Black and Gold begin back-to-back road contests

Black and Gold begin back-to-back road contests

Manchester University continues to battle its way through the second half of the 2016-17 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference season Saturday, Jan. 28.

Game details: The Spartans take on Mt. St. Joseph University at the Harrington Center on MSJ's campus. Game time is 3 p.m. … Live audio, statistics and video are available on a link at, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics … Nineteen of the last 22 series match-ups have gone to the Spartans.

Spartan Shorts: Senior guard Jenifer Lee (Rockville, Ind.) takes averages of 18 points, two assists, one steal, four and a half rebounds and two and a half made three-point buckets over her past two games played into the weekend. It's even more impressive when one looks at the turnover column, as she's had just two in the last 74 minutes. Due to her scoring totals which include a single-game personal career high 23 at home against Franklin College Jan. 25, her season average is up over a point (8.0-9.2) … Back court teammate Faith-Alexis Graham, a sophomore from Indianapolis, Ind., has seen similar recent results. She's averaging 14 points, four rebounds, better than two assists and one steal over her last three outings. Graham's season point average has benefitted a point and a half (5.1-6.6) and her rebounding average is up three-tenths (2.3-2.6) in the span … Along HCAC statistical lines, Coach Josh Dzurick's team, harboring a 6-12 overall and 5-6 loop record which places them seventh, has a trio of top 10 marks. Freshman guard Nicole Weaver (Fort Wayne, Ind.) has the second-highest free throw percentage (84.4); junior forward/center Torrie Christlieb (Culver, Ind.) is eighth in blocked shots (.9 pg); and Lee's 35.2 percent three-point conversion rate ranks eighth. Sophomore forward/center Beth Schaefer (Fort Wayne, Ind.) isn't too far out of the same territory, sitting 12th in rebounding (5.6 pg).

Bluffton Series Renewal: Manchester University's men host BU Wednesday, Feb. 1, while the women make the eastern trip to the Sommer Center. Tip-off times are 7:30 p.m. at each venue.

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