Three-game road set closes at Hanover

Three-game road set closes at Hanover

The 2013-14 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference slate continues Saturday, Jan. 18. Manchester University faces off against Hanover College in a men's and women's doubleheader.

Game specifics: Tipoff time is 5 p.m. at HC's Horner Health and Recreation Center … Live statistics, audio and video can be accessed at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics.

Spartan Shorts: The Spartans opened the week with an impressive 83-54 win over Anderson University Jan. 15. MU (8-6 overall, 5-2 HCAC) bolted out to a 21-1 lead and didn't look back en route to its fifth consecutive series victory over the rival Ravens … Several players are trending upward statistically speaking. The list includes the following - senior forward Erynn Meiklejohn (Fort Wayne, Ind.) goes into Saturday's clash with the Panthers on a bit of a hot streak averaging 15.5 points in her last two games; junior guard Jocelyn Hamilton (Columbus, Ind.) has a string of 13 successive multiple-assist contests in tow. She's dished out five-or-more 10 times and is on a run of four straight games where she's earned eight-or-more; sophomore guard Katie Arterburn (Indianapolis, Ind.) has canned multiple three-pointers in a game eight times this year; and junior center Alyssa Hammond (Osgood, Ind.) has grabbed five-or-more rebounds in 11 contests and has a current run of five straight outings with a blocked shot … Hamilton continues to be the league assists' leader, averaging 6.4 per game, while Arterburn's 38.9 percent three-point basket conversion rate is sixth-highest. Meiklejohn and Hammond are part of the HCAC's top 10 in blocked shots (Meiklejohn – fifth – 1.2 pg/Hammond 10th - .9 pg) … The two sides split last year's series with each team winning on the other's court. Close games are a part of the recent history with nine of the last 12 being decided by 10 points or less.

On the Horizon: A home game against Bluffton University of Ohio closes the first half of the conference campaign Wednesday, Jan. 22.