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Page 8-The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, February 2, 1988
Work study
Powell shows discipline, dedication in
striving to become true scholar-athlete


"Life grants nothing to us mortals without
hard work" - Horace
Tanya Powell works hard.
The sophomore forward of Michigan's
women's basketball team works hard under the
boards. She works hard year-round to improve
her skills. She works hard in the classroom.
On the court, Powell has come into her own
after a promising, but sometimes troubled,
first season. In that season, Powell was named
Michigan's Most Outstanding Defensive
Player but averaged only 5.2 points per game
shooting just 28 percent from the field.
THIS SEASON, the 5-11 Grand Rapids
native is leading the Wolverines in rebounds
with 9.6 per game. In addition to her usual fine
defensive play, Powell's offensive production
has increased dramatically (13.8 ppg).
"Tanya has worked hard at improving her
game," says Michigan head coach Bud Van-
DeWege, "She's a competitor."
A lot of this competitiveness can be traced
back to Powell's prep career at Ottawa Hills
High School. Her coach there, Camilla Carter,
remembers one game in particular.
"It was the regional final against Benton
Harbor," recalls Carter, "We were down by 18
points at halftime and I remember Tanya (then
a tenth grader) had tears in her eyes. I told her,
.This is no time for tears. No guts, no glory.'
Tanya played her heart out and we ended up
winning the game."

"She was always pushing me," remembers
Powell of Carter, "That was a big thing with
us - no guts, no glory."
If ever there was an example that hard work
and determination could overcome any obsta-
cle, the Benton Harbor game was it.
BUT THAT GAME was important to
Powell's future in another way. Lisa Reynolds,
Powell's teammate at Ottawa Hills and now at
Michigan, had 28 points and 27 rebounds
against Benton Harbor. That performance drew
attention to Reynolds, leading to All-State ac-
colades and constant visits by recruiters.
Those recruiters, drawn by Reynolds,
discovered Powell.
"Tanya would have been overlooked (if not
for Lisa)," claims Coach Carter, "That's a
VanDeWege's reaction to Powell was some-
thing comparable to love at first sight. "From
the first time I saw her, I knew I wanted her at
Michigan," says Michigan's coach, "I saw
smart play and consistent play."
But Reynolds did more for Powell than just
draw recruiters. The combination of Lisa's
presence and natural talent was an ever-present
inspiration to Tanya to work harder and harder.
"There was nothing she (Reynolds) couldn't
do," recalls Coach Carter, "Tanya had to work
harder." Powell herself acknowledges that be-
ing somewhat overshadowed helped her a lot
In Powell's final two prep years, the hard
work really began to pay off. Powell earned
all-city and fourth-team all-state honors in her

senior year.
hard work is required, Powell fit right in,
starting 19 games her rookie season. Despite
her shooting troubles, Powell showed a pres-
ence on the court that made it clear she be-
Over the summer, Powell worked hard to
iron out the wrinkles of her game, this year
emerging into a real force in the Big Ten.
"Tanya is a key to our team," says Van-
DeWege. Even in an off game, Powell is a key
contributor. Sunday, against Wisconsin, Pow-
ell played little more than half the game be-
cause of foul trouble but pulled down six re-
bounds. Her only field goal came with 13 sec-
onds left in the game and two seconds on the
shot clock, putting the Wolverines up by
three. The shot was a Powell specialty - a
post-up down low, turn and shoot.
According to long time teammate Reynolds,
"I think this year she'll be all-Big Ten...and
all-American by the time she leaves.
Powell herself is not ashamed to state her
goals. "One of my goals is to be all-Big Ten
and another is to play in the postseason here."
But the main goal right now is to get into
the business school and a possible career in
accounting. "College is it," says Powell, a fine
student, "In the long run, it's the academic
things that count."
And how will Powell go about accom-
plishing these goals? The usual way.
"I'm working at it."



Sophomore Tanya Powell struggles for the ball in last month's game
against Indiana. Powell has become a major factor on the Wolverine
squad this season.
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Tumblers fall

A double dose of defeat was dealt
to Michigan's men's and women's
gymnastics teams. Minnesota posted
a 274.85-254.25 victory over the
men's team on Saturday night, while
the women's team placed last in a
tri-meet in Columbus against Penn
State and Ohio State.
Michigan's men were the recipi-
ents of bad news before the meet be-
gan with the loss of key performer
Sven Jonnson for the rest of the
season. The Golden Gophers made
the news even worse by soundly
beating the Wolverines.
Minnesota dominated the match
from start to finish, winning all six
events. Mike Miller, who placed

first in the still rings, vault, and
horizontal bars, and first in the all-
around with a score of 55.8, led the
way for the Gophers.
Bob Darden, who stated that this
meet was a "struggle" added that,
"there were many major errors than
we would not even hope on our
worse enemy."
Despite the loss, there were a few
bright spots for the Wolverines. Se-
nior Brock Orwig turned in his best
performance of his collegiate career.
Orwig finished first in parallel bars,
second in the floor exercise, and third
in the horizontal bars to place second
in the all-around competition.
Senior Scott Moore continued his

to Big
consistent level of perform
coming in third in the flo
cises. Teammates Shawn M
Nick Lamphier wound up
and seventh place in the al
"If there is a silver lin
knowing that these guys can
their routines better and inc
score just through consistenc
place finish, head coac
Kempthorn felt that the fin
did not accurately reflect the
mance of the Wolverines. O
came in first with a scorec
and Penn State scored a 1F
place second. The Wolverin
in a score of 177.45.
Kempthorn was disappoin
the judging. "I felt it was al
sided towards Ohio State,
Tnkers float at SI
The men's swim teamf
fifth of six teams in the SM
tational this past weekend in
Though a fifth place fin
not look impressive for a t
has risen to new heights i
years, and hasn't lost a du
since 1984, the SMU perf
was no disgrace. The invi
field included four of the1
teams in the country.
First-ranked Texas won t
They were followed by UC B
Florida, and the host schoo
Defending national champi
ford finished sixth, beh

Ten foes
ance by Wolverines.
or exer- "All and all, I think our kids
oore and stood up well against the top
in sixth competition," said Wolverine head
1-around coach Jon Urbanchek. "We gained
valuable experience at the NCAA
ing, it's level."
perform THE MICHIGAN 400-medley
rease the relay team of Alex Alvizuri, Jan-Er-
y," said ick Olsen, Marty Moran, and Brent
Lang entered the meet ranked number
n's third one in the country. They won the
h Dana meet's opening event by well over
al score two seconds with a time of 3:20.61.
e perfor- Lang won both the 50 and 100
hio State freestyle, qualifying for the NCAA
of 182.6 meet with his time in the 100.
81.45 to Rookie Mike Barrowman contin-
es turned ued to make a graceful adaption to
the college level, taking first place
rted with by an even second in the 200 breast-
little one stroke.
" stated MICHIGAN'S team was
slightly hampered throughout the
VU meet because Mike Creaser caught
finished the flu and was unable to compete,
IU invi- limiting the Wolverines to seven
Austin, swimmers instead of eight (each
school was allowed to bring its top
ish may eight swimmers).
eam that "(Creaser's illness) hurt us in the
n recent sprint relays and in the backstroke,
ual meet but that's the breaks," said Ur-
ormance banchek.
tational The portion of the team which
top five remained home hosted Eastern
Michigan last Friday, winning 65-
he meet. 46.
Berkeley, Junior Mats Nygren highlighted
l, SMU. the meet for the Wolverines, win-
on Stan- ning the 500 and 1000 freestyle.


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Just when it looked as though the
sky was going to fall on the
women's basketball team, the
Wolverines found themselves
climbing to new heights.
The team is living in ecstacy -
tromping into previously untouched
land, as it recorded its first Big Ten
road sweep - ever.
The Michigan wins were both
very tight contests. Both Friday's
66-64 victory over Northwestern and
Sunday's 68-65 triumph against
Wisconsin featured comebacks.
"It was a real good weekend for
us," commented Coach Bud Van-
DeWege, whose team broke a five-
game losing streak. "It was a great
boost of confidence."
against the Badgers had more ex-
citement than "The Big Game."
Michigan found itself trailing by 14
points in the second half, after
shooting poorly for the majority of
the game. The Wolverines finished
shooting 41.6 percent.
A late scoring flurry, which saw
the Wolverines outscore their oppo-
nents 31-14, propelled Michigan to
the three point win. Icing the game
was the turn-around jumper by
Tanya Powell as the 30-second clock
was about to expire with 13 seconds
left in the game.
Michigan was able to climb back
into the game after mounting a full-
court woman-to-woman defense.
Lisa Reynolds totaled 22 points
while Tempe Brown threw in 17 to
pace the Wolverines.
Wolverines saw themselves in a

similar situation. Trailing North-
western by six with five minutes left
in the game, VanDeWege marched
his troops into another thriller. This
time, the .Wolverines came away
with a lofty two-point victory.
The'two wins took a faltering
young Michigan team with a 1-4
Big Ten record and instilled some
much needed confidence, as they
moved to 3-4 in the league, 10-7
Although the Michigan team may
be feeling the breeze from lofty
heights this week, they may find
themselves back to earth in harsh
fashion. This weekend, the Wolver-
ines face Minnesota Friday and
number one ranked Iowa Sunday;
following the men's showdown
against Big Ten co-leader Purdue.







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