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Women's Basketball
vs. Wisconsin
Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena

SPORTS

Ice Hockey
vs. Miami
Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena

The Michigan Daily Thursday, February 13, 1992 Page 8

Albert Lin

'M' holds off Hawkeyes,

79m74,,*

Frosh turn back Iowa comeback in closing minutes

Fisher's recruiting
class has arrived

In the beginning, Steve Fisher inked five of the nation's best high school
senfois to play at Michigan. The best recruiting class in NCAA history,
marty said. But that claim had been made before, and every subsequent year
som6 coach would top the previous signing season's accomplishment.
Ba with his class, Fisher may have ended that trend. Because he truly
has the best first -year class in history.
Tlhe season began with three of the five starting. Then Fisher sporadi-
cally added Jimmy King to the lineup. But Sunday, because of injuries and
suspensions - but also because they had earned it - Fisher put his entireg
class on the floor at the beginning of the game. 9
And the five responded, scoring every one of Michigan's points in the
74-6 victory at Notre Dame.
Fisher decided to go with the five once again last night. And again they
did not disappoint. The group scored 66 of Michigan's 79 points and played
162 of the 200 total minutes. And the Wolverines won the game.
Think about it. Five first-year athletes starting a Big Ten basketball
game,playing most of the minutes, and coming out with a 'W.' Amazing.'
Never in the history of the NCAA has a team started five rookies. I
don't know that for a fact, but when has even a bad team - which might3
rebuild by using five frosh - had this many newcomers that could play, let
alone this well?
AS the season progresses, these five will only get better and better. You
could see the improvement last night. There was an extra effort out there
that hasn't always been present. Chris Webber diving for balls. Juwan x
Howard battling for two offensive boards and the subsequent putback.
A lot of this hustle is attributable to one Freddie Hunter. The lost cap-
tain resurfaced during Michigan's doldrums, and his intensity seems to
havrubbed off on the rookies.k
In:time, these five will not need Hunter's example. They already believe
that fthey can win every game. And they will soon realize that with a full
40-ninute effort they will win every game. Because the talent in their five
bodid~s is remarkable.t
They still have a long way to go before they realize their full potential,
but national titles are definitely not out of reach.
College basketball is different from college football in that you have KENNETH SMOLLEF
to win six games to capture the national title. So there are never really any Michigan's Juwan Howard shoots over Iowa's Acie Earl during last
locks-- but Michigan soon will be about as close as you can get. night's Big Ten contest. The Wolverines prevailed, 79-74.
Women's tennis faces test in Miami

by John Niyo
Daily Basketball Writer
Three different first-year players
took turns.stepping up for Michigan
last night, holding off a strong
Iowa comeback and securing a 79-74
Wolverine victory at Crisler Arena.
After the Hawkeyes (5-5 Big
Ten, 13-7 overall) turned a 62-50
Michigan lead into a 65-62 lead of
their own, the Wolverines (6-4, 15-
5) were suddenly the ones who had
to play catchup.
But that is a situation this youth-
oriented team seems to relish.
First it was Jimmy King, coming
off a 19-point performance at Notre
Dame, who came alive.
King drove the length of the
court and then knifed down the lane
for a layup, drawing a foul from
Iowa forward Chris Street and mak-
ing the bonus. On the next posses-
sion, he banked in a turnaround
jumper off a pass from Chris
Webber to give Michigan a 71-68
lead.
Val Barnes sank two free throws
to close the gap for the Hawkeyes,
but Jalen Rose responded, taking a
pass from King and hitting a short
jumper on the baseline.
Then it was Webber's turn to
take center stage. And he did it in a
rather unlikely way.
Following an Iowa timeout
meant to fluster the rookie with :48
left, Webber - a 47.6 percent free-
throw shooter on the year - calmly
knocked down two that proved to be
the game-winners, pushing the lead
to 75-70.
"He's made a lot of important
plays for us this season," coach
Steve Fisher said of Webber's clutch

free throws. "I just hope he keeps
doing it."
Webber played a big part in the
Michigan success the rest of the
night as well. He teamed with
Howard to harass Acie Earl and
Street on the inside.
"It was just frustrating," Earl
said. "First there's one of them,
then the other. It's tough to do
anything inside."
That combined with tough man-
to-man defense on the perimeter to:
frustrate the Hawkeye shooters into
.391 field goal shooting. Iowa was
12-for-36 from the field in the sec-
ond half.
Meanwhile, the Wolverines shot
nearly 52 percent for the game, led
by the five rookies - they scored 66
of the 79 points - who all started
for the second game in a row.

IOWA (74)
FG FT Reb.
Min. U-A M-A 0-T A F Pts.
Moses 30 6-15 3-4 4-5 1 2 15
Street 29 2-9 2-2 2-4 1 2 6
Earl 35 8-11 5-6 3-6 0 0 21
Smith 28 3-10 0-0 1-6 6 4 7
Barnes 31 4-11 7-8 2-3 0 3 16
Winters 12 0-3 2-2 0-1 0 1 2
Skinner 12 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 3
Lookingbill 18 1-3 2-2 2-4 0 0 4
Webb 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0
Davis 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals 200 25-64 21-24 19-34 g915 74
FG%- .391. FT%- .875. Three-point goals:
3-15, .200. Team rebounds: 5. Blocks: 4.
Turnovers: 9. Steals: 5. Technical fouls:rNone.
MICHIGAN (79)
FQ FT Rob.
Min. M-A M-A 0-T A F Pts.
Webber 36 6-14 2-2 4-10 1 4 15
Jackson 23 3-6 1-3 3-4 5 2 7
Howard 33 6-13 1-2 3-6 2 3 13'
Rose 37 7-11 2-4 3-5.2 2 18
King 33 5-8 3-3 1-6 4 2 13
voskuil 15 2-4 2-4 0-1 1 3 7
Hunter 13 1-2 2-4 4-5 0 0 4
Pelinka 4 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Talley 6 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 2
Totals 200 31-60 13-22 18-40 16 16 79
FG%- .517. FT%- .591. Three-point goals:
4-11, .364. Team rebounds: 2. Blocks: 7.
Turnovers: 13. Steals: 3. Technical fouls: None.
Iowa............. 36 3 - 74
Michiganr.........39 40 - 79
At Crisler Arena; A-I13,524 Paid

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by Sharon Lundy
Dail- Sports Writer
The Michigan women's tennis
team's first dual match of the 1992
season was not very indicative of the
competition it is expecting from the
Big uTen, or from Miami (Ohio)
University this Sunday.
"For the most part the matches
were pretty lopsided," Michigan
coach Elizabeth Ritt said, referring
to the Eastern Michigan opener two
weekends ago. "It would have been
nick to have a competitive match -
I would have liked to see the players
pushed a little bit more."
The Wolverines will be heading
to Qxford after having a week off.
The Redskins (0-2 overall) are the
deknding Mid-American Con-
ference champions, but Michigan
posted an 8-1 victory over Miami
during last season's matchup. The
tearm feels that the Redskins will be
toucher to beat this year.
We saw Miami at an individual
tournament this fall, and they look
like they are much improved over

last year," Ritt said. "They look
like they have better depth and are a
little bit more experienced."
Although Michigan has not re-
ally been tested in competition, it
should be ready to play due to in-
tense practicing. On some days, the
Wolverines play three out of five
set practice matches, giving them a
good sense of what it would feel
like to play an intense two out of
three setter.
The lineup Michigan used for the
season opener was set after the
January challenge matches, but be-
cause of the players comparable
abilities, it may change.
"I may rotate (the lineup)
depending on who is playing well,
and I am confident the players on
the team can all compete with each
other," Ritt said.
Senior Christine Schmeidel, a
1990 NCAA National Champ-
ionship qualifier, is one of several
Wolverines who won't be in action
this weekend. She is out for the
season due to asthma.

Senior Jennifer Lev has been off
for two weeks with a shoulder
injury and will not play at Miami,
but should start hitting again this
week. Co-captain Freddy Adam
sprained her ankle but should be 100
percent this weekend even though
her practices have been limited.
First-year player Liz Cyganiak only
played doubles in the EMU match
and is also questionable for this
weekend.
Rest may be beneficial to the in-
jured players since the Big Ten sea-
son starts next weekend with back-
to-back meets against Northwestern
and Wisconsin.
Another weak point in the
Wolverine's preparation may be in
doubles.
"Against Eastern, the match was
decided already by the time the dou-
bles went on," co-captain Adam
said. "If we can keep our singles up,
we'll have to keep there doubles up
there also. We don't want to give
(Miami) any openings - they will
be gunning for us."

Big Tens .
await

women
tankers

w.n .a

The Michigan women's swimmers and divers venture to Indianapolis
this weekend to take part in the Big Ten championships.

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by Kimberly DeSempelaere.
Daily Sports Writer
With a record of 7-0 in the Big
Ten, the Michigan women's swim-
team will fight to hold on to its
first-place ranking this weekend at.
the Big Ten Conference Champi-
onships in Indianapolis.
This meet could conceivably of-
fer some of the greatest competition
the team has had all year. According
to Michigan coach Jim Richardson,
the entrance of Penn State into the
Big Ten has had more of an impact
on the womens swimmers than the
mens swimmers. With the addition
of the Lady Lions, it's likely that no
team will be able to score as high as
in years past.
"It's hard to say in all honesty *
how Michigan will fare this year
with the addition of Penn,"
Richardson said. "Penn will make a
major difference in the scoring."
The Wolverines need to continue
looking out for Minnesota, who is
also undefeated in the Big Ten.
Richardson is also taking North-
western into serious consideration
after its vast improvement this year.
"Depth is going to be very im-
portant this year, as well as speed,"
Richardson said. "Depth is really
Michigan's main strong point."
Some of Michigan's major con-
tenders in this weekend's meet in-
clude rookies Lara Hooiveld and
Alecia Humphrey. Hooiveld, who
competed in the 1988 Olympics is-
expected to do well in both the 100
and 200-meter breaststroke.
Humphrey, a four-event qualifier in
the 1990 Olympic Festival, will be
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