Pjge 12 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, December 5, 1988
PY ADAM BENSON
The Michigan version of the
Vardiac kids had a heart attack
Saturday afternoon. After narrowly
escaping with a win against Toledo
last Thursday, the women's
basketball team lost at. Central
Michigan should have won this
game, and no one who played for the
Wolverines would disagree.
"We were in the lead, but we
weren't consistent," guard Tempie
Brown said. "We've been letting
teams get back in the game; this one
we let them get way back in."
Michigan led by as many as 12,
holding a 57-45 edge with 12 mi-
niites 12 seconds of the second half
gone. Brown was putting on another
outstanding performance, scoring
eight points in the first half and
adding another quick eight to start the
second. She finished with 20.
Tanya Powell came off the bench
to add the board strength that
Michigan had lacked in the opener,
ind Carol Szczechowski was tossing
Gasses to open players. Everything
Jvas clicking, for a while.
So what happened?
"We have to realize that all 40
minutes of a game are critical,"
Pvichigan coach Bud VanDeWege
laid. "We shouldn't have to get'
backed into a corner to play our
lardest. (The final eight minutes)
w.ere a relaxing of sorts. We have to
learn that sense of urgency."
VanDeWege did see manyI
positives in his team's performance.
We played better against Central
than we did against Toledo. Tempie
and Carol played well and have given
us a solid backcourt. The rebounding
was significantly better as well."
The Wolverines will play Tuesday
against Western in Crisler.
BY ADAM SCHRAGER
JESSICA GREENE /Doily
Michigan forward Glen Rice skies above his Grambling opponents en route to the basket
Friday. Rice led the Wolverines to a 42-point victory in their home opener.
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guys who were crashing the boards."
Saturday afternoon, Michigan
came out showing no mercy for its
supposed weaker counterpart, South
Dakota. The Wolverines threatened to
pull away early by scoring the first
seven points, a string capped off by a
thundering Glen Rice dunk.
But South Dakota erupted to show
Michigan it didn't need pity, at least
not yet. The Jackrabbits chipped
away at Michigan to keep the lead
within 11. But behind the propulsion
of two Rice dunks and a Rice tip-in,
Michigan sauntered confidently back
to the locker room, leading 52-33.
The second half was more of the
same from everyone, except Vaught.
The 6-foot-9 fourth-year junior raised
his game and exploded for 20 points.
"Loy Vaught was tremendous
because he ran the floor so well,"
Michigan head coach Bill Frieder
said. "He got a lot of easy baskets."
As Vaught's presence got louder,
so did the crowd. Vaught's hustling
play had the fans chanting his name.
"I couldn't understand why (the
crowd) was yelling," Vaught said.
"But I owe a lot of the way I played
today to them because once I heard
them yelling my name, I wanted to
keep doing more and more."
Vaught was the game's top scorer
with 24, followed by Rice with 23
and South Dakota's Collin Ober with
22. Higgins was the leading three-
point shooter, with three trios.
Friday night, Michigan looked far
more composed and experienced than
the haphazard Grambling State team.
"South Dakota was a better team
because they were smarter and more
patient than Grambling State,"
Higgins said. "Grambling didn't run
Grambling's lack of cohesiveness
showed as they finished the first half
with 12 turnovers. The Tigers'
mistakes allowed the Wolverines to
jump out to an 8-0 lead. With 3:30
gone, the Tigers still hadn't scored
and it took another 30 seconds for
them to register their first points.
Grambling eventually caught up
and took a brief lead at 13-12. But
Rice, Vaught, and Mark Hughes had
had enough of the close game and ran
off 12 unanswered points.
In the second half, Frieder used
more of his bench, which carried on
where the starters left off. Demetrius
Calip came in with a few minutes
left in the game but made the most
of them. With a basket, a steal, and a
three-point play, Calip scored five
points in under five seconds.
Michigan guards itself
vs. backcourt troubles
With an arguably weak non-conference schedule, the Michigan
basketball team has to guard against complacency as well as the
position of guard itself, according to head coach Bill Frieder.
After Michigan's convincing victories of nearly 40 points against
Grambling State and South Dakota State this past weekend, can there
still be areas where the No. 2 Wolverines can improve?
"We need to work on our transition game," Frieder said. "We've got
makeshift guards out there. We got by in Maui, but we're going to be
Since the start of the season, Michigan's guard position has
consistently worried Frieder. These troubles stem from the fact that
only junior Rumeal Robinson returns with much experience at guard,
and he has played only one season for Michigan.
But the usually consistent Frieder has strayed from his prior worries
and actually complimented his guard play at times. For example,
Frieder said sophomore Kirk Taylor's play was instrumental in the
Maui Classic, which the Wolverines won over Thanksgiving break.
After the Grambling State game, Frieder said he was happy with
sophomore Sean Higgins at the guard position.
So, while there may have been reason to complain and worry about
the guard position before the start of the season, the Wolverines have
done everything to guard against this
transpiring. There is no doubt that Tampa on tap
Robinson has been the key to
Michigan's 5-0 start. BY STEVE BLONDER
"Robinson is just like a
quarterback out there," Grambling The parade of Division II schools
State head coach Bob Hopkins said. into Crisler Arena continues tonight,
"He reads the defense extremely well, as Tampa vies to give Michigan its
What makes him good is that he first'loss of the year.
doesn't only have the talent, but he The Spartans return 10 members
knows what to do with it. He will of last year's 24-8 team, and are led
burn you if you make a mistake." by senior center Terry Rupp. Rupp
There was question whether a averaged 11.6 points and over seven
guard could play opposite Robinson, rebounds per game last year.
and Higgins has assumed that role. Michigan coach Bill Frieder
The 6-foot-9 Higgins, who was a defends his scheduling of Division II
forward last season, has been opponents, saying, "Theseteams are
criticized for not playing solid better than you think... But I'm not
defense, but he sees it differently. going to lie to you, I don't know
"I feel comfortable playing anything about (Tampa)."
against smaller people," he said.
"They have trouble shooting over me and I can shoot over them.
"The only problem is that I have to run the whole game. I get tired
of chasing a little mouse around the whole time." Teammate Taylor, at
6-3, might be considered one of those mice, but by no means has he
been scurrying about.
The Wolverines' guard weakness was supposed to be exploited
against the Oklahoma Sooners' full-court press in the finals of the
Maui Classic last Sunday. But when Robinson left the game in foul-
trouble, Taylor did a more than adequate job handling the press,
prompting ESPN analyst Bill Raftery to say, "How would you like to
have a backup point guard this good?"
Granted, it's early in the season, but with the solid play of the
guards so far, it looks like Frieder will have to find something else to
worry about. Well, Bill...we're waiting.
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