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Women's Basketball
vs. Central Michigan
Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena

SPORTS

Ice Hockey
vs. Western Michigan
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena

The Michigan Daily

Thursday, December 6, 1990

Page 8

BASKETBALL HOTBOOK
Slippery hands plague
bumbling Wolverines
by Theodore Cox
and Andrew Gottesman
Daily Basketball Writers
Like steals, blocked shots, and technical fouls, the turnover column in
the final boxscore of a basketball game is usually one that is filled by
zeroes.
But the Michigan men's basketball team is giving the ball away like
it's a Christmas present. Against Eastern Michigan Tuesday night, the
Wolverines committed 25 turnovers. No one player deserves all the blame
- the problem appears to be a team-wide epidemic.
Tony Tolbert had seven, Chris
Seter had five, Eric Riley had four,
Michael Talley had three, Kirk
Taylor had three, Demetrius Calip
had two and Sam Mitchell had one.
With the Wolverines' 53 percent
field goal percentage, Michigan
could have have added 12 more
points to itsntotal if it had gotten a
shot off on even half of these
possessions. And a 14-point lead is a,
lot bigger than a two-point lead.
What's worse, the Wolverines
aren't getting any better holding on
to the ball.
In their first game, against
Central Michigan, Michigan turned
the ball over 21 imes.
"We've got to get better," coach
Steve Fisher said after the game.
So then his team gives the ball
away 20 times against Utah. "We've Hale m
got to play smarter," Fisher said.
And then last night.
Stick-um, anyone?
BACK FROM PARIS: One of the most recognizable cheerleaders, red-
haired Monica Halem, returned to center stage Tuesday night for the Eastern
Michigan game.
Halem was with the squad cheer-ing at both football and basketball
games for the last two years. She went abroad, however, for the winter
semester last season, and thus missed the April tryouts for this year's squad.
But when some members of the team were injured, Halem was called back
to fill in for a few games.
"It feels great to be back. I really missed it," she said. "The fans are
really into it, they're really responding to us."
Halem didn't miss tryouts for the newly-formed junior varsity
cheerleading crew. She and the rest of the JV team will cheer at the women's
basketball games this year, adding some life to the sparsely-filled Crisler
Arena.
"The women players appreciate it so much. It gives them a lot of
support, because no one really comes to the games. And they're great this
year," Halem said.

Streaking cagers face C]
Lady Wolverines look for third straight win

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by Rod Loewenthal
Daily Basketball Writer
Coach Bud VanDeWege certainly
cannot be disappointed in the way
his young squad has carried itself
throughout its first four games.
Suffering its only loss against
nationally-ranked Auburn, the 3-1
Michigan women's basketball team
will try and extend its two-game
winning streak tonight against
Central Michigan.
Central Michigan, another inex-
perienced team, is off to an impres-
sive 4-1 start. With recent victories
against strong Michigan State and
Wake Forest squads, the Chippewas
were riding a four-game winning
streak before losing 81-62 to
Louisiana Tech last Saturday in the
Louisiana Tech Dial Classic.
The Chippewas, led by the trio of
senior forward Sue Nissen, soph-
omore forward Carla Sterk and
sophomore guard Carrie Isanhart,
begin a string of four straight road
games starting with Michigan to-
night.
Nissen, who comes into to-
night's contest with an 18.8 average
points per game, spearheads Cen-
tral's offense. Against Wake Forest,
she led the Chippewas with 24
points and became Central's all-time
leading scorer. She enters the game

with 1,560 career points.
"We're looking forward to the
game with Michigan," said Central
coach Donita Davenport, who is one
win away from career victory No.
100. "They won 20 games last year
and won a game in the NCAA
tournament, but they lost four
starters. We both have young teams,
but our sophomores were starters
last year, so I'd have to give us the
nod in experience."
Michigan has shown no signs of
turning in sub-par, inexperienced
performances this season. Soph-
omores Nikki Beaudry and Trish
Andrew, who are establishing them-
selves as premier Big Ten players,
have performed above expectations.
But Central, with a defense
checking opponents to 37 percent
shooting, will provide a formidable
challenge to a Wolverine team re-
bounding from the flu and an ex-
hausting road game against Bowling
Green Tuesday evening.
"Central Michigan will be ex-
tremely tough. Our schedule doesn't
get any easier," lamented Michigan
coach Bud VanDeWege. "Central is
big, they have a lot of depth and
they're shooting well right now.
Obviously the win against Bowling
Green helps our confidence going
against Central."

File Photo/JOSE JUAREZ
Wolverine junior forward Char Durand takes the ball to the net in
overtime against Michigan State last year.

Against Bowling Green the Wol-
verines got what they needed in
terms of young players stepping
forward. Nikki Beaudry was a terror
in the frontcourt, scoring a career-
high 19 points and grabbing 12

rebounds. Tonight, strong play from
Beaudry must continue along with
some spark from other forward Char
Durand for continued Michigan
success.

Men's volleyball club

is 'team to beat'

by Caryn Seidman
After last year's disappointing
play not many people expected the
Michigan men's volleyball team to
be much of a force this year. For
those skeptics the results of Iowa's
Big Ten Men's Volleyball Preseason
Tournament must have been a
surprise.
The team finished first after
defeating Illinois in two out of three
sets in the finals. Rico Latham, the
team's No. 1 passer, said "everyone
played within their role and we
played as a cohesive team with a
winning mentality, something we
were missing last year.
"We have become the team to
beat," Latham said after his team's
victory. "We are going to come out
with so much power and force that it
will be like the clash of the Titans,"
said Latham.
Michigan believes it has the

power to win and is counting on
strong team play to help it put away
some of the league's better squads. "I
think we have a lot more heart this
year," said middle hitter Soren Juul.
"It's a team instead of a bunch of I's.
I believe that we will be a much
more cohesive unit."
The strength of this year's team
lies in its immense physical and
emotional power - power that
comes not only from a strong front
line, but also from a tragedy which
gives the team extra motivation.
Last year's middle blocker, Scott
Jess, died this past summer from a
freak basketball accident. After be-
ing undercut, Jess fell to the ground,
hit his head and died from blood on
the brain.
"His death gives us a great
amount of incentive and puts it all
in perspective," Latham said.
Senior captain and the team's

setter, Jeff Timberlake (MVP of the
tournament), provides the leadership
to sustain this motivation. Assistant
coach Tom Johengen said Timber-
lake controls the tempo and the
mood of the whole team. "A setter is
like the quarterback," said Johengen.
Timberlake feels opponents will
experience a much different Wolver-
ine team this season. "Last year we
were very predictable but this year

other teams can be fooled by th6
quickness of our offense," he said.
The men's club volleyball team
is hoping to continue on its winning
path when it opens its season Jani
uary 12 against Toledo.
"Besides a strong season we are
aiming for public support thi
season," Johengen said. "We are try-
ing to build the program and have
people aware of us."

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