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Men's Basketball
vs. Grambling State
Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena

SP ORTS

Men's and Women's swimming
Michigan Invitational
Today - Sunday
Canham Natatorium .

The Michigan Daily

Friday, December 2, 1988

Page 17

Home ho
'M' shoots down
Rockets, 85-75
BY LORY KNAPP
It wasn't pretty, but it was a win.
The University of Michigan women's basketball team defeated the
University of Toledo in their season opener last night, 85-75.
But don't let the 10-point margin fool you, the game was a lot closer than
it should have been.
The Wolverines were up by 14 points with four minutes left, but they let
the Rockets back into the game. Toledo cut the Michigan lead to six with
just under a minute to play.
"We should have blown them away, but we let them back in," said starting
forward Leslie Spicer. "When we got a comfortable lead, we didn't keep
putting the heat on."
SPICER STARTED the game in place of Tanya Powell who was
prevented from starting due to disciplinary reasons. Spicer had 10 points and
four steals.
Junior guard Tempie Brown led Michigan in scoring with 26 points,
including nine for 10 from the charity stripe.
Brown also led the Michigan 10-point scoring run that sparked the first
half. Senior forward Lorea Feldman blocked a Toledo shot that Brown
converted into two quick points. Three minutes later, Michigan was up, 29-
17, never to trail again.
Center Mary Rosowski came off the bench for Michigan to put in 12
points, shooting six for seven from the field. Rosowski also contributed six
rebounds to the effort.
"Mary did it again, she continues to amaze me," said head coach Bud
VanDeWege.
Even with Rosowski's contribution, the Wolverines were out-rebounded,
45-37.
"That (rebounding) is my number one concern without anything else being
a close second," said VanDewege. "The teams in the Big Ten are bigger and
deeper and if we don't rebound better, we're going to have some problems."
GUARD CAROL SZCZECHOWSKI helped keep Michigan ahead
when Toledo made its final surge. Szczechowski was fouled three straight
times down the court, and hit all six of her free throws.
Earlier in the game, Szczechowski missed her first free throw but received
inspiration from the crowd.
"I heard my uncle yelling in the stands, so how could I miss," said
Szczechowski.
VanDeWege said: "Carol's on the floor, she's coming up with those loose
balls and she's getting those steals,"
Although happy about the victory, VanDeWege was not pleased with his
team' play in the final minutes.
"I'm very concerned that we let them back in the game," said VanDeWege.
"There were some anxious moments in the last two minutes and I give
Toledo a great deal of credit for their fight."
Toledo's effort was led by its bench. Kim Sekulski led the Rockets with
18 bench points.
Kelly Savage and Dee Hayes, both came off the bench to score 17 points
for the Rockets. Savages' points included two, three-pointers and nine free-
throws.
Yzerman named NHL
Player of the Month

ops:

for

openers...
Men face first
of lightweights

BY JULIE HOLLMAN
Cuddle up with a nice warm
blanket. It's time for the same ole
December bedtime story. With the
winter flurries comes the saga of
mighty Michigan crushing any small
school brave enough to enter Crisler
Arena.
This year's tall tale starts with the
Wolverines opening their regular
season home schedule with Gram-
bling State University and South
Dakota State. Grambling St. will try
its luck against the Big Ten giant
Friday night at 7:30, and then South
Dakota will attempt to gain some
respect for the little guys, Saturday at
2:00.
"People complain about the
schedule, but you need games like
these," said Michigan coach Bill
Frieder. "Without them you can't get
through the school year academically
or athletically."
EVEN SO, the Wolverines will
probably come out of the weekend
looking like an electrolux sucking up
a defenseless rug.
Michigan is coming off of a
championship performance at the
Maui Classic which included a win
over Oklahoma, a top ten team in all
major polls. The Wolverines emerged
from Hawaii ranked No. 2
Moreover, the emergence of
sophomore Kirk Taylor may have put
Frieder's guard worries to rest.
The only problem Michigan faced
from its island trip was 'the flight
home. The Wolverines are still trying
to readjust to Ann Arbor time.
The Tigers from Grambling, LA.
sound like a worthy opponent who

could claw away at a tired Wolverine
team, but they will have to take
advantage of more than Michigan's jet
lag.
CAPITALIZING on a Mich-
igan weakness, however, won't be
such an easy order for an
inexperienced Tiger squad. Grambling
only has five returning letterwinners.
In order to have a chance at Crisler
Arena, 'the Tigers will need a
productive game from their All-
Southwestern Athletic Conference
forward Terry Wesley. Last season,
Wesley averaged 12.9 points and 6.3
rebounds per game. So far though, he
is yet to show his past prowess. Last
Monday, Wesley only scored four
points and grabbed just two rebounds
in 31 minutes of play against St.
Louis.
The Jackrabbits of South Dakdta,
whose homesterritory is Frost Arena,
fit into the story well as the sweet
innocent animal that falls prey to'the
abominable snowman. The Wolv-
erines will play strong, solid
basketball and crush the Division II
jackrabbits, or else they will play
poor, sloppy ball and crush South
Dakota.
"Michigan is the toughest com-
petion we've ever faced." said
jackrabbit coach Jim Thorson. "It's
kind of perplexing what you can do to
slow down a team like this. You can't
commit to one or two players because
(Michigan) is so balanced."
To make matters worse, South
Dakota lost its top player with an
injury. Randy Suarez, who averaged
13.4 points per game last year is out
with a shoulder injury.

ROBINLOZNAK/Daily
Michigan forward Lorea Feldman, scored 11 points and
grabbed eight rebounds in the Wolverines' victory over
Toledo last night at Crisler Arena.

MONTREAL (AP)- Detroit Red
Wings center Steve Yzerman, who
had 17 goals and 13 assists in 13
games was named Thursday as NHL
Player of the Month for November.
With at least one point in each of
Detroit's 13 games, Yzerman edged
out Wayne Gretzky and Bernie
Nicholls - both centers with the Los
Angeles Kings, and Calgary Flames

goalie Mke Vernon. Gretzky led all
NHL scorers with 31 points in 14
games while Nicholls had 17 goals
and 13 assists in 14 games. Vernon
won all seven of his games compiling
a 1.85 goals-against average.
Yzerman had 10 Iwo-or-more
point games in November: five three-
point games and a four-point game on
Nov. 29 against the New York
Islanders.

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