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caliber) teams is a very difficult
Frieder conceded that Illinois is
not the same team that his squad
beat, 76-64, at Crisler Arena in late
THE 19TH-RANKED Illini
(20-9 overall, 10-6 in the Big Ten)
have won six of its last seven
games, including a convincing 94-81
victory over Iowa last Sunday.
The Illini's recent stretch has im-
pressed Michigan State coach Jud
Heathcote enough to pick them as a
sleeper in the upcoming NCAA
tournament during yesterday's Big
"Right now, we're playing pretty
good basketball - the best we have
played this year," said Illinois coach
Lou Henson, who last week won the
500th game of his college coaching
"I think the biggest improvement
has come offensively," the 13th-year
coach said. "We're just executing
better than we did five or six weeks
ALL THIS winning has made
Henson greedy for more.
"I certainly hope that we're not
peaking because we are moving up,
and if we're not peaking, then that
means we're going to get (even)
During the Illini's surge, sopho-
more forward Nick Anderson has
emerged as a top candidate for Big
Ten Newcomer of the Year, averag-
ing 22.8 points per game in the
team's last five contests.
Anderson leads the team in scor-
ing (15.9 ppg) and rebounding (7.0
rpg). He teams with junior college
transfer Kenny Battle (15.4 ppg) to
form one of the more talented for-
ward combinations in the conference.
ILLINOIS' improved offense
compliments its traditionally tough
defense. The Illini have allowed an
average of just 70.6 ppg in the Big
Eight games ago, Henson inserted
defensive specialist Steve Bardo into
the starting lineup, replacing guard
Highland Park native Glynn
Blackwell and seven-footer Jens Ku-
jawa round out the first five.
To make matters worse for
Frieder, Illinois sports a 17-2 record
in games where it has outscored its
opponent at the free-throw line. In
their last two losses to Iowa and
Purdue, the Wolverines have shot 54
fewer free throws.
"To have almost a 60 differential
in free throws is incredible," Frieder
said. "And I think part of it is that
you get screwed a little on the road.
But hopefully we can play better and
avoid that kind of situation."
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Thne best is yet to come
for women's basketball
By LISA GILBERT
Youth - an ephemeral quality so highly valued in our culture today.
Everyone is trying to look, act, and feel younger.
In sports, youth is commonly associated with enthusiasm, energy, and
young talent - qualities that would bring a smile to any coach's face.
Yet young talent is almost always accompanied by inconsistency.
Inconsistency that often causes coaches many sleepless nights.
Just ask Michigan women's basketball coach, Bud VanDeWege.
Like any other young team, the Wolverines have suffered through the
typical ups and downs of a long season. Michigan reached rock bottom
during a streak in which they dropped four games in a row, including a
loss to a clearly inferior Northern Illinois team.
Nevertheless, the team has shown the ability to bounce back, re-
bounding to win their next three games against Northwestern, Wisconsin,
and Minnesota - two of those victories on the road.
VanDeWege cites this streak as the highpoint in the season.
"Coming off a stretch where we had struggled to win two Big Ten road
games in a row, for the first time in our history, was quite a thrill. More
importantly, both were come from behind wins, which proves the
character of this team."
With only two games remaining on the 1988 schedule, it is a safe bet
that the Wolverines will finish with at least a .500 record. Compared to
last year's disastrous 9-18 mark, it is easy to see their improvement.
Just remember some of the obstacles the team has had to overcome:
1. Playing two top-ten teams (Iowa and Ohio State), two times each.
2. The unexpected loss of last year's leading scorer, Lorea Feldman, to
3. The lack of a true home court advantage. (The highest attendance
total was only 853 against MSU).
Despite this, Michigan has already tripled their 1987 Big Ten victory
total. A win against Illinois tomorrow night would clinch 6th place in
the Big Ten, their highest finish ever.
Taking all of these factors into consideration, VanDeWege, his staff,
and the team deserve a pat on the back for their accomplishments.
But VanDeWege also recognizes two more lessons his young team has
learned throughout the course of the season.
"First of all, we've learned how to win by developing that competitive
instinct. More importantly," he added, "we've learned to be a team. This
cohesiveness and chemistry will be with us for the next two years."
The players are also aware of the great strides the team has made from
earlier this season.
"We work together as a unit on and off the court," said sophomore
forward Leslie Spicer.
Even other coaches around the league have noticed the maturation of
the young Wolverine team.
"Coach VanDeWege must be encouraged with his team's progress,"
said Iowa coach C. Vivian Stringer. "They're a talented young team and I
certainly don't look forward to playing them next year."
Still, despite the cause for optimism, VanDeWege realizes that
Michigan lacks one critical ingredient that will prevent them from being a
top-notch team - consistency.
"Looking back over the year there were a few games that we let slip
out of our grasp," VanDeWege said. "Our mental preparation, as well as
our performance on the court, must be more consistent."
Even though Michigan loses only one starter after this year, she is a
valuable one. Point guard Vonnie Thompson is the team captain and floor
Most of the burden will probably fall on the capable shoulders of
Tempie Brown, who after a year of experience under her belt, seems ready
for the challenge.
"It's impossible to replace a leader the caliber of Vonnie,"said Brown.
"Her court know-how and savvy will be missed. I'll have to work extra
hard this summer to improve my ballhandling ability."
With six of the top seven players returning, combined with the return
of Feldman, the future looks brighter than ever.
Grant is Afl
PRORIA, Ill. (AP) - Gary
Grant of Michigan headed the U.S.
Basketball Writers Association All-
America team announced Monday.
Joining Grant on the first team
were Danny Manning of Kansas,
Heresy Hawkins of Bradley, J.R.
Reid of North Carolina and Sean El-
liot of Arizona.
Larry Donald, editor and publisher
of Basketball Times, announced the
writers association team in a news
Grant, a 6-3 guard from Canton,
Ohio, leads Michigan in scoring
with a 22.7 per game average and he
is the Wolverines' all-time assists
Manning, a 6-foot-10 senior for-
ward, is the only repeat selection
from last year's first team. Grant was
chosen to the second team in 1987.
Manning leads the Jayhawks in
scoring this season with an average
of 25 points per game and in re-
bounding with 8.8 per game.
Hawkins, a 6-3 senior guard from
Chicago, leads the NCAA Division I
with a scoring average of 36.3
points per game.
Reid, a 6-9 sophomore forward
from Virginia Beach, Va., is the Tar
Heels' team leader in scoring with an
18.2 per game average.
Elliott, a 6-8 junior forward from
Tucson, Ariz., has helped the Wild-
cats to a 28-2 record with a scoring
average of 18.5 points per game.
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