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Page 6-The Michigan Daily- Sports Monday - February 17, 1992

Women's hearts broken again
Badgers blowout Blue, 84-60, but M' takes Wildcats to wire, 74-72

by Adam Miller
Daily Basketball Writer
The Michigan women's basket-
ball team secured its place in the his-
tory books this weekend.
With 6:10 remaining in yester-
day's game with Northwestern, cen-
ter Trish Andrew blocked her 255th
career shot, setting the Big Ten
record. The game was stopped, and
coach Bud VanDeWege presented
Andrew with the game ball.
Unfortunately for the
Wolverines, no victories were
recorded with the blocks. Michigan
(1-10 Big Ten, 5-14 overall) lost to
the Wildcats (4-7, 10-9) yesterday,
74-72, and were massacred on
Valentine's Day by Wisconsin (9-2,
16-4), 84-60.
Michigan dug an early 10-point
hole for itself, Sunday, but trailed
48-41 at the half. Guard Leah
Wooldridge's steal and score capped
a furious second-half comeback,
keyed by the Wolverines' resurgent
defense, to give the Wolverines the
lead, 57-55, with 11:15 remaining.
However, the Wildcats' Moira
Kennelly drained a three-pointer
with 3:30 remaining to put
Northwestern ahead, 73-70.
"I feel sorry for them,"
VanDeWege said. "The intensity
and the effort was there. I told them,
'You deserved it."'
It was a complete turnaround
from Friday's bombardment by the
fast-breaking Badgers.
"They're the hottest team in the
league," VanDeWege said. "They're

awfully good, and they're playing
awfully well. Look out, we may
have just lost to the Big Ten cham-
pions."
Michigan led 20-19 after 13 min-
utes. But the Badgers' Robin
Threatt, who led all scorers with 33
points, was instrumental in a 9-0 run
the next three minutes that put
Wisconsin ahead to stay. Threatt
scored many of her baskets on lob-
pass assisted fast-breaks. For
Badger coach Mary Murphy, that
was part of the gameplan.
"We're a streaky team," Murphy
said. "We can take off on people.
We always (pass the length of the
court) as much as we can. We'd
rather throw it out long than throw it
short."
Some questioned Murphy leaving
Threatt in to run the break until the
game's final horn, since the result
was academic with over five minutes
remaining. Murphy defended her ac-
tions.
"I think it's pretty hard to tell
someone to push it for 36 minutes
and then slow it down," she said.
Andrew, who hasn't slowed
down herself much this season, posi-
tioned herself for the record with
four blocks Friday night. Murphy
said Andrew was the player that
worried the Badgers most entering
the game.
"Trish Andrew is a lot to prepare
for," she said. "She's just arsuper
player. She gets my vote for first
team all-Big Ten."

*FULL COURT.
PRESS
Cagers deserve credit
for newfound defense
by Tim Spolar
Daily Basketball Writer
"Give credit where credit is due" has been the pet phrase'of Michigan
women's basketball coach Bud VanDeWege in countless postgame press
conferences this season. While enumerating the flaws of his team when ana-
lyzing a loss, VanDeWege is always careful to commend the opposition's
play.
However, after a weekend which featured the Wolverines' strongest
performance of the season, both Michigan's team and coach deserve to be
lauded.
Following the team's horrendous showing at Michigan State,
VanDeWege held nothing back in the press conference, tearing into his
team's lack of desire and intensity. Perhaps his strongest statement was that
he was "embarrassed" to coach the team.
Possible excuses abounded for the Wolverines. The team was adjusting
to the return of center Michelle Hall from a foot injury. Breslin was rocking
with some 2,000 Spartan die hards. MSU was among the premier teams in
the Big Ten. These factors notwithstanding, the team had to face up to ils
sickly performance, and worse, its questionable attitude.
Realizing that this apathy needed to be nipped in the bud, last week's
practice was characterized by intensity - on the part of VanDeWege.
While Monday's "conditioning" left more than one player gasping for
breath, a noticeable change had begun to take place. While VanDeWege
dogged every mistake during a defensive drill, the team responded with in-
tensity and hustle - precisely what it had lacked in East Lansing and, ar-
guably, the entire first half of the Big Ten season.
Wisconsin provided the new Michigan work ethic its first test Friday
evening. Although the result, a 24-point drubbing, was all-too familiar, the
change in the Wolverines' defensive intensity was readily apparent.
"From an effort standpoint, I thought we improved, and that was impor-
tant to establish," VanDeWege said. "This team this year just has to over-
achieve in a big way, and to do that you have to give a hundred and ten per-
cent all the time."
While "taking a positive out of a loss" is a frequently used, seldom ap-
plied axiom of defeat, the Wolverines managed to do so Sunday, turning in
their top performance of the Big Ten season. While the game resulted in a
two point loss, Michigan showed fortitude in answering Northwestern's
point streaks. The Wolverines cut a 12-point deficit down to seven at the
half and held the lead for much of the second stanza.
While their offense at times faltered, the defense was intense enough Jo
disrupt the Wildcats, a team renowned for its superb execution. Strong ef-
forts by everyone, with Leah Wooldridge and Shimmy Gray standing out #n
particular, kept the Wolverines in the game down to the wire.
While the loss was a disappointment, the team has nothing to hang its
head about - and neither does its coach.

Michigan center Michelle Hall attempts a shot Friday night against
Wisconsin. The Wolverines lost their sixth in a row, 84-60.

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NORTHWESTERN (74)
FG FT Rob.
Min. M-A M-A 0-TA F Pts.
Cook 35 1-8 1-2 1-4 0 2 3
Knel 35 37 22 02740Babcock 33 3-7 7-10 2-10 1 3 13.
Savage 34 7-11 6-6 1-8 3 4 20,
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Totals 200 25-52 19-24 6.33 15 15 74
FG%-.481. FT%- .792. Three-point goals
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FG FT Rob.
Min. U-A M-A 0.T A F Pt.
Nuanes 33 4-15 2-2 0-1 4 3 11
Wooldridge 35 4-7 1-1 0-1 0 2 10
Hall 32 4-11 0-0 1-7 3 4 8
Beaudry 35 5-11 0-0 3-6 5 4 10
Andrew 39 12-22 5-6 3-14 2 4 29
Gray 13 1-4 0-0 2-2 1 1 2
McCall 12 1-2 0-0 2-2 0 2 2
Jokisch 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0
Totals 200 31-72 8-9 11-39 15 22 72
FG%- .430. FT%- .889. Three-point goals:
2-8._250 (Wooldridge 1-3, Nuanes 1-5). Team
rebounds: 6. Blocks: 5 (Andrew 3, Hall 2).
Turnovers: 17 (Nuanes 4, Woold ridge 4,
Andrew 4, Beaudry 3, Hall, McCall). Steals: 16
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