2017-18 HCAC season begins on road

NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – A southeastern journey to Mt. St. Joseph University Saturday, Dec. 2, is next on Manchester University’s schedule.

Game details: Tip-off time is 3 p.m. at Mt. St. Joseph University’s Harrington Center … Live statistic and video links are accessible at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics … MU has won 20 of the last 23 against the Lions in the all-time series which includes a 2016-17 season sweep.

Spartan Shorts: Coach Josh Dzurick’s squad looks to stop a three-game skid this weekend. The Black and Gold, sitting 1-3 overall, began their week with a 64-52 home defeat at the hands of Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association foe Kalamazoo College Nov. 28 … Due to a pair of double-figure scoring efforts in the loss to the Hornets, sophomore guard Nicole Weaver (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and junior forward/center Beth Schaefer (Fort Wayne, Ind.) each saw their stock rise on the current league statistical charts. Weaver, having reached 10-or-more points in three of four outings, stands fourth in scoring (14 points per game), while Schaefer, who’s also registered double digits in three of the four games this season, is tied for 10th (11.5 ppg). That’s just the beginning for the pair, as Schaefer is third in rebounding (7.3 pg), and Weaver’s among the best in three-point shooting totals with 10 makes and 31 attempts (No. 4), and assists (3 pg – T-8th) …  Freshman guard Mikalia Taylor (Connersville, Ind.) isn’t far behind on the Spartans’ stats. Her 8.3 points per appearance are third-best, and she’s first in free throw percentage (62.5), tied for first in steals (1.3 with Weaver) and a close second in assists (2 pg) and three-point makes (1.5) and attempts (seven) per game.

Mid-Week Match-Up: The Black and Gold resume two successive conference away games Wednesday, Dec. 6, with a trip to Defiance College and a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.

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