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Men's volleyball
vs. Notre Dame
CCRB
Tonight, 7 p.m.

SPORTS

Ice hockey
vs. Miami (OH)
Yost Ice Arena
Tonight and tomorrow nights, 7:30 p.m.

The Michigan Daily
Michigan begins final
run for Big Ten vs. NU

Friday, February 23, 1990

Page 9
Miami skates into *
Yost to close season

by 1aior LEIncoIn
Daily Basketball Writer
It's a long road, but not an im-
possible one.
Earlier this week, Michigan bas-
ketball coach Steve Fisher was
saying that if the Wolverines have a
"ghost of a chance" to win the con-
ference title, they will have to win
the rest of their games.
But with Illinois' upset of Purdue
Wednesday night, the Wolverines
(19-5 overall, 9-4 Big Ten) now
control their own destiny. If they
win their remaining five games they
are assured of at least tying for the
championship.
Interestingly, the schedule con-
sists of home dates with the league's
cellar dwellers - Northwestern,
Wisconsin and Iowa - and road
games against Michigan State and
Purdue, the two teams that lead
Michigan in the standings.
This weekend begins the final run
of the season, starting with Satur-

day's game against last place North-
western - loser of 35 consecutive
Big Ten road games. The game will
end a six-day layoff for the Wol-
verines.
"In the first time in a long time
we gave them Monday off," Fisher
said. "We came back Tuesday for
four practices and three of them are
going to be hard."
Despite the Wildcats 1-11 confer-
ence record (8-14 overall), they have
led in the second half of all five of
their Big Ten losses at home. They
led Purdue in the early minutes and
were beating Michigan by seven
points early in the second half.
"We played a very tough game at
their place," Fisher said. "They hurt
us with conversion baskets, they
hurt us running the floor for easy
baskets, they hurt us with the
press."
Northwestern's leading scorer is
sophomore guard Rex Walters, who
is fourth in conference scoring with
19.8 points per game. Senior for-
ward Walker Lambiotte, a transfer
from North Carolina State two years
ago, is averaging 16.6 points.
Despite this year's string of tan-
talizing losses to conference front-
runners, contention stands a few
more years away for the Wildcats.
Aside from Walters and sophomore
guards Kevin Nixon and David
Holmes, their squad is dominated by
seniors.
Meanwhile, the early signing per-
iod was unkind to them, as they
signed only one player. But their
coach, Bill Foster, has had winning
records in all five previous jobs. His
highest achievement was reaching
the NCAA finals with Duke in
1978.

by Andrew Gottesman
Daily Hockey Writer
Michigan's ice hockey team will
end it's CCHA regular season this
weekend the way it began it back in
October: against Miami.
The Wolverines (19-11-6 overall,
14-11-5 CCHA) take on the Red-
skins (11-20-4, 7-9-13) tonight and
tomorrow night at Yost Ice Arena at
7:30 p.m. Saturday night's game is
"Senior Night" in honor of the nine
departing veterans.
While the playoffs were a distant
image when the two teams played in
Oxford, they loom enormous for the
Redskins in this final series. Miami
leads Ferris State by one point and
UIC by two in the race for the last
postseason spot - meaning they
need only one tie to clinch a bid for
the first time in five years.

DAVIniLUBLINE
Terry Mills leaps over Illinois' Marcus Liberty in a game earlier this
season.

State next for v
by Phil Green
Daily Basketball Writer
Whenever Michigan plays Michigan State, emotions
run high regardless of the nature of the competition.
When the schools' women's basketball teams meet
tonight at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, there will
be more at stake than just state supremacy. The
Wolverines (16-7 overall, 8-5 Big Ten) will be placing
both their record five-game winning streak and a
possible NCAA tournament bid on the line against the
Spartans (10-13, 6-7).
A Michigan win coupled with an Ohio State loss
would move the Wolverines into a tie for fourth place
in the conference, which could be enough to get them
into the NCAA tournament.
"It's a lot of pressure. We know they want to beat
us," Wolverine guard Stacie McCall said. "We want to
beat them as much as they want to beat us."
In their first encounter, Michigan pulled out a tight

vomen cagers
71-65 overtime victory. Val Hall's explosive inside
game paced the Wolverines in that contest. Her play,
along with the rest of Michigan's front line, will be
crucial tonight, as height is one of the Wolverines'
most valuable assets.
Hall, at 6-foot-3, combines with Joan Rieger (6-2),
Tanya Powell (5-11), and substitute Trish Andrew (6-2),
the league's leading shot blocker, to form one of the
biggest frontcourts in the Big Ten. The Spartans, on the
other hand, possess only one starter over six feet tall.
"It needs to be a factor in the game again," Michigan
coach Bud VanDeWege said. "But we are the type of
team that's hard to prepare for. Because of our balance
there are many other ways we can beat someone."
The key to the Spartan attack is guard Eileen Shea,
the Big Ten's sixth-leading scorer.
"She's easily one of the most dangerous scorers in
the league," VanDeWege said. "She must be held in
check."

"We're closer to a playoff spot
than in a long time," Miami coach
George Gwozdecky said. "Plus,we
control our own destiny."
Michigan, on the other hand, is
locked into fourth place no matter
what happens this weekend.
And while Gwozdecky doesn't
think Michigan has "too much to
play for this weekend," Michigan
coach Red Berenson disagrees.
"We do have something to gain
in terms of the NCAA's," Berenson
said. "We need the momentum and
confidence that comes playing well."
Michigan will try out some new
lines in order to avoid a letdown and
prepare for the postseason. Mark
Sorensen will be paired with Todd
Copeland and Chris Tamer with
Alex Roberts on defense. This sends
Doug Evans back to right wing on
the fourth line. "We're certainly not
looking to be outscored by another
team's 4th line," Berenson said.
The other offensive lines will al-
so return to their pre-Denny Felsner
injury status. Felsner will return to a
line with first-year players Mark
Ouimet and David Roberts. Soph-
omore Ted Kramer will then move
to his old line with co-captain Mike
Moes and Don Stone.
And while senior goaltender War-
ren Sharples will start in goal Friday
night, Berenson said he will' not
decide who will start between the
posts Saturday night until after the
first game. That leaves the poss-
ibility that Tim Keough will wrap
up the season while Sharples rests
for the playoffs.
"Maybe they want to give Warren
a night off," Gwozdecky said. "But
on the other hand you don't want to
give the team a night off and break
your rhythm for the playoffs."
We'll just have to find out if the
two coaches are thinking alike.
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