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Football
at Illinois
Tomorrow, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
Champaign

SPORTS

Volleyball
vs. Northwestern
Tonight, 7:30
Cliff Keen Arena

OThe Michigan Daily

Friday, November 15, 1991

Page 13

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by Ryan Herrington
Daily Basketball Writer
The Michigan woman's basketball team learned the
hard way what international basketball is like. In an
*xhibition game at Crisler Arena last night, the
Woverines were easily defeated, 97-69, by the
women's Cuban national team.
"This is the second or third-ranked women's team in
the world right now," Michigan coach Bud Van-
DeWege said. "Immediately, some things need to be
put into perspective. It's not like I'm accepting every-
thing, I'm just saying let's put it into perspective.
We're still two weeks away from when we start. This
is certainly not a disappointment to me."
The Wolverines struggled from the floor all night,
*hooting .289 during the first half and finishing the
game 24-for-77 for a .312 percentage.
,Within the first eight minutes, the Cubans had
taken control with their aggressive defense, continu-
ally stopping the Wolverines with tight full-court
pressure.
The Cubans' defense created their offense. They cap-
italized on Michigan's 24 turnovers, pushing the ball
up the court and finding three-on-two situations which
translated into easy baskets. In the first half alone,
.uba had 14 layups. Leading the way was Maria Leon,
'hp scored 22 of her 28 points in the first half.
"We have to work on getting back on defense," ju-
nior center Trish Andrew said. "They were breaking on
us p lot and were very quick. It was definitely a learn-
ing experience."
Another Michigan weakness proved to be condition-
ing. On several occasions the Cubans simply outran the
Wolverines, collecting 20 steals on the night and re-
covering many loose balls.
"I felt our conditioning was not good," Van-
Wege said. "I think we have to get ready for a fast
4ee game, because I think that's the way we need to
pla~y this year. We have to do a better job of being in
condition. We're not in the shape I would hope that we
would be."
Michigan did have some bright moments. Andrew
led the Wolverines with 25 points and showed her out-
side touch with six field goals from the perimeter. She
also grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.
(Trish) was fabulous," VanDeWege said. "She is
*qlearly one of the best perimeter shooters in our con-
ference."
However, VanDeWege has some work to do before
the season opener against Boston College Dec. 1.
"We need to find someone who can be a scorer out
there," VanDeWege said. "We going to try and find a
lineup that shoots the ball well and is aggressive from
the outside."

Webber, Rose spark

men to 84
by John Niyo
Daily Basketball Writer
Any doubts about the impact the
newcomers on the Michigan basket-
ball team would have were erased in
a hurry last night as the Wolverines
easily defeated the Cuban Nationals,
84-63, in a preseason exhibition
game.
As expected, Michigan had little
trouble with the Cubans, who
iooked fatigued in the midst of their
grueling U.S. tour. And as expected,
coach Steve Fisher's recruits pro-
vided a great deal of the fireworks,
taking advantage of the Cubans tired
legs once they had jumped out to an
early lead.
"I thought our defense was bet-
ter than I had anticipated," Fisher
said. "We did a good job of getting
at the perimeter players and not let-
ting them get some uncontested
passes."
The starting five of Eric Riley,
Michael Talley, James Voskuil,
Freddie Hunter, and frosh Juwan
Howard jumped out to a 10-0 lead,
thanks in part to their ability to run
an efficient passing game and get
easy layups.
Riley tipped in a miss for the
first bucket of the season and Talley
knocked in six quick points to set
the stage for the newcomers' show.
But thanks to some turnovers,
that show was put on hold for a
while.
"The one liability, or drawback.

63 victory
- tonight I think we had 30 some
odd turnovers igainst a team that
doesn't play very great defense,"
Fisher said. "A lot of them were
poor decisions. Some of them, it
looked like passes that could've
been caught."
The remedy for the sloppy play
last night that let the Cubans close
to 30-27 was frosh Jalen Rose. The
6-foot-7 swingman stepped into the
role of point guard and sparked the
Michigan team and the crowd with
smooth passing, often for spectacu-
lar alley-oops.
"Jalen Rose knows how to
play," Fisher said. "He has a good
feel for the pass after the pass. I
liked the decisions he made. I liked
the thought process that he had."
That thought process carried the
Wolverines on a 17-4 run to close
out the half. At the half, Rose led
all scorers with 12 points - includ-
ing a three-pointer - and he added
two assists without turning, the
ball over. Rose finished with 15
points, seeing limited action in the
second half. So, after that perfor-
mance, will he start?
"If he keeps playing the way he
did tonight, yeah, I think he will be
a starter," Fisher said. "We seemed
to be flowing a lot smoother when
Jalen was in there."
Another likely starter is Chris
Webber, who brought the crowd to
its feet several times with thunder-
ous dunks.

Michigan first-year player Jalen Rose drives to the basket against Cuba in last night's
84-64 Wolverine exhibition victory. Rose played well, finishing with 15 points.

Big Ten women's coaches tab Iowa conference favorite

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by Jeff Williams
Daily Basketball Writer
CHICAGO - The Big Ten women's
basketball coaches assembled in Chicago
yesterday for their third annual tipoff
luncheon. The coaches reached consensus
on two points; Iowa should win the con-
ference, and women's athletics has come
a long way, but there are still more steps
to be taken.
The coaches almost unanimously
picked the Hawkeyes in their annual
coaches poll. The only dissenting opin-
ion belonged to Iowa coach Vivian
Stringer.
"Being called No. 1 is the biggest

joke I've ever heard," Stringer said. "It's
so unfair. I don't even know who's going
to start because I don't even know who's
going to function from day to day."
The Hawkeyes (13-5 in the Big Ten,
21-9 overall) tied for second place last
year. Iowa is a young team with eight
first or second-year players.
Michigan State (13-5, 21-8) and de-
fending champion Purdue (17-1, 26-3)
are expected to put pressure on Iowa.
"We're going to have to find a way to
stay healthy," Michigan State coach
Karen Langeland said. "We also have to
find a way to make up 50 percent of our
scoring."

The Spartans graduated guard Eileen
Shea and forward Dana Walker. Shea av-
eraged 15.1 points a game, and Walker
contributed 12.3 points and 6.5 rebounds
a game.
After a ninth-place finish last season,
the coaches picked Michigan (4-14, 11-
17) to finish seventh this year.
"It was a realistic pick," Michigan
coach Bud VanDeWege said. "It's a con-
sequence of having a tough year last
year."
Although most of the attention was
given to Iowa as a favorite, another topic
of conversation was the progression of
women's athletics in general. Television

coverage was specifically cited as a way
to increase support.
"The Big Ten office has to continue
to put pressure on the networks, so they
get more involved," Northwestern
coach Don Perrelli said. "There is an au-
dience out there."
This season CBS will broadcast the
Big Ten/SEC Women's Basketball Chal-
lenge Dec. 28.,'in Knoxville, Tenn. Also,
CBS will once again broadcast the
NCAA semifinals this season as well as
the championship game. This is the sec-
ond year CBS will broadcast these games
as part of the its NCAA men's basket-
ball contract.

Michigan icers to pay visit to first-place Miami

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by Andy De Korte
Daily Hockey Writer
A scan of the Michigan hockey
schedule at the beginning of the sea-
son would have revealed a weekend
against a top-ten Minnesota team
followed by a weekend against
perennial Central Collegiate
Hockey Association (CCHA)
doormat, Miami of Ohio.
* While Minnesota was ranked
fifth in the nation last weekend
when it was swept by Michigan (2-
1-1 in the CCHA, 4-1-1 overall), the
Redskins have changed direction and
are currently tied with Lake Supe-
rior for the CCHA lead going into
this weekend's games at Oxford.
Miami (4-0, 5-1) has put one over
on the experts, most of whom pre-
dicted a ninth-place Redskin finish.
By sweeping two two-game series
from Ohio State and Ferris State,
Miami has already tallied more con-
ference victories than last year's
three. While Miami's output has;
been unexpected, Redskin coach
George Gwozdecky has an explana-
tion for the newfound success.
"Number one, our schedule has
helped us out. The last two years
we've had to open against Michigan,
so we were never able to start
well," Gwozdecky said. "Secondly,
the attitude changes are so much a
part of the team identity - the de-

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Mark Ouimet, the Redskins have
exploded after scoring more than
three goals only eight times in 37
games last year.
According to Gwozdecky, his de-
fense has not improved as fast as the
rest of the team.
"We're going to key on their er-
rors, and stay in the zone a little
longer because they don't have a
(Michigan defenseman Patrick)
Neaton - someone to push the puck
out of the zone," Wolverine de-
fenseman Aaron Ward said. "It
could be a prosperous weekend for
the defensemen."
Although both coaches are com-
plimentary of Miami, they both
recognize the Redskins' limitations,
and the probable outcome of both
games.
Berenson expects his Wolver-
ines, who are 14-0-1 in their last 15
games against the Redskins to con-
tinue the streak, and Gwozdecky did
not really contradict him.
"I don't think we match up with
them specifically in any area. If you
go down the list, they have All-
Americans, a Hobey Baker candidate,
everything," Gwozdecky said.
"We're excited to have them down
here. We're excited to play the
Wolverines. It will be good hockey,
and will be a good gauge of how far
we have to go."

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and is willing to work harder."
While Gwozdecky's counter-
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"They are the surprise team of
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