Spartans resume brief home stand Thursday

Spartans resume brief home stand Thursday

A key week in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference begins Thursday, Jan. 9, for Manchester University. Franklin College's visit had been originally slated for Wednesday but was moved back a day due to the recent weather situation.

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

Spartan Shorts: Manchester University, sporting a 7-4 overall record, is part of a tie with Transylvania University atop the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings at 4-0 ... The Black and Gold is off to its best HCAC beginning since the 2007-08 squad started 8-0 ... A stingy defense, surrendering just 46.2 points per game and a 31.6 field goal percentage effort from the opposition, is one of the reasons for the strong league start. MU is plus 20.3 points and 3.5 rebounds a contest, too ... Through 11 games, senior forward Erynn Meiklejohn (Fort Wayne, Ind.), junior guard Jocelyn Hamilton (Columbus, Ind.), and sophomore guard Katie Arterburn (Indianapolis, Ind.) have their names listed on the conference's overall statistical top 10. Hamilton leads the way in assists, averaging just under six (5.7) a game, Meiklejohn is seventh in blocked shots per game (1.3), and Arterburn's 35.2 percent accuracy rate from beyond the arc is ninth ... Hamilton's assist totals are due to an impressive individual string. She's dished out multiples in every game this season, reaching a high water mark of nine twice … Hamilton and MU are both listed within the top 50 of the NCAA Division III current statistics report. The junior guard is 21st in assists per game (5.7), while the team is 36th in scoring defense (surrendering only 54.5 points a game) … FC won both ends of last year's edition in a pair of nailbiters. The Grizzlies won 44-42 in North Manchester and 47-43 at home. MU picked up a split in 2011-12 with their victory coming at the Spurlock Center.

Transylvania Trip - MU makes the journey to Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Jan. 11, as part of a doubleheader with the men's team. Game times are 1 p.m. (women) and 3 p.m. (men).