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Page 10--The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, February 17, 1988

Women's

basketball team loses

pair to Indiana, Ohio State

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By MIKE GILL
The women's basketball team is currently going
through the toughest part of its schedule - and it's
showing. This past weekend the Wolverines dropped
both of their games, losing 71-52 at Indiana Friday
night and 87-73 Sunday to Ohio State.
nI'm disappointed to lose two games, but certainly
S discouraged in our team," said Michigan coach Bud
VanDeWege. "The Iowa game (Feb. 7) really took a lot
out of us - a lot more than I thought. The team did
not have the energy drive that it had had."
At Indiana, Michigan found itself trailing by 20
points early, due to poor shooting. While Indiana con-
nected on 64 percent of its shots in the first half, Van-
DeWege's team hit only 20 percent A nice second-half
comeback gave the Wolverines the chance to twice cut
the lead to eight points, but they could not pull a win
out of a hat.

Moving east, the Wolverines found themselves
playing in front of 5,767 rocking Buckeye fans Sunday
in St. John's Arena. Detroit native and Cass Tech
graduate Nikita Lowry scored a game-high 27 points in
the Buckeyes' win.
Michigan also gave the fans plenty to cheer about,
turning the ball over 22 times in the first half, and
trailing by as much as 25 points in the first half. The
No. 8 Buckeyes' punishing full-court press ruined
Michigan's offensive game plan.
The second half saw Michigan storm back once
again, twice cutting the lead to nine, only to fall short.
Michigan mounted its own press, switched to a zone
defense, and began breaking the Buckeyes' press. A
season-high team shooting percentage (53), Tempie
Brown's 24 points, and Lisa Reynolds' 18 all helped
the Michigan cause.

Lowry
scores 27 for OSU

Steinbrenner can't get bridge, buys Bay

NEW YORK (AP) - When Rick
Bay quit last November as Ohio
State's athletic director following the
Firing of football coach Earle Bruce,
he said he had been undermined from
interference from above.
On Monday, the former Michigan
wrestling coach accepted a job where
interfering is built in - executive
vice president and chief operating
officer of George Steinbrenner's New
York Yankees.
"Mr. Steinbrenner's a hands-on
owner, I know that," Bay acknowl-
edged with a chuckle during a tele-
phone interview from Fort Laud-
-erdale, Fla., the team's training base.
"But I've got a lot to learn. I'm a
rookie when it comes to this new
job and I expect to make my way
slowly."
BAY wrestled and played football
while a student at Michigan, and
then returned to coach wrestling after
graduating. He was NCAA coach of
the year in 1974, when he coached
the Wolverines to second place in
the NCAA tournament.

He subsequently served with the
Michigan Alumni Association and
was athletic director at Oregon from
1981 until 1984, when he left to go
to Ohio State.
Bay took over as athletic director
at Ohio State in 1984, but resigned

Nov. 16 when Bruce was fired by
Ohio State president Edward Jen-
nings. Bay was mentioned as a pos-
sible replacement for when Don
Canham leaves his job as Michi-
gan's athletic director.
Bay's newest job, which has been

held in some form by at least eight
different people in the 15 years
Steinbrenner has been principal
owner, will put him under the man
known as "The Boss." But it will be
above rookie general manager Lou
Piniella and manager Billy Martin,
who was signed to his fifth stint as
Yankees skipper last October with
Piniella moved up one notch.
The 45-year-old Bay's background
is primarily in football and
wrestling, but that's not necessarily
unique for the Yankees.
STEINBRENNER is a former
assistant coach at Purdue and once
hired former NFL coach Lou Saban
as team president.
Bay played high school football
in Waukegan, Ill., and summer-
league ball while he played football
at Michigan. He said he is a lifelong
baseball fan.
"I was a Chicago White Sox fan
and I could probably tell you how
many times Whitey Ford beat Billy
Pierce, 2-1," Bay said.

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'Mr. Steinbrenner's a
hands-on owner, I know
that. But I've got a lot to
learn. I'm a rookie when
it comes to this new job
and I expect to make my
way slowly.'
-- Rick Bay

lVlichigan looks to emulate
Iowa's fan-tastic support
By MIKE GILL
What a contrast to Iowa.
For instance, in 1985, national women's basketball power Ohio
State bucked heads with the then unranked Hawkeyes. 22,157 fans
packed Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Yep, 22,157. As Tiger broadcaster
George Kell might say, "That's 2,2,1,5,7."
The women Hawkeyes regularly draw 5,000 fans.
THEN, THERE'S Crisler Arena. Pick any women's basketball
game. Yes, Michigan's a mediocre team - yet an exciting team. At-
tendance: 243, 212, 153, 451, 626, 746, 863, 524. Hum. Small
school compared to Iowa, hah? Yep. Enrollment equals 34,340.
Hey, where is everyone? OK, sure, snicker now. There's the old
belief stating, "Like hell, if I'm going to go down there and watch
some group of girls try throwin' that ball granny style into some
hoop."
Tune up your Harley, buddy. I'll bet any one of them could trounce
you in a game of one-on-one.
Michigan coach Bud VanDeWege is unwilling to say the attendance
is poor, claiming the Wolverines are in the middle of the pack in the
Big Ten attendance race.
"Sure, I'd like to see more (fans)," said VanDeWege. "I feel we are
deserving of more, but there is a saturation of basketball."
There is a problem here and it starts with the head honchos in the
athletic department's buildings - not the fans. An 11-10 record isn't
anything to go ga-ga over, but this is an exciting, up-and-coming
team. Two years from now they should fight for the Big Ten title.
That'll pack the place - right?
Probably not.
ON FEB. 7, No. I ranked Iowa rolled into town and Michigan
drew 851 fans at Crisler. (let's just say the attendance figures of 851
or 524 must include everyone within a mile vicinity of the arena.) It
was not an impressive turnout.
Support. It sure isn't seen here at Michigan, which has allowed
Iowa coach C. Vivian Stringer to build her program around three re-
cruits from the Great Lakes State. Stringer admits Michigan's prob-
lems have reaped Iowa success.
"The state of Michigan has great talent and I think it will be a
while before they (the Wolverines) are able to grab hold of it," said
Stringer.
"Michigan has a great opportunity - it's a great university. To me
it's like a sleeping giant. When they decide to wake up, they could be
dominant without even going outside the state."
CURRENTLY, the Michigan recruiting plan is heavily centered
in its home State. Only three players on the roster hail from outside of
the Wolverine state. However, VanDeWege has never landed a Michi-
gan Miss Basketball, his recruiting goal, but instead relies on players
that show potential and are sometimes overlooked by other schools to
form his team.
"I don't know about Michigan," said Stringer. "All I can say to
you is that Iowa was very supportive long before we were successful.
Our success came after the fact. Everything was done in a first-class
way.:"
Now, please read between the lines.
IOWA IS THE ULTIMATE in fan support. The Hawkeye
athletic department took the step to elevate their program to a level
compatible to the men's team and pledged complete support. Televi-
sion ads, along with an assault on the media and boom - more
crowds, great recruits - boom - they were number one.
It may be impossible to equal the Hawkeyes due to the Wolverines
weaker financial base. The lack of financial and overall support
Michigan garners is seen as a lack of commitment, which results in a
loss of recruits.
"Young people would like to stay relatively close to home if they
thought there was a commitment," said Stringer.
"Michigan is ready for a change. It would be nice I'm sure, and Bud
would feel good to see fans out there all the time."
When VanDeWege was asked what one thing he would like to see
the athletic department do now, that it currently isn't doing, he did not
want to comment. But he added, "The safest thing to say is - any-
time you have a change in athletic directorship, then there's a possible
change of philosophy and possibly - a change in our favor."
Until this change in philosophy occurs, Stringer and other foreign-
ers will Say Yes to Michigan by riding off with the top recruits.
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(undergraduate only)
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NORTH CAMPUS LUNCH FORUM
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February 18 at noon: "Excellence in Equity: Issues in
Education" Speaker: Dr. Stephen Pollock, Professor of
Industrial & Operations Engineering, Research Scientist
in the Institute of Public Policy
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