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Page 6 - The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday- February 12, 1990
Brown leads team
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helped me when they realized I was a female drummer,"
Brown said. "It was like a big thing and I liked the,
attention that I got."
When she wasn't playing in the jazz or all-city band,
Brown was on the court playing basketball in any pick-
up game she could find. At the time, Brown didn't
worry about technique; she just played. Besides, in high
school, all she needed to know was how to put the ball
in the bucket.
"I played at the top of the free throw line with my
back to the basket, and they would just throw it to me
and I would just shoot," Brown said. The system was
simple enough for her to win Colorado's Miss
Basketball honors.
Basketball at Michigan wasn't so simple.
"It was a whole new level of play that I didn't even'
know existed," Brown said. "What you did in high
school, becomes what everybody does in college. You
just have to learn how to get the edge over everybody -
else. They challenge you physically more than I ever
thought I could go. I feel like I'm on the track team.
It's amazing how much we run."
Her sophomore season, Brown found the edge she JOSE JUAREZ/Daily
needed. Averaging 13 points a game, she quickly
became an impact player as her improvement won her a Senior guard Tempie Brown leads the Wolverines in scoring, but her inconsistency has kept her on the bench.
spot on the starting line-up. Her team recognized her In order to cure the problem, VanDeWege put her on just as I have, over the four years. I've seen him chan
achievements by naming her Most Improved Player. the non-starting squad during scrimmages. "It would as a coach," Brown said. "We have a good relationsh
The transition from non-starter to starter was not make you more hungry and he did that quite a bit He's open, I'm open. I can talk to him."
smooth, however, and she was often called back to the because I became too complacent at my position," Brown has matured enough to become a senior lea
bench for inconsistent play. Brown said. on the team, to which teammate Tanya Powell attes
"I didn't realize there's that pressure to perform to Brown's role as both starter and non-starter did create "This year I really feel like I've gotten to know h
keep that spot where you can't be complacent," Brown some friction between her and VanDeWege, but both better," Powell said. "This year she is really concern
said. "I would just be lazy and not as intense." maintain that is no longer the case. "I think he's grown, about what hannens to the team. She's done a lot m

listening this year and trying to get a feel for peope.
She's still a motivational force on our team, she's
always been that."
And part of that leadership means loosening up the
team.
"If somebody thinks of some weird thing to do in
practice or like somebody comes up with some weird
comment, you don't have to look to see who it i.*
'This year she is really
concerned about what happens to
the team. She's done a lot more
listening this year and trying to
get a feel for people.'
-Tanya Powel
Michigan forward

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Most of the time it comes from Tempie," Powell said.
"She's funny, just a joke."
Although Brown's leadership qualities haIe
improved, her inconsistency hasn't. With only seven
games left, chances are Brown will be unable to cure her
consistency problems. But that's part of the excitemeilt.
One never knows when she is going to score 26 points
with three three-pointers, as she did against Eastern
Michigan. And if she doesn't?
There's always the drums.

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BASKETBALL NOTBOOK

This time, turnovers
good to Wolverines

bj Phil Green
Daily Basketball Writer,
The Wolverines again proved the.
deadliness of turnovers in Friday's,
72-59, victory over Indiana. Last
month in Bloomington, Michigan
committed 21 turnovers while
causing only 12 in a 61-59 Hoosier
victory. This weekend, the Wolver-
ines tripped the Hoosiers up with 20
turnovers, committing only 14 of
their own.
DECK THE HALLS: Val Halll
put in a career high 20 points and 14;
rebounds against the Hoosiers, and
10 rebounds against Ohio State
yesterday, as she continued her recent
tear that began three weeks ago. Ten
of her boards Friday came off the
offensive glass, contributing greatly
to the Wolverines' rebounding do-;
minance. Michigan came away withI
a 46-38 edge overall, including 26-1
15 on the offensive end.j
G ET B A C K: Center Trish;
Andrew continued her dominance in

the paint, rejecting three shots in
each game and increasing her con-
ference leading total.
IT'S ABOUT TIME: With
their 58-55 triumph over the Buck-
eyes yesterday, the Wolverines gave

coach Bud VanDeWege his first win
over Ohio State and the team's first
since 1981. The victory raised Mich-
igan's record against OSU to 2-19.
AND THE WINNER IS...: At
halftime of Sunday's game, 24 of

Michigan's women student-athletes
were recognized for outstanding
achievement including All-Amer-
ican swimmers Ann Colloton and
Gwen DeMaat, runner Mindy
Rowand, and softball player Jennifer
Allard.

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Continued from page 1
winner. She's been there before, she
knows how to win, and she's a
great, great competitor. To me, that
was everything I was hoping Carol
Szczechowski would be when I
recruited her."
With 1:57- to play, Michigan
forward Joan Rieger fouled out,
allowing Buckeye forward Nicole
Sanchez to tie the game, 53-53, with
two free throws. Following a
turnover, Michigan center Val Hall
joined Rieger on the bench, fouling
Sanchez with 1:34 left.
Sanchez, however, missed the

front end of the one-and-one.
"I felt like that was finally the
little bit of luck we needed," VanDe-
Wege said. "We finally got a break."
Co-captain Tanya Powell, whose
free throw at 1:17 gave Michigan a
54-53 lead, added 13 points in the
victory.
Friday night the Wolverines
couldn't have followed VanDe-
Wege's playbook more precisely as
they beat up on Indiana (9-11, 3-7).
"The main thing was we were
executing our game plan," Hall said.
Hall destroyed the Hoosier defense
for a career-high 20 points and a
game-high 14 rebounds.
Michigan exploited its size
advantage over Indiana early by
running plays right at the basket for

a 36-25 halftime lead.
Indiana was helpless on the
boards in the first half as the Wol-
verines outrebounded the Hoosiers,
29-12.
"We're just not doing a good job
of inside board play," Indiana coach
Jim Izard said. "At some particular
time these kids are going to rise to
the occasion and box somebody
out."
To open the second half, Indiana
packed their defense inside, but
forward Leslie Spicer nailed shot
after shot from the corner to put the
Wolverines up by 20 with 10:48 left
in the game.
Another big factor in the victory
was Trish Andrew's three blocked
shots for Michigan.

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