Spartans face off with league leaders

Spartans face off with league leaders

The final two weeks of the 2016-17 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference calendar progress Saturday, Feb. 11.

Game details: Manchester University takes a southern trek to Rose-Hulman's Hulbert Arena in Terre Haute, Ind., for a 2 p.m. start … Live audio, statistics and video are available via a link at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics … MU owns a slight 14-8 advantage which includes winning the previous 2016-17 match-up at Stauffer-Wolfe Arena last month.

Spartan Shorts: The Black and Gold (8-14 overall, 7-8 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference) trail a three-way for fifth on the league standings by two games with three to play … Coach Josh Dzurick's team opened its week on a high note completing the season series sweep of loop rival Anderson University Feb. 8. Junior forward/center Torrie Christlieb (Culver, Ind.) recorded her second double-double over a span of the last four contests to lead the way. Christlieb compiled 16 points and 11 rebounds in addition to a co-team-high four steals as part of a 61-54 victory. Sophomore forward/center Beth Schaefer (Fort Wayne, Ind.) was just one rebound shy of joining her teammate in double-double territory, ending with 16 points and nine rebounds. Senior guard Jenifer Lee (Rockville, Ind.) added to her name to the double digit points list, finishing with 12 points and four steals … In regards to individual trends, Christlieb's scoring and rebounding averages have seen improvement recently. She averaging 11.5 points and 6.5 rebounds over her past two appearances to bolster her season scoring and rebounding marks up four-tenths (5.8-6.2) and two-tenths (5.6-5.8), respectively. Schaefer's effort versus AU helped her season scoring average rise four-tenths (6.7-7.1 ppg) … Four statistical categories are ranked on the HCAC's top 10 through 22 games. Schaefer and Christlieb are nine-10 in rebounding at 6.2 and 5.8 per game, respectively; Christlieb's one blocked shot per game average is seventh-highest; freshman guard Nicole Weaver (Fort Wayne, Ind.) sits seventh in free throw conversion accuracy (79.6); and Lee is eighth in three-point field goal percentage (34.4).

Homestand Begins: Defiance College pays a visit to North Manchester for a conference doubleheader Wednesday, Feb. 15. Game times are 6 and 8 p.m.