Trine clash closes regular season non-conference slate

Trine clash closes regular season non-conference slate

Manchester University returns to the court Wednesday, Dec. 30, closing its 2015-16 regular season non-conference slate at Trine University.

Game details: Tipoff time is 5 p.m. inside Hershey Hall on Trine's campus in Angola, Ind. … Live audio, statistics and video links can be accessed at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics.

Spartan Shorts - The Spartans bring a 3-6 record into the battle with the Thunder. They're coming off a pair of hard-fought losses at the hands of Oglethorpe University of Georgia and Belhaven University of Mississippi Dec. 18 and 19 at OU's Holiday Inn Express and Suites Classic … Wednesday's road trip concludes a set of three meeetings against the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The Black and Gold has split the first two dates, defeating Kalamazoo Dec. 15 and falling to Calvin Nov. 24 … The underclasswoman trio of sophomore forwards Tori Christlieb (Culver, Ind.) and Samantha Bolen (Greenwood, Ind.) and freshman forward/center Maddy Minehart (Auburn, Ind.) currently top the scoring column. Christlieb, who's compiled a pair of double-doubles and three double-digit point totals over the course of the last five outings, is first (8.9 points per game), while Bolen (8.2 ppg) and Minehart (8.0 ppg) are close behind. Senior guard Katie Arterburn (Indianapolis, Ind.) is also in the top four, averaging eight points per contest … Christlieb's sparkling second year numbers don't stop in the points' section, either. She's the team rebounding leader (6.7 pg) and is tied for the blocked shots top slot (three) with Minehart and senior guard Kelcey Daugherty (Greenwood, Ind.). Other squad leaders are senior guard Justine Kruger (Francisville, Ind.) (24 assists/12 steals) and freshman guard Faith-Alexis Graham (Indianapolis, Ind.) (12 steals) … The two sides have split the past two contests with the Spartans winning at home during the 2013-14 campaign and TU claiming a decision on their home court in 2012-13.

Back Home: The 2015-16 HCAC calendar picks back up Saturday, Jan. 2, when Earlham College pays a visit to Stauffer-Wolfe Arena for a 2 p.m. contest.