NORTH MANCHESTER – Playing their final game before the holiday break, the Manchester University Spartans were edged by Bluffton University, 66-62, in women's basketball action in Stauffer-Wolfe Arena on Saturday.

Macy Miller and Bailey Keim knocked in jumpers to begin the game for Manchester. Hannah Lindsey scored Manchester’s next five points, capping the 9-0 run with a three-pointer at the 5:56 mark of the first period. Manchester shot 7-16 from the field in the opening 10 minutes, good enough for a 43.8% clip.

For the game, Manchester finished 24-62 (38.7%) from the floor and 5-21 (23.8%) from three-point territory. Bluffton shot 19-58 (32.8%) and 6-18 (33.3%) from downtown. Manchester held a 45-40 edge on the glass on Saturday. Bluffton held a sizable edge at the free throw line, shooting 22-31 to Manchester’s 9-15. The Beavers also converted 20 Spartan turnovers into 19 points.

Hannah Lindsey led Manchester University with her first career double double. Lindsay scored a career-best 20 points, while grabbing 10 rebounds. Miranda Bieghler (Plainfield, Ind./South Putnam) scored a career-high 15 points on Saturday afternoon. Bieghler added seven rebounds. Bailey Keim finished with 14 points, three rebounds, three assists, and three steals.  Macy Miller grabbed a career-best 11 rebounds.

Manchester concludes the first portion of its 2020-21 schedule with a record of 0-5. Bluffton improved to 4-0 with the win.

The Spartans will return to action following the holiday break in January 2021.