Spartans begin conference schedule on road

Spartans begin conference schedule on road

Defiance College of Ohio men's squad visits North Manchester, while Manchester University's women's team takes an eastern trek to take on the Yellowjackets Wednesday, Dec. 4.

Game specifics: Tip-offs are 7:30 p.m. inside MU's Stauffer-Wolfe Arena and DC's Karl H. Weaner Center … Live audio, video and statistics for the men's game and live statistics for the women's game are accessible at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics.

Spartan Shorts: The Spartans (1-3) open a three-game Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference road trip at Defiance. Successive contests follow at Earlham (Dec. 7) and Rose-Hulman (Dec. 14) … Manchester University's most recent game was a hard-fought 65-55 loss to Calvin College of Michigan Nov. 26. Junior center Alyssa Hammond (Osgood, Ind.) was just off the pace of a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds … The Spartans have claimed eight of the last nine and seven straight in the series including three wins a year ago … Senior forward Erynn Meiklejohn (Fort Wayne, Ind.) leads the squad, through four games, in points (35). On the boards, three players have grabbed 20-or-more rebounds so far with Hammond and junior guard Jocelyn Hamilton (Columbus, Ind.) tied for the lead at 22 each, while Hammond is first in field goal percentage (52.4), and Hamilton's 30 assists are first, too. Other top numbers belong to sophomore guard Katie Arterburn (Indianapolis, Ind.) (five made three-point field goals and 85.7 percent from charity stripe); sophomore guard Justine Kruger (Francisville, Ind.) (three blocked shots); and junior forward Abby Lang (Indianapolis, Ind.) (10 steals) … Arterburn is also within the HCAC's top five in three-point accuracy (38.5 percent).

Earlham Twinbill: MU's men and women go to Richmond, Ind., and Earlham College for an HCAC doubleheader Saturday, Dec. 7.