Spartans stymie AU, sweep season series

NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – A significant third period run for host Manchester University Wednesday, Feb. 7, enabled them to climb into a for fifth on the 2017-18 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings.

The Spartans, improving to 7-15 overall and 6-9 in the league, broke away from what had been a tightly-contested first 20 minutes behind a 25-11 third-quarter charge that began with them tallying 22 of the first 24 for a commanding 50-27 lead after only being up 28-25 at the break. After struggling from the field to the tune of 25.7 percent in the first half, MU rallied with a 42.9 percent effort over the second 20 minutes. Due to that, the Black and Gold put four players in double figures during the evening.

Sophomore guard Nicole Weaver (Fort Wayne, Ind.) led the quartet with 15 points. Freshman guard Mikalia Taylor (Connersville, Ind.) was next in line, tallying 14, which included a six-of-six effort at the charity stripe, to go with three assists; junior guard Faith-Alexis Graham (Indianapolis, Ind.) finished with 13 points, a blocked shot, and five steals; and sophomore guard Haley Farris (Sharpsville, Ind.) ended with 11 points and seven rebounds. Freshman forward/center Hannah Smith (Upland, Ind.) played a prominent role, too, with nine points and eight boards.

MU hits the road for back-to-back dates beginning Saturday, Feb. 10. They tip off against Hanover College at Collier Arena at 5 p.m.

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