Spartans to Bluffton for Thursday clash

Spartans to Bluffton for Thursday clash

Manchester University opens a home and away week in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Thursday, Feb. 6.

Game specifics: Tipoff time is 7:30 p.m. at Bluffton University of Ohio's Sommer Center. The game had originally been set for Wednesday but was pushed back a day due to the inclement weather in the area … Live statistics will be available at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics.

SPARTAN SHORTS: MU takes a 9-10 overall and 6-6 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference record to Bluffton. They are tied for fifth on the league standings with Rose-Hulman, just a game behind BU for the top four … The Black and Gold continues to hold strong residence in several HCAC statistical categories. The inside duo of senior forward Erynn Meiklejohn (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and junior center Alyssa Hammond (Osgood, Ind.) is among the top 10 in blocked shots (Meiklejohn – No. 5 – 1.3 pg/Hammond 9th - .8 pg); junior guard Jocelyn Hamilton (Columbus, Ind.), due to a run of 19 successive multiple-assist contests, leads the category (6.0 pg) and is in the top 15 in steals (T-12 – 1.7 pg); and sophomore guard Katie Arterburn (Indianapolis, Ind.) is eighth in three-point field goal accuracy (37.1 pct.) … Meiklejohn is two points shy of recording three consecutive 200-point-plus seasons … Bluffton has won three straight in the series which includes a 60-56 victory in North Manchester last month. Manchester University still holds a 13-6 advantage in the all-record dating back through 2004-05.

ON THE HORIZON: Manchester University takes on Rose-Hulman in an HCAC doubleheader at Stauffer-Wolfe Arena Saturday, Feb. 8.