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Page 10-Saturday, January 8, 1983-The Michigan Daily
agers need win at Iowa

By LARRY FREED
Special to the Daily
IOWA CITY - It is a little early to be
talking about most games, but that's
the situation that both Iowa and
Michigan find themselves in today, as a
loss will leave either club looking
squarely up at the rest of the Big Ten
field.
For Michigan to start out with two
losses on the road is bad, but for pre-
season-favorite Iowa, which lost Wed-
nesday to Michigan State, 61-59, two
consecutive home losses would be
disastrous.
THE YOUNG Wolverines, who were
rudely baptized into the Big Ten Thur-
sday night, will receive another shock
as they switch from Northwestern's
cramped 5,000-seat Alumni Hall to the
new spacious 15,000 capacity Carver-
Hawkeye Sports Arena.
The "veteran" backcourt tandem of
Leslie Rockymore and Eric Turner will
need to provide more leadership as well

as better shooting accuracy if the
Wolverines (9-2) nurture any hope of
upending the favored Hawkeyes. The
guard duo, which collectively went 13-
36 from the field in the 69-64 loss to Nor-
thwestern Thursday, will face perhaps
the top-shooting backcourt in the con-
ference in the persons of Steve Carfino
and Bob Hansen.I
"They made a lot of stupid mistakes
and forced shots," said Frieder after
the Big Ten opener. "And you can't do
that in this league."
IOWA'S BOOKEND frontcourt men,
6-10 Michael Payne, and 6-11 Greg
Stokes will present the young Wolverine
forwards with their toughest task to
date.
The unenviable task of controlling the
two Hawkeyes falls upon 6-9 Robert
Henderson and 6-10 Tim McCormick.
Henderson, however, showed he might
be ready for the battle as he grabbed a
career-high 16 rebounds against the
Wildcats.

If McCormick and Henderson have
trouble, Frieder will enjoy a luxury that
eludes Iowa head coach Lute Olson.
Frieder can go to his bench. Look for
the Michigan mentor to utilize Roy
Tarpley, Paul Jokisch and Issac Person
for added height and strength.
With these two new dimensions,
Frieder will not likely repeat the
nightmare of a year ago in Iowa City
when his team suffered its worst drub-
bing in years, 56-38. If the front line and
leadership fail to materialize, however,
it could be a long year - as Frieder
warns. a
"We might not win as many Big Ten
games as last year," he said.

Pa ne
... big gun for Hawks

THE LINEUPS

MICHIGAN

IOWA

'Cats' rally crushes
lady, cagers, 94-70

(9-2)
(35) Richard Rellford ... (6-6)
(40) Robert Henderson .. (6-9)
(44) Tim McCormick ... (6-10)
(25) Eric Turner ........ (6-3)
(24) Leslie Rockymore .. (64)

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(8-2)
(6-7) ...... Mark Gannon
(6-11) ... .Michael Payne1
(6-10) ....... Greg Stokes
(6-2) ....... Steve Carfino
(6-6) ........ Bob Hansen

(44)
(42)
(41)
(15)
(34)

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PRES
M' shooters aren't bad
but their shots sure are
By JIM DWORMAN
SHOT SELECTION is vital to winning basketball. For the simple reason
that it is easier to make a 12-foot shot than a 20-footer, teams that take
closer shots will score more points and hence, win more games than team's
that don't.
The logic seems simple enough.
Apparently, however, it escaped three of the Michigan Wolverines. Isaac
Person, Leslie Rockymore and Eric Turner all lost their sense of range last
Thursday night and because of it Michigan lost its Big Ten opener to North-
western, 69-64.
Often out of control, these three players repeatedly pulled up and gunned
from outside their respective ranges. Because of his poor choice of shots,
Turner, a 56-percent shooter entering the contest, connected on only eight of
22 attempts. Rockymore managed but five of 14 while Person hit one of four.
It's not that they're bad shooters. They just took bad shots.
Person, for instance, launched a 20-foot bomb in an open-court situation.
There were at least 10 feet of space between him and the nearest Wildcat
defender but the Wolverine senior did not take advantage of it. Person laun-
ched the ball from well outside his 16-feet range and watched with the 5,000
or so other persons at DePaul's Alumni Hall as it sailed wide of the basket.
His only consolation was that the ball nicked the side of the rim, sparing him
the embarrassment of shooting an airball.
Leslie shot some rocks
On his two other misses, Person didn't even shoot the ball. He threw it.
Rockymore also had problems finding the basket. Maybe it would've been
easier for him to locate if he moved within sight of the rim. The sophomore
attempted four three-point shots and missed them all, making him 0-5 on the
year from beyond the semi-circle.
Why can't a good shooter such as Rockymore make a three-pointer?
Because he's a good shooter from 21-feet and in. Rockymore's range ends
where the three-point area begins. Thursday night he tried to extend his
range but failed.
Even Turner, the one Wolverine with legitimate three-point range,
couldn't make his attempts. No, they weren't attempts. They were prayers,
25-footers often taken while tightly guarded.
Turner can make most of his three-pointers. In the non-conference season,
he connected on 57-percent of his tries. But in the non-conference season, his
shots were taken within the flow of the Michigan offense. In the loss to Nor-
thwestern, Turner free-lanced. He shot without even looking inside to
Michigan's centers, Tim McCormick and Robert Henderson, who posted
strong underneath the basket.
"We've got to work the ball inside for better shots," Michigan coach Bill
Frieder said. "There's no excuse for some of the shots we took. We forced
shots and heck, you can't play that way at this level. When you take bad
shots, you deserve to lose."
Knight guessed it
When a team takes bad shots, losses can be predicted as well as deserved.
Indiana coach Bobby Knight knows what poor shot selection will do to a
team's offense. He also knows that long shots-three-point attempts-are
bad shots when taken by the wrong players under the wrong conditions.
When the Big Ten elected to use the three-point field goal, Knight said he
voted to adopt the rule because (here were only three players in the con-
ference capable of hitting the 21-footer and the Hoosiers had two of them.
While acknowledging that Ted Kitchel and Randy Wittman were his pair of
bombers, Knight refused to reveal the identity of the third.
He later said, "Nobody knows who the third player is because I want every
player coming in to think he's the one. I hope all of Frieder's kids come in
gunning away."
Frieder's team indeed did "gun away." But sadly, it' wasn't the kids, as
Knight had hoped. Turner and Person have started more games in their
careers than any of the Wolverines and Rockymore isn't far behind.
These three are veterans and should know their limitations.

By PAUL HELGREN
Trailing by three points at the half,
the Northwestern Wildcats came back
from the lockerroom smoking and blew
out the Michigan women's basketball
team, 94-70, in last night's Big Ten
opener at Crisler Arena.
The Wildcats scored 24 of the second
half's first 29 points and went on to build
a 73-47 lead. A Lori Gnatkowski layup
off of a Peg Harte steal, followed by a
Harte basket, cut the lead to 73-51 but
the Wolverines could come no closer.
NORTHWESTERN was led by 6-4
Tracie Diemer, who came off the bench
to score 19 points, all in close. Six-foot-
one Anucha Browne added 16 points for
the' eats.

trying to run on the much taller North-
western team and was fairly suc-
cessful, holding a 38-35 lead at the half.
But the Wolverines simply ran out of
gas in the second half, as coach Gloria
Soluk's strategy of sticking with her
starting five the whole way backfired.
"My starters weren't tired," Soluk
said after the game. "Their (Wildcats)
shots just started to fall, that's all. And
plus it was hard for us with all their
height."
INDEED, Northwestern's height ad-
vantage played a crucial role in deter-
mining the outcome of the game. While
Michigan was forced to take long bom-
bs from outside, Northwestern con-
sistently worked the ball inside for easy
shots.
Sophomore Peg Harte played another
brilliant game for the Wolverine's,
scoring a game-high 26 points. Fresh-
man center Wendy Bradetich added 17.
Michigan's record falls to 2-9, 0-1 in
the Big Ten. Northwestern evens its
record at 5-5. The Wolverines will go
after their first Big Ten win this Sunday
against Iowa at Crisler.

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Daily Photo by JEFF SCHRIER
Michigan's Diana Wiley pump-fakes taller Northwestern opponents Karen
Stack (44) and Tracie Diemer, as teammate Wendy Bradetich (11) looks on.
Size prevailed in the game as the Wildcats went on to win, 94-70.

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(AP) The Detroit Lions take on the
Washington Redskins today at 12:45 at
RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. in a
first-round NFL playoff game.
The Redskins reached the playoffs
for the first time since 1976 with an 8-1
record, the best in the National Football
Conference.
DETROIT AND Cleveland, both 4-5,
are the first teams in the NFL's 63-year
history to make the playoffs with losing
records.
Quarterback was a problem for
Detroit this season. Gary Danielson
began the season at quarterback for the
Lions, but Eric Hipple, the regular last
season, who guided the Lions to a 27-24
victory over Greey Bay last Sunday,
will be at the held Saturday against
Washington.
"It came down to a gut feeling,"
Detroit Coach Monte Clark said about
his choice of Hipple. "I couldn't explain
it if I tried. I just pray that it's right."
QUARTERBACK is no problem for
the Redskins. Joe Theismann was the
top-rated signal caller in the NFL with
161 completions in 252 attempts for 2,033
yards and 13 TDs.
Detroit has not won in Washington in
nine games.
The Detroit-Washington game is a
sellout.

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