Spartans start span of four of next five at home

Spartans start span of four of next five at home

Manchester University looks to gain ground on the 2016-17 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings, as Hanover College takes a northern trip to North Manchester Saturday, Feb. 4.

Game details: Tip-off time is 1 p.m. at Stauffer-Wolfe Arena on MU's campus … Live audio, statistics and video are available through a link at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics … The Panthers took a high-scoring affair at their home Collier Arena in December, winning 90-75. Fans in attendance could be in for a donnybrook as six of the last nine series meetings have been decided by 10-points-or-less.

Spartan Shorts: Bluffton University scored 12 of the game's first 14 points in route to a 55-34 win Feb. 1. Slipping to 7-13 overall and 6-7 in the HCAC, Coach Josh Dzurick's crew was led by freshman guard Nicole Weaver (Fort Wayne, Ind.) who scored eight points. Sophomore center Maddy Minehart (Auburn, Ind.) and senior guard Jenifer Lee (Rockville, Ind.) were next in line with seven points apiece … The loss sent the Spartans two games, with a head-to-head season sweep figured in for the Grizzlies, behind Franklin College for sixth on the loop standings. Hanover, who comes to town Saturday, is fifth and a game and a half in front of MU … Along league statistical lines, Weaver, who went four-for-five at the charity stripe at BU, kept her top five free throw percentage listing (81.4 – No. 4); sophomore forward/center Beth Schaefer (Fort Wayne, Ind.) is ninth in rebounding (5.9 pg); Lee's 34.5 percent three-point conversion rate remains in the top 10 (No. 9); and junior forward/center Torrie Christlieb (Culver, Ind.), who swatted away four Beaver shot attempts, moved into seventh (1.1 pg) in the category … Christlieb's upward trend on the conference numbers is due to 10 blocks in the last seven contests, an average of 1.42 per outing. She's also making waves in rebounding, clearing better than eight per appearance in the same span.

AU Season Series Continues: Manchester University hosts the Ravens Wednesday, Feb. 8. Game time is 7:30 p.m.