Spartans, Quakers continue season set

Spartans, Quakers continue season set

Earlham College is the guest of Manchester University for Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action Saturday, Jan. 21.

Game details: Tip-off times are 2 p.m. for the women and 4 p.m. for the men at Stauffer-Wolfe Arena on MU's campus … Live audio, statistics and video for both games are accessible via links at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics … MU's men stand 5-11 overall and 3-6 in the HCAC which has them tied for sixth with Defiance College. The Spartans' women's squad is 5-11 overall, too, and sports a 4-5 loop mark which is just a game out of the top six … Recent series history sees the Black and Gold winning 12 of the last 14 on the women's side and eight of the last 13 on the men's annals. The two schools split a doubleheader at Richmond, Ind., last month with Earlham's men and Manchester University's women being victorious.

Spartan Shorts – Women: Sophomore guard Faith-Alexis Graham (Indianapolis, Ind.) resumed a recent span of strong play during the victory at AU Jan. 18. Averaging better than nine points per game in her last four contests played, she turned in a single-game collegiate career high of 18 points, draining a pair of three-point buckets in the process. She also picked off a pair of Ravens' pass attempts and dished out three assists. Sophomore forward/center Beth Schaefer (Fort Wayne, Ind.) was next in line with a seven-point, nine-rebound, one-blocked shot effort. Junior center/forward Torrie Christlieb (Culver, Ind.) tallied six points, four rebounds, a blocked shot and a steal … The victory, the 21st in the series' last 27, saw the Black and Gold edge within a game of Franklin College in joining the conference's top six … Four statistical categories are ranked among the HCAC's top 10 through 16 games for the Spartans (5-11 overall, 4-5 league). Freshman guard Nicole Weaver (Fort Wayne, Ind.) remains in the top five in free throw accuracy (84.4 pct. – No. 4); Schaefer is 10th in rebounding (5.9 pg); Christlieb's .9 blocked shots per outing are No. 8; and senior guard Jenifer Lee's (Rockville, Ind.) 35.1 percent three-point field goal conversion stands sixth.

Men - Looking to close out the first half of the 2016-17 loop campaign continuing its rise of winning four of its previous five contests, the Spartans couldn't hold off visiting AU Jan. 18. They received big contributions from the guard trio of senior Tyler Alexander (Indianapolis, Ind.), sophomore Adrian Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind.) and freshman guard Erik Bell (Evansville, Ind.). Alexander, resuming a white hot span in his last seven appearances, scored 26 points on 10-of-14 field goal shooting, while grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out three assists. Bell was just as tough on the opposing defense with a 10-of-13 effort from the field of which three came from beyond the arc for a personal single-game career high 25 points that went along with two assists. Johnson tallied 15 while digging up three steals and dishing out three assists … Alexander has seen his season scoring average rush to its current 17.8 points per game after sitting at 15 per contest after a winter break non-conference game at Bethel College. In the last seven games, he's averaging 21.4 points due to hitting at a meteoric 67.3 percent clip. Continuing along individual trends, Bell's season scoring average is up nearly two full points over the last three games (7.2-9.1), as he's compiled a 17.3 points per outing average in the span.

Looking Ahead: A mid-week set against Franklin with the women at home and the men on the road for similar 7:30 p.m. tip-offs Wednesday, Jan. 25, is followed by a doubleheader at Mt. St. Joseph Saturday, Jan. 28 to close out the first month of the New Year for MU. Start times versus the Lions are 3 p.m. for the women and 5 p.m. for the men.

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