Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference rivals Anderson University and Manchester University resume the 2016-17 section of their hoops rivalry Wednesday, Feb. 8.
Game details: Tip-off time is 7:30 p.m. at Stauffer-Wolfe Arena on MU's campus … Live audio, statistics and video is available via a link at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics … In a recent series trend, the Black and Gold has claimed 21 of the last 27 meetings which includes sidelining the Ravens 45-41 on their home court last month.
Spartan Shorts: Coach Josh Dzurick's team (7-14 overall, 6-8 conference) sits seventh on the loop standings with four games to go. They trail Franklin College by two in the loss column and three overall, due to a season sweep by the Grizzlies, for sixth place … Hanover College sent the Black and Gold to their third loss in the last four games Feb. 4, winning 83-58 at Stauffer-Wolfe Arena. Sophomore center Maddy Minehart (Auburn, Ind.) and freshman guard Nicole Weaver (Fort Wayne, Ind.) led the scoring column for the Spartans. Minehart, coming off the bench, tallied 12 points, grabbed six rebounds and picked off three steals, while Weaver finished with 11 points. The duo of sophomore guard Faith-Alexis Graham (Indianapolis, Ind.) and senior guard Jenifer Lee (Rockville, Ind.) ended just shy of double figures with eight points apiece. Graham was the team leader in assists, dishing off seven of the team's nine assists for the afternoon, while Lee tallied four rebounds to go with her point total … Looking at individual trends, Weaver's scoring average is up six-tenths of a point in the last three contests due to scoring over nine points (9.3) per outing. Her rebounding numbers are up the same amount, as the freshman is gathered over two per game (2.3) in the span. Minehart's registered five-or-more rebounds in five straight games, while her scoring marks are up three-tenths (5.9-6.2 ppg) due to tallying nine points per game in her last two appearances. Graham's seven assists against Hanover tied a single-game career high the sophomore's reached three times … Four statistical categories are ranked among the HCAC's top 10 for Manchester University. Junior forward/center Torrie Christlieb (Culver, Ind.) is seventh in blocked shots (1.1 pg); Weaver's 79.6 percent conversion rate at the free throw line is seventh-highest; Lee's 34.1 percent accuracy from outside the arc stands ninth; and sophomore forward/center Beth Schaefer's (Fort Wayne, Ind.) 6.1 boards per game are ninth-best.
Rose-Hulman Trip: MU and the Fightin' Engineers square off in a 2 and 4 p.m. doubleheader inside Rose-Hulman's Hulbert Arena at Terre Haute, Ind., Saturday, Feb. 11. It's the Spartans' final road trip of the 2016-17 regular season.