Senior guard Bridget Nash dribbles the ball duriing Manchester’s contest with Beloit Saturday
Senior guard Bridget Nash dribbles the ball duriing Manchester’s contest with Beloit Saturday
BELOIT, Wis. – A big 4th quarter by Manchester University helped propel the Spartans past the Beloit College Buccaneers 75-69 on Saturday afternoon.

The Spartans outscored the Bucs 24-15 in the game’s final period.

After building an early 21-16 lead the Buccaneers would take hold of the lead and led throughout much of the 2nd and 3rd quarters.

The Spartans were able to fight back and regained the lead for good midway through the 4th quarter. A layup by Macy Miller (Huntertown) gave the Spartans a 59-58 lead at the 4:35 mark of the final period. The layup ignited an 18-11 run over the remainder of Saturday's contest.

Saturday’s decisive run was highlighted by a pair of baskets by Miller, an old-fashioned three-point play by Bailey Keim (Denver, Ind.), and clutch free throw shooting from the entire lineup. Manchester finished 22-26 from the free throw line in Saturday’s win – good enough for an 84.6 percent clip.

Macy Miller led Manchester with 19 points. Miller finished 9-13 from field and added 6 rebounds. Bridget Nash (Carmel) added 17 points and 3 rebounds. Miranda Bieghler (Plainfield) lined the stat sheet with 12 points, 7 boards, 4 steals, and 3 assists. Eva Bazzoni (Wabash) also scored in double figures, finishing with 10 points in the winning effort. Bailey Keim added 5 assists off the bench.

Beloit was led Elizabeth Kalk’s 22 points.

Manchester (3-1) has won three consecutive games. The Black & Gold will open Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play on Wednesday December 1 against the Defiance College Yellow Jackets. Wednesday’s contest will be a White Out inside Stauffer-Wolfe Arena, with tip-off coming at 7:30 p.m.

Beloit (3-4) will travel to Lawrence University on Wednesday December 1.