Huge rebounding effort spurs third straight win

Huge rebounding effort spurs third straight win

KALAMAZOO, MICH. – Picking up where they left off at Earlham College Dec. 18, Manchester University added another victory to a rising string Tuesday, Dec. 27.

The Spartans, concluding a set of three games against the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association, represented the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference in aces at Kalamazoo College's Anderson Athletic Center. MU, improving to 3-7, rolled out to an 18-8 lead after one period and used a gigantic 54-34 edge on the glass, the Spartans' first 50-plus rebounds game since late 2013-14, to lead them to a 60-50 decision.

Fans of the Black and Gold that made the voyage to central Michigan needed to look no further than a robust inside game for Coach Josh Dzurick's crew as reason for the non-conference decision. Junior forward/center Samantha Bolen (Greenwood, Ind.) reeled off her third successive double-figure scoring outing with 16 points as part of her first collegiate double-double that went with 12 rebounds, a personal single-game collegiate career high. Sophomore guard/forward Beth Schaefer (Fort Wayne, Ind.) added her first double-double, too, tallying 12 points and grabbing 12 boards, also a personal single-game collegiate career best. Sophomore center Maddy Minehart (Auburn, Ind.) added to the troublesome trio for the host Hornets, compiling 10 points and blocking a pair of KC shot attempts.

Manchester University takes its three-game win skein, the program's longest since the latter stages of 2014-15, into its final non-league match-up of the 2016-17 season Saturday, Dec. 31. Rust College of Holly Springs, Miss., visits Stauffer-Wolfe Arena for a 1 p.m. tip-off.