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Page 12 -The Michigan Daily-- Friday, March 30, 1990
'M' must build on success
by Ryan Schreiber
Daily Basketball Writer
The Michigan women's basketball team just completed the most stellar
season in the history of the program. For 17 years, the Wolverines struggled
through difficult seasons, until now, suddenly, they've been struck with
good fortune.
But what about next season?
The accomplishments of this year were definitely fantastic and nothing to
brush away, but the fact of the matter is that the women are facing a similar
dilemma as the men's team.
Val Hall, Leslie Spicer, Tanya Powell and Joan Rieger will no longer
grace the Wolverine starting line-up. Tempie Brown will not be the first
player off the bench. The only remaining starter is junior co-captain Carol
Szczechowski.
Fortunately, Michigan retains much of its size. While losing Rieger, 6-
foot-2 inch frosh phenom Trish Andrew will simply step in and Val Hall
just gives way to a new Hall, her younger sister Michelle.
However, the depth that Michigan had this year will not exist next
season. And the Wolverines, with no offense to coach Bud VanDeWege,
have always had difficulties recruiting the top players in the state of
Michigan. Beyond the first six players next year, Michigan will be
extremely inexperienced.
While VanDeWege has successfully recruited the Miss Basketball of
Colorado twice (Brown and frosh Jennifer Nuanes) and the touted Andrew
from Illinois, the Wolverines must begin to snag the Miss Basketball right
here in order to keep up with its new-found success.
Or else VanDeWege and the Wolverines will have to wait another 17
years for the NCAA tournament selection committee to call again.

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by Albert Lin
Daily Sports Writer
This Saturday, the men's gym-
nastics team hosts the Michigan
invitational, in a meet which
determines the Wolverine tourna-
ment hopes.
With the squad's current three-
meet average at 269, the team has to
score about 274 to overtake Temple
and gain a berth in the NCAA East
Regionals April 7 at Penn State.
Otherwise, the season is over for the
team.
Individuals would still have shots
at the NCAA's but the "easiest way
for individuals to go is for the team
to go. Anybody at regionals is
eligible for nationals regardless of
his season average," said Michigan
coach Bob Darden.
The Invitational was originally
set up so that Michigan could have a
small, final home meet, but when
other teams expressed interest, the
field of three widened to six.
The other teams are familiar

opponents for the Wolverines-
Western Michigan, Eastern Mich-
igan, Kent State, Michigan State,
and Illinois-Chicago.
Michigan has faced all the
schools involved at least once, with
Saturday marking the fourth time
this season that the Wolverines will
have met the UIC Flames.
Darden says that although a 274
is quite beyond the team's season-
high, "it is not inconceivable. We
know we have to score 274, and they
(the team) know they can do it. It's
just a matter of them doing it. It
will take our best effort."
Darden points out that if every
competitor's second-best season
score on each event is taken and put
into a team score, it would be about
equal to the 274 needed.
"We've had a lot of 'could have'
weekends," Darden said. "This
weekend we have to make it a 'got
to' weekend."

Women's track look to open season
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Daily Sports Contributor
After a snow storm prompted the
cancellation of last week's opening
meet in Indianapolis, Michigan
women's track coach James Henry is
eager to get things started.
"I just hope we get better
weather," Henry said. Michigan's
meet was cancelled last week after
the Wolverines had arrived in
Indianapolis, making the dis-
appointment all the more frustrating
for Henry.
Henry's aim for the weekend is
modest. "My goal (this weekend) is
to get a chance to compete," he said.
The women's outdoor track
season will begin belatedly this
weekend, at the Raleigh Relays,
hosted by North Carolina State.
At present, Henry is seeing the

meet as a way to get the season
going in the right direction, or in
any direction for that matter. He
hopes that rookies Ronda Ricketts
(long jump) and Julie Victor (discus
throw) are able to make a smooth
transition from high school success
to a higher level of competition.
Suzette Thweatt, who placed fifth
at the Indoor Big Ten Champ-
ionships in the 100 meter hurdles, is
another integral part of the team this
season. Henry hopes that she will be
able to do as well in the outdoor
season as she did during the indoor
season.
The long distance runners, who
were fortunate enough not to travel
with the team last week, will be led
by senior Mindy Rowland. Rowland
is returning to the line-up after

taking a short break following her
third-place finish in the 5000 meters
at the NCAA Indoor Nationals on
March 10. "She should win, or at
least place in the top three,"
assistant coach Sue Foster said.
Talented frosh phenom, Molly
McClimon is another long distance
runner to.* keep an eye on this
campaign. McClimon qualified for
the Indoor Nationals along with
Rowland and placed seventh in her
heat in the one mile race.
McClimon took about five days off
after the meet and has been working
on her strength since that time.
"We (the long distance runners)
worked out hard this week,"
McClimon said. "I think everyone
will be a little tired but they should
run well."

Senior tri-captain Alana Davis is
also anxious to begin the season.
She wants to prove that the potential
success of the team on the outdoor
track should be equal to its earlier
accomplishments on the indoor
track.
"I think it will be a good
opportunity to see what kind of
condition we're in," Davis said.
The most critical area for the
track team this year will be the
adjustment to outdoor conditions.
"The big transition will be going
from indoor to outdoor," Davis said.
"By the end of the season,.we will
be really good."
MEAD
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urleymay- be the
difference for Duke,
by Beth Torlone
The Duke Chronicle
He's not the most prolific scorer or rebounder on the team. Standing at
6-feet-0 inches he doesn't strike fear in the hearts of opponents. He's not as
flashy as other point guards. But Duke frosh Bobby Hurley just might th
the most important cog in the Blue Devil machine that heads into 44
fourth Final Four in five years.4'
In Hurley, Duke found an element that was missing from the Danil
Ferry teams of season's past ' a pure point guard.
Hurley has alreadysshattered Tommy Amaker's all-time single season
assist record (241) with 279. He broke the record in his 32nd gamnv
Amaker, in his junior year, needed 40 games and did it with a supporting
cast that included Johnny Dawkins and Mark .arie.
Hurley's gritty playing style shows up in other statistical categor
He leads the team in steals (65), minutes played (33.3 per game), and
charges taken with 24.
His notorious emotional outbursts also reflect the intensity he mai*S
tains in his play. His game face runs the gamut of excruciating pain tQ
pure joy. He often screams at himself if he makes mistakes on the court.,!
"Basketball has been a way for me to show a lot of emotion," said
Hurley. "I think I'm a different person when I'm out there on the court.4
let all my emotion out. I try to direct my teammates in any way to sparM
the guys.
"I think you can tell how things are going just by looking at my fac;
During the NCAA tournament, Hurley has been all smiles. In hia
toughest assignment thus far, the East Regional final, he helped to
dismantle the vaunted Husky full-court/trapping defense. Hurley blew past
UConn defenders for much of the contest, totalling eight assists and
creating numerous scoring opportunities.
Although he shot a dismal 0-9 from the field, no one was complaining$
except maybe Hurley.
"It bothered me a little bit because I was missing easy layups," sail
Hurley. "In that way I was a little disappointed. Primarily I was jus
concerned with trying to break their press and run the offense and trying t
play some good defense."
The Jersey City, NJ, native played arguably his best defensive game o
the season against St. John's and point guard Greg "Boo" Harvey. Hurle
held Harvey to 4-18 shooting and disrupted the Redmen's rhythm.
Harvey, known for his last second, game-winning shots, missed
potential buzzer beater in the closing seconds. On that play, Hurley was i,
Harvey's face and grabbed the rebound off the miss. I
But Hurley is still a frosh and he'll tell you that plenty of room exists
for improvement in his game. Turnovers remain a problem - he has fired
155 miscues this season. Yet the point guard position in Duke's offense
demands that Hurley handle the ball 80 to 90 percent of the time.
Still, Hurley's intensity has never waned. He averages at least four
more minutes per cdntest than any other player on the team.
Not bad considering Hurley jumped from playing twice a week for S .
Anthony High School to being the starting point guard on a Final Foer
team.
"Iknow it's incredible for me to go to the Final Four. It's the greate t
experience in my life as far as sports are concerned. It's like a dream conme
true."
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