vs. Michigan State
Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.
Joe Louis Arena (Detroit)
Saturday, 11 a.m.
Track & Tennis Building
the Michigan Daily
Thursday, February 20, 1992
by Sharon Lundy
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's tennis
team opens its Big Ten competition
at home this weekend with back-to-
back matches against Northwestern
on Saturday and Wisconsin on
Northwestern already has a 6-3
victory against Wisconsin earlier
this season. A traditionally strong
program, Northwestern is usually
battling Wisconsin for second place
in the Big Ten behind Indiana.
The Wildcats may not be as
strong as they have been in past
years, but they have depth at the top
and middle of the lineup that comes
through with victories.
"We're going to have to raise our
level of play from last weekend
(against Miami)," Michigan coach
Elizabeth Ritt said. "We're going to
have to play well in six of the six
singles matches this time, and do
well in doubles, and hope we can
pull out the close ones."
The Wolverines are not con-
cerned that the Wisconsin match is
just one day after Northwestern.
"The more tennis you play the
better you are, the less nervous you
are, and the better you play the big
points," Ritt said.
The Badgers traditionally have
been very aggressive in doubles, and
have a strong program all around.
"In the eight years I've been here
we haven't beaten either (Wisconsin
or Northwestern)," Ritt said. "I
thought'this was the year we could
gain a little ground on those two
programs, and despite some injuries
and illnesses we should be very
Michigan will also compete
against South Florida, Florida State,
and North Carolina State during the
Blue stomps Gophers
Webber's 23 points strongarms Minnesota, 95-70
Michigan sprinter Richelle Webb runs to victory last Saturday at the Red
Simmons Invite. The Wolverines compete Saturday at the EMU Classic.
'M' runners head to EMU
by Benson Taylor
The final stepping stone to the
Big Ten Championships awaits the
women's track team this Saturday as
it takes a jaunt to Ypsilanti for the
Eastern Michigan Classic.
The non-scoring meet will give
Michigan runners a chance to relax
before heading to Columbus to
tackle conference competition the
After their strongest outing of the
season last weekend at the Red Sim-
mons Invitational, Michigan coach.
James Henry will give some of his
runners a break at the Classic. He
hopes to have a rested and ready
team for the conference meet.
"Many people are only going to
be running in one event," Henry
said. "This will actually be a time
for the runners to 'tune down."'
One race the Wolverines will
certainly be trying to tune up is the
two-mile relay. The relay team,
comprised of Jessica Kluge, Carrie
Yates, Kristine Westerby and Amy
Bannister, continues its quest for a
berth in the NCAA meet.
Other races to watch will be the
55-meter dash and the 55m hurdles.
Henry is looking for strong perfor-
mances in these events from Ric-
helle Webb (55m dash) and Suzette
The runners will travel to Ohio
State for the Big Ten Champion-
ships, Feb. 28-29.
by Albert Lin
Daily Basketball Writer
The first time these two teams
met in Minneapolis, Minnesota held
the edge throughout most of the
game and came away with a nine-
Last night, the roles were re-
versed. Michigan (7-5 Big Ten, 16-6
overall) went on a tear seven min-
utes into the contest and put it in
cruise control the rest of the way,
coasting to a 95-70 whitewash of the
Gophers (7-6, 15-11). It was an old-
fashioned blowout, plain and simple.
"It was payback time for the
drubbing we took up there,"
Michigan coach Steve Fisher said.
Minnesota was just overpowered
by the Wolverines' lineup. Chris
Webber paced Michigan with 23
points, 12 rebounds and several
monster dunks in only 29 minutes of
"They were too big, too powerful
and too strong for us and they really
kicked our fannies," Gopher coach
Clem Haskins said. "We could've
played a lot better. It was all
With Minnesota ahead, 12-11,
the Wolverines began what would
become a 41-9 run to close out the
half. Michigan scored 11 in a row to
take a 22-12 lead. The Gophers an-
swered with a couple of baskets, and
then the Wolverines scored 23 of the
game's next 25 points. The score
was 50-18, and the game was essen-
"It was a good, solid defensive
effort, especially in the first half,"
Fisher said. "(The Gophers) were
obliging with poor shooting, but part
of it is that we contested almost ev-
Haskins' squad just could not get
its offense going. The Gophers had
little cohesion in their halfcourt
game, and when Michigan further
tightened the defensive reigns by us-
ing a press, Minnesota came to a
"That pressure defense did not let
us reverse the ball," Haskins said.
"Our game is inside-outside. We just
did not have enough good ball
movement, and we took too many
Offensively, everything was go-
ing right for Michigan. The club shot
68 percent in the first half on its way
to a 62 percent mark for the game.
Chris Webber fakes a Gopher player into the air as Randy Carter looks on.
Hitters open season in Florida
by Tim Rardin
Daily Baseball Writer_
The Michigan baseball team will
be in Florida to play eight games in
an eight-day, five-city road trip over
The Wolverines will begin the
trip against Eckerd in St. Petersburg.
The schedule also includes games
with St. Leo, Tampa, South Florida,
Florida Southern, Rollins College,
Eastern Michigan, and South Ala-
Michigan returns only five
starters from last year's 34-23-1
squad. Coach Bill Freehan is pleased
with his team's improvement since
practice began, Jan. 13.
"I think the work ethic and com-
petition has been good," Freehan
said. "How good we will be remains
to be seen."
This southern trek will provide
Freehan an opportunity to see how
far his inexperienced team has
progressed, having scrimmaged only
among themselves so far.
"I want to see as many players as
I can to get an idea of what they can
and can't do," Freehan said.
"(The Gophers) didn't hit a three-
pointer the entire (first) half," Fisher
said, "so we got long rebounds
which allowed us to run more."
Juwan Howard was the No. 2
point man for the Wolverines,
adding 16 points on his usual array
of inside power moves and short
"The thing that did it for us was
the guards," Howard said. "They
really opened things up, taking their
time and passing the ball around."
Minnesota made an attempt at a
comeback to start the second half.
The Gophers scored seven in a row
coming out of the intermission, but a
quick Michigan timeout resulted in
two easy buckets for the Wolverines.
The two teams matched baskets
the rest of the way.
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