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Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, March 10, 1987

Women

cagers

drop

pair,

end season

BY ROB LEVINE
A long and difficult season has
finally ended.
The women's basketball team
wrapped up a disappointing year on
Saturday in West Lafayette with a
89-61 pasting at the hands of the
Purdue Boilermakers. On Thursday,
Illinois downed Michigan, 74-65 in
Champaign.
The Wolverines finished with a
9-18 overall record, 2-16 Big Ten,
good for last place in the
conference.
MICHIGAN led 4-2 against
Purdue, but that was their last lead
of the game. The Boilermakers
scored 16 unanswered points and ran
* away from Michigan.
Cathey Tyree and Sharon Versyp
led the Boilers with 14 points
apiece.

Lorea Feldman scored 14 and
senior Sharon Sonntag poured in 12
for the losers.
Michigan shot only 32 percent
for the game, 26 percent in the first
half.
"WE WERE not a good
shooting team this year," said
Michigan head coach Bud Van De
Wege. "We did not shoot well
enough to compete in the Big Ten.
The Purdue game was indicative.
There were two areas that hurt
us-shooting and rebounding."
Purdue outrebounded the
Wolverines 55-37 as Tyree and
Sandy Alston pulled down 11
boards each.
Purdue stretched its lead to 29-
16, but Van De Wege didn't think
his team was out of it.
"We had chances to cut it to

eight and ten," he said. "I felt at
halftime we definetly could be back
in the game in a matter of minutes,
or if you let them get on a roll, it
could be a 20 point lead. The latter
is what happened."
INDEED, Purdue increased its
37-23 halftime lead to 47-27 less
than four minutes into the second
half. The Boilermakers coasted the
rest of the way, never seriously
threatened by Michigan.
Against the Fighting Illini,
Michigan shot 38 percent from the
field and couldn't recover from a 12
point halftime deficit.
Feldman led the Wolverines with
18 points and Jonelle Polk tossed
in 18 and grabbed a game-high nine
rebounds for the NCAA
Tournament-bound Fighting Illini.
Michigan Daily
SPORTS
763-0376

Van De Wege acknowledged his
team was outclassed this weekend,
especially against the aggressive
Boilermakers.
"THEY WERE explosive and
kept pushing it at you," said
Michigan's head coach. "They
happened to shoot very well and
things were going very well for
them as they got (the score) up
into the 20's. Once that happened,
then (our) team felt a little life had
been taken out of them."
In a season of anguish, positives

have emerged.
Transfer guard Vonnie
Thompson set a new single-season
assist record and Van De Wege
introduced an exciting run-and-gun
offense with potential stars in
freshmen Leslie Spicer, Lisa
Reynolds, and Tanya Powell.
The head coach remains
optimistic despite Michigan's poor
Big Ten showing. "I see a lot of
positives out of this year. I don't
see it as a 2-16 year, but a 9-18
year," said Van De Wege. 'The Big

Ten took four teams to the NCAA
(Illinois, Ohio State, Iowa, and
Northwestern). That's eight games;
against NCAA--caliber opponents,
Van De Wege sees a lot of work
ahead for his team if they are to
become competitive in the rugged
Big Ten next year.
"The players have to dedicate:
themselves over the summer," said
the third-year head coach. "They
just can't sit around and wait 'til
next September. Experience makes
them better."

Eastern Michigan soundly
beaten by women tumblers

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By JULIE HOLLMAN
Total domination, pure and
simple. That's the easiest way to
describe the women's gymnastics
team's 178.65-159.9 win over
Eastern Michigan last Friday at the
Michigan Coliseum.

The Wolverines smothered the
score sheet with blue and yellow as
they took the top three positions in
all four events.
The most Michigan allowed
EMU to gain were third-place ties
in the vault and the balance beam.

ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT
APPLYING TO
GRADUATE SCHOOL AT THE
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION?
If yes, come to a meeting:

"THIS WAS our second
highest score of the season," said
Michigan head coach Dana
Kempthorn. "We had a very
consistent meet with only three,
falls. That's the most we've hit all
year"
The women began the onslaught
in the first event by breaking out to:
a 44.65-43.55 lead. Angela ;
Williams and Janne Klepek paced.
the team with first- and second-
place performances. Williams' 9.1
score was over four-tenths highet:
than EMU's best finish.
Blue and yellow ink continued to
flow as Michigan ruled the uneven.
bars. The Wolverines captured thy:
top five slots of the event.
THIS IMPRESSIVE-
showing increased the squad's lead,
and brought the running score to-
88.9-75.05.
Michigan finally closed the door=
on the Hurons for good in the.
balance beam. Lead by Williams:
and Wendy Comeau, the team:
posted the top six scores with only
a tie at third. Eastern Michigad.
sank 17.05 points below the home,
team.
After this boost forward,.
Michigan only had to turn in a~
consistent performance in the floor
exercise to ensure a win.

WHEN:
WHERE:

Wed., March 11, 6 p.m.
Room 1322 (Tribute Room)
School of Education Bldg.

Faculty and staff will be available to answer questions
about programs, financial aid opportunities, and
admission requirements.
If you have questions, call:
OFFICE OF ACADEMIC SERVICES
(313) 764-7563
1228 School of Education Bldg.

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