NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – Senior guard Katie Arterburn (Indianapolis, Ind.) drained five three-pointers as part of a 19-point afternoon inside Stauffer-Wolfe Arena Saturday, Jan. 30, but it wasn't enough to send the host Spartans to a key Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference decision.
MU, falling to 6-13 overall and 4-8 in the league, went back and forth with the visiting Lions of Mt. St. Joseph University (6-13, 5-7 HCAC) throughout a good share of the first half. An 11-4 stretch over the final 6:10 of the frame gave MSJ a 27-20 lead at halftime which they extended to as much as 14 in the second half.
The Black and Gold, much to the delight of their home crowd, responded with a run of its own. After Arterburn buried her final trey with 1:37 to go, they trailed just 55-52 and got the ball right back after a Lions' turnover. However, a pair of turnovers and some tough luck shooting by the home team coupled with four straight made charity tosses in the final 44 seconds helped send MSJ to the 59-52 victory.
Arterburn added a seven rebounds to her point total. Other strong statistical lines for MU came from freshman guard/forward Beth Schaefer (Fort Wayne, Ind.) who ended with seven points and seven rebounds and junior guard Jenifer Lee (Rockville, Ind.) who wound up with eight points, four rebounds, an assist and two steals. Freshman guard Faith-Alexis Graham (Indianapolis, Ind.) (seven assists) and sophomore forward Tori Christlieb (Culver, Ind.) (nine rebounds) added team highs.
The Spartans, sitting in a three-way tie with Hanover College and Defiance College for sixth-place on the loop standings, continue a two-game home stand Wednesday, Feb. 3. Bluffton University is their guest for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.
NOTES: Arterburn pushed her personal double-figure scoring streak to four straight. She's seen her season average move into double digits (9.1-10) in the span … Graham recorded her 13th multiple assist contest with a personal single-game high … Schaefer's seven rebounds marked her fourth outing with five-or-more … Lee, who's averaging over nine points per game in her last four appearances, has seen her scoring average rise eight-tenths (5.4-6.2) in the span.