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Page 10-Friday, February 4, 1983-The Michigan Daily

SOULLIER, DOUTT RIDE BENCH

Vets sit; cagers struggle

By PAUL HELGREN
To say that it's been a tough year for
the Michigan women's basketball team
would be an understatement. Head
coach Gloria Soluk's team has won only
three of 18 games so far this season, in-
cluding a 1-7 record in Big Ten play.
What could possibly be worse than
that?
How about watching the team lose
from the bench. Junior co-captain
Terry Soullier and sophomore Connie
Doutt have had to endure a lot of that
this season, more than anyone expec-
ted. Of course, some other players have
also had to sit on the bench; it's a
truism for any sports team.
BUT SOULLIER and Doutt's
situations are a little different. Before
the season started, Soluk was counting
on both to start and provide much
needed leadership - leadership that
would be so desperately lacking on a
team with no seniors and six freshmen.
Soluk based her expectations on the
solid performances both players turned
in last year. Soullier was fifth on the
team in scoring (5.9) and third on the
team in rebounding (6.1), while starting
10 games. "I really believed she would
pick up where (all-time Michigan
scoring leader) Diane Dietz left off,"
Soluk said.
And Doutt, though her statistics
weren't quite as impressive as
Soullier's, started seven games and
was hailed by Soluk as a "great passer
and shooter." Soluk counted heavily on
both players to make the Wolverines
competitive for the Big Ten title and a

possible NCAA bid. But things haven't
quite worked out that way. The team
has slumped and Soullier and Doutt
have watched from the sidelines.
OTHER PLAYERS have assumed
the'spots that were to have been Doutt's
and Soullier's. Younger players. Bigger
players. Players that have produced
like the veterans were supposed to.
The 5-7 Doutt lost her starting guard
position after four games to freshman
Orethia Lilly. Lilly has averaged over
13 points per game since assuming the
starting role.
After five games starting at forward,
the 5-10 Soullier had her spot usurped
from her by sophomore Diana Wiley
and freshman Sandy Svoboda. There's
no secret why Soullier andDoutt lost
their jobs - neither was producing.
"I HAVEN'T played well,"Soullier
said.-
"I have to prove myself in practice
again, I guess," Doutt said.
Soluk sympathizes with her veterans
but said she feels she must go with the
best players available. "I hope they
(Soullier and Doutt) understand," she
said. "I gave them every opportunity
(to play)."
UP TO THIS point, neither player has
made the best of these opportunities.
Going into tonight's game at Michigan
State, Soullier, who now averages about
11 minutes a game, is shooting a dismal
27 percent from the floor. Doutt,
relegated to just seven minutes a game,
is doing a little better at 37 percent, but
is only hitting on 23 percent of her free
throws (3-13).

While she may not care for riding the
pines, Soullier at least understands the
motives of her coach.
"The coach wants to go with youth,"
Soullier explained. "I don't like it (not
starting) but. . . it doesn't do any good
to complain. If you complain you're not
helping the team."
ONE CRUCIAL factor that prevents
Soluk from playing all her experienced
players at one time is size. With 5-8
sophomore Peg Harte owning the small
forward position, Soluk needs a bigger4
forward to balance the lineup. The 6-1
Svoboda and 6-0 starting center Wendy
Bradetich can fill that role. Soullier can
not.
Doutt's situation is different from
Soullier's, but just as frustrating for
her. Doutt feels she was doing the job
expected of her when she was replaced
in the lineup. Soluk agrees that her
decision to start Lilly ahead of Doutt
was more of a reflection on Lilly's good
play than on Doutt's poor play. She also4
said that Lilly's fine play may have
caused Doutt to "press a little bit."
"Connie's got to play more," Soluk
said. "But our guards, Lori
(Gnatowski) and Lilly, are doing a
great job. They just don't need a rest."
So for the time being, both players
are waiting and hoping for the chance
to get back in the starting lineup. But if
they can't crack the starting five, don't
look for either player to start crying.
"I don't really think about it (star-
ting)," Soullier said. "I've just got to do
the best I can to help salvage the rest of
the season."

Daily Photo by DOUG McMAHON
(center) watch yesterday's practice from familiar

Michigan basketball players Terry Soullier (left) and Connie Doutt
territory - the sidelines. Amy Rembisz (right) looks on.

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If wrestling were academics, the Wolverines would be
taking midterms this weekend when they go up against the
Golden Gophers of Minnesota and the powerful Iowa
Hawkeyes.
With the Big Ten tournament at the end of this month, the
Michigan wrestlers must begin to gain the stamina and men-
tal toughness that is necessary to compete in the post-season
tournaments.
MICHIGAN HEAD coach Dale Bahr says that the
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now, we've had a good week of practice," he said.
Whether or not, in fact, they are ready will be determined
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On Friday night the Michigan grapplers go up against
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is 15-1 this season with an amazing 14
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On Saturday night however, the
Wolverines face a team more menacinga
than a Chem. Engine final. The Iowa
Hawkeyes are 41-0 in the Big Ten since
Head coach Dan Gable took over six Ban
years ago. Last year they beat Iowa a
Michigan 47-3.

BAHR admits "it's going to be tough." This may be an un-
derstatement, however. This year's Iowa squad has five
former national champions, including heavyweight Lou
Banach and brother Ed at 190, along with Pete Bush.
That's right, two former national champions at one class
(Ed Banach moved up from 177 this year). Which one will
wrestle remains to be seen.
Lou Banach will square off against (arguably) Michigan's
best wrestler, Rob Rechsteiner. Rechsteiner is undefeated in
the Big Ten, but Lou Banach has a career record of 57-12-2,
and finished third last year in the NCAA tournament.
THE OTHER former NCAA winners are Barry Davis, at
126 pounds, and Jim Zalesky, at 158 pounds. Davis was 46-1
last year, while Zalesky was 30-3-1. They should matcI up
against Mike DerGarabedian and Tim Fagan, respectively.
No one is expecting the Wolverines to
destroy the Hawkeyes, but they can do
well if their middle weights come
through.
"A lot of it depends on the mat-
chups", said Bahr. "We have to make
sure they're up for it."
AS FOR THE season, it's just like
school. It all comes down to how well
you do at the end. "Hopefully we're
going to peak at the right time." Bahr
said, and added, "We've tried to keep
the pressure off them (the wrestlers)
all season."
If the Wolverines can fight the
pressure and peak at the right time, it
could be all A's in the post season tour-
nament finals, and this weekend's
gch meets should be a good indication.

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