HCAC second half begins Saturday

HCAC second half begins Saturday

A busy first month of 2018 continues Saturday, Jan. 20.

Game details: Manchester University takes a southern trek to Richmond, Ind., and Earlham College's Schuckman Court at Druley Performance Gymnasium … Game time is 2 p.m. … Live audio, statistics, and video are accessible via links at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics … MU, with a win in the first meeting this season at Stauffer-Wolfe Arena, has captured 14 of the series' last 16.

Spartan Shorts: Coach Josh Dzurick's team finished off the first half of conference play with a 62-59 loss at the hands of tri-second place Bluffton University Jan. 17. The Spartans (4-11 overall, 3-6 HCAC) remained in the top six, staying even with Defiance College and Franklin College and keeping within just a game of Mt. St. Joseph University for a slot in the top five … Freshman forward/center Hannah Smith (Upland, Ind.) is seeing an upward climb with her season points and rebounding averages. Due to producing better than 11 points and six boards over the last four contests, her season points are up 1.5 (5.4-6.9 pg), and rebounds are gaining almost one more per appearance (3.5-4.3 pg). Smith's 18 points against Bluffton set a new personal single-game collegiate best … Sophomore guard Nicole Weaver (Fort Wayne, Ind.) continued her consistent scoring theme mid-week. The 18 points against BU marked the 12th time in 15 games she's managed double figures.

Defiance Dealings: The yearly regular season set against the Yellow Jackets concludes Wednesday, Jan. 24. Tip-off time at SWA is 7:30 p.m.