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Page 10 -The Michigan Daily-Monday, January 18, 1988

Jenison Field House lay silent. bad thin
The crowd had gone home and only "It's j
about a dozen people remained. me befor
Just an hour earlier it had been "This
packed to capacity for the Michigan- Michiga
Michigan State basketball game that game.
the visiting Wolverines had won, Even
90-72. guide re
I walked onto the court and son Fiel
thought about all the players who has beco
had stood on it since the first game Needles
was played there over a half century worst.
ago. From
I stood on the spot where Scott what res
Skiles launched so many 17-foot Buildin
jump shots. I walked into the kelly- dump, I
green key where Magic Johnson first But I
soared into national prominence. I two min
sat on the bench from where Jud to chan
Heathcote directed the Spartans to stepping
the NCAA championship in 1979. time cal
The place had such character, such the days
sense of history to it, that it was pler, bu
hard to believe this was the same was Pro

Jenison: a jewel of


that I had heard so many
gs about.
ust a big barn," a friend told
re I left for East Lansing.
place is a dump," said a
an State student before the
Michigan State's media
fers to it as "the aging Jeni-
d House" as if "the aging"
me part of its official name.
s to say, I expected the
the outside, Jenison some-
sembles our own Intramural
g. This place really is a
was wrong. It took all of
nutes inside Jenison for me
ge my mind. It was like
g into a living, breathing
psule. It was a trip back to
s when the game was sim-
t just as intense. Not only
position 48 unheard of back


f u lI court

then, but the college board exams
didn't even exist. The feeling was
powerful. So this is what the fifties
were like.
The stands were entirely made up
of bleachers, some so far away that
the game must have been no more
than a rumor to the fans in the cor-
ners. Messages were passed between
press boxes in a basket that traveled
across the arena suspended from two
wires. The scoreboards, against the
back walls, were reminiscent of the
pre-Wilt Chamberlain era.
But these things did not lessen

the fans' enjoyment at all. They
were 10,004 strong that night, and
they emitted a ferocious, ear-split-
ting din throughout the entire game.
When Spartan forward Ed Wright
finished off a steal with a perfect re-
verse dunk, the roar was deafening.
The fact that State was still losing
by seven points and was mired in a
five-game losing streak made abso-
lutely no difference.
Not only is Jenison loud, but it
allows the fans to become involved
with the action more than most are-

nas. Towards the end of the game,
Michigan head coach Bill Frieder
appeared to exchange heated words
with a crusty old Spartan supporter
seated behind the bench.
Frieder denied he was arguing
with the man, no matter how it ap-
peared to the other fans. "We were
just talking. That's why we shook
hands afterwards-- to let the rest of
the dumb bastards back there know
that we weren't fighting. We were
talking about the officiating," he
Frieder wasn't the only target of
the Spartan faithful. Michigan guard
Gary Grant had already scored all of
his game-high 27 points when he
badly missed an uncontested dunk.
The crowd cheered his gaffe so
loudly that the senior waved them
goodbye as he left the court.
"Sometimes it works to my benefit
like when I hit a jumper to quiet the
crowd. But when I missed the dunk,
it was their turn to laugh," said

But scenes like these will soon be
just memories. Next season will be
Jenison's last. Across the street,
construction has already begun on
Jenison's heir, the Jack Breslin Stu-
dent Events Center.
Sure, the new arena will seat over
5,000 more people. It will be more
accessible to the press and have
larger locker rooms than Jenison.
Even as the Wolverines dressed in
the cramped locker room, practically
leaning on each other as they pulled
on their clothes, they spoke warmly
of Jenison. "It's a great set up. It's a
big advantage to who ever is playing
in it," said guard Kirk Taylor.
I jumped up and touched the
backboard that so many college hoop
legends banked shots off over the
years, men like Greg Kelser and Sam
and Jay Vincent.
When thedoors close after next
year's season, the Big Ten will be
losing more than just an aging field
house. It will be losing a part of it-





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Will the real Wolverines please
stand up?
The fans who came out to Crisler
Arena this weekend to see the
Michigan women's basketball team
take on traditional Big Ten rivals
Ohio State and Indiana, saw one
Wolverine team with two different
The first lost a hard-fought battle
to an excellent Ohio State team, 77-
66. The second was soundly whipped
by Indiana, 77-59, which had a
medicore 5-6 record going into Sun-
day's game.
Ohio State entered Friday night's
contest against the Wolverines as
one of the top ranked teams in the
nation. Winners of four games in a
row, the Buckeyes had forced oppo-
nents into an average of 22 turnovers
a game.
TURNOVERS played an im-
portant role in the first half of Friday
night's game, as Ohio State repeat-
edly capitalized on Michigan mis-
takes in opening up a 40-31 halftime
lead. "We just had too m a n y
turnovers, " said Michigan coach
Bud VanDeWege. "OSU played good
pressure defense and they were able
to convert on our mistakes."
In the second half, the Wolverines
were able to narrow the gap to 48-43
on a short jumper by Vonnie
Thompson, but that was as close as
they got. Michigan could never put
together a run as Ohio State shot 67
percent from the field, including 10-
for-11 from Lisa Cline, who scored a
game high 25 points.
"OSU pounded away inside and
Lisa Cline was devastating outside,"
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best game ever against Michigan."
Michigan was led by sophomore
forward Tanya Powell, who exploded
for a career high 21 points. "She's as
quick as anyone in the league around
the basket," said VanDeWege.
Both Lisa Reynolds and Tempie
Brown also scored in double figures
for the Wolverines with 11 points
each. Reynolds led the team with,< 1l
AFTER THE game, Van-
DeWege was pleased with the team's
performance. "I'm delighted with the
progress of this team," he said.
"They're fighters and a lot of fun to
coach. Although we made mistakes,
we weren't tentative or intimidated
by OSU."
Reynolds was also optimistic.
"Ohio State is an experienced, well-
coached team. We're still young. It
is important for us to bounce back
strong against Indiana on Sunday."
Unfortunately, however, the
Wolverines came up flat against the
Hoosiers and lost by a lopsided
score. Indiana jumped out early and
never looked back as it took a 35-27
lead into the locker room at the half.
T E M P I E Brown kept, the
Wolverines within striking distance
as she hit three three-point field
goals in the first half, but Michigan
could not develop any kind of con-
sistency on offense. Indiana played a
swarming zone defense that took the
Wolverines out of their game.
"We packed in the zone and it
confused them," said Cindy
Bumgarner, who had a game high 24
points. "They couldn't pass inside."
The Hoosier defense forced
Michigan to shoot from the outside,
where the Wolverines were unable to
convert many baskets. "We had a
horrendous shooting night," said
VanDeWege. "We couldn't hit from
the outside to save our lives."
After losing its first two confer-
ence games, Indiana desperately
needed a win against Michigan.
"Indiana had their backs against the
wall, " said VanDeWege. "We sim-
ply couldn't match that must-win
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