CINCINNATI, OHIO – A five-of-six effort from the charity stripe in the final 34 seconds proved to be the difference for Manchester University in a 47-41 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference win over Mt. St. Joseph Saturday, Jan. 19.
Both teams had surges throughout the afternoon. Coach Josh Dzurick's squad, concluding a 1-1 week, jumped out to a 15-6 lead nearly 15 minutes into the half. MU (7-10, 6-4 HCAC) kept an 18-10 advantage at halftime.
MSJ (3-14 overall, 2-8 HCAC) came out of the second half just like the Spartans did in the first, though. An 18-8 run put the home side up 28-26 with just over 10:30 to go. MU answered right back with 11 in a row, but the Lions battled back again, cutting the advantage to one (40-39) with 1:34 to go.
Enter clutch free throw shooting from the underclasswoman duo of sophomore guard Jaimie Childress (Indianapolis, Ind.) and freshman guard Katie Arterburn (Indianapolis, Ind.). Childress canned one-of-two and Arterburn followed with four in a row over the final moments to seal the victory and season series' sweep for Manchester University.
Arterburn and fellow freshman guard Hannah Field (Fort Wayne, Ind.) led the way on the scoring column. Field, coming off the bench, tallied 12 points, hit two three-pointers and was a perfect four-for-four at the free throw line. Arterburn, also playing a big role from the bench, tallied 11 points, hauled in four rebounds, picked up two steals and was four-of-five at the free throw line. Sophomore forward Abby Lang (Indianapolis, Ind.) also had a strong afternoon with eight rebounds joining Childress for the team lead. Sophomore guard Jocelyn Hamilton (Columbus, Ind.) added a team-high three assists to go with her seven points and six rebounds.
Manchester returns to Stauffer-Wolfe Arena for back-to-back home league games Wednesday, Jan. 23, and Saturday, Jan. 26. The Spartans host Rose-Hulman Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and Hanover Saturday at 1 p.m. as part of a doubleheader with the MU men's team.
NOTES: The win was the seventh straight in the series for the Spartans.. … The victory kept Dzurick's crew in fifth on the league standings chart, close on the heels of a tie between Hanover and Defiance for third. … Arterburn recorded her fifth double-figure scoring game in the last six contests. … The win was the seventh straight in the series for the Spartans. … Childress has registered 11 straight multiple-rebound games and back-to-back eight-rebound contests. … Hamilton closed the week averaging 3.5 assists in MU's two games. … Lang's eight boards marked the third time she's reached the total this season.