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Men's Tennis
vs. Toledo
Thursday, 11:30 a.m.
Track & Tennis Building
The Michigan Daily
*Wolverines suffer
Big Ten humiliation,
lose two on the road

TSPybrTS
Tuesday, February 14, 1989

Women's Basketball
vs. Wisconsin
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena

Page 9

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More-

Noise!

Two basketball fans petition

to create

new

student section

BY LORY KNAPP
The road is often an unpleasant
place to be.
Such was the case this past week-
end as Michigan's women's basket-
ball team (7-14 overall, 1-10 Big
Ten) dropped another two Big Ten
contests on the road, this time to
Indiana, Friday, and Ohio State,
Saturday,
Indiana, (13-8, 6-5) and Ohio
State (16-5, 9-2) beat the last-place
Wolverines 86-51 and 89-51,
respectively.
The weekend immediately caused
trouble for the Wolverines when just
11 minutes into Friday's game they
were down by a score of 22-9.
"(Indiana) jumped out to an early
lead and poured it on," Michigan
head coach Bud VanDeWege said.
"Then it was difficult to create
momentum."
IT WAS NOT just Indiana's
defense, however, which led to the
loss; Michigan's lack of offense was
equally responsible. The Wolverines
did not have one player score in
double figures. Forwards Mary
Rosowski and Torie Shaw came off
the bench to be Michigan's high
scorers with nine and eight points,
respectively.
Starting guard Tempie Brown,
who is leading the team in scoring,

was held to just four points. Brown
only shot the ball four times in 28
minutes of play.
The Wolverines' low score can be
attributed mainly to a miserable
shooting percentage, which was
under 37 percent for the game.
"We didn't show up ready to
play," VanDeWege said.
INDIANA did not have the
same problem, having five players
score in double figures. Hoosier
center Pam Fritz led all scorers with
18 points and eight rebounds.
Michigan's 22 turnovers did not
help their cause either, especially
when combined with only three
steals. Indiana had 14 steals.
As VanDeWege put it, the Ohio
State game Sunday was "the exact
same script. Two and a half minutes
into the game we were down 10-0."
"We were so discouraged after
getting beat up Friday night that we
just weren't up to it," he said.
The individual perfor-mances were
better against Ohio State as soph-
omore guard Carol Szczechowski
came off the bench to lead the team
with 14 points. She also added two
rebounds.
Szczechowski broke the 12-0
beginning run by Ohio State when
she hit a driving lay-up and
converted the foul shot to put

ALEXANDRA BREZ/Daiy
Tanya Powell, seen here at home against Purdue, added nine points
and six rebounds against Ohio State, but Michigan still lost, 89-51.

Michigan on the board.
TANYA POWELL also added to
the Michigan performance with nine
points and six rebounds. Powell is
seventh in the Big Ten in
rebounding, averaging 7.8 rebounds
per game.
The Wolverines out-rebounded
Ohio State, 30-29, but just did not
convert their chances into points.
And, while Michigan's shooting
percentage (40 percent) was a slight
improvement over the Indiana game,

the Buckeyes shot the lights out.
Ohio State shot 65 percent from the
floor which included a 71 percent
first half.
Besides being offensively pro-
ficient, the Buckeyes shut down
Michigan's inside game. Val Hall, a
center who started at the forward
position, and center Joan Rieger
were held to just three rebounds
each. On the offensive end, Rieger
had six points and Hall was held
scoreless.

BY JOSH MITNICK
Two petition drives were mounted last week in an effort to try and prod
the Michigan Athletic Department into changing their season ticket
policy with regard to students.
An anonymously circulated petition by a concerned fan calls on the
Athletic Department to "question seating assignments at Crisler Arena"
and asserts that it is time to replace blue section ticket holders with
"young enthusiastic students and super fans." The petition, dated Feb. 4,
reasons that this is "in the best interest of the remainder of the 1989
basketball season."
"People in the blue section seem to be comfortable with their seats and
that comfort doesn't do anything towards agitation for the team," said the
author of the petition.
THE FAN, WHO owns season tickets in the blue section, criticized
other blue-section fans for reading newspapers and books during basketball
games, adding that the blue section often has many empty seats.
He said that by circulating the petition, fans would be able to speak for
themselves.
"All we're asking is that the alumni consider having their seats
reassigned," said the fan. "This is my answer to people who complain
about fan involvement at Crisler compared with other arenas."
Another drive is led by LSA senior Erik Kittlaus. Kittlaus hopes to
drum up support for his petition by canvasing the campus. He plans to
reach the student body by setting up sign-up desks in dorms and the
fishbowl, and circulating the petition at basketball games.
Kittlaus said that initially he wanted to get the issue discussed on
campus and to present the Athletic Department with a list of students
interested in getting a student section.
Kittlaus' ultimate goal is the creation of a "clearly defined student
section - a specific block of students down low where they'll have a
great impact."
ACCORDING TO the Athletic Ticket Office, 1002 students,
approximately one-third of all student season ticket holders, have seats in
the blue section. However, Kittlaus claimed there is no clearly defined
student section in the blue seats.
Michigan Ticket Manager Al Renfrew said that he doesn't foresee any
changes with the athletic departments' ticket policy. "Some years we get a
lot of students that want to buy basketball tickets, some years we have
problems filling the blue section," Renfrew said.
Renfrew described Crisler Arena as a "theater-type building." He
explained that to increase the noise levels they would have to, "make it so
fans don't have a tendency to relax so much. The fans are not on the edge
of their seats."
Ohio State Assistant Athletic Director Paul Krebs said a significant
number of students were moved closer to courtside in the Buckeyes' St.
John Arena around five years ago. Krebs said that the athletic department
had received a lot of complaints from people that were displaced.
"I'M NOT sure having students sitting on the court is the answer to
the problem of noise. There's no one magic formula for any school,"
Krebs said.
At Purdue's Mackey Arena, notorious for the level of crowd noise,
only 750 students have seats in the lower arena. Unlike Crisler, Mackey
only contains bleacher seats.
Purdue Ticket Manager George Ade said that the students sit in a corner
which extends from midcourt to halfway behind the basket. However, he
couldn't account for Mackey's rowdy reputation.
Kittlaus described the difference between Chrisler and Mackey arena as
"unbelievable."
He explained his reason for taking action: "I just want to do it because
it's my senior year and my last chance to contribute. Something must be
done about the lameness."
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Track team recovers at Red Simmons

BY MICHAEL SPIRO
With the Big Ten and NCAA
championships coming up within the
next month, the women's track team
set out to achieve some specific
goals during the Red Simmons
Invitational last Saturday.
Although the home meet was not
scored, the Wolverines used the
competition to improve on mental
toughness and their overall per-
formance.
"Overall we did okay," Michigan
coach James Henry said. "The team
worked hard; they worked together;
and they did their very best. I think
we would have won if the meet had
been scored."
AMONG THE ten schools
competing in the invitational were
Notre Dame, Eastern Michigan,
Toledo, the University of Detroit,
and Central Michigan.
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Eastern Michigan, who placed
ahead of the Wolverines at the Lady
Buckeye February 4, provided some
of the toughest competition for
Michigan.
Michigan has been struggling to
recover from a rash of the flu and
from several minor injuries in the
recent weeks, but still managed to
turn in some strong individual
performances.
Distance runner Mindy Rowand
won the 3000-meter race in 9
minutes, 20.24 seconds and beat the
qualifying mark for the NCAA
Championship in that event by over
four seconds.
"I KNEW she had it in her to
qualify, and she just had to do it,"
distance coach Sue Foster said. "She
ran a really smart competitive race."
Foster is confident in Rowand's
chances of placing high in the 3000-

meters in the Big Ten Cham-
pionship, which is held two weeks
prior to the NCAA's. "(She is) a lot
stronger than last year and mentally
tougher," Foster said, adding that
Rowand still wants to qualify for the
5000-meters as well.
Kim Haluscsak ran in the 5000-
meter race for the first time in her
career and pulled out a first-place
finish in 17:09.67. Dana Davidson
also took first place in the 55-meter
hurdles with a time of 7.91 seconds,
but missed qualifying for the
NCAA's by .001 seconds.
Commendable efforts were turned
in by Megan Nortz, who ran a season

and collegiate best in the 800-meter
run (2:13.79), and by Starry Hodge
in the shotput, who took second
place with a throw of 47-feet, 2 1/2
inches. The 2-mile relay team of
Amy Bannister, Carrie Yates, Chris
Tyler, and Megan Nortz, also notched
a first-place finish by winning the
event easily in 9:30.54.
Gillian Osborne and Jennifer
McPeck were additional stand outs
among the team. Osborne took
second place in the 200-meters
(25.72) and third place in the 55-
meter dash (7.30). McPeck placed a
strong second in the invitational
mile, in 5:01.64.

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