BLUFFTON, OHIO – Manchester University battled Bluffton University to the wire in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action Wednesday, Feb. 6. However a 10-3 run over the final 3:04 by the host Beavers proved to be the difference in a 57-49 final.
MU (8-14 overall, 7-8 HCAC) did get a balanced scoring attack with seven players figuring into the points' column. Freshman guard Katie Arterburn (Indianapolis, Ind.) registered her 11th overall and second double-figure total in the last three games with 11 due in large part to three three-point buckets. She also dished out four assists which was tied with freshman guard Hannah Field (Fort Wayne, Ind.) for the team lead. Junior forward Erynn Meiklejohn (Fort Wayne, Ind.) was right behind Arterburn, scoring-wise, with nine points. She also blocked three BU shot attempts.
After trailing 6-2 early, Coach Josh Dzurick's team got itself rolling with a 15-4 run to lead 17-10 with just under 10:30 minutes to go. Bluffton (11-11 overall, 6-9 HCAC) answered right back with a 12-2 stretch that helped them hold a 25-23 lead at the break. The home team stretched the advantage out to as much as seven with less than eight minutes to go, but the Black and Gold climbed back to within one to set up the final moments.
MU returns to Stauffer-Wolfe Arena to open a three-game home stand that closes the 2012-13 regular season Saturday, Feb. 9. Tipoff against league-leading Transylvania University is 1 p.m.
NOTES: Field, despite not scoring, aided the Spartans not only in assists but also rebounds and steals. She led the squad with seven boards and three steals. … Arterburn's three treys marked the 10th time this season she's hit multiples in a game. … MU remains tied for fifth with Rose-Hulman on the league standings. Bluffton and Anderson are just a game behind in a tie for seventh.