Balanced scoring guides Black and Gold to .500 in HCAC

Balanced scoring guides Black and Gold to .500 in HCAC

NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – A final 10 minutes that saw Manchester University score 26 of a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference clash's 36 points helped send the home-standing Spartans to a second-half opening victory Saturday, Jan. 21.

MU, improving to 6-11 overall and 5-5 in the loop, was locked in a topsy-turvy matinee with visiting Earlham College throughout the first 30 minutes. Trailing 48-45 early in the final stanza, Coach Josh Dzurick's team surged, scoring five in a row to regain the advantage (50-48) as part of a 16-7 run over the final 8:57 that led to a 61-55 final.

The scoring column was strong for the Black and Gold. Senior guard Jenifer Lee (Rockville, Ind.), garnering an eighth double-digit point effort and a personal season single-game high, tallied 15 points to go with seven rebounds and four assists. Sophomore guard Faith-Alexis Graham (Indianapolis, Ind.) resumed a five-game stretch where she's averaging better than 10 points per outing by ending with 13, while sophomore forward/center Beth Schaefer (Fort Wayne, Ind.) added 10 points and grabbed five rebounds. Junior forward/center Torrie Christlieb made her presence known inside the paint, too, with 10 rebounds and two blocked shots.

The Black and Gold, tied with Franklin College for sixth on the conference standings, hosts the Grizzlies for a key mid-week game at Stauffer-Wolfe Arena Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m. It's part of an away-and-home week, as they travel to Mt. St. Joseph's Harrington Center Saturday, Jan. 28, for a twinbill with the men's team that features 3 and 5 p.m. contests.