Home and away week begins Wednesday

Home and away week begins Wednesday

The 2016-17 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference campaign continues Wednesday, Jan. 11.

Game Details: Manchester University hosts Bluffton University for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff on the Stan Weller Court honoring Coaches Hoffman and Wolfe at Stauffer-Wolfe Arena … Live audio, statistics and video can be viewed via a link at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics … MU has a 16-11 edge in the series dating back to 2004-05, but Bluffton has won eight of the last 10 including sweeping the 2015-16 results.

Spartan Shorts: There were plenty to smiles to go around Jan. 7, and with good reason. The Spartans, returning to .500 in loop play, turned away previous league unbeaten Rose-Hulman in an overtime thriller at the SWA … A crowd of better than 300 fans got their money's worth and more from the tight-knit clash that ended with a 57-53 victory. Taking advantage of cool shooting from the visiting Fightin' Engineers, the Black and Gold (4-9 overall, 3-3 league) tallied 13 of the game's first 19 points. Keeping poised whenever the conference leaders were on the verge of a run, they remained on the right side of the scoreboard throughout the afternoon, trailing only three times over the 45 minutes. A 10-of-14 effort at the charity stripe in the extra session finally decided the outcome that enabled them to jump into a tie for fifth in the standings … Sophomore guard Faith-Alexis Graham (Indianapolis, Ind.) helped spark the Spartans, scoring a single-game personal career best 16 points to go with three steals. She was joined by a pair of upperclasswomen in double-digit points. Senior guard Jenifer Lee (Rockville, Ind.) contributed 13 and dished out four assists, and junior forward/center Samantha Bolen (Greenwood, Ind.) resumed her consistency inside the paint with 10 to go with six rebounds … Four statistical categories remain ranked within the HCAC's top 10 through 13 games. Freshman guard Nicole Weaver (Fort Wayne, Ind.) tops the list, sitting fifth in free throw percentage (84.4); Lee is eighth in three-point field goal accuracy (34.8 pct.); Bolen joins Weaver on the free throw accuracy top 10 (10th – 79); sophomore forward/guard Beth Schaefer's (Fort Wayne, Ind.) 5.8 boards per contest are ninth-highest; and junior forward/center Torrie Christlieb's (Culver, Ind.) .8 blocks per game are tied for eighth-best.

Bluegrass Bash – The Black and Gold take their yearly trip to Lexington, Ky., for a league doubleheader against the Pioneers of Transylvania University Saturday, Jan. 14.

League win string halted
January 4, 2017 League win string halted
MU returns to action
December 26, 2016 MU returns to action
Road victory evens HCAC record
December 18, 2016 Road victory evens HCAC record
Spartans take to road Saturday
December 14, 2016 Spartans take to road Saturday
Black and Gold stopped at DC
December 7, 2016 Black and Gold stopped at DC
HCAC slate opens on road
December 2, 2016 HCAC slate opens on road
Furious rally ends short
November 18, 2016 Furious rally ends short