MU looks to continue recent winning ways

MU looks to continue recent winning ways

The 2016-17 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference basketball season resumes Wednesday, Jan. 25.

Game details: Manchester University hosts Franklin College at Stauffer-Wolfe Arena. Tip-off time is 7:30 p.m. … Live audio, statistics and video is available via a link at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics … Recent series history has the Grizzlies going 12-3 although seven of the past 13 meetings have been decided by 10-points-or-less.

Spartan Shorts: The Spartans, riding a two-game win streak and a 6-4 mark in their last 10 contests, stand 6-11 overall and 5-5 in the conference, good for a tie for sixth with FC … A final 10 minutes that featured Coach Josh Dzurick's squad scoring 26 of an HCAC clash's 36 points helped send the home-standing Black and Gold to a second-half opening victory Jan. 21. MU was locked in a topsy-turvy matinee with visiting Earlham College throughout the first 30 minutes. Trailing 48-45 early in the final stanza, the Spartans 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 home side. 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 (Culver, Ind.) made her presence known inside the paint, too, with 10 rebounds and two blocked shots … Christlieb's paint work over the last four contests has been nothing short of a Rembrandt. She's cleaning the glass at a rate of almost eight boards per outing (7.75) and is blocking better than one opponent shot (1.5) over the same span. Due to those efforts, her scoring average has also improved (4-4-5.1 ppg) and her rebounding average is up almost one (4.3-5.2) … Five statistical categories rank among the league's top 15 through 17 games. Christlieb has risen to seventh in blocked shots, averaging one per appearance; Lee is eighth in three-point field goal accuracy (33.3 pct.); freshman Nicole Weaver (Fort Wayne, Ind.) holds down the third-highest free throw percentage (84.4); Schaefer is just outside the top 10 in rebounding (5.6 pg); and freshman guard Hannah Newby's (Danville, Ind.) 1.4 assists per outing rank 12th.

On the Horizon: Manchester University faces a road doubleheader at Mt. St. Joseph Saturday, Jan. 28. Game times are 3 p.m. for the women and 5 p.m. for the men. Next week's mid-week slate features the men's team hosting Bluffton University and the women taking the short eastern trip Wednesday, Feb. 1. Tip-off is 7:30 at each site.