Spartans set for MSJ clash

Spartans set for MSJ clash

A pair of Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference teams separated by just a game in the standings match up at Stauffer-Wolfe Arena Saturday, Jan. 27.

Game details: Tip-off time between Manchester University and Mt. St. Joseph University is 1 p.m. … Live audio, statistics and video are accessible through links at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics, and audio broadcast is also available at WJOT-FM, 105.9, Wabash, Ind., or online at https://tunein.com/radio/The-Bash-1059-s29950/ … The latest trends in series history favor MU to the tune of 20 wins in the last 24 meetings. This season's first edition was a Lions' victory at their home Harrington Center court early last month.

Spartan Shorts: Sophomore guard Nicole Weaver (Fort Wayne, Ind.) reeled off her fourth straight double-digit scoring effort, leading Coach Josh Dzurick's side to a 69-62 win over Defiance in Wednesday HCAC action. The victory kept the Spartans locked up with Franklin College in a tie for sixth, just a game behind Mt. St. Joseph for fifth, on the loop standings … Weaver's 16-point, six-assist night was only part of the equation. Fellow sophomore guard Haley Farris (Sharpsville, Ind.) added 15 points, five rebounds, four steals, and three assists; freshman forward/center Hannah Smith (Upland, Ind.) just missed a double-double, registering 13 points and eight boards; and freshman guard Mikalia Taylor (Connersville, Ind.) wound up with 10 points … Farris has seen her scoring average climbing upward of late. Due to a two-game stretch in which she's tallied 13 points per outing, it's jumped a half-point (8.5-9). A 16-of-20 effort at the charity stripe (80 percent) has proven key … Smith continues to progress in her post role for the Black and Gold. Over the past five appearances, she's averaging over 11 points and six rebounds, helping her season marks bolster up nearly two full points (5.6-7.3) and more than half a rebound (3.8-4.5).

Midweek Match-Up: MU takes on Franklin Wednesday, Jan. 31. Game time is 7:30 p.m. at the Spurlock Center on FC's campus.