Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, March 14, 1985
VAN DE WEGE TALKS OF FUTURE
Women cagers need time to Bud
Editor's note: The women's
basketball team had what could be
termed a down season, finishing at a
7-21 mark. Daily sportswriters
Dave A retha and Mark Kovinsky
tdlked to coach Bud Van De Wege
about the season and the future of
the women's program.
Daily: How can you explain this
year's 1-17 Big Ten record after going 6-
4 in non-conference games?
Van De Wege: The league is
definitely stronger than the teams we
were playing in the non-conference.
The (Big Ten) teams that we had to
catch up to drastically improved last
year. It was an improved league, even
though we got better as a team.
The other thing was our depth, which
was real apparent in games like Min-
nesota and Ohio State at home. We
essentially had six players out there
and our front-line depth (hurt us)
especially. We had four front-line
players that we were really going to be
able to compete with. You just give it
everything you have in a lot of those
games and the depth of the other teams
just wears you down.
Daily: Two freshmen, Kelly Benin-
tendi and Lorea Feldman, were star-
ters, and a third freshman, Sarah
Basford, saw a good deal of playing
time. Are these players good enough to
build a solid program around?
Van De Wege: I think that they're a
good core of players that have gained a
lot of experience this year. They're not
the type of players that can carry you.
They are definitely Big Ten-caliber
players, but whether they are Big Ten
championship-caliber players, I don't
know. I don't think they're able to
carry us to those heights alone. They
are not your star quality players. To
use an alalogy, they'll be players like
the Bodnars (Mark and Marty) when
they were here with the men's
Daily: What do you think is needed
for Michigan to contend in the Big Ten?
Van De Wege: You've got to bring in
some other talented players to round
(the freshmen) out. I need a couple of
good recruiting years back-to-back,
much the same as the men's program
had. The thing that I'm up against is
that I need an ice-breaker. What I need
is somebody really well-known that will
break the ice and come to Michigan.
That will snowball and gather recruits
here. Someone needs to take what
others might consider a bold step and
come here-to a program that has been
spinning its wheels a little bit and that's
just getting started again.
Daily: Are there any "ice-breakers"
in this year's recruiting class?
Van De Wege: We've got a real good
chance of that happening this year, but
I can't mention any names. I can only
mention the one that was signed-Mary
Razowski from Farmington Mercy.
She's a good size forward (6-0, 160
pounds) who does not have the flashy
skills but is widely regarded as one of
the better defensive players in the
Daily: How about your transition
from men's to women's basketball?
Van De Wege: The switch for me was
pretty easy. There are many women's
programs that I could have stepped into
and not have been nearly as comfor-
table. But I stepped into this program
which had a need for a lot of things that
I could give them this year-the
disciplined program, the more
disciplined style of play, the back-to-
fundamentals approach, and the fun-
damental aspects of the game. That's
all stuff that I was very comfortable
Daily: Under yourleadership, do you
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Van De Wege
... needs recruits
think this program will turn around?
Van De Wege: I feel it can happen.
How fast it can happen, I don't know. A
lot depends on the recruits. As far as
my coaching abilities and what I can do
with the team, I'm going to do nothing
but get better. It was a rookie year for
me. It was the first time as a head
coach at any level for me and I learned
a lot. I made my mistakes, but it will be
the same way next year. I'll be better
next year, but I'll still be making my
mistakes. I'm going to grow with the
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