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Page 10 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, January 26, 1990
'M' women to play
the Spartans, too

Avenging icers seek playoff
position vs. OSU this weekend

by Phil Green
Daily Basketball Writer_
Emotions should run high
tonight when Michigan's interstate
rivalry moves to the hardwood as
Michigan State's women's basket-
ball team ventures into Crisler
The Spartans, tied for third in the
Big Ten (4-2, 8-8 overall), will at-
tempt to keep their conference title
hopes alive against Michigan (2-4,
and 10-6). Michigan State coach
Karen Langelhand knows, however,
that in a rivalry this strong, team re-
cords don't count for much.
"I expect the same kind of game
we always have between Michigan
State and Michigan - highly phy-
sical, highly emotional, and highly
contested," she- said.
Michigan coach Bud VanDeWege
agrees, "It's definitely going to be a
great game; it's the stereotypical

(interstate) situation."
One key for Michigan will be to
stop the Big Ten's eighth leading
scorer, sophomore guard Eileen Shea
(15.0 ppg). Shea enters Ann Arbor
on a mild shooting streak following
consecutive 17 point efforts against
Wisconsin and Northwestern last
weekend. The seventh place Wolver-
ines, though, do not expect to have
much trouble getting prepared for
Shea and the Spartans.
"Michigan State is just the
easiest game to get hyped up for all
year. We want this bad," senior co-
captain Tanya Powell said. "It's
usually a matter of who can keep
their composure and not get over-
excited because both teams are very
Although Michigan State leads
the overall series 24-4, the Wolver-
ines, who earned a split last season,
foresee a large crowd this evening
which will strengthen their home

court advantage. Michigan could
very easily double their home attend-
ance for the entire season with an
attendance of 2,000.
Michigan still believes it has a
solid chance of moving up in the
conference rankings. Playing the
Spartans, a team among the Big
Ten's upper division, gives the Wol-
verines an opportunity to make that
"If we beat them maybe we'll get
some respect back," first-year guard
Stacie McCall said.

Blue wrestlers hit the mats vs. NU

by Peter Zellen
Daily Hockey Writer
Winning is the foremost thought
on an athlete's mind as he prepares
for a game. However, as they prepare
to face Ohio State, the foremost
thought for the members of Mich-
igan hockey team might be
In their November series the
Buckeyes swept Michigan 6-3 and 7-
3 in what was a disastrous display of
hockey by the Wolverines.
Michigan's penalty killing units
were poor as Ohio State scored three
power play goals in the first game.
The second game wasn't much better
as six different skaters scored for the
Buckeyes against goalies Warren
Sharples and Tim Keough.
"Everyone on the team is ration-
alizing the games as if they are do-
or-die," said rookie defenseman
David Harlock. "But there is a large
degree of revenge on our minds."
Harlock may be right, though,
about the do-or-die aspects of the
weekend series. Michigan, 12-10-2,
is currently in fourth place in the
CCHA with 26 points. Ohio State
is in sixth at 20 points with a record
of 9-11-2.
While Ohio State may not be
breathing down Michigan's .neck
they can certainly make the Wolver-
ines sweat.
"We're certainly playing a team
,that could catch us," said Michigan
coach Red Berenson. "If there is a
sweep they could end up being two
points behind or 10 points behind so
we have to be aware."
Some hot scorers for the Wolver-
ines as of late have been rookie
center Mark Ouimet with an 11
game scoring streak and rookie left-
winger David Roberts who has a
point scored in each of the last 10
These two, as well as others on
the Michigan squad, will have to be
at their offensive best as the
Buckeyes can certainly score goals.
The team is led by rightwinger

Derek Higdon, fifth in the CCHA in
scoring with 39 points (20 goals, 39
assists). Next is leftwinger Don
Oliver who has 14 goals and 19
assists for 33 points. Hot newcomer
Eddie Choi, a center with 11 goals
and 18 assists, supplies additional
scoring strength .
"We've been playing well lately
but so has Ohio State. We know
we'll be challenged so we'll have to
kill off penalties and get some good
Continued from page 9
all scorers with 26 points.
"I felt I played a strong game. I
have to go harder the first half to get
the team fired up," Mills said.
"Mills made a couple of big
plays, he made a couple of turna-
rounds (jump shots) that really hurt
us," Northwestern coach Bill Foster
said. "He's tough to stop inside."
Fortunately for Michigan that
enthusiasm was contagious, as the
rest of the team, most notably senior
Loy Vaught, picked up its intensity
a notch. Vaught, whose 23 points
were highlightedby three rim-
grabbing dunks, also added 16 re-
bounds to the Wolverines' total.

"I wagted to lead the league in
rebounds. I go hard after every shot
and sometimes I get them and
sometimes I don't," Vaught said. "I
think the effort I put in is one of the
reasons I do get them."
"We have good players. They
passed by on some shots to try and
give it to Terry and Loy," Fisher W
Mills was, indeed, the spark that
ignited the Wolverines in a game
that, for the first half, threatened to
be an incredible upset for North-
western. He responded just when the
team needed him the most. He
responded like the great player Terry
Mills always had the potential to be,
and last night was. -

goalkeeping," said Berenson.
A good sign for the Wolverines
could be the return of injured0
wingers Denny Felsner and Ryan
Pardoski has recovered from his
ankle injury and will play this
weekend. Felsner has been skating
well in practice on his injured knee
and could play, but Berenson still
labeled his status as day-to-day.

by Matt Rennie
Daily Sports Writer
When Michigan takes on Northwestern in a battle of
national wrestling powers, the outcome may be decided
not by the superstars, but by the role players.
At least that's the way both coaches see it.
After three lopsided victories, the meet promises to
be the Wolverines' tightest of the conference season.
Northwestern, ranked 12th nationally, evened their
conference record at 2-2 with a victory over No. 11
Minnesota last week.
Both teams have their share of standout performers,
but none of them will face each other directly; there
appears to be a clear favorite in the majority of the
matches. However, Northwestern coach Tim Cysewski
warns that nothing should be taken for granted.
"It appears that there are some definite favorites," he
said, "but both Coach (Dale) Bahr and I have a lot of
freshmen in our lineups. You never know with
freshmen. There might be some surprises."
"Each team has three or four matches that they're
favored in," Bahr said. "It's pretty close at 126 and 142.
Those will be the turning point."

Michigan's Salem Yaffi takes on Neil Kohlberg at
118, and the Wolverines send James Rawls against
Mike Cheatham at 142. Bahr expects to have a fair idea
of the outcome of the meet after the first four matches.
"If we can come away with two of the first four,
we'll be in good shape," he said. "We've got the
advantage at four of the last six slots."
Northwestern features a pair of nationally-ranked
seniors at the two other classes with Brad Traviolia and
Mike Funk, at the 167 and 177, respectively. Throw in
third-ranked Jack Griffin (118), and things look rosy for
Leading the way for the Wolverines is 158-pounder
Sam Amine. Amine, who boasts a record of 26-3-1, has
been crushing his opponents of late, scoring technical
falls in two of his last three matches.
Should the meet be close going in to the last two
matches, Bahr has confidence in Fritz Lehrke (190) and
Phil Tomek (HWT). Tomek is 1-2 in the Big Ten, but
his coach is not overly concerned.
"He's been nervous before meets," Bahr said. "He's
got to get his confidence back."


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Continued from page 9
their own explosive offensive mach-
ine, one that Perles could only dream
of having on the football field.
Wednesday night, the Spartans
upset the 12th-ranked Indiana Hoos-
iers in Hoosierville, 75-57. Indiana
wins 88 percent of its games in As-
sembly Hall, but none of that
bothered the Spartans. Coming into
Crisler, where Michigan is unde-
feated this year, should prove no
more of a worry.
Manns, a 6-foot-2 senior, is
fourth in Big Ten scoring, and aver-
aged 20.8 points-per-game before the
Indiana contest, in which he threw in

25. Manns represents the Spartans
three-point threat, sinking 44 percent
of his attempts (18 for 41).
Manns' backcourt partner, Smith,
has played the last four games for
the Spartans after a finger injury.
"At first, (Smith) was not able to
rebound because he could not get the
ball and rebound with one hand,"
Heathcote said. "He's coming 00
around, though. He's taping two fin-
gers together and is getting used to
And then there's that big Fred
Flintstone guy, Perles, who fills the
lane easily. Maybe that's the next
job he wants.
It's a thought that could cause
Heathcote to bang his head.

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