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Cycling
Michigan Criterion Bicycle Race
Sunday, 12:30 p.m.
Runway Plaza
The Michigan Doily

SPORTS

Lacrosse
vs. Michigan State
Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
Tartan Turf

Wednesday, March 28, 1990

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Page 13
ends winning streak

Sluggers open at Ray Fisher stadium today

by Theodore Cox
Daily Baseball Writer
The Michigan baseball team
sprang for seven runs yesterday, yet
the Wolverines still lost. Bowling
Green beat Michigan, 8-7, at Steller
Field in Ohio.
Michigan (10-7) built up a 7-3
lead by the sixth inning, only to
suffer through a five run onslaught
by Bowling Green (10-6) in the
bottom of the inning.
Brian Koelling belted a 3-run-
homer to begin the scoring for the
Falcons off of Michigan pitcher
Terry Woods. Koelling, who went 3-
for-4, was just the second pitcher
Woods had faced. The Sophomore
had just replaced starter Dennis
Konuszewski, who went 5 2/3
innings, allowing four earned runs
on five hits.
Shawn Gillenwater followed
Koelling's blow with a single.
Senior Jason Welch followed with a
double to tie the game at seven,
before Kyle Hockman smacked a
single that scored Welch for the win.
The Wolverines started the scor-
ing in the first inning. Sophomore .
Tim Flannelly began with a single. 9
Senior Co-captain Phil Price re-
ceived a walk, before Todd Winston Z
doubled to right-center to give V
Michigan a 2-0 advantage. C
It was Winston's first double of v
the year. The catcher went 2-for-5 for
the game, producing 3 RBIs.
The Wolverines came up with
three runs in the top of the sixth to
put them up 7-3. The inning began
with a walk to Michigan outfielder
Dan Ruff. He went to second on a.
single by Dave Everly. Matt Morse
then nailed his second homer of the
season. The second baseman went 2-
for-5 for the game, including 4
RBIs.
The Wolverines collected 13 hits
in all. Tim Flannelly connected the
most hits on the Michigan side. The
sophomore third baseman went 3-
for-4. Everly and catcher Mike

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Val Hall runs off the basketball court jubilantly last January after the women's basketball team defeated
Michigan State, 71-65, in overtime.
Honors wrap up
a special season

by Phil Green
Daily Basketball Writer
After years in the Big Ten basement, Michigan's
women's basketball team finally climbed the con-
ference's stairs.
Before the season the conference coaches figured the
Wolverines would spend the year in their usual last-
place location - predicting Michigan for eighth place.
Michigan, however, saw the season unfolding a different
way, shooting for the upper division and a possible
NCAA tournament bid.
Led by a core group of seniors, this year's
Wolverines accomplished these goals. Michigan reached
the 20-win plateau for the first time in team history,
including a team high seven game winning streak that
helped the team earn its first ever NCAA berth.
They began the season with a strong 8-2 non-
conference record and it looked as if their lofty
expectations from the pre-season might actually be
reached.
The Wolverines journey up the conference rankings
was not always so smooth, though. As the Big Ten
season began, the team's upward mobility stalled.
Following a conference opening home victory over
league doormat Minnesota, the Wolverines went on a
four game skid including a devastating road sweep at
Ohio State and Indiana. Michigan quickly found itself
establishing residency in a familiar place, the cellar.
Senior co-captain Tanya Powell recalls how coach
Bud VanDeWege stepped in to initiate some changes.
"After the Ohio State and Indiana trip the coach just
sat the seniors down and we just talked about what we
wanted to do. If we wanted to make the NCAA
* tournament, if we wanted to finish in the upper division
we had to take it in our own hands and work harder and I
guess everyone decided they wanted it."
Shortly after the senior-coach conversation the
Wolverines got their motor running and began
venturing back up through the conference. First-year
center Trish Andrew led the way as Michigan stomped
over Wisconsin.
On the ensuing weekend Hall played the game of her
career as the Wolverines went to overtime to defeat
intrastate rival Michigan State in what coach Bud
VanDeWege called "the biggest win of my career."
Little did he know at the time, but VanDeWege would
be saying that a few more times during the season.
The Wolverines rebounded from a tough road loss in
their next game against nationally ranked Purdue to
defeat the University of Illinois for their first conference
road win.
The victory started them on a seven-game winning
streak, marching Michigan over the rest of the Big Ten.
Along the way the Wolverines defeated Ohio State for
, the first time since 1981, only the second time ever, and

"the biggest win" of VanDeWege's career, and upset
No.15 Northwestern in Evanston for yet another
"biggest win" of VanDeWege's career.
Many players stepped up to power Michigan during
the run. Although VanDeWege and the players
consistently emphasized this team aspect for the stretch,
the key might just have been Leslie Spicer's re-acquired
shooting touch. She averaged over 15 points per game
during the streak including 20 and 22 points
respectively in a crucial road weekend sweep over
Wisconsin and Northwestern to become the team's
second leading scorer.
"It was just that my role was different," Spicer said.
"Coming off the bench earlier in the season I was more
of a sparkplug, but then as a starter I was looked to
more as a scorer."
When Michigan finally lost it came at the hands of
Purdue on a 3-point shot with less than one minute
remaining. Still, the Wolverines were in the upper
division of the Big Ten, with a conference record
standing at 10-6, good for a fourth place tie with Ohio
State. They had reached one of the plateaus they strived
for all season.
A split of the final two regular season games left the
team's record at 19-9 overall, 11-7 in the Big Ten;
Michigan became a team "on the bubble" for the NCAA
tournament.
On Sunday, March 11, the Wolverines dream came
true as they were one of the record five Big Ten teams
to receive a bid - Michigan was headed to the
tournament. The Wolverines played Oklahoma State on
the Cowgirls' home floor in the first round. Behind 40
points from co-captains Powell and junior Carol
Szczechowski, Michigan overcame a three point
halftime deficit to win, allowing VanDeWege to once
again claim for that "this was the biggest win of my
career."
Unfortunately for the Wolverines, the joyride ended
the following Saturday in Raleigh, North Carolina
against No.11 North Carolina State. But even though
the season ended with a loss the Wolverines couldn't
have asked for anything more from their magical
season.
"It's nice to know that all the hard work paid off, and
it couldn't have come at a better time," Spicer said of
her final season in a Wolverine uniform.
In addition to all of the team accomplishments this
year, there were some impressive individual
achievements as well: Powell became Michigan's all-
time leading rebounder and broke a single game Big Ten
rebounding record with 17 caroms versus Purdue,
Andrew led the conference in blocked shots nearly
doubling her closest competitor, and VanDeWege, with
all of his career biggest wins, earned Big Ten Coach of
the Year honors.

Michigan sophomore Tim Flannelly take a swing at Ray Fisher Stadium.
The Wolverines will play in their home opener today. Michigan lost 8-7 to
Bowling Green yesterday. Flannelly went 3-5 in the contest.

Matheny each had two hits in the
loss.
Dave Freese picked up the win
for Bowling Green. He came on in
relief for Corey Zielinski, who left
after allowing three runs in four
innings. Freese went two innings,
giving up four runs on five hits.
Pitcher Vince Mepzger finished
for Bowling Green to pick up the
save. Oddly enough, Mepzger was
the same pitcher who beat Michigan
last year, 8-0.
The Wolverines play in their

home opener today at 3 p.m. against
Western Michigan. The two teams
split a home-and-home series last
year, but Michigan leads the overall
series 71-56.
The Broncos are led by a trio of
seniors, each of whom hit over .300
last year: Matt Mieske, Jim Lentz,
and Brian Saltzgaber.
This is the last game before the
Big Ten season gets underway for
Michigan. The Wolverines will take
on Indiana this weekend.

Wings out of playoffs

DETROIT (AP) - Dave Andrey-
chuk scored three times during a
five-goal first period Tuesday as the
Buffalo Sabres skated to a 6-5
victory over Detroit, eliminating the
Red Wings from playoff contention.
The Sabres (42-27-8) moved three
points ahead of idle Montreal in the
race for second place in the Adams
Division and a home-ice advantage
in the first round of the playoffs.
The Red Wings (28-37-13), twice
defending Norris Division regular-
season champions, missed the
playoffs for the first time since
1985-86 and the first time in Jacques
Demers' four years as coach.
The Sabres struck four times in a
4:53 span in the first period to take a
4-0 lead. The Red Wings, who
needed to win their three remaining
games and hope Minnesota lost its

three, provided little support for
goalie Tim Cheveldae.
Alexander Mogilny started the
spurt at 2:31 and Andreychuk
followed 3:08 later. The Sabres
increased the lead to 3-0 at 6:14
when Christian Ruuttu converted
Mogilny's pass and Andreychuk
earned his second of the period at
7:24 when Cheveldae misplayed his
high lob from center ice.
After Gerard Gallant and Randy
McKay cut the lead to 4-2 midway
through the period, Andreychuk
completed the sixth three-goal game
of his career, poking a rebound past
Cheveldae for his 38th goal.
Detroit's Sean Burr and Buffalo
rookie Bob Corkum traded second-
period goals before Steve Yzerman
and Gallant narrowed the gap in the
third for the Red Wings.

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