mc 69, bc 64
Tanya Rickenberg and Lindsay Bacon post career highs in points as Beavers fall to Manchester
By Ben Risinger, SID
January 7, 2004
The Bluffton College women's basketball team (1-11, 0-1 HCAC) lost their conference opener to Manchester (4-8, 1-0 HCAC) 69-64 on Wednesday night.
Bluffton came out strong on Wednesday as they led by as many as 10 points in the first half until the mark when Manchester capitalized on missed shots by the Beavers. The score at halftime was 30-22 in favor of Manchester . The Spartans came out of halftime to lead for the rest of the contest, despite being outscored 42-39 in the second period. With 58 seconds left in the regulation Bluffton found themselves down 60-58. The Beavers then fouled Manchester to stop the clock with 47 seconds left and lost by the final score of 69-64 as the Spartans capitalized at the free throw line. Tanya Rickenberg threw in two three pointers in the last 13 seconds to post Bluffton's final point total of 64.
Leading Bluffton was freshman Tanya Rickenberg (Defiance/Paulding) with a career high 29 points and 10 rebounds (career high) for her first double-double. Senior Lindsay Bacon (Troy/Troy) was the only other Beaver in double figures with 22 points. Bacon also shot a career high five three-pointers for the contest.
Hurting the Beavers were second chance points with Manchester throwing in 20 for the evening. The Spartans also led in rebounding with 50 compared to Bluffton's 36.
The Beavers will be back in action on Saturday when they travel to Hanover College . Tip off is scheduled for .