NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Manchester University women’s basketball team dropped a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference game to visiting Rose-Hulman in Stauffer-Wolfe Arena on Wednesday night. The Fightin’ Engineers topped the Spartans by a final tally of 66-57.
Manchester outscored the Fightin’ Engineers 32-24 through the first two periods of play on Wednesday night. Freshman Hannah Lindsey (Speedway, Ind./Speedway) scored all 10 of her points in the first two quarters which helped the Spartans build their early lead. Lindsey added four rebounds and four steals on Wednesday.
Rose-Hulman’s defense was difficult to overcome in the third and fourth quarters as the Spartans were limited to just 25 total points following the intermission. RHIT outscored Manchester 42-25 in the second half.
Manchester was held to 36 percent (22-61) shooting on the evening and was 7-25 (28 percent) from downtown. The Spartans also committed 19 turnovers.
Rose-Hulman shot 46.3 percent (25-54) for the game and held a narrow 39-34 advantage in rebounding.
Sophomore Macy Miller (Huntertown, Ind./Carroll) led the Black & Gold with 15 points and five rebounds. Miranda Bieghler (Plainfield, Ind./South Putnam) added 11 points and four boards off the bench.
Manchester fell to 8-10, 5-6 HCAC. The Spartans remain firmly in the hunt of an HCAC Tournament berth entering the final month of the season. Manchester will take on Hanover College this Saturday, February 1, at 1 p.m. in Stauffer-Wolfe Arena.
RHIT won consecutive games for the first time this season and improved to 4-14, 3-8 HCAC. The Fightin’ Engineers will take on Mount St. Joseph at home on Saturday at 1 p.m.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Manchester University men’s basketball team fell in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action on the road at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology by a final score of 77-61 on Wednesday January 29.
The Spartans were unable to recover from a slow start on Wednesday night. Host Rose-Hulman opened up a 15-5 advantage seven minutes into the game and never trailed on Wednesday.
Manchester got five straight points from CJ Hampton (Hammond, Ind./Griffith) late in the opening period that drew the Spartans within a basket, 26-24. Despite trailing by double digits for most of the first half, the Spartans trailed by just seven, 31-24, at halftime.
Manchester remained within striking distance in the early stages of the second period. With 13 minutes remaining in the game, Rose-Hulman then utilized a 20-7 run that spanned eight minutes to put the game out of reach.
The Spartans were held to 33 percent (21-63) shooting on Wednesday. MU made 13 of its 35 3-point field goal attempts for a 37 percent clip.
Rose-Hulman shot 46.6 percent (27-58) from the field and converted 18 of its 22 (81.8 percent) free throw attempts. The Fightin’ Engineers also outrebounded Manchester 50-25.
The Spartans were led by CJ Hampton’s 15 points and five rebounds. Jalen Owens (Terre Haute, Ind./Terre Haute North), playing in his hometown, added 11 points and five assists.
Manchester fell to 6-12, 4-7 HCAC on the season. The Spartans will begin the month of February at home on Saturday afternoon when the Hanover College Panthers visit Stauffer-Wolfe Arena. Game time this weekend is slated for 3 p.m. following the conclusion of the women’s contest.
The Fightin’ Engineers have won back-to-back games and improved to 9-9, 6-5 HCAC on the season. Rose will host Mount St. Joseph on Saturday February 1 at 3 p.m.