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Men's Basketball
vs. Illinois
Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena

SPORTS

Men's Volleyball
vs. Notre Dame
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
CCRB

The Michigan Daily Tuesday, March 3, 1987 Page 7

Ca ers dig deeper

grave over break

By GREG MOLZON
After four consecutive Big Ten losses during break,
the season can't end soon enough for the women's
basketball team and coach Bud Van De Wege.
Michigan dropped two road games to Wisconsin and
Northwestern last weekend, and then returned home to
lose to Iowa and Minnesota.
The Wolverines are now 9-16 overall, 2-14 in the
-Big Ten, good for sole possession of last place in the
conference.
THE MOST crushing blow of the season came on
Sunday when the Wolverines hosted Minnesota in their
final home game of the year. Both teams entered the
contest with 2-13 records in the Big Ten and battled to
move out of the conference cellar.
The Gophers led 36-34 at the half and exploded in
the second half to trounce the Wolverines 92-60. The
victory ended the Gophers' 22-game Big Ten road
losing streak.
Van De Wege was disappointed with his players, to
say the least. "They should be embarrassed," the third-
year coach said. "I'm the most embarrassed I think I've
ever been with this program. Ever."
r Minnesota was led by Diane Kinney with 26 points,
and Molly Tadich with 23. The Gophers swept the
season series, as they defeated Michigan, 81-73, earlier
this year to break a 14-game conference losing streak.
f-LOREA FELDMAN scored 16 points and Tanya
Jowell added 10 for Michigan. Van De Wege didn't see
any bright spots in the lopsided game, however. "I
just think the team gave up today and think they're
ieady to be done with the season, and that's
frustrating," said Van De Wege.
The Wolverines had entered last.week on a good

note since they were coming off a victory against
Michigan State. Wisconsin, though, halted any
thoughts of a win streak by dumping the Wolverines
88-63. Feldman paced the team with 12 points.
Michigan then travelled to Northwestern without
Feldman, who was injured. Lisa Reynolds led the
Wolverines with 12 points, but it was not enough, as
the Wildcats sent the Wolverines out of Evanston with
a 77-49 thrashing.
The Wolverines were finally able to return home to
Crisler Arena, but had the difficult task of hosting
Iowa, which had only one conference loss and was a
half game out of first place.
VAN DE WEGE felt his team played respectably
in the contest, but the Wolverines were simply no
match for the tough Hawkeyes who won 78-54.
Reynolds was the high scorer again with 18 points and
Powell chipped in with 13.
Michigan entered Sunday's game against Minnesota
looking to salvage something from this disappointing
season by moving out of last place. However, with
two road games remaining against Illinois and Purdue,
the Minnesota disaster virtually assures that the
Wolverines will finish in last place in the Big Ten.
Van De Wege's frustration with the poor season
became apparent after the Minnesota game.
"It's too bad that this isn't the last game, but we've
got another week to play," said the usually optimistic
coach. "I can't surrender the games, though, so we've
got to go play them."

SPORTS OF THE DAIL Y:

p
Badgers
By IAN RATNER
The season of frustration
continued for Michigan's wrestlers
as they came up short against
Wisconsin, 18-12, two weekends
ago.
Michigan's Doug Wyland,
healthy after aF bout with mono,
was unable to make weight at 118
pounds and was replaced by
sophomore John Moore. Moore
responded by pinning the Badgers'
Joe Herr in the opening period.
Freshman Dave Dameron, who
wrestled for the first time in over a
month because of an infected
elbow, was then decisioned by
Mark Clayton, 6-3.
FOLLOWING a win at 134
pounds by John Fisher, the
Wolverines collapsed, dropping the
next four weight classes. Joe
Pantaleo (158 pounds), previously
undefeated in Big Ten competition,
represented the most critical of
these defeats.
Pantaleo surrendered his number
-one seed in this weekend's Big Ten
Tournament to Paul McShane,
"losing to the physical Badger for
the third time this season.
"I still think Joe's a better
,wrestler (than McShane)," said
;Michigan head coach Dale Bahr.
'He and McShane have clashing
styles and Joe winds up wrestling
physical when he's better at-
finesse."
James Dye (177) and
heavyweight Bob Potokar supplied
the only other victories for
Michigan (9-6-1 overall, 4-3-1 Big
Ten). Although Dye (14-7) matches
up well against tough competition,
he has not been able to secure a
starting role.
"James is a heck of a wrestler
and an interesting situation,"
explained Bahr. "His problem is
winning the tryouts in our
vwrestling room. But he works hard
and is like a great sixth man on a
basketball team."
The team hopes to salvage the
season at the conference tournament
in Madison. Fisher and Wyland will
probably draw top seeds and
Pantaleo will seek revenge against
Wisconsin's McShane.
Thrwlads fall tourney
There was no champagne in
Champaign last weekend for the
Michigan men's track team, and not

nip grapplers
even cheap wine for the lady NCAA Indoor Championships by
runners home in Ann Arbor. taking the bronze in the 1000-yard
The women's track team was run, crossing the line in 2:30.83.
lackluster in finishing eighth, miles Michigan's other third places
behind first place Wisconsin at the came in field events. Freshman
Big Ten Championships. At the Sonya Payne's heave of 47-7 1/4
men's Big Ten Championships in took third in the shot put and
Illinois, Michigan finished a classmate Lisa DeVries cleared 5-7
somewhat disappointing fourth to place third in the high jump.
with 63 points, more than 70 This Saturday, the men will host
points behind runaway winner the Silverston Invitational to close
Illinois. out the regular indoor season. Kelli
"We were hoping to finish in the Bert, Chris Brewster, and the men's
top three, so the weekend wasn't two mile relay team will represent
completely satisfying," said men's Michigan at the NCAA Indoor
head coach Jack Harvey. Champions to be held March 13-14
NCAA qualifier Chris Brewster in Oklahoma City.
captured Michigan's only blue - KENNETH B. GOLDBERG
ribbon by easily defending his Navy 53, UNC- Wilm 50
three-mile title in a time of 13
minutes, 38.12 seconds. Hampton, Va. (AP) - David
Teammate Omar Davidson took Robinson's three-point play with
second in the 440 yard dash behind 17:13 left put Navy ahead and the
world record holder Harry Reynolds Midshipmen went on to capture
of Ohio State. Davidson finished in their third straight Colonial
46.86, shades behind Reynolds' Athletic Association basketball
46.57. tournament with a 53-50 victory
Michigan's two-mile relay team last night over North Carolina-
of Matt Butler, Earl Parris, Rollie Wilmington.
Hudson and Davidson, which Navy held off a late rally by the
qualified for the NCAA Seahawks and won its 13th straight
Championships earlier this season, game. The Midshipmen, 26-5,
finished second to repeat champion received an automatic berth in the
Northwestern. NCAA tournament by capturing the
Wolverine Butch Starmack, the CAA crown. North Carolina-
defending Big Ten indoor triple Wilmington; seeking its first-ever
jump champion, leaped 52 feet-1 invitation to the 64-team NCAA
1/4 inches to finish second, seven field, dropped to 18-12.
inches behind Illini Bannon Hayes.
In Ann Arbor, the women's
team could manage only three third
place finishes. '
Senior Kelli Bert became the
only Wolverine to qualify for the

Daily Photo by SCOTT LITUCHY

Wolverine Tanya Powell grabs a rebound from a Minnesota player during Michigan's 90-60 loss on Sunday.
Michigan has only two more games with which to improve their 2-14 conference record.
Men..tumblers winout West

By JIM DOWNEY
Spring Break. The words conjure
up images of sun and surf. But sun,
surf, and gymnastics? Well, yes.
Last week at the University of
California-Santa Barbara,
Michigan's men's gymnastics team
posted their second best score of the
year.
Senior captain Mitch Rose and
junior Scott Moore, both posted
season-best scores as Michigan
topped UCSB 266.25-264.35.
Rose's 9.65 in the still rings was
one-tenth of a point better than his
previous high. Moore, a native of
Detroit, improved three-tenths on
his best score on the pommel
horse, notching a 9.65.
Wolverine head coach Bob
Darden believed the West Coast trip
provided his team with valuable
experience.
"IT WAS a little closer than I
would have hoped but the judging

was interesting," said Darden. "Our
guys got a chance to see how
different regions interpret our
routines."
Darden's comment stemmed
from what he described as
"intimidating" judging on the
pommel horse, and from questions
raised about senior Greg Nelson's
floor exercise. "Judges are never
wrong," said Darden. "They are all
knowledgeable about the sport, but
they come from different
perspectives. There is always an
element of subjectivity involved."
California was the final stop of a
week-long road trip that saw the
Wolverines visit Minnesota and
Wisconsin. Performing without

Steve Yuan, one of the team's top
pommel horse performers,
Michigan dropped both contests.
Minnesota, last year's Big Ten
runner-up, tallied their second
highest score of the year en route to
a 274.4-262.75 triumph. The
Wolverines fared no better at
Wisconsin. Michigan's overall
score of 258.7 was one of its
lowest earned this season.
Darden characterized his team's
performance on the pommel horse
as "very dismal," but remains
cautiously optimistic about next
month's Big Ten Championships.
"I firmly believe we have the
potential and capabilities to be a
mid-270s team," he said.

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