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Page 8-The Michigan Daily- Sports Wednesday- January8, 1992

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Tremendous

Win'

'M' womnen's basketball upsets No. 11 Hilltoppers,

77-

73

The Results:
3-2 over break, 4-5 overall
December 13 at Crisler:
Michigan 86
Notre Dame 75
December 17 at Crisler:
Pittsburgh 74
Michigan 72
December 21 at Crisler:
Michigan 67
Indiana St. 58
December 27 at Seattle:

by Adam Miller
Daily Basketball Writer
CH-CHING! The Michigan
women's basketball team (4-5) has
arrived.
After amediocre series at Crisler in
early December - beating Notre
Dame, 86-75, and Indiana State, 67-
58, and losing at the buzzer to Pitts-
burgh, 74-72 - the Wolverines won
the consolation game of the Dec. 27-
28 Seattle-Times Husky Classic, de-
feating then No.11 Western Kentucky,
77-73. Michigan lost to No. 15 Wash-
ington, 67-62, in the tournament
opener.
Michigan's Dec. 28 victory over
the Hilltoppers, who fell to No. 24
after the loss, is the biggest upset in
Wolverine history - Michigan had
never beaten a team ranked that high
before. Michigan coach Bud VanDe-
Wege was still beaming on New Year's
Eve when he called it "a tremendous
win for our program." And he wasn't
just giddy from the New Year's party.
"We earned this one," he said.
Michigan shot an impressive .694
(17-26) from the floor in the first half,
finishing with a 14-6 run to lead, 44-
37, at the half. The lead swelled to 12
in the second half, but then the Wol-
verines' shooting touch went cold.

Washington 67

Michigan

62

Western Kentucky, paced by Kim
Pelke's 22 points, led, 66-65, with
7:26 remaining, but could not pull
away. While the Wolverines made only
two field goals in the last6:30, they hit
19 of 20 second half free throws.
With the score knotted at 73 with
13 seconds left, Michigan guard Char
Durand sank two of her 11 free throws.
She added two more, which she later
called "the biggest free throws of my
career," after a late Pelke miss to seal
the game.
The Wolverines also benefitted
from center Trish Andrew's 8-12 field
goal shooting and forward Nikki
Beaudry's perfect 11-11 day at the
line. Andrew and Durand were named
to the All-Tournament team for their
efforts.
It was a complete turnaround from
the night before. Michigan was purple
hazed by the Husky defense, shooting
only .397 (23-58) from the floor and
finishing with a a season-low score in
Washington's 67-62 victory. The big-
gest bright spot for Michigan was. the
return of guard Jen Nuanes, who had
been out since Dec. 10 with a neck
injury. Nuanes scored nine points in
37 minutes.
Michigan's game against Indiana
State Dec. 21 started at an unusually
early 10:30 a.m. to accommodate the
men's 2p.m. clash with Rice, and both
teams sleepwalked through the first
half. Michigan led,d27-24, at the break.
In the first 10 minutes of the sec-
ond half, guard Leah Wooldridge, an
Indiana native, hit three treys, propel-
ling Michigan to a49-351ead and a67-
58 victory.
"It's easy to get too excited playing
your hometown school," Wooldridge
said, "but I tried not to."
The other key to Michigan's vic-
tory over the Sycamores was Andrew.
Her inside presence, including nine
blocks, forced Indiana State to play
the perimeter, where it was largely
ineffective. The Sycamores tried 18

December 28 at Seattle:

three-pointers, and made only five.
"Trish stopped us from going in-
side," ISU coach Kay Riek said. "There
was no way we could score."
It seemed that neither Pitt nor
Michigan wanted to win their game
Dec. 17. The Wolverines closed the
first half scoring on only two of their
last 15 possessions, allowing the PanQ
thers to build a 12-point lead.
But Michigan came back in the
second half from 15 down, capitaliz-
ing on 16 Pitt turnovers and 20 sec-
ond-half points by Andrew, to lead,
72-71, with 5.9 seconds to play. Pitt's
Carol Morton stole the ball, raced
downcourt and hit a three-pointer at
the buzzer for the Panthers' victory.
"We should have won the game,'9
VanDeWege said. "We had the ball
with 5.9 seconds and we gave it away."
The Wolverines' match with the
Fighting Irish Dec. 13 was a good sign
that Michigan would have no ordinary
winter break. Though the Wolverines
trailed much of the night, they held a
79-75 lead with just over 30 seconds
remaining. As Notre Dame attempted
to come back, controversy erupted or*
the court.
The Irish's Kristin Knapp fouled
Andrew, who led all scorers with 24
points despite playing with a nose-
guard facemask, for her fifth foul, and
Notre Dame took too much time to
replace her. A technical foul was called,
and while Notre Dame coach Muffet
McGraw vehemently argued, Beaudry,
who had 15 points in a starting role@
sank both technical free throws, effec-
tively ending the game.
After the game, McGraw's tirade
reached a fever pitch.
"It's just not fair," she said. "It's
not right to make that call at that point
in the game. And after that, we just
played awful."
Durand, who had 18 points for the
Wolverines, saw the victory as due t
Michigan's home courtdetermination,
not a fluke foul.
"We heard that they were favored
coming in," Durand said. "But this is
ourhouse, and no one is going to chase
us out."
-Associated Press contributed to
this report

Michigan
W. Kentucky

77
73

Michigan forward Char Durand sank four free throws in the final 13
seconds to give Michigan a 77-73 upset of No. 11 Western Kentucky.

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