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Men's Basketball
vs. Boise State
Thursday
Salt Lake City

SPORTS

Women's Tennis
vs. Eastern Michigan
Friday
Ypsilanti

The Michigan Daily

Monday, March 14, 1988

Page 9

Bo caught smelling roses

By STEVE BLONDER
Although today's forecast calls
for 30-degree temperatures and snow,
Michigan football coach Bo Schem-
bechler is beginning to cultivate his
entry for this year's Tournament of
Roses.
Spring football practice starts to-
day for the Wolverines, who hope to
improve on last season's 8-4 record
and win a trip to Pasadena. First,
however, Michigan must survive
what Schembechler has promised
will be a "heavy, hard-hitting
spring," which culminates with the
annual Maize and Blue game on
April 16.
Schembechler's biggest priorities
are cutting down on turnovers and
improving his team's defense.
"The problem last year was
turnovers. We've got to attack the
turnovers and we're going to do that
this spring," he said. "We're going
to coach against turnovers, I promise
you."
The biggest controversy on of-
fense is over who will be the team's
starting quarterback. Schembechler
said the job is wide open among his
returning players.
"I think we're going to take a
look at all of them. We red-shirted
three freshmen, and we've got
Demetrius (Brown) and Michael
Taylor back. We want to see just

how well these guys compare," he
said.
The offensive line is set with four
starters returning, although Michi-
gan lost its top lineman, John El-
liott, to graduation.
"The biggest problem we've had
over the past few years, other than
the turnovers on offense, has been
defense. We've got to improve our
quickness, we've got to improve our
tackling, we've got to improve our
secondary rotation.
"We cannot give up big plays.
We've got a lot of work to do
defensively," Schembechler added.
"We must improve defensively or we
won't be a better team."
The biggest question mark on de-
fense is the secondary, where the
Wolverines lost all of last year's
starters except cornerback David
Arnold. The coaches will be looking
at David Key, Vada Murray, An-
thony Mitchell, and Otis Williams
to fill the other positions.
The strength of the defense will
be up front, where the Wolverines
will be bolstered by the return of se-
niors Mark Messner and Brent
White.
Overall, Schembechler is looking
for the Wolverines to come out of
spring drills with a "tougher mental
attitude" which should translate into
victories next fall.

Daily Photo by ELLEN LEVY
Tempie Brown, Michigan's Most Improved Player this season, attempts
a shot in the Wolverines' Thursday night win over Illinois.
Cagers endseas on
withloss to Purdue

Dotly Photo by ELLEN LEVY
Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler begins putting his team
through spring drills, today. The Wolverines hope to improve on last.
year's 8-4 record.

By MICHAEL SALINSKY
The game may have been lost but
you wouldn't have known it from
looking at the Michigan players after
the game.
The Michigan women's
basketball team fell to Purdue, 71-
59, Saturday night at Crisler Arena
to finish their season with a 14-14
record, 7-11 (sixth place) in the Big
f Ten. While there was no exuberance
:that would have come from an upset
of the third-place conference team,
there was not much dejection.
Part of the reason for the absence
of dejection was probably the relief
that a long and grueling season was
finally over.
Another part had to do with the
warm feelings felt for seniors
Vonnie Thompson and Sarah Basford
playing in their final games for the
Wolverines. The two were honored
at midcourt before the game.
FINALLY, there was the solid
effort put in by the Wolverines
against a more experienced,
tournament-bound team.
"I was very pleased with their
effort," said Michigan head coach
Bud VanDeWege. "I told the players
after the game, 'Walk out of the
locker room with your heads up."'
Tanya Powell led the Michigan
effort with 15 points and nine
rebounds. When the sophomore
forward connected for a three-point
play at the outset of the second half,
the Wolverines were down by just
four, 36-32.
The Boilermakers quickly stole
the game from Michigan. Four
minutes after Powell's basket,
Purdue had taken a 12-point lead, 48-
36. Christa LaCroix, Purdue's senior
center, was unstoppable. The 6-4 all-
Big Ten performer scored 16 of her
game-high 25 points in the second
half.
"She's just a great player," said
Michigan center Joan Rieger about
LaCroix. "We were double teaming
her in there and she was still getting
her baskets."
The Wolverines could not put
together a serious run once they fell
far behind. After Michigan got to
within nine, at 50-41, LaCroix, who
scored most of her points on her

quick turnaround in the paint, hit a
short jumper to put Purdue's lead
into double digits - for good.
"They played very aggressive,"
said LaCroix of Michigan's first-half
play, "They took us out of our
game. In the second half, we were
determined to take control."
The Boilermakers, with an
NCAA tournament berth still not
guaranteed, were determined not to
let their chances slip away. "We
needed this win," said LaCroix.
FINISHING AT 19-9, 13-5 in
the conference, Purdue's hopes for a
bid were fulfilled yesterday.
Sharon Versyp and Lisa Jahner,
playing in their final regular season
games for Purdue, were major
contributors. Versyp had 14 points
and four assists and Jahner had 10
points and 10 assists. Versyp, Jahner
and LaCroix have all started in at
least 12 games for their four years at
Purdue.
Vonnie Thompson was the only
Michigan starter playing in her final
game. The Saginaw native, who
yesterday was named Michigan's
Most Valuable Player, gave a fine
farewell performance scoring nine
points and dishing out six assists.
Thompson extended her Michigan
season record for assists to 156.
Tempie Brown who was lauded as
Michigan's Most Improved Player
had an off-shooting night but her
steal and coast-to-coast drive to end'
the game ended the Wolverine season
positively.

WOMEN ARE VICTORIOUS; MEN LOSE TENTH STRAIGHT :

M'

gymnasit split at CrislIerb

By STEVEN GINNS
Nothing new or unusual occurred
yesterday in Michigan's coed tri-
meet against Western Michigan and
Illinois-Chicago at Crisler Arena in
front of 400 people including Gary
Grant. Michigan's women won, its
men lost.
A tired women's team had little
trouble disposing of the Broncos and
the Flames. Michigan placed first
with a score of 180.4. Western came
in second with 174.95 points and
Illinois-Chicago came in a distant
third.
"We're a little bit tired," said head
coach Dana Kempthorn. "It being

the end of the season, it takes that
extra push."
Captain Angela Williams, suffer-
ing from a slight hamstring pull,
finished first in the floor exercise and
second in the vault and bars, en route
to winning the all-around champi-
onship with a score of 37.1
Janne Klepek and Christine Fur-
long also turned in strong perfor-
mances. Klepek, who finished in
first in the bars and vault, placed
second in the all-around with a
36.45, while Furlong came in
fourth.
Despite winning the meet, the

Wolverines placed their regional
standing in jeopardy due to their low
score. "I'd hoped for a 182 or 183,"
said Kempthorn. "There are some
other schools that are peaking, scor-
ing in the 183's and 184's. We're
not quite peaking."
The struggling men's team ex-
tended its losing streak to ten
matches by placing in third with a
258.9. Western Michigan edged Illi-
nois-Chicago 268.55-268.15 for first
place.
Without top performers Brock
Orwig and Scott Moore at full

strength, the Wolverines struggled.
Moore competed only in the vault,
while Orwig sat on the sidelines.
"This team can do a lot better,"
said head coach Bob Darden. "For the
squad we put on the floor, they did a
very good job, but of course we
want a higher score."
Among the impressed spectators
was basketball star Gary Grant.
"It's amazing how they flip
around like that," said Grant
When asked whether he would try
tumbling, he responded, "I'll stick
to easy things like basketball."

M' batsmen blasted

by Longhorns,
By RICHARD EISEN and 2/3 innin
They say to err is human, to for- hits and walk
give divine. Last night, the Michi- did Abbott in
gan baseball team was very human. seven runs, h
Michigan committed six errors were earned.
last night as the top-ranked Texas Texas star
Longhorns (25-5), beat Michigan (1- with a five-ru
2) and its Sullivan Award winner, rally. After tw
Jim Abbott, 11-2. the roof fell in.
Abbott did not have an award two consecut
winning performance, lasting only 3 four more runs

11-2

ngs. He gave up five
ed six.. But what really
were errors. Out of the
he gave up, only two
led in on Abbott early
in two-out first-inning
o quick outs and a run,
. Michigan committed
ive errors that led to
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