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Page 4 - The Michigan Daily - Sports Thursday- January 11, 1990
Women finish
strong in Orange
by Theodore Cox
Daily Basketball Writer
The Michigan women's basketball team faired well over winter vacation
winning four of seven games to put their overall record at 9-3. Before
Michigan opened the Big Ten season by splitting their first two games, the
Wolverines were busy with non-conference challenges.
Here is a summary of those games.
Michigan 63 Wisconson-Green Bay 49
Michigan started off with two games before going home for Christmas.
The Wolverines easily polished off Wisconsin-Green Bay 63-49 at Crisler
Arena December 14th.
"They are one of the best defensive teams in the country," said Michigan
coach Bud VanDeWege. "They won Division I last year and they rank in the
top twenty in team defense. I said to my team 'Fine, they're coming in with
that defensive reputation, let's show them some Michigan defense.' And I
think we did."
Michigan 47 Toledo 95
The Wolverines headed south to challenge the University of Toledo, but
the team came up empty as Rockets blasted Michigan 65-47. The
Wolverines only shot 32.8 percent in their first loss of the year.
"That loss woke us up," said Michigan forward Tempie Brown. "We
were getting overconfident because we didn't have to work as hard."
Michigan 71 Pittsburgh 59
Orange Bowl Classic
December 27-29, Michigan enjoyed the luxury of playing in the Orange
Bowl Classic in Miami, Florida. The team managed to keep their mind off
the sun and beach long enough to capture a third place finish out of eight
teams!
The Wolverines opened the tournament with a 71-59 win over Pittsburgh
behind the spark of Joan Rieger. The senior forward had 16 points against
the Panthers. "Joan played one of the best games I've seen her play in her
career here at Michigan," VanDeWege said.
Michigan 64 Miami 72
Orange Bowl Classic
Next came the University of Miami itself, and after the a 39-30 halftime
lead the Wolverines drifted out with the ocean. The Hurricanes stormed back,
winning 72-64.
Michigan 77 South Alabama 61
Orange Bowl Classic
The Wolverines recovered the next day to beat the University of South
Alabama, 77-61. Michigan had an incredible 50.9 shooting percentage, led
once again by Andrew. She finished with 16 points and 8 rebounds.
The third place finish was the best the team has ever done in tournament
play away from Crisler Arena.
SVOLUNTEER...

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Char Durand (44) drives against Minnesota in the second half of the Wolverines' 70-53 win. Michigan now boasts a 1-1 Big Ten record.
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by Theodore Cox
Daily Basketball Writer
The anticipation is over for the
Michigan women's basketball team.
The Big Ten season has begun. The
Wolverines (2-0 Big Ten; 9-3
overall) made it look easy against
Minnesota last Friday at Crisler
Arena, winning 70-53. But the
Wolverines quickly found out how
tough their schedule will be when
Iowa beat them Sunday, 65-54.
Michigan jumped all over the
Gophers quickly, as forwards Tempie
Brown and Tanya Powell combined
for twenty-five first half points to
give the Wolverines a 34-22 lead
midway through the game.
"They're good players," Minn-
esota coach LaRue Fields said. "We
know they're seniors. It's their first
Big Ten game, and being home at
that, we knew they would be ready."
Many of those points developed
from defensive steals that triggered
easy lay-ups at the other end. "We
need to incorporate the fastbreak a

lot more, because we are great when
we run," Brown said.
Michigan coach Bud VanDeWege
also noted that Michigan could
quicken it's pace. "We would have
run more tonight if we had outletted
it better. I just think we had a lot of
opportunities, but we didn't have a
good outlet so we waited for the
ball."
"Right now our guard situation is
such that we have some injuries to
some of our backup guards, so we
were short on guards. But Michigan
did a good job of running the press,"
Fields said.
Michigan continued its defensive
control in the second half, holding
Minnesota to only 53 points. The
Gophers had been averaging over
eighty points a game.
"They were very aggressive and
we couldn't hit a shot," Gopher
Jennifer Hall said. "We got frustrated
and started forcing some shots and
our shot selection went downhill."
Brown led all scorers with 19

points, followed by Powell with 16.
Guard Leah Wooldridge made four of
the Wolverines' 15 steals. The only
disappointment in the game was in
the rebounding department. Minn-
esota cleaned the glass 35 times,
compared to only 29 for Michigan.
Twelve of the Gopher rebounds were
offensive, a statistic Michigan needs
to work on.
Iowa turned the tide on the
Wolverines, getting off to their own
fast start by hitting two early three
pointers.
Then the Wolverines offense
went stagnant. The Hawkeyes grab-
bed every defensive rebound and at
the same time had their guards break
down court for the fastbreak.
"We didn't have anybody back,"
VanDeWege said. "Those were crit-
ical because it got their lead right up
there in double digits."
Iowa coach C. Vivian Stringer
said the key was in the Hawkeyes'
rebounding. "When we rebound, we
are going to get in more of a
transition. The defense will trigger
the offense. If you are playing
aggressive defense, but you don't get
the rebound, and the other team gets
it and scores, then you find yourself
walking the ball. If we're not
running, then we are kind of slug-
gish."
Michigan tried to run with the
same velocity in the first half, but
their shots were not connecting. The
Wolverines fell behind, 37-25, at
halftime.

"They were rushing shots in the
first half," VanDeWege said. "Our
team was forced into that kind of
tempo. We just needed to square off
and take our normal shots, and not
worry about how fast they're coming
at you."
The Wolverines never gave up.
They adjusted by slowing the tempo.
The team worked the ball inside,
causing several Hawkeyes to get into
foul trouble. With four minutes left 6
Michigan pulled to within six points
as Iowa lost much of its aggression,
and began playing conservatively.
"We knew that playing away
from home a team could comeback
"We need to
incorporate the
fastbreak a lot more,
because we are great
when we run."
- Michigan guard
Tempie Browh
from ten points," Hawkeye Franthea
Price said.
But Michigan missed several free
throws down the stretch to secure an
Iowa victory.
"Offensively, we executed beaut-
ifully in the second half. We got the
ball inside when we needed to do it,"
VanDeWege said. "The problem is
you cannot spot people twelve
points at half in this league.
Price led Iowa with 23 points.
Brown was the top Wolverine scorer
with 14.

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