statistical top 15. Brouwer is 14th in three-point accuracy, hitting at a 36.8 percent clip, while Schrock is sixth in blocked shots averaging eight-tenths a game ... MU, including a 67-65 win at FC's Spurlock Center earlier this month, has won six of the last nine in the series.

Transylvania Twinbill: The Spartans welcome the Pioneers Saturday, Feb. 1. Game times are 1 p.m. for the women and 3 p.m. for the men.

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