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vs. Western Michigan
Today, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena
The Michigan Daily

Friday, February 3, 1989

vs. Minnesota
Today, 5:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena
Page 9

Big Ten
Young Spartans
ready for Blue
It has been an uphill struggle for Michigan State coach Jud Heathcote,
but he's almost there. After finishing 10-18 and 11-17 the last two seasons,
the Spartans (12-5 overall, 3-4 Big Ten before Thursday's game with
Wisconsin) are a threat to any Big Ten team they encounter.
Michigan State will invade Crisler Arena tomorrow at 1 p.m. with a
heralded corps of newcomers - known around East Lansing as "The
Magnificent Seven." All of them came from the state of Michigan, and their
contributions have helped bring about the Spartans' surprising turnaround.
Indeed, Heathcote has inserted three of them into the starting lineup -
Matt Steigenga, Parish Hickman, and Mark Montgomery.
"We're trying to play three freshmen," Heathcote said. "My theory is that
if you're going to play freshmen you better start them and see how much
you can get out of them because they don't come off the bench very well.
They're often confused and nervous."
STEIGENGA, last season's Michigan's "Mr. Basketball," has helped
strengthen the Spartans' front line by averaging 9.3 points and 5.2 rebounds
per game.
Hickman stepped into a starting role in the pivot after highly recruited
Mike Peplowski, runner-up as "Mr. Basketball," had.reconstructive knee
surgery last winter.
Montgomery, who was heavily recruited by the Wolverines, is the team's
point guard.
Last year's returning Spartans, however, have not bowed to the stiff
competition for playing time. Sophomore guard Steve Smith is the team's
leading scorer (18.8 points per game) and rebounder (8.7 rebounds per
game), and has already been named Big Ten Player-of-the-Week twice this
season. Forward Ken Redfield has put up equally impressive stats, averaging
over 16 points and seven rebounds per game.
Recently, the Spartans have also received a lift from an unlikely source.
After averaging just five points per game last season, reserve guard Kirk
Manns has almost doubled that this year, helped by 64 total points in two
games last week.
IN VICTORIES over Purdue and Minnesota, Manns poured in 40 and
24 points respectively. For his efforts, Manns was named the Big Ten and
Sports Illustrated's Player-of-the-Week.
"To get in the 40's you join an elite group," Heathcote said. "But to have
a kid come off the bench and accomplish that is unbelievable.
"Kirk's confidence level has risen and we're trying to set him up with
screens for a few more shots."
The Spartans' recent success has Michigan coach Bill Frieder very
concerned. "We expect a very tough basketball game," he said. "Michigan
State always plays well against Michigan, and they're on a high right know.
They're playing with tremendous confidence and the younger guys are
playing better and better."
Michigan State's versatility, however, is what worries Frieder the most.
"Where some teams, including Indiana, you can key on a player or two,
with Michigan State you've got a lot of them capable of having big games
and so you can't neglect any of them," he said.
Blue Banter
-Michigan leads the nation in field goal percentage, shooting 58.7
percent. According to Frieder, in any one game the Wolverines will have to
shoot 55-60 percent to have a chance to win.
*Frieder said he plans on giving guard Kirk Taylor more playing time,
not only by relieving Rumeal Robinson when he goes out for a rest, but by
playing alongside of Robinson as well. Previously, when Robinson went
out of the game, the Wolverines went with 6-foot-9 Sean Higgins and 6-
foot-8 Mike Griffin at the guards.



Michigan guard Rumeal Robinson will have to have a strong
game if the Wolverines are going to beat Michigan State
tomorrow at Crisler Arena.

Twin Towers to
try to topple two
Fans have called the Michigan women's basketball team many names,
ranging from chaotic to confused to potentially brilliant.
Now you can add a new one - big.
This Friday and Sunday, Michigan coach Bud VanDeWege will send his
tall lineup onto the Crisler Arena court for the first time when his team
faces Purdue and Illinois. This new unit features former 6-foot, 2-inch center
Joan Rieger at the power forward spot and 6'3" Val Hall moving into the
middle for the Wolverines.
The backcourt is composed of two first-year players, Leah Wooldridge
and Char Durand, while forward Tanya Powell retains her spot in the lineup.
This lineup battled Michigan State to a 47-45 finish last weekend.
More than the result, VanDeWege likes the new style of play this squad has
"OUR REBOUNDING totals are up and our turnover ratio is down,"
VanDeWege said. "This lineup gave us something on defense which we
haven't had this season."
Hall, who left the team in 1987, surprised many by getting the start
against the Spartans. After missing part of the Big Ten season because of
meningitis, Hall scored six points, snagged seven rebounds, and blocked two
shots in 28 minutes against the Spartans.
"In September, she dominated practice all the way into the pre-conference
schedule," VanDeWege said. "We were so anxious to have her back, and
then she got sick. Last week, she did just a great job."
Hall's efforts must be even greater on Friday against the Boilermakers
(15-2 overall, 6-1 in the Big Ten), now ranked ninth in the nation after their
upset of Iowa last weekend.
"(Purdue) is a legitimate contender for the Big ten title," VanDeWege
said. "They are big and they have good speed. More than anything, they are
physically imposing and they will crash the boards hard."
BOILERMAKER FORWARD MaChelle Joesph averages 19 points
per game and VanDeWege calls her, "the best freshman in the country
around the perimeter."
Sophomore forward Joy Holmes is second on the team in scoring and
leads the conference in steals. Rhonda Mateen averages 10 points a game,
giving the Boils a legitimate post-player.
This lineup is just fine for second-year coach Lin Dunn, who has known
which Michigan team to prepare for this weekend.
"We'll go with the same five starters we have gone with," Dunn said. "I
don't change a lineup based on a opponent. If they go with the same lineup
they did against Michigan State, they'll be taller, but we'll have have fan
edge on quickness."
Illinois' offense depends on the talents of Dee Dee Deeken. The forward
averages 19.6 points per game, placing her second among the conference's
scoring leaders.
"(Deeken) does damage inside and out," VanDeWege said. "We are going
to have to make her work for everything she can get. She will be tough to
stop, this year nobody else has been able to."
LAST SEASON, the Illini (8-10, 3-4) lost several key players
hindering their hopes of success in the Big Ten, much like Michigan this
year. Although the Illini have won two in a row, Michigan scares Illinis
coach Laura Golden.
"They're capable of doing a lot of damage," Golden said. "When you lose
key players, it takes a while, but the others eventually will make the needed
adjustments. That could happen this weekend." 4
While many fans may be watching the spectacular play of Deeken, thre
Illini star might be overshadowed by the return of Michigan guard Temple
Brown. After keeping Brown from making the trip to Michigan Stato,
VanDeWege said Brown showed "improvement" in practice and hopes 4o
give her more playing time this weekend.

Tempie Brown, a pre-season All-Big Ten selection at guard,
has had her playing time limited because of inconsistency.
She may see more action this weekend.

Golden Gophers gnaw at 'M' title hopes

One down, two to go.
The Michigan wrestling team has
accomplished one of its three season
goals - winning the Great
American Wrestling Classic while
knocking off Iowa for the first time
in 99 consecutive conference dual
However, the fourth-ranked
Wolverines (13-2 overall, 8-0 in the
Big Ten) need to put their laurels
behind them in order to attain two
other goals - the Big Ten Cham-
pionship and the National Cham-
pionship. Michigan continues its
quest Friday at 6:00 p.m. in Crisler
Arena, hosting tenth-ranked Min-
The Golden Gophers finished fifth
last weekend at the Great American
Classic losing to Iowa by only five
points, 22-17. Michigan beat Iowa
"I HOPE we don't have a
mental letdown," Michigan head
coach Dale Bahr said when asked if
the Wolverines will easily take care
of the Golden Gophers after defeating
the once invincible Hawkeyes.
"They're (Minnesota) a good
wrestling team and they've got
several outstanding individuals,"
Bahr said.
Michigan Wrestler Mike Amine
added: "We can't take them lightly,
they've got a real good lineup."
Although Minnesota does not

possess as strong a lineup from top
to bottom as Michigan does, its top
ten ranking proves the Golden
Gophers are a contender. "The
question is can we stay close with
them or will they run away with the
meet," Minnesota assistant coach
Jim Zalesky said.
"WE'VE got a lot of good
matchups with them. And these
matches will be important for Big
Ten seeds," Zalesky added.
The two matches which should be
the most interesting are at the 167
and 177 weight classes. Fifth-year
senior and NCAA runner-up Dave
Dean (20-1-1) at 177 pounds is
Minnesota's strongest weapon, but
will have his hands full against
James Dye.
Dye needs a victory against a
major competitor in the conference
in order to gain a top four seed at the
Big Ten Championships. If he can
not collect some big wins, Dye may
face a tough draw.
"James has come up sometimes
with some good matches against
some real good people," Bahr said.
"James has proven himself many
times this year," Amine said. "He
just has to wrestle his match and if
he wrestles like he's capable of, he'll
beat (Dean)."
167 pounds, will be another tough
opponent for the Wolverines. He
will go against Amine, who is

undefeated in the Big Ten (5-0-2) and
is coming off a decisive major
decision against Rick Novak of
Amine, who hurt his knee at the
Virginia Duals in January, has been
returning to the form which earned
him All-America honors. "He's still
coming back, but he's not one to
complain," Bahr said.
"I'm confident," Amine said.
"And I know if I wrestle my match,
I should come out winning."
Jim Hamel, 134 pounds, has been
another solid wrestler for the Golden
Gophers this year, but will have his
work cut out for him when he faces

All-American John Fisher (30-0).
Fisher overwhelmed Hamel in a
match earlier this year at the
Northern Open according to Zalesky.
"He's probably the most dominant
wrestler in the Big Ten," Zalesky
said. Added Bahr: "He's just a step
above everyone else."
Another of Michigan's All-Amer-
icans, Joe Pantaleo, 158 pounds,
will face a formidable opponent in
Gordy Morgan (23-2-3). Pantaleo,
however, is coming off one of his
best performances with a 33-second
pin against Iowa's Mark Reiland, his
first of the year.

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