A run of eight games in the first month of 2016 opens Saturday, Jan. 2, for Manchester University.
Game details: Tipoff time is 2 p.m. inside Stauffer-Wolfe Arena on MU's campus … Live audio, statistics and video can be accessed via a link at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics.
Spartan Shorts: MU (3-7 overall, 1-2 HCAC) gave Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association power Trine all it could handle Dec. 30. The Black and Gold got out to a quick start at Hershey Hall, leading by as many as six in the first half and then, after the host Thunder reversed the deficit in the second half, nearly grabbed the non-conference victory at the end with a pair of jump shots falling off in the closing seconds. Senior guard Katie Arterburn (Indianapolis, Ind.) dropped in five three-point baskets as part of a team-high 18 points, while sophomore forward Samantha Bolen (Greenwood, Ind.) added 12 points. Despite not working their way into double figures, freshman guard Faith Alexis-Graham (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomore forward Tori Christlieb (Culver, Ind.) had strong contributions, as Graham dished out six assists, grabbed four rebounds and picked off a steal to go with six points, and Christlieb tallied six points, eight rebounds and a blocked shot … Christlieb's solid recent run continued, as her points per game average is up nearly three (6-8.6) and her rebound per game totals are up nearly one and a half (5.5-6.8) over the past six outings. Due to that roll, she ranks eighth in rebounding and is sixth (46.7 pct.) in field goal percentage in the HCAC … Arterburn registered a personal single-game season high and her fourth double-figure scoring effort Wednesday. She goes into the weekend among the league's top 10 in three-point field goal conversion (37.1 pct. – No. 8).
Franklin Set: MU's women host the Grizzlies, while the men make the southern trek to Spurlock Gymnasium Wednesday, Jan. 6. Start times are 7:30 p.m. at both sites.