NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – A fast start by Manchester University helped it weather a furious game-ending rally by Earlham College Saturday, Jan. 2.
The Spartans, improving to 4-7 overall and 2-2 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, scored 21 of the game's first 30 points in route to building as large as a 23-point lead (50-27) in the third period. However, the Quakers, searching for their first league win, went on a 20-5 run from that point to cut the advantage to eight and got it all the way down to two possessions in the closing moments before the Black and Gold managed to close out the 69-64 decision.
Senior guard Katie Arterburn (Indianapolis, Ind.), closing a week in which she averaged over 21 points per contest and hit better than 64 percent from the outside the arc in two appearances, registered 25 points to go with three steals, six rebounds and two assists. Sophomore forward Samantha Bolen (Greenwood, Ind.) added 13 points, which featured a nine-of-10 effort from the free throw line.
The Spartans continue a brief two-game home stand Wednesday, Jan. 6. Franklin College comes to Stauffer-Wolfe Arena for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.
NOTES: Arterburn's scoring total, her third 20-point-plus outing, was a personal career single-game high … Despite not reaching double-digit scoring, the underclasswoman tandem of sophomore forward Tori Christlieb and freshman forward/center Maddy Minehart (Auburn, Ind.) contributed key statistical lines. Christlieb ended with five points, eight rebounds and a blocked shot, while Minehart ended with seven points and six rebounds.