The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, January 11, 1978-Page 9-
CONLIN, OTTO PA CE VICTOR Y
By ELISA FRYE
The women's basketball team broke
a six-game losing streak here last night
as they roared past visiting Wayne
Michigan was boosted by a 25-8
scoring spurt at the end of the first half,
and it never lost the momentum. Jean-
ne Otto and co-captain Terri Conlin
paced the Wolverines. Otto had four
steals, which she converted into lay-
ups, during that time.
The Wolverines faced Wayne State,
and lost to them, 69-65, during the Motor
City Tournament over the winter break.
Coach Gloria Soluk, who formerly
coached at Wayne State, felt the win
was particularly important. "We felt
we should have won the last game," she
comfmented. "I'm proud we could come
back after the loss."
Soluk employed a full court zone
press for the first half and concentrated
on a man-to-man press in the second
stanza. "We didn't press last time (in
the Motor City Tournament) and the
full court press made a difference."
The play in the. second half was con-
siderably slower as both coaches went
to their benches more often. Michigan
shot a weak 26.8% from the field while
Wayne State trailed with 17%.
Conlin led the pack with 17 points on
an 8-14 shooting performance from the
field. The outstanding senior also led
both teams in rebounds with 11.
Freshwoman center Abby Currier
and guard Denise Cameron backed up
Conlin with 12 points apiece. Karen
Gilhooley and sophomore guard Otto
both tallied eight points.
The bench made their contributions
also, since Otto, Mary Donovan and
Deb Allor forced numerous turnovers
on the press.
Coach Soluk was impressed by the
play of Abby Currier, Conlin and Otto.
"Otto was remarkable," she said and
went on to praise Conlin. "She plays
basketball the way I like it. You have to
give yourself up to play zone, give it all
Opposing coach Linda Maskowski
also attributed Michigan's upset to the
use of the zone press. "They pressed
today and they didn't press before. We
were playing man to man and (after
halftime) we worked on a different
press-breaker, but by then they were
already pulling it off.
"We had our opportunities, but we
didn't take advantage."
The women travel to Purdue on
Friday and Indiana on Saturday.
Borderline schools' officials
protest NCAA restructuring
Cincinnati 66, St. Louis 55
Princeton 70, Seton Hall 58
Rutgers 79,William and Mary 71
Philadelphia 95, Houston 80
Washington 123,Kansas City 115
New York Islanders 7s Colorado 4
New York Rangers 3, Boston 2
By The Associated Press
ATLANTA - Fred Jacoby, commis-
sioner of the Mid-American Confer-
ence, yesterday labeled as "a pure
lockout" a proposal before the National
Collegiate Athletic Association Conven-
tion to restructure its top division in
"All logic points to maintaining what
we have now," he said, "and remove
ourselves from becoming a junior NFL.
out of my mind ..
. about the icers
By BOB MILLER
TEM: Icers mired in costly losing streak.
T The figure has reached four games if you want to count the "non-
game" with the Moscow bnyamo. More importantly, the Wolverines have
dropped four straight league games which has enabled three other WCHA
teams to pass them in the standings.
The losses aren't disastrous-at least not at this point. If you recall,
the icers were involved in a seven game drought last year causing them to
plummet from third to sixth place.
To make matters worse, Wisconsin's top ranked team was the Wol-
verines next opponent. The Badgers swept the series although Michigan
shook off its slump and proceeded to win a school record-tying 12 straight
The important factor is that last year's squad did rebound. If the current
team has any designs on making a return trip to the NCAA's, they will have
to do something about their recent poor play beginning this weekend at
The Gophers are one of the teams that moved ahead of Michigan
(Wisconsin and Michigan Tech are the others). But Minnesota is only one
point in front of the Wolverines and the Huskies are two. It is imperative
for the Maize and Blue to have a successful weekend in Minneapolis or
else their season for all practical reasons will be over.
It would be pure optimism to use last season's precedent as a spring-,
board of hope for a victory binge this year. However, it is interesting that
the parallels between the past two years are so sharp, they look like
they were drawn with a razor blade;
Last year though, the Wolverines needed outside help to get as far in
the league playoffs as they did. This time around however, the icers will
ned more than outside help to straighten out their season.'
ITEM: Those HUGE basketball banners at Crisler.
If you saw the halftime festivities at the Michigan-Minnesota basketball
game, either in person or on television, then you probably saw the presenta-
tion of the banners commemorating the Wolverines' cage championship
Weren't they nice?
There were supposed to be similar banners hanging from the rafters
at Yost for the hockey team. In fact, they were supposed to be ready in
time to welcome back all the fans at the first game of the season. That was
almost three months ago.
Since they haven't materialized as of yet, perhaps it could be arranged
to fly the basketball banners at Yost until the hockey pennants are ready
... anything to cover the dingy end walls at the ice arena.
ITEM: Rudy Varvari's debut in goal.
As the heir apparent to Michigan's netminding chores, hockey fans
will like what they see. Coach Dan Farrell was smart to give the freshman
goalie his first start against Wisconsin at Madison.
Knowing full well the pressure Wisconsin's fans could put on Varvari
(not to mention the Badgers' themselves) it almost seemed a heartless
things to do. But now Varvari has been exposed to it-a starting assignment,
a road game, an important league game-and he can only benefit from it.
Besides, Varvari played extremely well in the first half of the game,
then succumbed to inexperience and a pourous defense before losing 8-2.
Keep in mind that the score was only 4-1 with only 12 minutes left to go in
ITEM: Blue Line Luncheons.
Whenever a sporting event takes place, it goes without saying that
there will be some kind of media function beforehand. Translated, that
means food, and wherever there is (free) food, sportwriters can't be far
Seriously, the Blue Line Luncheons are an opportunity to see what
goes on before a hockey series hits the ice. Although the one in Wisconsin
drew 350 people, the Michigan version features better food.
"IF WE WERE in a business, we
would call it antitrust," Jacoby said at
a news conference on the eve of the 72nd
R "Are we headed toward a monopo-
ly?" he asked. "Are we headed toward
an airplane conference?"
Jacoby and Bob Murphy, athletic di-
rector at San Jose State University,
said the proposal before the convention
would virtually kill several conferences
currently ranked Division I - the Mid-
American, Missouri Valley, Southland,
Pacific Coast Athletic Association and
another league which competes in Divi-
sion I only in basketball, the Sun Belt.
MURPHY POINTED OUT that San
Jose could meet the criteria to remain
in Division I, but it would be difficult.
"I represent a conference (PCAA)
that will be decimated if it passes."
The proposal, sponsored by the
powerful NCAA Council, could reduce
the number of Division I schools in
football to 79. Currently the list includes
AP Top Tweny
AMONG OTHER requirements, each
school would have to sponsor at least
eight sports on the Division I level,
would have to have averaged more than
17,000 paid home attendance in at least
one of the last four years and would
have to have a stadium with a mini-
mum seating capacity of 30,000.
If it passes, Murphy said, "We will
find ourselves locked into second-class
"Call it intimidation or a hammer
over our head," Jacoby said.
"Sometimes you have to stand up and
Both cited revenue, the bowls and
limitations on coaching staffs and gran-
ts-in-aid as triggering the move by most
larger powers to restructure the divi-
"If you subdivide in football now,
who's to say basketball might not be
next," Jacoby said. "It's making a lot
of money now."
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Daily Photo by ANDY FREEBERG
Michigan center Joel Thompson leaps high for one of his patented slam dunks
as Minnesota forward Dave Winey and center Mychal Thompson look on
helplessly. Michigan handed Minnesota its second Big Ten loss in as many
games, last Sunday.
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BALKAN FOLKDANCE WORKSHOP
led by MARTIN KOENIG
Jan. 13, 14, 15, 1978
Sponsored by the University of Michigan Folk Dance Club, Ann Arbor, Mich.
FRIDAY: Film/Culture Session .. .. .................. 4
"The Italian Newsman and His Values," Pro-
fessor William E. Porter, Department of Journalism
"A Year Lateand a Million Short: Case Study
in Educational Television," James Ettema,
doctoral student in mass communication program
"The Newspaper Ombudsman," Robert May-
nard, former Washington Post ombudsman and
visiting Marsh professor
"Problems of the Woman Journalist," Nancy
Hicks, former Washington correspondent for the
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