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Thursday, December 9; 1976,


Pope Nint.

Thursday, December 9, 1976 x'THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Women's cage




Have you ever envied those Iuzky people who got in'on the
ground floor of a good thing?
YOU KNOW-they bought IBM at 15, supported Jimmy
Carter in '74, or backed the Mets in '62. Well here's a hot tip
on a sure thing, and you can beat the rush-Michigan women's
In some states women's basketeball is a phenomenally
popular sport. The s ate high school finals in Iowa draw over
10,000 people'to each game.
HERE IN MICHIGAN, though, the sport is just developing.
State high school tournaments have only been held for the last
four years and most of the programs in the state are only
that old.
So naturally the Michigan team, which opens its season
three days after Christmas, has been short on experience.
Until now.
COACH CARMEL BORDERS feels that this year's team
represents a basketball program which has come of age. Not
only does the team feature more experience than last year's
squad, but also more height and speed.
The added experience is extremely important. Borders feels
that last year's squad, which entered the state college tourna-
ment as, the second seed only to fall apart, was badly hurt by
THAT PROBLEM SHOULD be partially solved by a pair of
junior college transfers-Sheila Butler and Linda Gardner. The
women will strengthen a forecourt that spent last year playing
in the 'shadow of star guards Lydia Sims 'and Melinda Fertig.
Although Sims and Fertig are back, they'll be supported
by a trio of freshwomen-Karen Gilhooly and Jeanne Otto, bo.h
from Our Lady of Mercy in Farmington, and Peggy Kopmeyer
from Lawson.

BORDERS SEES THE trio of freshwomen, sophs Fertig
and Denise Cameron and senior co-captain Sims making the
squad "strong at guard-very strong."
"Lydia is strong and exremely competent. She runs our
offense, she's a great team player-the quarterback of our
team," says Borders. Sims even had an Olympic tryout last
year. At starting forwards will be junior Terry Conlin and
senior Carol Klomparens, both returning from last year. Klom-
parens, the other co-captain, is coming off a knee injury.
IN THE PIVOT will, be sophomore Cathy Young. Borders
believes that "she'll be a lot stronger than last year" and that
the combination of good rebounding and speedy guards will open
up fast break possibilities.
So there's the team, but how will they do?
"It's really hard to judge. In women's basketball you can't
go on last year's records. The high schools are developing so
many good players that unless you know who a team has-who
its freshman starters are-you can't tell how good they'll 'be."
AS FOR HER own recruiting efforts, Borders believes she
has two big advantages over other Michigan schools. The
first is her assistant coach Jane Bennett, and the second is the
academic prestige the U of M enjoys.
Bennett is not only Michigan's assistant coach, junior
varsity coach and chief recruiter, but she's also the women's
basketball coach at Ann Arbor's Pioneer. High School. Like
Borders, she's a Michigan grad herself, having played here in
the late '60s when women's basketball was still a club sport.
DESPITE THESE ADVANTAGES, the program has been
hindered by several factors. When Borders came here as coach
three years ago the schedule consisted of eight games, she
worked out of her home instead of an office, and she wasn't
reimbursed for recruiting expenses.
Now things are a little better. The team plays 25 games

(see the corrected schedule). The coaches now have an office
in the old physical education building, which Borders describes
as "super."
BUT THE ASSOCIATION of Intercollegiate Athletics for'
Women (AIAW) still prohibits schools from covering their
coaches' recruiting expenses. For that reason Borders and
Bennett concentrate most of their recruiting efforts in South-'
eas'ern Michigan.
They are helped in their search by contacts they've made
as high school coaches. They even get unsolicited films from
young hopefuls. There are young women playing in high schools
around the state who continue their careers at Michigan.
That's why women's basketball is such a sure thing. Bennett
observes, "Our program is already as good as anyone else's (inI
the state) and it will improve faster than anyone else's."

All home games;
Dec. 28-29
Jan. 6
Jan. 11
Jan. 15
Jan. 17
Jan. 21-22
Jan. 24
Jan. 26
Jan. 29
Feb. 1
Feb. 5
Feb. 7
Feb. 11-12
Feb. 17
Feb. 19
Feb. 21,
Feb. 25-26
Mar. 4-5

at Chrisler Arena.
Wayne State Christmas
Grand Valley
Eastern Michigan
Central Michigan
Can-Am Tourney
Michigan State
Wayne State
Western Michigan
Chicago State
Big Ten Championship
Michigan State ,
Eastern Michigan
Wayne State
Central Mich. Invitational
State Tourney

Home (5:45)
Home (8:00)
Home (7:30)
Home (8:00)
Home (11:30 am)
Home (8:00)
W. Lafayette
Home (8:00)
Home (6:00)

Lefty watched the blocker cut down the last possible tackler.
Twenty-five yards to the winning score and the adulation of those
fans and cheerleaders already clustered in the end zone. Aaahh,
those cheerleaders . . . 25 . . . 15 .. . 10 .. . S.
A sharp rap on his door brought Lawrence "Lefty" Lat-
terrell's mind back to his office surroundings. The Universal
University football coach slipped the Hustler back into his
top drawer to join "Winning Football" and "How To Talk
with a Southern Accent" and turned to greet his guest.
"Lefty!" greeted Universal cage coach Shep Sapling, "How's
things in the gridiron world?"
"Oh, can't complain. So . . . ready to spill those big beans?"
"I guess so. It's just too good an offer to turn down."
"No kidding -. . . damn, Lefty, head coach at Shinola State.
That's a nice move you've worked out."
"I'm really looking forward to it . . . maybe t'oo much,
too soon. We've still got a bowl game to play, remember."
"Yeah, I was wondering about the timing of that an-
"And it's not just me, Our defensive coordinator, Coach In-
cisor, is taking over at Moolah A&M, our line coach is headed
for a better spot with Spondulic Tech .. . I just hope we can all
keep our minds here long enough to get ready fbr that Boysen-
berry Bowl."
"Aw, hell, the players are the ones who are gonna Win
the game anyway, right?"
"I hope. But we have problems there, too. You know Rock,
our big middle guard? Damned if he wouldn't rather get a
dioloma than play football. Sometimes I just don't understand
kids these days.
"And A. C., our senior quarterback? Cripes, now that he's
a 'pro prospect' he's worried about stubbing his toe every time
he turns around. Doesn't have to impress the scouts anymore,
I guess, just needs to stay healthy. I guess I'm as worried about
those kids' heads as our own."
"Yeah, but you're lucky, Lefty. At least you don't have
a 'hardshin draft' to worry about. I'm afraid tiff has his
heart set on that, and you know what that does to team play."
"Is he that bad off?"
"Hell, his only h'ardshin is that he can't afford Columbian,
jest Mexican . , . I guess some kids really need the cash
but; . .
"So, if he's that m'lch of a problem, why not just berich hii
and nlay Lucius? That'll fix his mind up!"

Six Blue on smart list

Michigan's Rose Bowl bound
Wolverines continued to reapI
post season honors as they
placed six players on the 1976
Big Ten All-Academic footballE
team announced yesterday by
commissioner Wayne Duke.
The Wolverines defense led
the way, placing four players
on the team. John Anderson,
with a 3.26 grade point aver-
age, made the team as both
a defense lineman and a punter.
Lineman Bob Lang, 3.46, andI
Dominic Tedesco, 3.13, plus
safety Jim Pickens, 3.43, also{
represented Michigan on theI
defensive team.
Wide receiver Curt Steph-
enson, 3.15, was named to
the offensive team while line-
man Kirk Lewis received an
honorable mention.
Minnesota followed Michigan
placing four players: Tony'
Dungy, Brien Harvey, Kent,
Kitzman, and Bob Weber on1
the team.-
* e
iOutland named I
Browner of Notre Dame won,
the prestigious Outland Award!

as the outstanding college line-
man in the nation yesterday
when the Football Writers As-
sociation of America announc-
ed its 1976 All-Star team.
Browner, 31st recipient of
the award starting in.1946, is
a 6-foot-3, 248-pound junior
from Warren, Ohio. He has
started for the Fighting Irish
since his freshman year.
Browner topped the Writers'
list of 25 All-Star picks, an-'
nounced here by Volney Meece,
sports writer for the Oklahoma
City Times and secretary-treas-
urer of the 905-member associa-
In addition to 11 offensive
and 11 defensive players, the
association cited place-kick-
er Tony Franklin of Texas
A&M, punter Russell Erxle-
ben' of Texas and kick return-
er Jim Smith of Michigan.
The only repeaters from the
1975 Writers' squad were run-.
ning backs Ricky Bell of South-
ern Cal and Tony Dorsett of
Pitt. The third running back is
Terry Miller of Oklahoma
The quarterback is Gifford

Nielsen, a Brigham Young jun-
ior who rewrote the Western
Atheletic Conference passing
records while leading the Cou-
gars to a league co-champion-
ship, a 9-2 record *and a date in
the Tangerine Bowl opposite
Oklahorma State.





Vancouver 4, Toronto 3
St. Louis 4, N.Y. Rangers 4 (tie)
Buffalo 5, Cleveland 1
Montreal 4, Chicago 3
Atlanta 5, Minnesota 0
Boston 104, Portland 95
N.Y. Knicks 105, N.Y. Nets 95
Philadelphia 123, Buffalo 102
Seattle 109, Washington 99
Indiana 111, Los Angeles 98
Atlanta 117, San Antonio 106
Detroit 107, Chicago' 100
W. Michigan 94, Grand Valley 73
E. Michigan 83, Oakland U. 59
Minnesota 66, Nebraska 58
Northwestern 96,
S. Dak.-Springfield 64
Marquette 64, Florida 61
North Carolina 99, Athletes
in Action 86
Maryland 80, E. Carolina 69
Cincinnati 67, Bowling Green 63
Louisville 89, Idaho St. 68

"S'ire, that'd probably work out better for the team anyway,
but then we'd have five black starters. Now, you know I'm not a
bigot, but the alumni . . . well, yov know . .."
Hup. I know. They've got supreme wisdom, eternal
lovaltv, and npenty o bucks."
"Heh, that's about it. Tf it wasn't for them, we probably
wo ld"'r even have owr new arena."
" hoot, that nlace is a real palace, especially compared to
the field hose and the baseball stadium. But I guess you have
to plll vour weight . . . vox'r weight in gold, that it."
, "That's right, Lefty, it's a dog eat dog world."
Lefty nicked up the receiver, wondering why A. C.- always
seemed to have so mnvch trouble doing the same.
"Lefty? Marty Meek here from the Courier-Times. We've
heard some talk that you're leavinw Universal and we were
wondering . . . could this he a pro job?"
'Well, Marty, I can't tell you too much, but you know how
I feel about the pros. You get in there and it's money, money,
money . . . those guys just don't play for the love of the game,
like we do . . . that's right, there's just nothing like good, clean
r college sports . . . fresh air . . . win one for the Gipper ...

AP Photor
CHICAGO'S Mickey-Johnson (8) is ready to go, but he's neglecting the bail. Bull Jack Mar-
tin watches the ball bounce away, as did the game from the Bulls against the Pistons, 107-
100, at Cobo Hall last night.'
Pistons win again at home,
crumble Chicago, 107-100

1 -0 wpm MOONAM"


DETROIT - The Detroit Pistons won their
seventh consecutive home game last night,
defeating the Chicago Bulls, 107-100, before a
crowd of 4,715.
Keyed by Al Eberhard's ten fourth quarter
points, the Pistons finally took command of
the see saw game with five minutes left in
the fourth iuarter.
EBERHARD crashed the boards for five
rebounds, moving inside both offensive and
defensive-boards and finishing the game with
12 points.
The Pistons seemed to have the game pret-
ty well in hand early in the first quarter,
running up an 11 point lead.
BUT THE BULLS, who have yet to win a
game on the road this season had rookie
Scott May and John Laskowski come off
the bench to Lcan 18 and 12 points, respec-
"We broke down offensively in the last
quarter," said Chicago coach Ed Badger.
"We have a young team and they get ex-
cited and think they can win it by them-
"WE HAD A GOOD second quarter (56 per
cent from the floor) and not a bad third
quarter (47 per cent from the floor), but that
20 per cent shooting in the fourth quarter
Piston coach Herb Brown also received
fine efforts from his bench as Leon Douglas
scored seven points and Ralph Simpson
added 11.
"The answer tonight was the bench," said

Brown. "Al (Eberhard), Ralph (Simpson)
and Leon (Douglas) all played real well.
That's not to take anything away from
the starters, but it was the bench."
style of play saying, "It was a case of me
being open and getting the ball, but that's
the kind of team we have. If you're open,
they'll get the ball to the open man and
work the team aspect of the game."
The bills Wilbur Holland had the hot hand
for Chicago. scoring 22 points. Artis Gilmore
tossed in 17 noints and grabbed 14 rebounds
for the Bulls.
Bob Lanier led all 'scorers with 24 points
and rined down 12 rebounds.
KEVIN PORTER, the league's leading per-
centage shooter going into last night's game,
went eight-for-14 and finished the night with
1R points and eight assists.
Piston forward Marvin Barnes scored his
first basket in the NBA in the second quar-
ter, slamming the ball through the basket'on
a feed from Leon Douglas.
EBERHARD SAW action in his first game
since knowledge of his right big toe fracture
after last week's Houston game.
"He wasn't supposed to play but the doctor
said it was okay," said Brown. "I told him
to dress but he probably wouldn't play. Al
has 'been giving us something off the bench
for the last 23 games."
The Pistons will play a home and home
sories with the New York Nets this weekend,
playing at Long Island on Friday and re-
turning to Cobo for a Saturday night game.


Uof M
Ski Club Meeting
Thurs., Dec. 9-7 P.M.
Assembly Hall-M. Union







Johnny Bench
During one of my checkups, the doctors found a spot on my
lungs. I thought it might be cancer. So did they.
Luckily, it wasn't. Most people are lucky. Most people
never have cancer.
But those who find they do have cancer are far better off

What's up after college? That question is enough to
get a lot of young people down.
Air Force ROTC college graduates have that worry,

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