The pre-Christmas portion of Manchester University's 2016-17 schedule concludes Saturday, Dec. 17.
Game details: Tip-off time is 2 p.m. inside Earlham College's Druley Performance Gymnasium … Live audio, statistics and video are available via a link at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics … MU has won 11 of the last 13 in the series against the Quakers including sweeping the 2015-16 editions.
Spartan Shorts: A 57-48 home decision over league opponent Mt. St. Joseph Dec. 10 ended a 15-game skid for the Black and Gold. Freshman guard/forward Hannah Newby (Danville, Ind.) came off the bench to score a team-high 12 points to go with two assists, also a team-leading mark, and a steal. Senior guard Jenifer Lee (Rockville, Ind.) added 11 points, canning three key three-point buckets, to go with eight points and four steals, and junior forward/center Samantha Bolen(Greenwood, Ind.) ended with 10 points, five rebounds and two steals. Newby saw her points per game average continue to soar, up almost two and a half points (4-6.3) over the last three outings where she's tallying 10 per game; Lee's three treys tied a personal single-game high; and Bolen continued to be a model of consistency for MU, compiling double-digit points for the sixth time and five-or-more rebounds for the fourth time … Bolen and freshman guard Nicole Weaver (Fort Wayne, Ind.) are four-five on the HCAC's free throw accuracy list among players who have attempted 20-or-more charity tosses. Bolen's at 85.7, while Weaver is hitting at 83.3 percent. Lee is also within a conference top 10, sitting ninth in three-point field goal conversion (33.3 percent), while junior forward/center Torrie Christlieb (Culver, Ind.) is ninth in blocked shots (1.1 per game) due to swatting two-or-more opponent attempts in three games this season.
On The Horizon: MU's men host North Park University of Illinois for a 7 p.m. game Monday, Dec. 19, and then break from action until Thursday, Dec. 29. The Spartans' women's squad is off until Tuesday, Dec. 27, after the Earlham clash when they go to Kalamazoo College of Michigan.