ANGOLA, IND. – A late first half run helped key Trine University past Manchester University in a battle of NCAA Division III in-state rivals Tuesday, Dec. 18.
Despite a 53-42 loss, MU still received strong efforts from the trio of freshman guard Katie Arterburn (Indianapolis, Ind.), freshman guard Justine Kruger (Francisville, Ind.) and sophomore center Alyssa Hammond (Osgood, Ind.). Arterburn topped the Black and Gold in scoring with nine points, hitting on two-of-four three-point chances, and also registered a co-team-high two steals. Kruger and Hammond came off the bench to score seven points apiece, as Hammond added a team-best seven rebounds to her total and also blocked a shot, and Kruger combined three assists, a team high, and two steals to her night's work.
The host Thunder broke away from a contest that was nip-and-tuck throughout much of the first half by scoring the eight of the final 10 points of the frame. The roll gave them a 30-19 halftime advantage. Coach Josh Dzurick's Spartans, falling to 3-6, remained within arms' length of Trine (6-4) in the second stanza, trailing by 11 (42-31) with just eight minutes to play. However, an 11-2 run by the home side at that point put the game out of reach.
TU's Sydney Spragg led all scorers with 17 points. Her teammate Haley Killingbeck produced a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds and also blocked four Spartan shot attempts.
Manchester University returns to the court and continues a current string of five straight road games by competing in the University of Redlands' Winter Classic Friday and Saturday, Dec. 28 and 29. The Spartans face the host Bulldogs during night one with a 10 p.m. EST tip-off and then oppose Marian College of Wisconsin at 8 p.m. EST during night two.
NOTES: Hammond's seven boards marked the seventh time this season she's pulled down multiple rebounds in a game. She's also blocked a shot in six of nine contests this season. … Kruger equaled her season high for points in a game and reached a new single-game season high with her three assists.