Page 32-Thursday, September 7, 1978-The Michigan Daily
PROGRAM IMPROVING, EXPANDING
Recruits key to cage success
By CUB SCHWARTZ
Don Canham runs the Michigan
Athletic Department like a business.
Over the years he has developed and
marketed a number of very successful
products, such as football, basketball,
But being the successful businessman
he is, Canham realizes the vitality of his
department depends on the constant
development of new products. And it
appears that women's basketball
currently sits atop Canham's develop-
Over the years, women's basketball
at Michigan has been-ho-hum. The teams
have hovered about the .500 mark,
playing somewhat sub-standard
basketball before scanty Crisler Arena
denying her a chance to recruit.
Working under such constraint proved
As Soluk explains, "Last year we
were dealing mostly with walk-on can-
didates and playing teams which had
actively recruited in the state. It's hard
to compete under those circumstan-
But all that has changed. Soluk sat
down at the end of last season and
picked out the seven best players in the
state. She then gave recruiting top
priority, going after these seven as in-
tensely as her budget would allow.
When the tenders were in, Soluk had
taken six of the seven.
"We went after them with everything
we had," she explained, "but we could
only offer tuition and fees. The other
schools were offering full rides. I really
don't believe we got these kids."
The recruits will mold around retur-
ning sophomore Abby Currier, by far
the best the Wolverines have.
Described by Soluk as a "pure-shooter,"
the 5-10 forward dropped in nearly 20
points per game, netting over 30 points
on five occasions.
And when she isn't shooting, she's
probably rebounding. Despite her
height disadvantage, Currier managed
to pull down an average of 9.4 rebounds
per game, second best on the team.
Also returning from last years' squad
are seniors Jean Otto and Natasha
Cender along with sophomores Deb
Allor and Brenda Venhuizen.
Venhuizen had her moments lastyear,
pulling down 16 rebounds in one contest
and netting 22 points in another. But she
only hit on 37 per cent of her shots from
the field and 59 per cent from the line.
None of the other returners averaged
over five points per game.
Still Soluk is optimistic about the
future. Her coaching philosophy of
pressing and employing the fast break
did not fit well with the talent on last
year's team. The fruits of her
recruiting efforts should eliminate that
"I have tried to recruit the slender,
quick basketball player," she said. "We
Daily Photo by ALAN BILINSKY
irrier shows one of her many skills on the basketball court. Not only can
rted sophomore pass, she leads the Wolverines offensive threat and is a
ebounder. Described as one of the best in the nation, Currier will form
eus of the Wolverine squad.
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The increased popularity in womens
sports over the past few years has
largely been due to the expansion of
womens basketball programs across
the nation. The program at Michigan,
however, had remained relatively
static. The Wolverines were repeatedly
turned back by area schools such as
Michigan State, Wayne State and Cen-
But a year ago this October, Canham
made a move to change all of that. He
lured Gloria Soluk, then head coach at
Wayne State, to jump over to the
Wolverine program. Soluk was highly
regarded in coaching circles, and while
her debut with the maize and blue
produced an unimpressive 8-16 record,
things are bound to change.
Soluk was hired less than two months
before the season started, thereby
Pressing the Issue r
Thoughts at large..
L - * small, off-t he-wari
ITH ALL humility, I must say that I am a lucky guy. I have been
VTstopped by a policeman for speeding, but not given a ticket; I havd
won more money than I've spent in the Michigan lottery; I have sat in thV
middle of the student section at Ohio State, openly rooting for Michigan in
the 1976 game - and lived.
But more impressively, I have beaten the best of Las Vegas odds by
going 1-1 in making predictions where my words were recorded. How well I
remember the occasion, too. It was October 16, 1976 and I was on the student
radio station in Madison, Wisconsin as an in-between-period guest during"
Michigan-Wisconsin hockey game.
I stunned the audience by announcing that those two teams would square
off in Detroit for the national championship. You see, the season was only
one game old at the time.
Sure enough, I made good on my prediction, and with the aforemen:
tioned credentials, I am going to test the limits of my luck by offering right
here and now, my PRESSING THE ISSUE PREDICTIONS' STAGE I.
" Attendance will be down overall at Michigan home football games,
compared to last year. Not to worry, however, as there won't be an unsold
seat in the stadium for the third straight year.
" Michigan and Ohio State will battle for the right to go to the Rose Bowl
for the seventh straight year, and the 10th time in the last 11 years.
" Neither Michigan or Ohio State will be undefeated going into the
regular season finale at Columbus. Ohio State will lose to Indiana at
Bloomington the week before the UM-OSU battle and the Wolverines will be
shocked, as usual, somewhere along the way.
(It should be noted that Indiana will be the surprise team in the con-
ference in 1978, and plays OSU at home. The Buckeyes are notorious for
looking ahead to the Michigan game when it's their final home game of the
" Michigan State will indeed to be a power to teckon with, at least in the
conference. But MSU has to play Southern Cal and Michigan on the road with
the Notre Dame game at home sandwiched in between. So look for the Spar-
tans to finish 8-3 or 9-2.
" Northwestern, under new head coach Rick Venturi, will win twice as
many games this year as the Wildcats did in 1977.
" Michigan will beat Notre Dame and Michigan State, but lose to Ohio
State (I hope I'm wrong on this one). Nonetheless, the Big Ten represen-
tative in the Rose Bowl will emerge as the victor, and so will Michigan in the
Sugar or Cotton Bowl.
" The naming of the 1978 mythical national football champion will hinge
on the outcome of the Rose Bowl.
" The Big Ten will prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is the
premier basketball conference in the nation. The key word is conference.
Too often people associate U.C.L.A. with the Pac-Eight and Kentucky
with the Southeastern Conference. Those are just dominant teams in their
respective leagues, but it doesn't necessarily mean the entire conference is
" The early line tells me that Indiana and Michigan State will not be as
dominant as they were last year. But the underbelly teams like Illinois, Ohio
State and Wisconsin will not be as soft.
" None of the four 1978 NCAA basketball finalists will make a return trip
to the Final Four.
" The Michigan hockey team will almost be a carbon copy of the 1976-77
team that came out of nowhere to make a strong showing in the WCHA and
nearly won the national championship.
The current edition won't be quite as successful, but will rebound from:
ninth place last year to a first division finish this time around.
" The 1978-79 NCAA Ice Hockey Championships will be held in Detroit
(this is a fact) and will be the most financially successful of any of the
previous 31 tournaments.
Actually, the tourney never does exceedingly well, but Detroit's central
location to the majority of prominent hockey schools should draw a lot o
fans from the participating teams.
" The East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) will not be allowed tr
finagle with the playoffs as it did last year - creating an unprecedented e-
tra contest between Boston University and Providence.
The ECAC did this to give BU, the victim of an early round upset.
another chance to qualify for the NCAA tournament. BU made the most of its.
opportunity by winning the national championship.
Brian Eisner's crew will take the conference crown for the 83rd year in a
row. The Wolverines, however, will not win the NCAA title for the 21st
Indiana will win its 1,428th consecutive dual meet, en route to the
Hoosiers' 83rd Big Ten title in 83 years. Michigan's men's tennis team will
scrimmage against the HoosierTankers for bragging rights to league
* The Philadelphia Phillies will win the 1978 World Series and their fans
will boo because there is nothing to boo about.
" The New York Yankees will lose the 1978 World Series and their
detractors will boo because there is nothing to boo about.
" The Cleveland Cavaliers will win the NBA Championship (Well,
c'mon, who picked Portland in 1977 or Washington last season?)
" The Montreal Canadiens will not win the Stanley Cup, but the city will
give the team a parade at the end of the season just out of force of habit.
" The Dallas Cowboys and the Los Angeles Rams will oppose each other
on national television before a packed house at the Los Angeles Coliseum,.
but no one will remember watching the game.
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o Michigan Students: Here's Your Special
1978 Football Ticket Information
Instructions for Filing Football Applications
For Student Football Tickets Fall Term 1978
When you register for Fall Term 1978 you will be given a FOOTBALL APPLICATION FORM at the
exit station at CRISP. Or you may pick one up at the Athletic Ticket Office, located at the corner of
E. Hoover and State St.
Students who were not enrolled Winter Term 1978 but who plan to enroll for Fall Term 1978 must
turn in a football application form at the Athletic Ticket Office by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 8,
1978. IF YOU DO NOT FILE YOUR2 APPLICATION BY THAT TIME YOU MAY FORFEIT YOUR OP-
PORTUNITY TO PURCHASE TICKETS AT THE STUDENT RATE.
Students who were enrolled Winter Term 1978 and planned to enroll for Fall Term 1978 were re-
quired to turn in a football application form by April 28, 1978, or forfeit their priority right and pos-
sibly the opportunity to purchase tickets at the student rate.
You may request to sit in a dorm block by writing your name and residence hall on the back of your
YOUR FOOTBALL SEATING PRIORITY WILL BE DETERMINED BY YOUR CLASS LEVEL. All
seat assignments within the priority will be based on a random selection. Group seating will be based
on the lowest priority student in the group.
should be a running ball club this
The prize catch was Diane Dietz, a
ballhandling guard who also boasts an
effective outside shot. Dietz happens to
be a lefthander, which Soluk considers
an asset in throwing off opposing defen-
Another of the recruits is Katy Mc-
Namara from Our Lady of Mercy in
Farmington. McNamara utilized her
shooting from both inside and out to cop
All-State Honors last year. Coupled
with the like talents of Currier, the duo
figures heavily in Soluk's plans for a
motion offense next season.
Soluk also brought to Michigan three
inside, rebounding types in Penny Near
(6-0), Jill Smith (5-11) and Kris Hansen
(6-0). Since the state lacked an
awesome prep center last season, Soluk
will rely on the trio to manage the boar-
Tammy Sanders, a shooting guard
rounds out the list of incoming fresh-
THE COST OF THE SEASON TICKET IS $24.00, WHICH WILL BE ADDED'
COUNT, AND IS DUE SEPTEMBER 29TH. For an additional $36.00 you
ticket upon proof of marriage. The payment for this spouse ticket mustI
pick up your ticket.
TO YOUR STUDENT AC-
may purchase a spouse
be made at the time you
You do not have to be enrolled for the Fall Term to file an application. YOU MUST, HOWEVER, BE
ENROLLED FOR THE FALL TERM AT THE TIME YOU PICK UP YOUR TICKETS.
YOU MAY PICK UP YOUR SEASON TICKETS AT THE TRACK / TENNIS BUILDING BETWEEN
SEPTEMBER 5TH AND 8TH; HOURS ARE 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Tickets not picked up at this time
will be distributed from the Athletic Ticket Office from September 11th to September 15th between
8:00 AM and 4:00 PM. YOU MUST PICK UP YOUR OWN TICKET AND PROVIDE A VALID ID
CARD FOR THE FALL TERM AND ALSO PROVIDE YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE OR SOME OTHER
PICTURE IDENTIFICATION AS REQUIRED BY THE ATHLETIC TICKET OFFICE.
YOU MUST BE REGISTERED FOR THE FALL TERM AT THE TIME YOU PICK UP YOUR TICKET.
If you disenroll and pick up the tickets, you will be charged the $50.00 disenrollment fee in addition to
the cost of the tickets. If you do not intend to use your football application, destroy it so that it cannot
be used by someone else.
SENIOR LIFESAVING CEITIFKATDN
IS REUIE AT MINIMUM
CONTACT EIEN &GLD
" The WHA will again attempt to
fool everybody and claim that it is a
rival of the NHL. Although it never
works, it still makes for a trivia
master's dream . . . example
question - What was the original
name of the Ottawa-Toronto-New
minster entry in the WHA?
" Sportscaster Al Ackerman of
WXYZ-TV in Detroit will be awar-
ded the prestigious Heisman
Trophy. Ackerman will accept the
award and in his speech he will still
insist that the Lions will name Chuck
Knox as head coach.
" The Detroit Red Wings will win
more games than they lose this year
for only the second time in nine
seasons. The Wings will also be
eliminated in the first round of the
playoffs, due to a shortage of octopi
in the city.