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WOMEN CAGERS LOSE A HEARTBREAKER
Buzzer shot beats 'M'

By ROB POLLARD
When with one second left Northwestern forward
Anne Smith threw an off-balance 10 footer in the
direction of the backboard, all in attendance thought
"overtime." But to the crowd's surprise (and
Smith's), the ball banked off the board and cleanly
through the net, giving the Wildcats a 62-60 victory,
over the Wolverines.
With four seconds remaining Northwestern's cen-
ter Anucha Browne controlled a jump ball at the Nor-
thwestern foul line to guard Laura Wiesen. Wiesen
dribbled from left to right along the top of the key
before dishing off to Smith. The freshman threw up
her game-winning shot while falling backwards.
"WE THOUGHT they were going to try and get the
ball to Erickson (Northwestern guard Connie), or
Browne," said Michigan head coach Gloria Soluk.
Soluk was disappointed about the finish, but managed
to find some humor in it. "Who ever heard of Smith? I
didn't even know she was on the team."
Michigan tied the game at, 60 when Jerene Mid-

dleton hit a pair of free throws with three minutes
remaining. Then with 18 seconds left Middleton hit
center Amy Rembisz under the basket with a sharp
pass. Rembisz sank an easy layup, but Middleton was
called for charging and the basket was nullified, set-
ting the stage for Smith's heroics.
Soluk was irate about the call. "That cost us the
game. Kids were doing that all day and he's (the of-
fical) going to pick that time to make the call." The
game was very physical, as bodies hit the floor
throughout the contest. The charging foul against
Middleton was a call officals had not been making
earlier in the game.
THE GAME was sloppy throughout with plenty of
turnovers by both squads. Each team turned the ball
over 30 times. The Wovlerines held the upper hand in
the early going, and with two minutes remaining in
the first half had built a 26-17 lead, by virtue of balan-
ced scoring. But Northwestern scored the last six
points of the half and went in at the intermission down
28-25.

Michigan maintained its lead until Browne
hit a jumper to give the Wildcats a 39-38 edge. Browne
led Northwestern with 26 points, on a variety of long
jump shots and layups. She also pulled down a game-
high ten rebounds.
The teams then traded leads until free throws by
Orethia Lilly, Rembisz, and a 12-foot baseline jumper
by Middleton gave Michigan a 52-48 bulge with 9:28
left. But the Wildcats went on a 12-6 spurt to take a 60-
58 lead. Middleton's free throws led up to Smith's
winning shot.
MICHIGAN concluded its season with a 4-22 mark,
2-16 in the Big Ten, finishing ninth in the conference
ahead of Purdue. Northwestern finished at 15-12
overall, 10-8 in the conference, tied for fifth.
The game was the final contest for seniors Lori
Gnatkowski and Terry Soullier. Gnatkowski leaves
with six Michigan records, including season field goal
percentage (.519) and career steals (266). Soullier
finished her career as the fourth leading all-time
rebounder with 372.

NEW YORK (AP) - Patrick Ewing, Georgetown's 7-foot to send the game into overtime. Georgetown had tied the
center, scored 27 points Saturday night, nine in overtime, to game 63-63 on a jumper by Jackson with 37 seconds
lead second-ranked Georgetown to an 82-71 victory over remaining.
Syracuse in the championship game of the Big East
Conference, giving the Hoyas an automatic bid to the NCAA Tulsa 70, Creighton 68 OT
Tournament.dh un e'mr also TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Tulsa guard Ricky Ross banked in a
E w i n g , n a m e d t h e t o u r n a m e n t ' s m o s t v a l u a b l e p l a y e r , s h t f o m u d r n a h w i h t o s e o d l fgo i e thy2 h
grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked five shots as the Hoyashot from underneath with two seconds left to give the 12th-
apulled awy from a 6363tie at the end of regulation. They ranked Hurricanes a 70-68 overtime victory over Creighton in
became the first top-seeded team to win the Big East tourney the championship of the Missouri Valley Conference post
in the five years the conference has existed. season basketball tournament yesterday.
Sophomore guard Michael Jackson added 20 points, 16 The outcome spoiled Creighton's bid for a second straight
after the intermission, for the Hoyas, 29-3, who won their upset in the tourney. The Bluejays, 17-13, ousted top seeded
ta third Big East championship. Illinois State in a semifinal game Thursday night. Tulsa im-
(,I~l,~2 FE~Freshman guard Dwayne "Pearl" Washington led proved to 27-3 and earns the league's automatic berth in the
Daily Photo by DAN HABIB Syracuse, 22-8, with 27 points and six assists before fouling NCAA tournament.
* out with 28 seconds remaining in overtime. Benoit Benjamin, Creighton's 74foot center, scored 17 of his
Michigan's Jerene Middleton works her way between Wildcats Conne Syracuse, which led by five points with 3:09 left in the game high 29 points after intermission as the Bluejays over-
Erickson (21) and Anne Smith (45). The Wolverines lost the game, 62-60, on a title second half, had a chance to win the game in regulation but came a 44-37 halftime deficit to tie it at 62-62 with 3:44 left in
last second desperation shot. Kegrins missed a sidejumper with three seconds remaining regulation. Creighton had its only leads at 64-62 and 66-64.
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SPOR TSO H ALY:

Buckeye gyrmasts take title; 'M' grabs fourth

COLUMBUS - There were no big
surprises at yesterday's Big Ten
women's gymnastics meet at Ohio
State as." the defending champion
Buckeyes took the title with 180.9 total
points. There were also no surprises for
the Wolverines who finished fourth, just
as coach Sheri Hyatt expected.
"We finished where we thought we
would based on pre-meet scores,"
Hyatt said. "We had hoped to place.
more people in the finals, but Ohio State
really dominated the places.''
The fourth-place finish (169.6 points)
was an improvement over last year's
fifth-place finish.
Christy Schwartz led Michigan with a
second-place finish in the uneven bars.

Kathy Beckwith placed third in the
balance beam and seventh in the all-
around competition compiling a 34.85
score.
Relay team finishes fifth
SYRACUSE, NY - The two-mile
relay team of Jennifer Rioux, Martha
Gray, Sue Schroeder and Joyce Wilson
placed fifth in the NCAA women's track
meet yesterday.
Their time of 8:44.42 was a Michigan
record and earned them All-American
honors.
Tennessee won the event registering
a World College record of 8:40.17.
The two-mile relay was the only
Michigan participated in.

Climbing club to Peru
The Michigan climbing club is plan-
ning a 23-day trek all across the South
American country of Peru, May 6-28.
Steve Gayner, Frank Morics, and
Wayne Domeier, the trips' organizers,
will guide the journey to the cities of
Lima and Cuzco, and to the Inca trails,
ancient ruins, marketplaces and
villages.
The trip will not involve any
dangerous mountain climbing,
although Gayner noted that if there is a
demand for mountain climbing,
Domeier, the only guide who has been
to Peru, will lead a low-danger climb up
a 20,000-foot mountain. The plans in-
volve backpacking and hiking.

Gayner said that the club is hoping
for about ten people to join the trip
although plans could be made for a
second three-week trip if more people
join than expected.
The total pricetag for the expedition
is $1,395. For more details, Gaynor said
interested persons should call him at
995-8749. --PHH, NUSSEL
McFarlar d loses final
RUTHERFORD, N.J. - All
American Michigan wrestler Joe Mc-
Farland lost a 9-6 decision to Iowa
State's Kevin Darkus in the finals of the
126-pound NCAA championship. It was
the fourth time Darkus has beaten Mc-
Farland this year.

Hatt
expected fourth-place finish

McFarland
..:loses NCAA final

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