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Men's Basketball
vs. Purdue
Tomorrow,8 p.m.
Crisler Arena

SPORTS

Men's Swimming and Diving
vs. Stanford
Friday, 7 p.m., and Saturday, 5 p.m.
Canham Natatorium

The Michigan Daily

Tuesday, January 14, 1992

Page 9

* F U LL CO U RT "
PRESS
'M' needs boards to
battle in conference
by Ryan Herrington
Daily Basketball Writer
While the halftime score favored the visitors, 37-32, at Crisler
Arena Friday night, the situation could have been a lot worse for the
Wolverines. With Trish Andrew sitting out much of the first half due
to foul trouble and Michelle Hall still sidelined with a broken foot,
Michigan was forced to play a lineup without a player who stood more
than two yards above the floor.
Even so, the Wolverines were still within striking distance of one of
the tallest teams in the Big Ten due to a strong zone defense that forced
Purdue to take many perimeter shots.
Michigan's good fortune ran out, however, in the second half as Pur-
due's size became too much for the Wolverines. Despite eight rebounds
by Nikki Beaudry and 10 by Andrew, the Wolverines were simply un-
able to get rebounding position in the second half, allowing Purdue far
too many second-chance opportunities. The Boilermakers grabbed 18 of-
fensive rebounds, converting many into layups. As a result, the
Wolverines came away with a 85-68 defeat to open the Big Ten race.
Following the game Michigan coach Bud VanDeWege commented
that the Wolverines might have played well enough defensively to beat
Purdue. However, what the dichotomy between the first and second-
half play highlighted was that there are two ingredients in playing a
good defensive game: defending the ball against the opponent's offense
and preventing the other team from getting offensive rebounds.
While Michigan's zone forced Purdue to take some low-percentage
shots, it also gave the Boilermakers too many chances to avenge missed
perimeter attempts. And in this game, one out of two is bad.
Until Hall returns to the lineup for the Wolverines, Michigan must
contend with having a small unit on the floor. Yet height does not de-
termine who gets an offensive or defensive rebound - positioning is of
equal, if not greater, importance. What Michigan lacks in height it must
make up for in technique and hustle.
The Wolverines must be aware of where their opponents are on the
floor and box them out. Especially when playing a zone, which at-
tempts to force bigger players away from the basket, Michigan must
block out and prevent other teams from getting second and third shots
each time down the court. Otherwise the purpose of the zone, to neu-
tralize the inside game, is lost.
Rebounding is one of the dirty parts of the game of basketball - it
is also one of the most essential parts, often a measure of the desire of a
ballclub. The Wolverines cannot use their lack of size as an excuse if
they expect to compete in the Big Ten. Without better rebounding
results, Michigan is going to find itself in the position it was in Friday
night - 17 points off the pace.
Irish need leprechaun
to compete in CCHA
by Andy De Korte
Daily Hockey Writer
Last weekend, the Notre Dame hockey team saw its first action against
Michigan since losing a two-game series to the Wolverines in the 1988-89
season. Although it was only the second series between the two schools
since the Irish varsity hockey program was disbanded in 1984, the two
teams have been in the same conference before.
In fact, when Notre Dame joins the CCHA next season, it will mark the
Ohird time the two teams will be in the same conference - both Michigan
and Notre Dame were WCHA members from 1972-73 to 1980-81 and
CCHA counterparts from 1981-82 to 1983-84.
While Notre Dame once ranked as low as 42nd out of the 45 Division
one hockey teams, Irish coach Ric Shafer still feels confident about his
team's chances in the CCHA, and thinks they can be a factor with continued
preparation.
"I think we're ready to a certain degree," Schafer said. "We still have a
way to go, but, of course, we're still working. The more you play in the
CCHA, the more you learn what the rules will allow, and the better
*ou'll play."
Even if Notre Dame (6-10-1) does suffer through a tough season and
finish the year with a losing record, they will have gained experience
against top-notch competition. Six of their losses have come at the hands of
three top 10 teams - Michigan, Maine, and New Hampshire.
Michigan center Brian Wiseman did not mind giving the Irish some
experience and hopes they see the uphill battle they face.
"We just wanted to let them know that when they come into the league

next year that Michigan is a good enough team and they are going to have
trouble beating us at any time," Wiseman said.
The future contests provide the Wolverines an opportunity to even up
,he all-time series, which Notre Dame leads 33-27-2.
NHL DREAMIN': Michigan rookie defensemen Tim Hogan and Al
Sinclair have both been highly rated by the NHL Central Scouting rank-
ings for this spring's draft.
Hogan was ranked No. 1, while Sinclair was sixth. Translated, the
report indicates that Hogan is the highest rated undrafted collegiate player.
Teammate Aaron Ward, a sophomore defenseman, was the No. 5 pick
(Winnipeg Jets) in the NHL draft last spring, making him the highest
drafted Wolverine ever.
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Blue savors weekend brunch
Wrestlers dispatch Morgan State, Eastern Michigan, 46-3, 30-3

by Shawn DuFresne
Daily Sports Writer
After feasting on the Morgan
State Golden Bears, 46-3, and enjoy-
ing Eastern Michigan, 30-3, for
dessert Saturday, Michigan coach
Dale Bahr described his wrestlers as
"aggressive."
The Wolverines recorded six
pins against the Golden Bears, led by
All-Americans Joey Gilbert (134
pounds) and Lanny Green (177),
who pinned Edgar Rodriguez and
Wylace Liggon, respectively.
Gilbert, who also won by techni-
cal fall over EMU's Paul Mc-
Devitt, was pleased with his per-
formance.
"The competition wasn't that
good," Gilbert said. "Personally, I
need to work harder on the top posi-
tion and turning the man."
Michigan's Jason Cluff (126)
recorded a pin over John Williams
of Morgan State and a major deci-
sion over EMU's Adam Duke.
"This (match) was a good warm-
up for the Big Ten," Cluff said.
"Coming back from the break I felt
a little rusty, but then it clicked
in."

Michigan's Chad Biggert (158)
won a major decision over Dean
Sutherland of Eastern Michigan.
Biggert was presented with :a
different dilemma when his brother
John represented the Eagles at the
167 weight class.
"It's rough watching your
teammate wrestle your brother,"
Biggert said. "I want to root for
(Wolverine) Jesse (Rawls), but I
also want my brother to do well."
Rawls prevailed by decision over
Biggert to add to the Wolverine
lead.
Michigan heavyweight Phil
Tomek and EMU's Joe Palandri
were both disqualified for a short
scuffle that occurred out of bounds
during their match.
"We've warned Phil about that
before," Bahr said. "That may hurt
us down the line if the score is
close."
Overall, Bahr said it was a nice
way to return from the holidays.
"We're inexperienced at 118, but
otherwise we're very balanced
throughout our lineup with experi-
ence and quality at every position,'
Bahr said.

Michigan junior Lanny Green grapples with an Eastern Michigan opponent
Saturday at Keen Arena. Green won the match and the Wolverines
easily defeated both the Eagles and Morgan State.

IU, Purdue can't swim in Michigan waters

by Chad Safran
Daily Sports Writer
Two Indiana institutions sent
swimming teams to Ann Arbor last
weekend. They should have never
crossed the state line. The No. 6
Michigan men's swimming and div-
ing team extended its winning
streak to eight with impressive vic-
tories over Purdue and No. 13 Indi-
ana
The Wolverines (3-0 in the Big
Ten, 8-0 overall) opened the week-
end by dominating the Boilermakers
from start to finish, 147-82. The
team got going early and never
slowed down, with victories in the
first seven events. In the 1000
freestyle, Bill Pettitt led the way
for Michigan with a time of 9:35.36.
He was followed by teammates
Kevin Glass and Steve Duttenhofer,
who finished with times of 9:37.90
and 9:43.04, respectively.
Another 1-2-3 sweep was in or-
der for the Maize and Blue in the
200 freestyle. Gustavo Borges came
away with the victory in a time of
1:39.24, followed by Thomas
Blake's in-season personal best of
1:43.07 and Brian Gunn in 1:43.19.
Because of the Indiana meet the
following day, many of Michigan's
top point-getters swam only one
event, allowing some newer swim-
mers to gain experience.
"We wanted to give everyone a
chance to swim. It was probably the
only chance this year to have these
guys swim at home," coach Jon Ur-
banchek said.
"I was impressed with the depth
and quality of the team," Purdue
coach Dan Ross said. "It should give
them some momentum going into
the Stanford meet."
The dominance continued into
the diving events, as well. Eric

Lesser captured the one-meter div-
ing with a score of 198.35. Fellow
divers Jeff Jozwiak and Brad Lam-
bert took the next two spots with
point totals of 193.20 and 189.30,
respectively. On the three-meter
board, Jozwiak was the victor with
310.35 points. A total of 299.10 al-
lowed Lesser to come in second, and
Lambert's 298.05 gave him third
place.
Indiana was expected to chal-
lenge Michigan. However, the bat-
tle never materialized Saturday, as
the Wolverines drowned the

Hoosiers, 150-93. The key was the
first event, the 400 medley relay.
Steve Bigelow, Steve West, Tom
Hay and Rodney Van Tassell edged
out the second-place Hoosier relay
squad by .82 seconds with a time of
3:23.15.
"Indiana expected to win the
first relay," Urbanchek said. They
had the desire to win but didn't
swim up to it. The performances
weren't there. They did not swim
aggressively and didn't bounce
back."In the 200 freestyle, Van
Tassell continued his recent hot

streak, finishing in first place with
an in-season personal best of
1:39.24. Eric Bailey, who returned
to meet action against Purdue after
recovering from a broken hand,
finished third in the event but did
win his specialty, the 200 butterfly.
First-year swimmer Borges, who
Ross proclaimed is "going to be one
of the world's best," lived up to the
hype, registering blistering in-sea-
son times of :20.54 in the 50
freestyle and :44.56 in the 100
freestyle.

Women swim past Purdue, too

by Sharon Lundy
Daily Sports Writer
After two losses during the
winter break, the Michigan
women's swimming team sprang
back to defeat Purdue in a dual meet
on Friday at Canham Natatorium.
The Wolverines prevailed with a
score of 138.5 to Purdue's 102.5.
Junior Katherine Creighton was
one of Michigan's double event
winners. Creighton earned first
place in both the 500 meter and 1000
freestyle. Coach Jim Richardson
was very impressed with
Creighton's performance.
"She swam a good 500 and 1000
free and medley relay. She really had
a great meet."
Wolverine Michelle Swix took
second place to Creighton in the
1000 free; both had a decisive lead
over Purdue swimmers throughout
the race.
Junior Mindy Gehrs was also a
double event winner. Michigan's
medley team of first-year swim-
mers Alecia Humphrey and Lara
Hooiveld, Gehrs and sophomore
transfer Kirsten Silvester earned

first place in the 400 relay. Gehrs
also earned first place in the 200 in-
dividual medley, with Humphrey
right behind in second place.
"We had some tiring weeks away
at training, and everyone didn't look
crisp, but we pulled together to
win," Gehrs said.
The Wolverines swept the 200
backstroke, with junior Lisa Ander-
son, first-year swimmers Humphrey
and Jen Almeida, and junior Amy
Bohnert taking the top four places,
respectively.
Melissa McLean, another first-
year Wolverine, won the 50
freestyle. Coach Richardson has
been very impressed with his strong
contingent of first-year swimmers.
"They train aggressively, race
aggressively, and have exceeded my
expectations," Richardson said.
Michigan senior diver Lisa Crib-
ari led the Wolverines capturing
first place in the three-meter diving

and tying for first place in the one-
meter event. Margie Stoll also
faired well with a third-place finish
in the one-meter and a second-place
finish in the three-meter. In both
events Michigan captured four of
the top six places.
Karen Barnes, captain Jen Love,
and Kate Girard did not compete
against Purdue due to illness. Missy
McCracken and Claudia Vieira were
also slowed by sickness, but com-
peted anyway.
"We had a fairly unhealthy
crew," Love said. "I think we made
the transition from being away at
training fairly well. We had some
good swims."
"Since we are about one month
away from the Big Ten Champis.
onships," Richardson said, "I'm
looking for signs of improvement
after our winter training, watching
our recovering swimmers, and hop-
ing everyone else remains healthy."

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