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IOWA
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pleased with the performance, but
would have liked a little more
defense towards the end.
"I thought we played very well in
the first half," Fisher said. "I told the
'kids at halftime that I didn't want the
score to be 120-103, and it was
something like that - I think Iowa
scored 60 points in the second half."
The final twenty minutes offered
Michigan's seniors a chance to
showcase themselves. All four
senior starters finished in double
figures. Rumeal Robinson (22
points, 11 assists) was the first to
*bow out when he picked up his fifth
foul with 4:38 remaining.
Terry Mills picked up his fifth
foul on a charge as he scored. The
basket gave him 24 points and gave
Michigan a 30 point lead with 1:58
left. Fisher took the opportunity to
pull Mike Griffin and Loy Vaught as
well, drawing rousing applause from
the Crisler Arena crowd.,
"I was really happy that the fans
0responded like Michigan fans,"
Fisher said. "I knew they would to
the terrific careers those kids had -
all of them."
Senior walk-on Marc Koenig
entered the game late and tallied a
career-high six points in just over a
minute before taking his curtain call.
"I thought (Koenig) was going to
get double figures," Mills said. "If
coach didn't pull him out he
probably would have. It's nice to see
everyone get involved and play
well."
For Iowa, the loss marked an end
to a disappointing and frustrating
season plagued by injuries and
academic ineligibilities. 6-10 forward
Matt Bullard was expected to carry
the Hawkeyes this year, but he
uffered from a knee injury early in
the season and the flu at the end.
Because of his illness, he was
only able to play two minutes
Saturday. "It ended like it started for
this team," Davis said.
We. were replacing so many
guys anyway it was an impossible
task," Davis added. "We didn't get
the best of breaks in addition to
having a lot of work to do."
This game's outcome was a stark
contrast to the earlier encounter bet-
ween the two teams in which Iowa
rallied from a 15 point deficit to put
the game into overtime and win.
"We just didn't let up," Vaught
said. "We kept our intensity high the
whole game."

The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday- March 12, 1990 - Page 5
VanDeWege's slipper
good for NCAA invite
by Theodore Cox
Daily Basketball Writer
Michigan women's basketball coach Bud VanDeWege knew the clock
had struck midnight after his Cinderella team lost to Purdue a week ago.
Even though Michigan received its first-ever NCAA tournament bid
yesterday, it came as a surprise after they ended their seven game winning
streak by dropping two games to Iowa and Purdue. Chances for a possible
NCAA tournament bid were reduced from good to a coin toss.
The evil MaChelle Joseph sank a three-pointer with 16 seconds left to
break VanDeWege's heart. For two weeks he had said the tournament
didn't matter; he was taking the season one game at a time. But by the
Purdue game, the tournament was foremost on his mind.
It was a tight game from the outset, and VanDeWege took his tension
out on the referees. "Purdue only has two fouls in 15 minutes ref...Get
the hands off my dribblers," he screamed from the other side of Crisler
Arena.
When VanDeWege entered the post game press conference he had-his
hands over his eyes. He looked as if he wanted to go off to a corner and
pout.
"This was the closest game you've ever had," was the first thing
someone said.
"Who cares?" VanDeWege snapped.
He then looked over and saw Purdue coach Lin Dunn over in the far
corner of the press room. "Could I have some privacy, please?"
Later on he calmed down and apologized for being so nasty. No
apology necessary Bud, we understand.
The Michigan women's basketball team had never been in the
tournament. And this was the best Big Ten record, 11-7, and the most
wins, 19, the Wolverines had ever had.
"I'm just very disappointed, but I'm very proud of the team."
VanDeWege said. "It's funny, you get spoiled a little bit. You win some
games in a row and you just don't want to let that go."
But Michigan never gave up on their Prince Charming returning. After
losing badly last Thursday to Iowa, 78-47, the team still felt they had a
chance for the tournament.
As luck would have it, Michigan defeated Minnesota in the season
finale to attain that mark. And sure enough, the Wolverines got their
invitation to the fairyland ball of the NCAA. Michigan received a 10th
seed in the tournament's Midwest regional.
"This is something I've always wanted for this group of seniors,"
VanDeWege said. "I wanted them to leave as the best team that has ever
played here and I wanted them to be remembered as the players that got
our program over the hump. It's nice to know that got done."
Done indeed.

JOSE JUARZ/UDily
Wolverine center Val Hall wrestles a rebound from Illinois forward Sarah Sharp. It was just one of Hall's six
boards in the Michigan 76-62 victory. The win was the seventh straight for the Wolverines.

ILLINOIS
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the ball the way she has always been
capable, and we're letting her shoot
it."
Another reason for early the
Wolverines' early lead was that
Fighting Illini (11-15, 5-11) center
Sonya Waters picked up two quick
fouls and was forced to the bench for
most of the first half.
"They post up well," Waters said
of Michigan. "I was kind of
frustrated because they were pushing,
shoving and throwing me out of
position."
Last Sunday the scoreboard read
Michigan 61, Purdue 61 with 16
seconds left on the clock. The
Boilermakers had the ball. Michigan
concentrated on their post defense
down low, where Purdue had been
going all afternoon.
Sophomore sensation MaChelle
Joseph got the ball in the corner,
well beyond the three-point line.
That didn't matter, she was open.
She shot. Final score Purdue 64,
Michigan 61.
"I thought it was nice of them to
let MaChelle spot up over there, get
her feet set and hit the three pointer,"

Purdue coach Lin Dunn said. "She
would have shot it from anywhere.
MaChelle practices her NBA three-
pointers."
Michigan was playing catch up
the whole game, however, the
Wolverines were never more than
five points behind.
Forward Tanya Powell had one
her best games of the season. She
scored 13 points and pulled down an
amazing 17 rebounds.
"Tanya played great with a lot of
heart. I thought we all played
extremely well," VanDeWege said.
"This is obviously not a bad loss.
Purdue is 16th in the country. The
bottom line is we got beat by a very
good basketball team."
Franthea Price is no Bob Barker,
but she did stage her own game
show Thursday night, leading the
Iowa women's basketball team to an
impressive 78-47 blowout of
Michigan.
Price was right for 23 points and
11 rebounds (six of them offensive),
both game highs and she didn't stop
there. Chalk up five assists, four'
steals and two blocks as well for the
5-feet-9 senior forward standout.
Price wasn't the whole show at
Carver-Hawkeye Arena, however.

The inside players for Iowa (22-5,
14-3) also deserve the spotlight,
according to both coaches.
"Inside is where we hurt them in
Ann Arbor," VanDeWege said.
"(Felicia) Hall and (Toni) Foster
have improved dramatically. I'd say
300 percent."
They had to be for real due to
Iowa's size disadvantage. They were
facing the Wolverines who have
punished several opponents this
season with their front line, the
tallest in the big ten.
Much to the delight of Iowa
coach C. Vivian Stringer, Michigan
was unable to capitalize on all that
size.
"This was particularly a good test
for us," Stringer said. "This is the
biggest team in the Big Ten. I mean,
you had to notice how many times
Stephanie and Jolette were reaching
at these players belt-buckles. We
were concerned about them posting
us down, but we were able to deal
with that."
In Michigan's final game of the
regular season, the Wolverines had
an easy time beating Minnesota (8-
20, 3-15) on the road, 80-69. Guard
Carol Szczechowski sprang for 25
points, shooting 71 percent from the
floor.

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