HCAC tourney on horizon for Spartans

HCAC tourney on horizon for Spartans

Manchester University takes the number five seed into the 2014 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference postseason tournament Friday, Feb. 28 – Sunday, March 2.

Tournament specifics: HCAC champion Transylvania University hosts the tournament at its Beck Athletic Center … The Black and Gold face fourth-seeded Bluffton University of Ohio Friday at 6 p.m. in one of two quarterfinal round games. A win moves them into the semifinals Saturday at 3 p.m. against the host and top-seeded Pioneers with the championship game slated for Sunday at 2 p.m. The tournament champion earns the conference's automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA Division III tournament … Live audio, video and statistics can be accessed at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics … WBKE-FM, 89.5, will also air all of the Spartans' games at the tourney.

Spartan Shorts: MU, having won five of its last eight, takes a 13-12 record to Lexington, Ky … The Spartans and Bluffton were separated by just five points in their two regular season meetings with Manchester University winning at BU 51-50 Feb. 6 and Bluffton earning a 60-56 at North Manchester Jan. 22. The Beavers have claimed three of the last four in the series, but MU still holds a 14-6 advantage dating back through 2004-05 … Manchester University has seen strong success at the HCAC championships claiming three titles since 2004-05 … Senior forward Erynn Meiklejohn (Fort Wayne, Ind.) is among the team leaders averaging 11.5 points per game which is ranked among the conference's top 15. Meiklejohn, whose 1.3 blocked shots per game are fifth in the HCAC, has been a roll of late with five consecutive double-figure scoring contests in tow … Other top numbers for the Spartans come from junior guard Jocelyn Hamilton (Columbus, Ind.), the conference assists' leader (5.5 pg) who has recorded multiple assists in each of the team's 25 games this year; sophomore guard Katie Arterburn (Indianapolis, Ind.) who is in the HCAC's top 10 in three-point field goal accuracy (No. 7 – 36.3 pct.); and junior center Alyssa Hammond (Osgood, Ind.) who joins Meiklejohn in the league's top 10 in blocked shots (No. 8 - .7 pg).$10 f