NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – Fresh off a thrilling come-from-behind mid-week win, Manchester University is back on the court Saturday, Feb. 3.
Game details: The Spartans host Transylvania University at 1 p.m. on the Stan Weller Court honoring Coaches Hoffman and Wolfe inside Stauffer-Wolfe Arena … Live audio, statistics and video are available through links at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics … Fans in attendance could be in for a donnybrook as six of the past 11 contests have been decided by 12-points-or-less.
Spartan Shorts: Coach Josh Dzurick's crew (6-14 overall, 5-8 HCAC) locked into a tie for sixth with Franklin, just a game behind Mt. St. Joseph University for fifth, due to their late-game road heroics at Franklin College. The 44-40 victory marked the program's first season sweep in the series since 2006-07 … Sophomore guard Nicole Weaver (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and freshman forward/center Hannah Smith (Upland, Ind.) each canned crucial three-point buckets in the winning run that encompassed the final 3:02. They turned out to the only makes from outside the arc for the visitors. Smith's 11-point, six-rebound outing guided the Spartans in both categories. Junior guard Faith-Alexis Graham (Indianapolis, Ind.) also wound up in scoring double digits compiling 10 to go with five boards. Other top numbers were registered by freshman guard Carli Skinner (Anderson, Ind.) (two assists); fellow freshman guard Mikalia Taylor (Connersville, Ind.) (two blocked shots); and sophomore guard Haley Farris (Sharpsville, Ind.) and Weaver (three steals) … Smith's been on a roll over the past seven games. Her scoring average is up almost two full points (5.6-7.3), and her rebounding marks have gained seven-tenths (3.8-4.5) in the span due to four double-digit point totals and four appearances in which she's gathered five-or-more rebounds.
On The Horizon: MU's women host Anderson University in the season series finale Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m., while the men battle their league rivals at O.C. Lewis Gymnasium on AU's campus the same evening with a similar start time. The two teams take to the road after those dates for a twin bill at Hanover Saturday, Feb. 10.