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February 06, 1989 - Image 11

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The Michigan Doily - Monday, February 6, 1989 - Page 11

Home not sweet
for Wolverines
Playing on your home court is supposed to be an advantage.
Unfortunately for the Wolverines, it was nothing of the kind Friday night
when Michigan nearly upset the ninth-ranked Purdue Boilermakers, 71-66.
The first, and perhaps most glaring disadvantage to playing this game at
Crisler Arena was a delayed starting time.
You see, the wrestling team had a match before the basketball game that
was supposed to start at 5:15 p.m. so the basketball game could begin by
8:00. The wrestling match, however did not start until 6:00 because the
teams were apparently awaiting the arrival of some fans. This delayed the
start of the basketball game until 8:25.
Could you imagine Bill Frieder's reaction if his game were delayed half
an hour because of some fans?


Purdue's head coach, Lin Dunn reacted much in the
same way Frieder might, angrily. "I am very concerned
that a womens' game was put in the position that it
was." Dunn also said that she did not expect that
something like this could happen at a school the
calibur of Michigan.
Coach, you are so right, there is no excuse for it.
Michigan's head coach Bud VanDeWege was
equally displeased and said that he would bring up the
matter with the University.
A second incident to inhibit the Wolverines'
chances occured during a Purdue timeout with just
3:40 left in the game and the outcome still very much
in question.

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even more excited about the opportunity to
win in-state bragging rights. "We thought
they'd come out and shake hands," Mich-
igan's Glen Rice said. "But they didn't, so
we got pumped. We took advantage of it."
"Mike Griffin went over there to shake
hands and he saw (Michigan State) wasn't
doing it," Loy Vaught said. "So he came
back and he said, 'Come on fellows. Look
at them over there.' and he never says
anything. He's always so low key. So he
got me pumped."
Michigan State's first strategy failed, but
they had a plan B. The slow-up offense. And
boy, did it work well.
The Spartans brought the ball down the
court and set up in four corners to waste
time. They tested the Wolverines' patience
by waiting for at least 20 seconds before
trying to move inside for a shot. This
strategy forced the Wolverines to pick up
quick fouls on defense and to take bad,
rushed shots on offense.
With only 8:21 gone in the first half, the
Spartans led 14-8 and Michigan's Rumeal
Robinson and Terry Mills each had two
fouls while Griffin had one.
AFTER 15 MINUTES had passed, the
Wolverines were averaging only one point
per minute. Their problems continued until
the three minute mark when they began an
eight point run. At the buzzer, Michigan had
climbed to within six points of the Spartans.
"When they are dictating tempo, you try
to do too much early," said Michigan coach
Bill Frieder. "We shot it too quickly in the
first half."
Said forward Mark Hughes: "In the first
half, they outplayed us, out-hustled us, and
out-scrapped us. They got all the loose balls
'and were more aggressive."

The second half, however, was a differento
story. The best laid plans of young Spartans~
definitely went awry.
"There were certainly two distinct-
halves," Michigan State coach Jud Heathcote
said. "They came out in the second and just
gave us a lesson in strength and shooting.
They just wore us down."
MICHIGAN came out of the lockerrom
headstrong. In the first five minutes, they
Wolverines went on a 13-8 run and climbed'
to within one of State. They finally took the
lead for the first time in the game at 40-39,
with a layup by Vaughtfrom Griffin.
With 10:42 gone, the Spartans tied the.
game at 48-48 on a Kirk Manns three-point-.
er. But Michigan came back on two Vaught
free throws and never lost the lead again.
With two minutes left, Michigan led 70-
62, but that margin wasn't good enough for
the hungry Wolverines. They embarrassed
their rival even more by running off 10
unanswered points. Michigan's surged was
propelled by a 23-2 rebounding edge and 13
second-half points by Mills and 18 by Rice.
Mills finished the game with 17 and
Rice led all scorers with 29. Spartan forward
Ken Redfield finished the game as State's
leading scorer with 17 points followed by
first-year guard Marc Montgomery with 14.
Rice's effort moved him up to No. 13 on
the Big Ten All-time leading scorers list
with 2,027. Said Frieder of his All-
American's performance: "How can you yell
at Glen Rice for shooting the ball? If he
shoots it from 75 feet, I don't care. I'm
going to put a sign on his locker that says,
'Shoot Glen, shoot."'
Said Heathcote: "If Glen Rice is not the
best forward in the country, then Sean Elliot
is. You can flip a coin between those two."
Rice, however, took his accomplishment
in stride. "I don't think about, scoring a lot
of points," he said. "If it comes, it comes."

Michigan's announcer chose this inopportune moment to announce that
Indiana had just upset Ohio State. Prior to Friday night, Ohio State was in
first place in the Big Ten, and half a game ahead of Purdue.
The Purdue players heard the announcement and became animated for the
first time. Knowing first place was within -their grasp, they played newly
in spired ball.
Why not just give Purdue a couple of free points?
Then, there is the crowd. Or lack of crowd, I should say. Granted, the
faithful that were in attendance cheered to the best of their ability.
But where is the crowd? More people attended my high school's
basketball games.
What more could constitute a great game than watching Tempie Brown
come off of both her personal problems and the bench to lead all scorers
with 21 points?
Or what about seeing Tanya Powell, with just a minute and a half left,
miss a free throw only to get her own board, miss the shot, get her own
rebound again and hit the next shot while being fouled? Powell then
converted the three-point play when she hit the free throw to close the
Purdue lead to one point, 67-66.
Finally, seeing an entire Michigan team rise to the occasion and give the
No. 9 team in the nation a great game, and nearly coming out victorious?
I realize that the women's basketball team is winless in the Big Ten
(until Sunday) and sole posessors of last place in the division. But after
seeing Friday night's game, one has to wonder if they really are the worst
team in the Big Ten, or are they just the unluckiest?
Maybe if playing its games in Crisler Arena were really the advantage it'
is supposed to be, we would know the answer.

Loy Vaught reaches for two
home game against arch-rival

in Saturday's
Michigan State.

Special day for women

During halftime of Sunday's
Michigan-Illinois women's basket-
ball game, The Michigan Women's
Athletic Association honored the
Univerisity's outstanding women
student athletes at the Athlete
Recognition Awards.
Outstanding student-athletes on
all the women's teams were noted.
Special honors went to former
Michigan tennis star Tina Basle for
winning the Conference Medal of
Honor, which is annually awarded to
the most outstanding graduating
Others receiving awards included

former cross-country star Traci
Babcock and former basketball star
Vonnie Thompson. Babcock, a
power scholar who will spend the
next two years studying physics at
Cambridge University in England,
won the Hartwig Award for academic
excellence, while Thompson received
the M-Women Award for her
leadership during her two years with
the basketball team.
Notable University figures, in-
cluding President James Duderstadt,
Regent Thomas Roach, and Athletic
Director/Head Football Coach Bo
Schembechler attended the ceremonx,
to watch the best of 1988.

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To beat the Illini, the Wolverines
need to come back from a 52-43
deficit at 13:22 of the second half.
Michigan had more than just the nine
points to make up. The Wolverines
have struggled in the second half all
season, not to mention that the team
shot an ugly 32 percent from the field
in the first half, and seemed to be
getting the short end of some
inconsistent foul calls by the officals.
A rabbit's foot couldn't have saved
VanDeWege's team at this point, nor
could his screaming and yelling at the
refs, which earned him a technical
foul. But instead, VanDeWege had
Tanya Powell, Joan Rieger, and Val
Hall on the front line.
Those three combined for 43 of the
teams 74 points.
"We were stronger inside,"
VanDeWege said, "I told them at
halftime, we can get it in whenever'
we want. I knew Val and Joan would
be productive."+
Dee Deeken, who scored 18 for the
Illini, said: "It was real physical, we
didn't do the job we needed to do
inside. We played the kind of game
we wanted to play in the first 30
minutes, then the last ten minutes we
gave up on defense and they killed us
Out-muscling Deeken and the IlliniI
more than any other Wolverine was
Hall, who scored a career-high 13
"You don't try to push and you
don't try to be dirty, but you got to
establish your position," Hall said. "II

got pushed out once and then I said
no way. This is my court, and my
spot on my court."'
Hall did not celebrate the career
high honors alone. Rieger scored 16
points, most noticable were 3 buckets
in a minute, that brought the trailing
Wolverines from 5 points down to a
one point lead, 59-58, at the 7:35
"I just wanted the ball, and I just
wanted to shoot," Rieger said about
her run. "I didn't even know what the
score was, I was just so intense."
slowed down the Wolverine giants,
the guards took control. Carol
Szczechowski and Tempie Brown
slowed the ball down and calmed the
team's euphoric enthusiasm as the
long awaited win grew closer.
If any one Michigan player could
be satisfied with the weekend, it
would be Brown. After not even
making the Michigan State trip last
weekend, the pre-season All-Big Ten
choice returned to her status of great-
ness in the Friday contest with Pur-
due, scoring 21 points off the bench.
"(Tempie) was fabulous," said
VanDeWege after the Purdue game.
"That's the Tempie Brown that we've
all grown to enjoy seeing out there."
Michigan's weekend missed per-
fection because of the active hands of
Purdue forward Joy Holmes. With the
Wolverines down 67-66 and 30
seconds left in the game, Holmes
tipped away a Michigan inbounds
pass from the taller Hall. Holmes, the
Big Ten's leader in steals, also added
17 points.
After the Holmes steal, the
Boilermakers went on to sink four
free throws to end the upset threat.

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