The Michigan Daily
Thursday, March 9, 1989
Jinxed 'Cats look
to break Blue spell
seeks season-salvaging win
BY ADAM SCHRAGER
When it comes to the Michigan
basketball team, the Northwestern
Wildcats are jinxed.
Northwestern has lost the last
nine meetings between the two
teams, 14 of the last 15, and has
switched coaches since the last
Wildcat win in 1984. In fact, North-
western first-year starters Evan
Pederson and David Holmes were in
eighth grade when Northwestern
recorded that 54-52 overtime victory
The Wildcats (9-17 overall, 2-14
Big Ten), or Mildcats as they are
called by some, will try to break this
onus when they host the eighth-.
ranked Wolverines (23-6, 11-5) in
k Welsh-Ryan Arena tonight. But with
prognosticators everywhere lament-
ing Northwestern's chances, Mich-
igan coach Bill Frieder thinks
"We're getting ready for the
.Wildcats even though they have
struggled," Frieder said. "We've put
special emphasis on playing them in
our preparation. They have won
these kinds of games in Evanston
Northwestern's two conference
victories at home support Frieder's
worries. The Wildcats were down 16
points to Ohio State with 9:09 re-
maining in the contest before
rallying to a 70-69 victory. Minne-
sota, which beat the Wolverines this
season, also felt the wrath of the
Wildcats, 75-67 in front of 6,118 in
Besides the fact that this is
Northwestern's last home game,
Michigan will have to guard against
looking ahead to Saturday's season-
ending contest with Illinois.
"First, we need to concentrate on
Northwestern," said Glen Rice,
whose last career home game is
against Illinois. "Northwestern has
been playing well at home."
The quality at which Michigan
has been playing recently has been
the talk of basketball experts
everywhere. This week's Power
Rating, which takes into account
victories, losses, and opponents'
wins and losses, has the Wolverines
ranked at the top of all Division I
BY ADAM BENSON
The Iowa Hawkeyes women's basketball team is
the evil, merciless ruler of the Big Ten.
Dressed in black and gold, the Hawkeyes (24-4) can
obliterate a team, as they did on January 6th when they
lambasted the Michigan women's team, 82-42, in
Hawkeye Guard Jolette Law (averaging 15.8 points
a game) is quicker than a light saber, while 6-foot, 3-
inch center Shanda Berry leads the team in scoring
(17.7) and is big enough to scare away the largest
"(Berry) is the key," VanDeWege said. "She has the
speed and agility of a perimeter forward. That makes
her extremely tough to guard."
Berry has a mutual respect for the Wolverines. "We
are expecting a pretty tough game. Usually when we
play. at Michigan they give us a pretty good run."
Don't forget team star and Detroit native Fran
Price, who was seduced by the dark side, abandoning
her home state to join the villainous Hawkeyes.
Price and the Hawkeyes enter the week tied atop the
Big Ten with Ohio State at 14-2. But before Iowa can
"They are an extremely explosive
team," said Northwestern coach Bill
Foster. "They are capable of scoring
10 times in a row. They go to the
boards with (Terry) Mills and (Loy)
Vaught possibly the best of any
team in the nation."
While rebounding may have been
the focus of Foster, it's Michigan's
shooting that is drawing attention.
The Wolverines, led by Vaught's
Big Ten-leading and No. 2 nationally
71.1 percent, is the country's top
field goal shooting team at 58
percent. Missouri set the record with
a 57.2 percentage in 1979-80.
wrap its claws around another conference crown, it will
have to get past Michigan again in the rematch at
Crisler Arena this evening.
It may not seem like Michigan could give Iowa
much of a game, but the Wolverines are motivated by
the knowledge that an upset tonight would ease the
disappointment of a 10-16 season.
"A strong finish is something you can remember
your season by," VanDeWege said. "That's the thing
you want to remember a season by, not for the bad
times. If you can win against someone who is ranked
in the top ten in the country, it is extremely
VanDeWege thinks that to win the game, Michigan
will have to find a way to neutralize Iowa's quickness.
"It is size versus speed. If they can get into their full
court pressing, they are capable of causing problems
Berry and company expect Michigan to try and slow
them down. "When (Michigan) came here, we just
tried to break against them as much as we could. They
may try to slow the game, that would cause us to set
up an offense and it would break our press."
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