Visiting Bluffton University topped Manchester University on Thursday night, 69-60, in women’s basketball action in Stauffer-Wolfe Arena.

Thursday’s contest marked the first home game of the year for the Spartans.

Bluffton jumped ahead early in Thursday’s game, leading 14-8 at the end of the first period. The Beavers managed to maintain their lead throughout much of the second quarter. A Tiara Jackson, from East Chicago and Central High School, layup at the 3:02 mark of the second period brought the Spartans to within a basket at 25-23. Bluffton turned up its defensive pressure and allowed just two more points over the final three minutes of the period. The Beavers led 30-25 at the intermission.

Following halftime, Macy Miller, from Huntertown and Carroll High School, scored five straight points to tie the game at 30. Bluffton responded with 12-4 run over three minutes of action to firmly take control of the game.

Visiting Bluffton shot 42.9 percent (27-63) from the floor, while making nine three-pointers. Eight of Bluffton’s nine three-point field goals came in the second half.

Maddie Fitzpatrick’s 17 points led Bluffton on Thursday night. Sammy Shardo and Kylie Brock both scored 13 points apiece.

Manchester was held to 38.9 percent (21-54) for the ballgame and went 4-15 (26.7 percent) from three-point territory.

Macy Miller had an immediate impact upon her return to the Black & Gold lineup. Miller led the Spartans with 18 points and eight rebounds in 30 minutes of action. Miller finished Thursday’s contest 8-17 from the floor and 2-2 from downtown. Abby Walker, from Oswego, Illinois, Cloverdale High School, added 11 points off the bench. Walker went 7-9 from the free-throw line. Tiara Jackson finished with eight points and eight boards.

Manchester (0-4) will host Bluffton (3-0) again on Saturday, Nov. 21. Saturday’s game will begin at 1 p.m. in Stauffer-Wolfe Arena.

Fans will not be admitted to Saturday’s contest.

Dillon Bender is the sports information director for MU.