NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – A skein of 13 of the game's final 18 points helped guide Manchester University to a key early-season Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference win Saturday, Dec. 5.
Trailing visiting Hanover College 65-63 with 2:52 remaining, Coach Josh Dzurick's team took off on a 13-5 roll to close the contest with a 76-70 victory. Sophomore forward Samantha Bolen (Greenwood, Ind.) registered a three-point play as part of a five-point effort, while the trio of sophomore forward Tori Christlieb (Culver, Ind.), senior guard Katie Arterburn (Indianapolis, Ind.) and senior guard Kelcey Daugherty (Greenwood, Ind.) hit a string of six straight charity tosses to highlight the rally.
Bolen topped the MU scoring column with a personal single-game high 15 points, leading four players in double digits. Christlieb turned in her first collegiate double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds and also blocked a Panther shot attempt; Arterburn tallied 12 points and dished out a co-team high four assists; and fellow senior guard Justine Kruger (Francisville, Ind.) compiled 11 points.
Manchester University (2-3 overall, 1-1 HCAC) got out of the gates fast, scoring 10 of the first 16 points. The home crowd inside Stauffer-Wolfe Arena had plenty to cheer about throughout, as the Spartans opened the advantage to as much as 10 in the second half before HC (2-3 overall, 0-1 HCAC) turned to full-court pressure and answered with a late third period – early fourth period stretch to gain a 65-63 edge, setting up the frenetic finish.
The Black and Gold continue league play Saturday, Dec. 12, traveling to Mt. St. Joseph University of Ohio. Tipoff is 3 p.m.