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Page 12-Friday, December 11, 1981-The Michigan Daily
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By KEN SHORE
When a coach goes out to look for
ballplayers, she looks for ability, poten-
tial, and desire. This past year,
Michigan women's basketball coach
Gloria Soluk was fortunate enough to
find all three in freshman center Peg
Harte.
So far this year, Harte has averaged
22.4 points per game by shooting 58 per-
cent from the floor. Although she is only
5'8", Harte is averaging 8.6 rebounds
per game as well.
HER BEST attribute, however, is her
intense desire to play hard and win.
"She plays with so much heart and so
much desire that it carries over to the
team," points out Soluk. "She's a win-

ner who knows how to play only one
way."
And that way is "all the way."
"I'M ALWAYS giving 100 percent,"
said Harte. "Even if we get ahead, I
play like we're behind."
"She is a very intense, determined
player," says older sister and team-
mate K.D. Harte. "Those two qualities
are hard to stop on the floor."
K.D. is four years older than Peg. As
a result of having to sit out a year due to
her transfer from Oakland University,

me," says Peg. "She was so mean and
tough that after playing with her, I'm
not afraid to play with anybody."
EVEN THOUGH K.D. had already
been at Michigan for two years, she did
not influence Peg's decision to enroll
here last spring.
"K.D. did not have an influence on
me in coming to Michigan," added Peg.
"Mom talked me into coming here
because of the school's reputation and
closeness."
The Hartes are two of the teams'

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'I hope to help the team in some way to bring our team's
level of play upto the other outstanding teams' play."
-Freshman women's basketball
player Peg.Harte

even more is the fact that at this time
last year she was in a cast with a
broken ankle. AUI total, Peg only played
in five games her senior year. But
coach Soluk remained high on - her .
nonetheless.
"I ALWAYS knew she was going to be
great," says an emphatic Soluk. "I ex-
pect her to challenge every record on
both ends of the court, offensively and
defensively."
Peg's goals are a little more subdued.
On the top of her list are a better outside
shot, the ability to jump higher, and
defending on and off the ball.
"The competition is getting better
every year, so I have to keep growing."
"I HOPE to help the team in some
way to bring our team's level of play up
to the other outstanding teams' play."
As for the present team, Harte
describes them as "sporadic."
"We have to be more consistent. We
haven't played a good game all
together yet."
"SINCE WE are a small team, our
best weapon is the fast break. We have
to box out more as well."
She has not given up though, shooting
for a Big Ten title in her first season.
"If we play up to our potential, all of
us pulling together, we could win the
Big Ten."
Based on her early season stats and
the team's quick start, her prediction
just might come true. All would not be
lost, however, if her prediction did not
materialize, for the team would still
have three more shots at it with Harte
in command. And with the way Harte's
playing, those shots are quickly ap-
proaching point blank range.

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this is the first time the Harte sisters
have been teamed together.
"I LIKE it," says Peg. "I have never
played with a better guard. She is a real
good passer. I always have to be ready
for the pass."
Although this is the first time they are
both on the same team, this is not the
first time they have played with each
other. There were many games, when
they were younger, that left strong im-
pressions on the freshman standout.
"When we were kids, she used to kill

most loyal fans, attending every game,
home or away.
Upon comparing high school basket-
ball to college basketball, Harte was
quick to point out how much more
stamina and time it takes on the college
level.
"COLLEGE IS a lot different. You
have to be in much better shape. There
are five games a week instead of two."
"In high school, you could' get away
with not being in shape, but in college,
no way!"
What makes Peg's play stand out

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Daily Photo by JEFF SCHRIER
MICHIGAN WOMEN'S hoopster Peg Harte fires a shot in last Tuesday's-$
game against Cleveland State. The 5'8" freshman center has averaged 22.4:::
points per game by shooting 58 percent from the floor. x
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By BUDDY MOOREHOUSE
Special to the Daily
PONTIAC- Nine years ago, Campy
Russell left Pontiac Central High to
play his basketball at Michigan. After
two years as a Wolverine, Russell left
for the pros, and last night he returned
to Pontiac to lead his New York Knicks
teammates to an exciting 106-101 win
over the Detroit Pistons at the Silver-
dome last night.
Russell had six points and two assists
in the overtime period crush a valiant
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"IT'S VERY special to come baekZ
and play here, because this is where
I'm from," said the former, Wolverinew
All-American. "I was definitely happy
with the- way our team played, ut
we've got to keep getting better."
Russell's heroics presented Detroit
with its seventh consecutive loss, drop-
ping to 8-12 for the year. The Knicks,
meanwhile, moved their record up to
10-9.
Going into the second half, the,
possibility of an overtime period looked,
very remote. The Pistons, plagured by
38 percent shooting from the field in the
first half, went into the locker room at
half time, trailing 62-47.
BUT THE Detroiters came out hot in
the third quarter, closing the gap to six
points, and hotter in the fourth quarter,'
as the Pistons even led several times
before settling for a 90-90 tie at the erd
of regulation.
"We got mentally tough in the second
half," said Detroit head coach Scotty
Robertson. "But it was too late. We
should have come out ready to play in
the first half."
Detroit even had a chance to win the
game in regulation, as Kelly Tripucka
went to the free throw line with an 6p:
portunity to put the Pistons ahead by
two with 18 seconds left in the game:'-
But both shots bounced off the rim and'.
the score remained deadlocked.
Despite this, Tripucka had a splendid'
night leading all scorers with a career
high 36 points and a team leading 10
rebounds.
"The kid (Tripucka) played a helluva
game," admitted New York head coach
Red Holtzman. "Every time they
needed a basket, he got one. I can't say'
anything but good things about him. He'
is very good now but he is going to be
great."

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