NORTH MANCHESTER – The Manchester University women’s basketball team had its five-game win streak snapped on Saturday afternoon by the visiting Franklin College Grizzlies. Franklin ran past the Spartans by a final score of 76-54 as Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play continued for both schools.

Franklin led the entire contest and built as large as a 23-point lead. The Grizzlies shot 51.9 percent (27-52) from the field and converted 21-of-28 free throw attempts.

Franklin’s length and size was able to disrupt the Manchester offense in Saturday’s game. The Spartans were limited to 26.7 percent (16-60) shooting from the field. Manchester also shot just 28.6 percent (4-14) from three-point territory.

Franklin outrebounded Manchester 52-24.

Jessica Nix led Franklin with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Destinee Cross added 16 points, while Sarah O’Day scored 11.

Manchester was led by Macy Miller’s (Huntertown) 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Miranda Bieghler (Plainfield) went 4-6 from three-point territory for 12 points. Bieghler added 4 steals. As a team, the Spartans finished 18-24 from the free throw line.

Manchester (5-2, 2-1 HCAC) will now prepare for a three-game West Coast trip over the holiday break. The Spartans are scheduled to play at La Verne in California on Dec. 19 before contests against Whittier (Dec. 21) and Caltech (Dec. 22).

The Grizzlies (4-3, 2-1 HCAC) will travel to Albion on Monday Dec. 20.



Late Push Sends Grizzlies Past Spartans

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – A late 8-2 run by Franklin College sent the Grizzlies past Manchester University in men’s basketball action on Saturday December 11. A tip-in by FC’s Ty Wright and back-to-back triples by Matt Krause paved the way for a 76-65 victory by the Grizzlies.

Franklin College shot 44.1 percent (26-59) in Saturday’s game. The Grizzlies finished 9-21 (42.9 percent) from three-point territory, including a 5-9 mark in the 2nd half. Franklin College also came up clutch at the free throw line, sinking 15-of-18 attempts.

The Spartans were limited to 39.1 percent (25-64) shooting. The Black & Gold went 12-36 from three-point territory.

Ty Wright led Franklin with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Ryan Wiggins added 18 points. Matt Krause scored 14 points for FC while Cody Samples finished a perfect 12-12 at the free throw line for 12 points.

Manchester was led by first-year Quentez Columbus’ (South Bend) 20 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds. CJ Hampton (Hammond) added 15 points and 7 rebounds. Both Bryant Smith (West Lafayette) and Ian Snelling (Erlanger, Ky.) scored 10 points against Franklin. Coy Hampton (Park Forest, Ill.) added 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and a pair of blocked shots.

The Spartans (2-7, 1-2 HCAC) will host nationally-ranked Elmhurst in Stauffer-Wolfe Arena on Tuesday December 21 with tip-off coming at 7 p.m.

Franklin College (5-3, 2-1 HCAC) will host Berea on Friday December 17.



Pair of Spartans Earn Placements At North Central Invitational

NAPERVILLE, Ill. – A pair of top-8 placements highlighted another solid afternoon on the mats by the Manchester University wrestling team.

Both Devontay Moore (Indianapolis) and Levi Lee (Marion) would battle to top-8 placements in the their respective weight classes to lead the Black & Gold.

Moore placed sixth in the 184-lb. weight class on Saturday. Moore won by fall over Aurora’s Emmanuel Diaz in his opening bout of the day. After dropping his next match to North Central’s Jack Hominac, Moore would go on to win his next three matches. Devontay won by a pair of decisions, while also picking up another pin.

Levi Lee earned an eighth-place finish at 197-lbs. After dropping his opening match of the day, Lee would win a pair of bouts by fall, pinning both Josh Nowack of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Elijah Brockie of North Central.

Gabe Phillips (Centerville) added a pair of wins at 157-lbs. for Manchester. On the day, five other Spartans earned a victory.

Manchester finished tied-for-ninth in the 15 team field after earning 35.5 team points. Baldwin Wallace won Saturday's invite after compiling 166 team points.

The Spartans will return to action next weekend when they travel to Nashville, Tenn. for the Gator “Boots” Duals on Saturday December 18.