ANDERSON, IND. – Senior guard Katie Arterburn (Indianapolis, Ind.) and junior forward Jenifer Lee (Rockville, Ind.) each finished in double-figure scoring to lead Manchester University Wednesday, Feb. 10.
The Spartans got out to a fast start inside Anderson University's O.C. Lewis Gymnasium, tallying six of the game's first eight points and holding as large as a five-point lead in the early going. However, the home-standing Ravens used a 6-0 roll over the final 4:02 of the first half to propel them to a 25-20 edge at the break and expanded the advantage to as much as 10 in the second 20 minutes. MU managed a strong rally, trimming the deficit to as little as five (44-39) with 2:25 left, but AU staved off the comeback, scoring six of the final eight points for a 50-41 decision.
Arterburn finished with 11 points, three rebounds and a pair of assists for the Black and Gold (6-16 overall, 4-11 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference). Lee continued an impressive recent roll with 10 points off the bench due to a four-of-six shooting night, while freshman guard Faith-Alexis Graham (Indianapolis, Ind.) ended with eight and dished out two assists to share the team lead with Arterburn and fellow senior guard Justine Kruger (Francesville, Ind.), and sophomore forward Tori Christlieb (Culver, Ind.) contributed six points, eight rebounds, and three blocked shots.
The Spartans return to Stauffer-Wolfe Arena Saturday, Feb. 13, opening a two-game home stand against co-league leader Rose-Hulman. Manchester University's three-person Class of 2016 will be honored prior to tip-off at 3 p.m.
NOTES: Christlieb's three blocked shots marked three consecutive and four times in the last five contests she's swatted away the same number of opponent opportunities. Her boards per game average is also climbing in the span, as she's registered 40 for an average of eight an outing which has pushed her season average up six-tenths (5.5-6.1) … Lee's fourth double-digit points effort in the last seven games has helped season average rise over a point (5.4-6.5) in the skein … Despite the loss that ended a 10-game win streak in the series, the Spartans still remain only a game out of sixth and two out of fifth on the conference standings with three to play.