Page 4 - The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday- February 19, 1990
Streaking Wolverines up
by Phil Green
rs take two on road
set Wisconsin, Northwestern
Daily Basketball Writer
EVANSTON - Upsets are things dreams are
made of, and Sunday afternoon was a dream come
true for the Michigan's women's basketball
The Wolverines came back from a 10-point
halftime deficit to defeat the No. 15 Northwestern
Wildcats, 70-68, in overtime at Welsh-Ryan
This win, coupled with Michigan's 61-56
victory at Wisconsin Friday night gives the
Wolverines a record five-game winning streak.
During the first half of Sunday's game it
looked like the nationally-ranked Wildcats would
be too much for Michigan to handle. After four
minutes the Wolverines trailed 9-2 and after ten
minutes Northwestern was in the bonus and
going to the foul line with every Wolverine foul.
After twelve minutes Michigan was down, 23-
It looked as if the Wolverines were in for
another shellacking like the 92-62 loss
Northwestern handed them at Crisler Arena in
However, by halftime Michigan had cut the
deficit to 10, 35-25. As unlikely as it seemed, if
the team came out hot in the second half, it could
get right back into the game.
They came out more than hot - they came
out on fire. Four Michigan trips down the court,
four baskets. The Wildcat lead was down to six,
"We've beaten them by thirty at their place
and had taken them pretty easily in the first half,"
Northwestern coach Don Perrelli said. "It was
probably a little complacency, but it was more
Michigan than it was us."
After the teams traded baskets, the tough
defense and an excellent job on the boards helped
Michigan go on a 12-0 run over the next 5:25.
The Wolverines had not only gotten into the
game but they had taken the lead, and taken it
"The whole thing is defense, we just feel like
we can stop people," Michigan coach Bud
The next four minutes were intense as
Michigan's lead stayed between five and seven.
However, with 3:38 left, the Wolverine's first
half foul trouble came back to haunt them when
first-year center Trish Andrew (5 blocked shots)
fouled out. Less than one minute later, senior
Joan Rieger joined her on the bench after picking
up her fifth foul.
The Wolverines missed those two greatly.
Michigan allowed the Wildcats to score the last
seven points of regulation, including a fifteen
foot jumper by Jeanine Wasielewski as time ran
out to tie the score at 59.
"Overtime could have been something that
normally deflates teams playing on the road,"
VanDeWege said. "The home team traditionally
comes on in the overtime and that's why I'm so
proud of our team to not get down."
During overtime neither team ever led by
more than two and the lead changed hands six
times. In the end, the Wolverines won it at the
foul line, where they were seven for nine for the
"They just realized that they could win it,"
VanDeWege said. "Our kids have learned how to
win. They knew what to do and went out and got
The weekend had begun well for the
Wolverines Friday night as they extended their
'The home team traditionally
comes on in the overtime and
that's why I'm so proud of our
team to not get down.'
- Michigan coach
winning streak to four against Wisconsin at
However, at the game's outset things did not
look good for Michigan.
Joan Rieger got Michigan on the scoreboard
first but the Badgers went on an 11-1 run over
the next five minutes to take an 11-3 lead.
Neither team shot well for the remainder of
the half, enabling Wisconsin to take a 30-24 lead
into the locker room at halftime.
The teams traded baskets during the second
half's opening minutes with the Wolverines
finally knotting the score at 38 with 13:38
Michigan upped its shooting percentage to 50
percent, led by Leslie Spicer, (6-9 in the second
half, 20 points total) and Carol Szczechowski (3-
4 in the second half, 13 points total) while the
Badgers barely raised their shooting percentage
from their atrocious first half.
The Wolverines proceeded to outscore
Wisconsin, 37-26, for the half and pulled out a
hard-fought 61-56 victory.
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Vaught, and by playing a consistent
Yesterday, both of these game
plans were lost somewhere in he
Ohio flatlands between Ann Arbor
and Columbus. The Wolverines
equalled their Big Ten high of
twenty-one turnovers against
Ohio State scored fourteen
points off Michigan's errors while
the Wolverines could only muster
four on nineteen Buckeye turnovers.
Michigan's sometimes poor shot
selection resulted in their lowest
shooting percentage (42.4 percent)
of the season except for an early
season win against Boston
Fisher's inside game plan was
lost when Mills and Riley picked
up fouls quicker than a Dustbuster
sucks up crumbs.
Mills found himself in early
trouble, saddled with two fouls in
the game's first five minutes - just
as he had in Thursday's game with
Minnesota. Both times Fisher stuck
with him. But the deja-vu ended
there as Mills was called for his
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have any tricks left
up their sleeves
"It was a game we should have
won, could have won, but didn't,"
Michigan coach Steve Fisher said.
Added Michigan guard Michael
Talley, "I felt that Ohio State
played a real good game. We
fought real hard, we just made a
few more critical mistakes." Indeed,
Even though Michigan committed
21 turnovers, the Buckeyes threw
the ball away 19 times. But OSU,
buoyed by a boisterous crowd
which has helped them to nine
home victories out of 11,
outscrapped and outhustled the
The Buckeyes, who scored 14
points to Michigan's four off of
turnovers, stole the ball thirteen
times to Michigan's three and
blocked four shots to Michigan's
After a loss the mistakes of the
losers are scrutinized. But the maj-
ority of the time, pure chance plays
a role as well. The first example of
the fickle finger of fate came after
no fewer than four minutes had
expired in the contest.
With 15:42 remaining in the first
half, Michigan center Terry Mills
picked up his second foul. And
though only three days earlier ag-
ainst Minnesota Mills had played
thirty consecutive minutes after
picking up two fouls in the first five
minutes, Mills was only to play
another 63 seconds before heading
to the pine with his third foul.
Michigan had won ten of its last
twelve games against OSU, in-
cluding the last four in a row. But
third with 14:39 still remaining in
the half. Mills spent the rest of the
half on the bench.
The center from Romulus
contributed some big baskets before
fouling out with 4:27 remaining
with 8 points and 5 rebounds. The
fifth foul on Mills actually appeared
to be committed by Robinson
"He didn't foul either," Mills
said, "he hit all ball. I was just
there watching. I can't believe the
call. I don't believe a lot of calls
made on me today."
"I just can't understand," the
beleaguered Mills continued. "A lot
of calls came that I didn't have
anything to do with. I'm going to
have to watch the films and It'll
probably be more frustrating once I
watch it on film."
"I don't think it was their
strategy (to get the big men in foul
trouble). My fouls weren't based on
pounding the ball inside. They werei
fouls off the ball or in transition."
Mills played fifteen minutes and
Riley saw twenty minutes of action
before fouling out with 9:10 left,
two rebounds and six points.
Jackson led the Buckeyes with
16 points, Jamaal Brown scored
fifteen points, and Perry Carter
tossed in 10.
Michigan coach Steve Fisher could
not, as Mill's stress-inducing third
foul indicated, expect to leave St.
Johns Arena without serious heart-
Even without Mills, Michigan
was able to finish the first half with
a 31-30 lead. The Wolverines were
able to weather the absence of Sean
Higgins in their four previous vic-
tories, and the absence of Mills,
who finished with only 8 points and
fouled out with 4:27 remaining. In
addition, the loss of back-up center
Eric Riley with nine minutes left in
the game wasn't the telling blow in
"Coach told us to box out be-
cause they are prone to go over the
back," the Ohio State center said
about the Buckeyes success in get-
ting Michigan in foul trouble.
Talley counted that claim by
saying, "I don't think we're prone
to go over the back. I think the
referee could call it differently."
Whether or not Michigan's own
mistakes, chance, or Ohio State's
tenacious play placed Michigan in
that position, Michigan still bounc-
ed back. Robinson, despite hitting
only five of 15 shots, was there in
crunch time for Michigan.
In the final minutes of the game,
Robinson managed to steal a three-
point shot and dish an assist to Loy
Vaught with 26 seconds remaining.
But Vaught missed a foul shot,
keeping the score at 61 all.
With fourteen seconds left,
Michigan intentionally fouled Mark
Baker. And though the strategy paid
off when Baker missed the second
shot, Buckeye super-frosh Jim
Jackson's tip-in gave Ohio State a
Robinson's desperation three-
pointer bounced off at the end,
proving that the Wolverines were
skinned in many ways yesterday.
Blue wins Spice up
Press 1 Big Ten standings
by Ryan Schreiber
Daily Basketball Writer
EVANSTON - After Michigan's stunning upset of Ohio State February
11th, Wolverine coach Bud VanDeWege said the win for his women's
basketball team was, "the biggest win of his career."
He was wrong.
Yesterday, Michigan defeated No. 15 Northwestern, the Big Ten's first-
place team, 70-68, in an overtime thriller that left the crowd of 499 at
Welsh-Ryan Arena sitting on the edges of their seats.
Entering the weekend, Michigan had never won more than three'
consecutive conference games. With the 61-56 win over Wisconsin Friday,
their streak now stands at five.
And the key to the weekend's games? Without a doubt, senior forward
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Spicer led all scorers in both Friday's and Sunday's contests, chipping in
20 and 22 points, respectively, to pace the Wolverines.
"She should get Big Ten player of the week," VanDeWege said. "With
back to back wins on the road and having 42 points on the weekend, she
was just spectacular.
"Leslie Spicer is playing the best basketball of her career."
Spicer attributes her top-notch play of late to age more than anything
"My senior year is the most important for me and the team," she said.
"We have a lot of seniors on the team this year, and we just want to go out
with a bang.
"We're on a roll and we want to stay that way."
Until this season, Michigan never earned the respect of teams on the
road. In fact, three years ago, the Wolverines only managed two Big Ten
wins on the entire season.
"To tell the truth, I was actually scared when we came in here because
we lost to them by 30 points at home," Spicer said. "But then I knew once
we got out there, I thought, 'this team is not 30 points better than us and we
are not that same team that we were in Ann Arbor.'
"So with us beating this team, it gives us a little more hype and it lets us
know that we can beat a team like Purdue and Iowa. It gives us confidence
that we can beat a ranked team."
Michigan now stands at 8-5 in the conference, 16-7 overall and staring
an NCAA bid in the face.
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