Bulldogs Outlast Spartans in Season Opener

Bulldogs Outlast Spartans in Season Opener

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. - Manchester University hosted Adrian College in NCAA Division III women's basketball action at Stauffer-Wolfe Arena on Friday November 8.  The visiting Bulldogs capitalized on a 13-0 run midway through the fourth quarter to capture a 75-59 victory.  Friday's contest was the season opener for both squads.

Manchester battled back from several early deficits and grabbed a 47-46 lead with 8:58 left to play in the fourth quarter following a free throw from Abby Walker (Dayton, Ohio/Cloverdale).

Adrian responded with a flurry of triples to regain the lead for good. 

Manchester was led by Nicole Weaver's (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead) 18 points.  Weaver knocked down four three-pointers and went 4-4 at the charity stripe.  Manchester fielded a balanced offensive attack against the Bulldogs on Friday night as nine of the 10 Spartans who saw the floor scored at least two points.

Senior guard Haley Farris (Sharpsville, Ind./Tri-Central) nearly matched a career-high with a game-high 11 rebounds.

For the contest, Manchester was limited to 27.9 percent (17-61) shooting from the floor.  MU went 9-31 (29 percent) from three-point territory.  The Spartans converted 69.6 percent (16-23) of their foul shot opportunities. 

Rylee Campbell's 17 points and five-three pointers led Adrian College on Friday night.  Three other Bulldogs finished in double figures in scoring.  On the night, AC shot 43.4 percent (23-53) from the field and 52.4 percent (11-21) from downtown.

Manchester (0-1) will host the Manchester Main View Tip-Off Tournament beginning next Friday November 15.  The Spartans will host MacMurray at 7 p.m.  The two other teams participating in this year's event will be Westminster (Pa.) and Kalamazoo.