vs. Michigan State
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena
Friday, 7 p.m..
The Michigan Daily
Wednesday, January 27, 1988
Women's basketball team...
...must face weaknesses
'M' football ticket
prices to increase
By PETER ZELLEN
Would've won, could've won, should've won.
That was the story behind last Friday's
women's basketball game against Michigan
The Spartans came into Crisler Arena with a
4-0 Big Ten record and a whole lot of confidence.
The Wolverines, on the other hand, were 1-3 and
full of problems. Then the unexpected happened.
Almost four minutes into the game, Michigan
State was scoreless. Needless to say, it was
pleasing to see all those nasty little green and
white people sitting there with their mouths wide
open, mumbling "Uhhhhh."
This reporter was licking his lips thinking:
"What a story this could be...Wolverines shred
first-place State!" Awesome.
But, alas, it didn't happen. The Wolverines
reverted to their old ways. They lost the game,
66-59, and a little pride.
They say that every dark cloud has a silver
lining. Although the Wolverines lost the game,
their major weaknesses became apparent. Their
problems must be dealt with for them to become
a winning basketball team.
The biggest problem of all seems to be the
team's offense. Michigan is shooting around 40
percent this season, but as of late, it's been even
worse. In the second half of the State game, the
Wolverines could only put 11 of their 39 shots
in the basket (28 percent). For the game, the
Wolverines shot just 31 percent.
The Spartans started to slump in the second
half and let Michigan get within three points.
The Wolverines ended up losing by seven, so
four more baskets (38 percent), and Michigan
would have won the game. Would've.
Another problem is the size of the team.
Michigan has just four players over six feet tall.
Lisa Reynolds, a 6-1 center, is the lone starter
among them. This hurt the Wolverines against
Michigan State. Many of the Wolverine plays
were broken up by the Spartans' 6-4 center Sue
A lack of height certainly cost the Wolverines
in the second half as guard Tempie Brown was
ruthlessly smacked around under the basket. No
sooner would she get into the paint with the ball,
when she'd get elbows flying into her face.
Brown could be an even more productive
player if she had some big people protecting her.
Michigan could have won the game if the team
had some big people to block out those centers.
The third glaring weakness of the Michigan
team is its lack of experience. The Wolverines
are a young team, consisting mostly of
sophomores and first-year players. There are only
two seniors on the team, guards Vonnie
Thompson and Sarah Basford.
In the last two minutes of the game Michigan
rallied to come within three but a lack of
experience cost the Wolverines. The Spartans
took control and put the game out of reach.
Michigan State head coach Karen Langeland said,
"Experience, that was the difference in the game."
The Wolverines should have won the game. If
only they had more experienced players on the
Head coach Bud VanDeWege has a lot of work
to do over the next few years in order to achieve
the success that the athletic department believes
he can bring to Michigan's women's basketball
BY STEVE ROEDER
The Board in Control of
Intercollegiate Athletics voted to
increase the cost of football tick-
ets, yeterday during its monthly
meeting. In a separate move, the
board also voted to merge the
existing cheerleading squads.
While the price for tickets to
Michigan's six home football
games will increase two dollars,
students will be expected to pay
$54 for their season tickets, two
less than last year. The reduction
occurs because in 1987, Michigan
had seven home games, while in
1988, the Wolverines play at home
Even with the price increase,
Michigan's ticket prices will not
be out of line with other Mid-
western schools. Last year, Ohio
State charged $18 per ticket while
Notre Dame fans shelled out $20.
Both schools are expected to
increase prices before next season.
The revamping of the cheer-
leading squads will lead to the
establishment of a cheerleading
pool, from which the coaches will
choose five men and five women
to cheer at basketball games. All
twenty members will continue to
perform at football games. This i-
dea was proposed by co-coach
Currently, two 10 member
teams (one all male, one co-ed)
cheer at football games, and a co-ed
squad at basketball games. Under
the new system, these separate
squads would be merged into one.
Not all of the cheerleaders are
enthused by this decision.
Current co-ed squad member
George Papadelis said, "I don't
think the new way will work. I
don't think the two squads will
cooperate. Last year, the squads
didn't practice or plan together."
During the football season,
members of both squads accom-
panied the team to road games and
initially exhibited extreme dif-
ficulties in working together. The
situation was remedied with inter-
vention from the coaches.
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night, the Nets' 17th consecutive
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Jackson had seven assists, raising
his season total to 388, two more
than Dick McGuire had as a rookie
for New York in 1949-50. The
Knicks still have 42 games
Gerald Wilkins led New York in
scoring with 23 points and Patrick
Ewing had 18.
New jersey, which has lost 25
consecutive road games since last
season, got 19 points apiece from
Buck Williams and Roy Hinson.
The Knicks, who led by 13 at
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59 with 7:23 to go in the third
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