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Page 6-The Michigan Daily -Sports Monday - December 7,1992


Michigan's recruiting
should start at home

by Jaeson Rosenfeld
Daily Basketball Writer
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - There are two ways
that people refer to Terre Haute.
Some people call it a "hick town."
Those with a little more tact refer to it as "a
place with a lot of character."
In the center of Terre Haute is the Hulman
Center, home of the Indiana State Sycamores.
Hulman is the place where legend Larry Bird
once graced the court, drilling jump shot after
jump shot. The '1979 national finalist' banner
still hangs in Hulman, directly across the build-
ing from the American flag. And the name of
Terre Haute's favorite son still rings in the build-
ing, and probably will forever.
But now Larry is gone, and so are the packed
On Saturday night, a crowd of only 521 fans
gathered for the women's game, a matchup be-
tween Michigan and the Sycamores, but the lack
of numbers didn't stop them from having fun.
The band not only played, but they sang, even
taking a request yelled out by some fraternity
brothers in the stands.
Nick Hester picked himself up a cool 11
bucks at halftime in the "dash for cash."
And a quartet of ball girls ran around the
court at halftime executing their fastbreak with
almost as much efficiency as Michigan had in a
pitiful 22-point first-half performance.

After the ball girls yielded the court. to the
Sycamores, a local pizza joint kept the fans en-
tertained with a little giveaway. Each time Indi-
ana State sank a three-pointer, the P.A. an-
nouncer turned around and flung a frisbee into
the stands with a coupon for a free pizza taped to
the underside.
Now if the Ballyhoo Pizza King is a looking
for a pizza queen, they need look no further than
junior guard Hazel Olden.
Four times Olden saw daylight from three-
point land. Four times Olden threw up a rainbow
from 20 feet. Four times the ball ripped through
nothing but net, rewarding the Sycamore fans
with free eats.
But Olden's performance on Saturday was
hardly one-side , as she scored 27 points, pulled
down four rebounds, dished out five assists and
stole the ball from Michigan on four occasions.
This sounds like something from Hoosiers,
right? Olden, a small-town farm girl from
Somewheresville, Ind., taking on a nationally
known school and beating them. But Olden isn't
from Somewheresville, or even French Lick.
She's from Detroit.
That's right, Detroit.
Which begs the question, "How did this hap-
What could have drawn Olden to Terre Haute,
a town where gun racks are a more popular op-
tion on trucks than power steering.

"I wasn't really heavily recruited out of high
school," Olden said, when asked why she chose
Indiana State. Just minutes earlier she had helped
her team beat Michigan, a school located less
than an hour from her home.
Coach Trish Roberts has a lot of big dreams
for Michigan's women basketball team. She
wants to turn the team into a national power, a
school that can compete with Stanford and Vir-
ginia. But if she is to reach that goal, the Hazel
Oldens can't keep slipping through the cracks.
It shouldn't be that hard. Hazel Olden should
want to be a Wolverine. And the Ballyhoo Pizza
King frisbee can't be a more powerful recruiting
tool than the academics and facilities of Michi-
Last month, Michigan's Ms. Basketball, Erica
Reed gave her commitment to play for Iowa next
year. And who can blame her? Iowa has the best
program in the Big Ten, and one of the best in
the country. Who wants to play for a team like
Michigan, that has struggled to keep its head
above water?


There is no doubt that Roberts has a difficult
task in front of her in convincing Michigan re-
cruits to stay at home. But her success as a coach 2
will depend on how well she recruits.
And if she wants to beat Iowa in recruiting,
she'll have to beat Indiana State first.

Nikki Beaudry and the Wolverines fell to Indiana State, 79-68, this weekend.

Injured Jet inspires 24-17 upset of Bills


Continued from page 1
court, the defense disintegrated un-
der the post.
"We try and get penetration to
get an open jump shot. Once our
shooters get in there, they can hit it
from three-point or two-point terri-
tory," Riek said.
The Sycamores were successful
from both areas.
Michigan suffered through a 5
1/2-minute scoring dry spell near
the end of the first half. After a pair
of three-pointers by ISU junior
guard Hazel Olden, the Wolverines
headed into the lockerroom at half-
time with a 19-point deficit.
The key thing was we got a very
slow start," Roberts said. "First half,
we didn't execute and our shots
weren't falling."
A bright spot for Michigan was
the play of senior forward Nikki
Beaudry, who led Michigan with 20
points. Beaudry was 3-for-4 from
the free-throw line during the first
half; and was 10 of 14 overall.
The Wolverines showed marked
improvement in their free-throw
shooting over recent games, knock-
ing down 16 of 22 (73 percent) as a
Beaudry also took command of
the post for the first time this year.
"I decided that I was being too
passive, so I started posting up and
calling for the ball more," Beaudry
With Michelle Hall and Shimmy
Gray out with injuries, Michigan
needed Beaudry to do just that.
"We are thin on numbers (of
players) that we have. Hopefully
next week we'll have another post
player," Roberts said of the possibil-
ity of Hall or Gray returning.
With the second half came the
Hazel Olden Show. The Detroit na-
tive sunk shots from all over the
court, including the foul line. She
finished with 27 points, and hit all
four of her three-point attempts.
"I don't set out to shoot the
threes, but I figure if I'm going to
score I might as well try from out

there," Olden said. "As far as my
shooting goes, I think I have more
luck with threes than twos.".
Not to be upstaged by Olden's
performance, the Wolverines picked
up the pace late in the game. An-
drew broke through the Sycamore
defense and settled down to score 17
second-half points.
With 5:11 left in the game, the
Wolverines made one final run. Af-
ter jumpers by Andrew and sopho-
more guard Molly Heikkinen,
Beaudry was fouled and made both
shots to cut the Sycamores' lead to
A few minutes later, Beaudry
again hit from the foul line. Senior
guard Jen Nuanes hit a three-pointer
with 2:17 remaining to pull Michi-
gan within nine, the team's narrow-
est margin of the half.
In the end, Michigan could not
dig itself out of its first-half bole.
"Not to discredit them, but we
beat ourselves in the first half,"
Beaudry said. "We took ourselves
out of the game."
FG FT Rob.
Min. M-A M-A O-T A F Pts.
Stewart 25 1-6 2-2 1-5 1 2 4
Beaudry 37 5-10 10.14 6-14 0 5 20
Andrew, 37 8-21 3-4 6-14 1 4 19
McCall 20 0-5 0-0 2-5 1 2 0
Nuanes 36 4-12 0-0 0-5 3 3 9
Stevens 28 4-14 1-2 2-2 2 5 10
Heikkinen 17 3-6 0-0 6-8 3 1 6
Stanley 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals 200 25-74 16-22 21-49 11 22 68
FG%- .338. FT%- .727. Three-point goals: 2-9,
.222 (Nuanes 1-5, Stevens 1-4). Team
rebounds: 3. Blocks: 5 (Andrew 4, Beaudry).
Turnovers: 19 (Stevens 6, McCall 4, Beaudry 3,
Heikkinen 3, Nuanes 2, Andrew). Steals: 11
(Stevens 5, Nuanes 3, Andrew 2, Beaudry).
Technical fouls: Nuanes.
FO FT Rob.
Mn. M-A M-A O-T A F Pts.
Frye 16 3-4 3-4 2-4 0 2 9
Stewart 30 3-8 2-4 2-7 0 5 8
Hamilton 29 4-11 2-3 4-7 1 4 10
Walker 28 1-3 5-8 1-3 3 1 7
Olden 37 9-18 5-6 1-4 5 0 27
Mangen 20 3-4 0-0 0-5 0 3 6
James 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Simms 16 3-6 0-2 0-2 0 3 6
Hester 13 3-6 0-2 3-7 0 2 6
Conn 7 0-4 0-2 1-2 0 0 0
Totals 200 2964 17-31 16-47 9 21 79
FG%- .453. FT%- .548. Three-point goals:
4-4, 1.000 Olden 4-4. Team rebounds: 5. Blocks:
1 (Hester). Turnovers: 21 (Olden 7, Mangen 5,
Walker 3, Hester 2, Hamilton 2, Stewart, Frye).
Steals: 5 (Olden 4, Hester). Technical fouls:
Michigan ................. 22 46 - 68
Indiana State...... 41 38 - 79
At Hulman Center; A-521

Associated Press
Dennis Byrd had to like what
he saw.
Byrd, the New York Jets
defensive end who was partially
paralyzed in last week's game, sat
in a hospital room in New York
yesterday. On television, he
watched his teammates rise up and
break a 10-game slide against the
Buffalo Bills.
Safety Brian Washington's 23-
yard interception return for a
touchdown with 1:41 remaining
lifted the Jets past the Bills 24-17.
The biggest lift had come from
Byrd via a conference call with
his teammates earlier in the week.
"He didn't want any of us to
play scared," Washington said.
"He wanted us to go out and play
hard, and that's what we did."
After the victory, in which the
Jets forced three turnovers in the
final two minutes, Byrd spoke by
telephone with his teammates.
"He said he just wishes he was
here," said defensive end Marvin
Washington, Byrd's roommate for
road games. "And he was."
The visiting Jets (4-9) got
scoring runs of 9 and 1 yards from
Brad Baxter, who rushed for 98
Buffalo (9-4) has lost its last
two games to heavy AFC East
underdogs. The Bills got 116
yards rushing from Thurman
Thomas, but they couldn't take
advantage of a strong wind at their
back in the final minutes.
"They played very inspired
football - hard, tough football,"
Bills linebacker Darryl Talley said
of the Jets. "They played a hell of
a game."
Packers 38, Lions 10
At Milwaukee, the Packers (7-
6) scored five first-half
touchdowns on a snow-covered
field for their fourth successive
win, the first time in eight years
they've had such a streak. Brett
Favre passed for three touchdowns
and Tony Bennett returned a
fumble 18 yards for another score.
Green Bay led 35-10 at the
half, the most points the Packers
have scored in a half since 1983.
Detroit (3-10) fumbled five times
in the first half, losing two, and
had eight for the game, losing
Detroit's Barry Sanders gained

114 yards, joining Eric Dickerson,
Tony Dorsett and Earl Campbell
as the only players to rush for
1,000 yards in each of their first
four NFL seasons.
Steelers 20, Seahawks 14
At Pittsburgh, Barry Foster
rushed for 125 yards for his his
10th 100-yard game of the season.
His 4-yard touchdown run with
2:22 to play gave the Steelers (10-
3) the best record in the AFC.
Pittsburgh overcame five inter-
ceptions and a broken leg suffered
by Neil O'Donnell for its ninth
consecutive victory at home, 6-0
this season, and fourth in a row
O'Donnell fractured his right
fibula while trying to elude a
third-quarter sack. Bubby Brister
came on, was intercepted twice
but drove Pittsburgh 80 yards on
13 plays for Foster's decisive
Seattle (2-11) did not get a

point off any of the interceptions,
three by Eugene Robinson.
Eagles 28, Vikings 17
At Philadelphia, Randall Cun-
ningham, the NFL's all-time
scrambling leader, broke out for
the first time this season. le ran
16 times for 121 yards and two
touchdowns, his best running
game since Nov. 4, 1990.
Cunningham also completed 16 of
23 passes for 164 yards.
Herschel Walker gained 44
yards on 13 carries in his first
game against Minnesota since
being released by the Vikings in
June. Andy Harmon had three of
five sacks for Philadelphia (8-5).
The loss prevented the Vikings
(9-4) from clinching the NFC
Central title and a playoff spot.
Browns 37, Bengals 21
At Cleveland, Eric Metcalf, in
his first appearance before his
father, former NFL running back-

kick returner Terry Metcalf,
gained 210 all-purpose yards. He
rushed for 53 yards, returned five
punts for 75 yards, had a 9-yard
kickoff return and caught six
passes for 73 yards, with a 35-
yard touchdown pass from Bernie
Kosar that started the Browns' 21-
point third quarter in a span of 95
Kosar, in his second game
back from a broken ankle,
completed 19 of 23 passes for 239
yards and two touchdowns.
Cleveland (7-6) beat Cincinnati
(4-9) for only the second time in
the last eight meetings.
Colts 6, Patriots 0
At Foxboro, Mass., before only
19,429 fans, the smallest crowd in
the NFL this year, Dean
Biasucci's field goals of 30 and 48
yards in a swirling wind were the
only points.
The Colts (6-7) got their first
shutout in 69 games.



Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback Randall Cunningham tries to scramble away from Minnesota Vikings' defensive
tackle John Randle in the Eagles' 28-17 victory Sunday. Cunningham played like the Cunningham of old, rushing for
121 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and completing 16 of 23 pass attempts for 164 yards.




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