Page 6-The Michigan Daily- Sports Tuesday - January 19,1993
Badgers rally past Biu
by Mike Hill
Daily Basketball Writer
MADISON - Homecoming's
annual Mud Bowl contest could not
possibly hold a sloppier game than
Wisconsin Fieldhouse did Sunday
The Michigan and Wisconsin
women's basketball teams combined
for 47 turnovers. But the Wolverines
fell on the ugly side of the ugly, los-
ing the game, 73-67.
Wisconsin (3-1 Big Ten, 6-7
overall) used a 17-7 run over the last
4:40 to knock off the Wolverines (0-
4, 1-12). Dolly Rademaker keyed
the Badger stretch with a three-
pointer at the 3:10 mark, giving her
team a 65-62 lead it would not relin-
Rademaker seemed to take over
when all-America candidate Robin
Threatt could not. Though Threatt
led Wisconsin with 16 points, coach
Mary Murphy was unhappy with her
star's play and benched her for the
crucial five-minute stretch. Mur-
phy's risk paid off for the Badgers
as Threatt's supporting cast led the
"I just felt like I needed to make
a change," Murphy said. "I really
thought a lot about it and talked to
myself about it. I thought it might
have been the stupidest move I've
ever made. Then Dolly made a re-
ally pretty move and Sharon
(Johnson) did some nice things. And
then Peggy (Shreve) made a nice
shot. So I felt a lot better about my
The Wolverines came into
Madison hoping to outmuscle a
smaller Badger squad. Wisconsin's
Barb Franke, the Big Ten's fresh-
man of the year last season, injured
her knee in the preseason, leaving
the Badgers thin up front. But
Michigan's hopes were dashed by a
scrappy Badger frontline.
Wisconsin, led by Jen Water-
man's 11 boards, outrebounded the.
Wolverines, 47-41. Waterman and
Camille Williams also harassed
Michigan's Trish Andrew, Shimmy
Gray and Nikki Beaudry into foul
Unlike past games, the Wolver-
ines were not able to seek help un-
derneath from Jennifer Brzezinski.
The freshman suffered a knee injury
last week, ending her season. Her
presence was sorely missed as the
Badgers collected 21 offensive re-
"I just knew that we needed re-
bounds, especially in crunch time,"
Waterman said. "Coach has gotten
on our case about that a lot lately.
It's big that we're physical, espe-
cially with Michigan's size.
"We're a smaller team and w'
can't be intimidated by that kind of
size. We just have to work harder,
get good position and go up strong.
And it worked."
Andrew's foul trouble limited her
to 23 minutes of playing time. She
scored points, six below her season
average. And point guard Stacie
McCall was forced to leave the
game after suffering a mild concus-
sion when Threatt accidently landed
on her head.
But teammates Jen Nuanes and
Beaudry stepped up to keep the
Wolverines in the contest.
Beaudry scored 15 points to go
with eight rebounds. Nuanes moved
from off-guard to the point in Mc-
Call's absence. She responded with
a career-high 22 points, while play-
ing the entire 40 minutes.
"Moving Nuanes to the point
kind of took her out of her game,"
Michigan coach Trish Roberts said.
"I think if she didn't have to handle
so much pressure, she could have
concentrated on shooting a little bit
more. I thought Jen did real well,
though. She's kind of versatile in
that she can play the one and the two
Beaudry and Nuanes combined
for a 6-0 run with 9:51 to play.
Beaudry converted a layup on a Nu-
anes lob pass, cutting the lead to
one. Nuanes' driving layup and
Beaudry's two free throws gave
Michigan a 52-49 lead.
With 5:54 remaining, Nuanes
stripped Threatt and went in for an
uncontested layup. The bucket gave
the Wolverines their largest lead of
the day, 60-56. Following a Badger
turnover, Michigan had a chance to
break the game open, but turned the
ball back over to Wisconsin. Threatt
was subsequently pulled and Wis-
consin went on its game decisive
"Coach pulled us in after thf
game and said congratulations on
the fact that we are executing the
plays," Nuanes said. "It seems
though we are learning. I think sIe
sees the progress. We see the
progress. Right now, we're still re-
ally frustrated we're not getting,
F FT Rob.
Min. M-A M-A 0-TA F Pts"
Stewart 40 1-6 1-2 2-6 1 2 "~
Beaudry 36 6-15 3-5 4-8 5 5 16,x
Andrew 22 7-11 0-0 2-11 1 4 140
McCall 17 2-5 0-0 1-1 2 4 O
Nuanes 40 7-17 6-6 1-4 5 3 22~
Gray 22 4-11 0-1 3-6 0 2 82
Turner 4 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 2
Heikkinen 18 0-0 0-1 0-1 4 1 Qi
Totals 20027-6610.1316-41 1821 64 1
FG%- .409. FT%- .667. Three-point goals: 3,*
8, .375 (Nuanos 2-5, Stewart 1-3). Team
rebounds: 2. Blocks: 4 (Andrew 3, Grayy
Turnovers: 23 (Beaudr' 6, McCall 6, Nuanes ,?
Stewart 4, Heikkinen 2). Steals: 11 (Nuanes 6
Gray 2, Stewart 2, Andrew, Beaudry). Technic
aG FT Rob.,
Min. M-A M-A O0T A F Pts:j
Williams 37 5-11 3-5 3-4 1 2 13,1
Waterman 28 3-7 3-6 4-11 1 4 104,
Leet 17 1-4 3.3 3-7 0 2 &
Threatt 28 6-13 2-2 2-6 3 3 1$,
Shreve 31 2-10 0-0 0-3 4 0 4*~
Johnson 23 5-8 3-5 3-5 1 3.144
Radenmker21 3-11 0-1 2-5 3 1 74
Winkler 10 1-3 0-0 2-4 1 2 2
Bostrom 3 1-1 0-0 0-0, 0 0 2
Totals 20027.6814.2221-47 14 17 71%
FG%-.397. FT%- .636. Three-point goals:
15,333 (Threatt 2-4, Radenmaker 1-7, Johnso
1-2, Waterman 1-2). Team rebounds: 3. Blocks: .0
(Radenmaker, Shreve, Williams). Turnovers: 24
(Johnson 4, Loot 4, Waterman 3, Threatt 31tW
Shreve 3, Winkler 3 Bostrom 2, Williams*
Radenmaker). Steals: 11 (Threat 4, Waterman3'
Bostrom, Johnson, Shrove, Williams). Technicaf
Michigan...............34 33-67 '+
At Wisconsin Fieldhouse
Finding the bucket
Michigan sophomore Carrie Stewart zeroes in on the basket for a short
jumper. Stewart, a forward, played all 40 minutes in the Wolverines' 73-67
Dtss at Wisconsin, posting 4 points and 6 rebounds. Michigan will need all
Qf Stewart's endurance, as they recently added Jennifer Brzezinski to their
already long casualty list. The freshman frontliner will be out for the season
due to the tear of her anterior cruciate ligament suffered in practice Jan.12.
Wilkinson forgets past, leads gymnasts
Gymnast's performance overcomes memory of season-ending injury
by Mike Rancilio
Daily Sports Writer
Friday night must have looked
eerily familiar to Michigan gymnast
To her, the situation spurred a
feeling reminiscent of a glimpse of
the Capra classic in December -
she's seen this one before.
All the elements from the fateful
meet in 1992 - Michigan women's
gymnastics, the first meet of the sea-
son, Pittsburgh and West Virginia -
Just one year ago, Wilkinson
suffered a season-ending knee injury
competing against these same teams.
Their presence in Keen Arena must
have been a little imposing for her.
But this year was different for the
1991 Big Ten Gymnast of the Year.
"I was definitely more nervous
tonight than for any other meet,"
Wilkinson said. "It was the same
teams as tonight, last year (when I
was injured), so I was really happy it
was over and I was glad to com-
The redshirt sophomore com-
peted for the first time in more than
a year on bars and beam. She tallied
9.55 and 9.4 respectively, and
sparked the Wolverines to a 188.5
overall score and a six-point victory
over the Mountaineers and Lady
"I was extremely proud of
Wendy Wilkinson tonight," Michi-
gan coach Bev Plocki said. "Wendy
went two events and nailed two
events. It just goes to show the level
of competitor she is."
Despite Wilkinson's inspiring
comeback and the Wolverine vic-
tory, everything wasn't merry in
There were many mistakes by the
squad that inhibited them from
reaching their target score of 190.
The mistakes can be attributed to
the increased level of difficulty of
the Wolverine performances. It's
going to take a little time to iron out
the rough edges of these nationally-.
"We had a lot of kids that threw
brand new skills for the very first
time," Plocki said. "We decided we
weren't going to water it down for
the first meet."
Usually consistent performers
had a few breaks that lead to lower
scores than they are used to receiv-
ing. All-Big Ten gymnasts Ali Win-
ski and Kelly Carfora endured a
down meet, but they expect to be
back at their usual level by the next
"I definitely could improve on
some things," Winski said of Fri-
day's performance. "I will work on
correcting the mistakes next week."
Carfora was more of a prognosti-
cator when talking about decreasing
"I could've done better," she
said. "I'll be better by next week."
The inconsistency of the squad
better illuminated sophomore Beth
Wymer's value to the team. The all-
America won the all-around with a
39.0 overall score, including first-
place finishes in three events.
Next week, the Wolverines open
the conference schedule against
Ohio State. Michigan will need more
consistency from gymnasts besides
Wymer to reach the desired 190-plus
And Plocki expects it.
"We will get our 190 by next
week," she promised.
Iy njurie hu men's Chicago finish
by Brian Hillburn date, Seth Rubin fractured an ankle when dismounting
*FULL COURT f
Michigan can't avoid
crash in homestretch *
by Rich Mitvalsky
Daily Basketball Writer
MADISON - We were both so close. If we could only forget those last
Just as the Michigan women's basketball team almost captured its fist
Big Ten victory, I almost returned my rental car unscathed to the rental
company. Trouble is, we both choked it away in the waning moments.
With just over three minutes remaining, Wisconsin's Dolly Rademaker,
who missed shots from beyond the arc all day, buried one which put the
Badgers up, 65-62. And as the season thus far has dictated, the Wolveries
could not recover. Against Indiana, Michigan State, and now Wisconsin,
Michigan has held leads down the stretch, and lost them.
And with just over three minutes remaining in my seven-hour trip back
from Madison, I proceeded through a green light on South Main and
smashed into the vehicle ahead. Suffice it to say, I obliterated the front of
my Mercury Topaz, which I now swear is made of impact-acceptant plastic.
As the shattered bits of Topaz burst into the air before my eyes, I imag-
ined insurance people laughing, rental car agents slashing corporate ac-
counts, and in one moment of anger and fluster, I let out an emphatic "hell's
bells" (or something like that). The Wolverines likely felt the same way. >,
Despite stellar individual play by senior guard Jen Nuanes, and a surge
by Trish Andrew, the Wolverines execution slipped after Rademaker's
three-pointer. Forty-seven turnovers between both teams domintated the
overall tempo, but many of Michigan's 23 occured near the end, as the Bad-
gers makeshift half-court trap took advantage of Michigan's'lack of motion.
One wonders why, oh why, the Wolverines can't seem to win one in the
end. With 5 1/2 minutes remaining, it seemed Michigan would roll onto
victory. But that three pointer ... it hurt Michigan so.
Against Indiana, it was three three-pointers late in the game. Michigan
State rallied on brilliant drives to the hoop to beat the Wolverines. Now
Rademaker's three pointer. Is it the big play that hurts so much? With a thin
bench, which translates into a tired team at the end, that may be the case.
Encouraging aspects of Michigan's game are surfacing, though. Al.
though rookie forward Jennifer Brzezinski was lost for the season last week
with an ACL tear, and senior point guard Stacie McCall suffered a game-
ending concussion in the first half of the Wisconsin game, the nine dressed
Wolverines are, quite simply, learning from each outting - win or lose.
These improvements are most evident in Michigan's heightened inten-
sity and activeness defensively. No longer must Trish Andrew act as the
sole defensive stopper. Admirable guard play heading the zone has also
added a buffer to Michigan's defense.
Unfortunately, the losses outnumber the wins by 11 games.
"I know how difficult it is to be in Trish's (Roberts) shoes right now,"
Wisconsin head coach Mary Murphy said. "But she will bring that program
up soon. They've got good players, and Trish is doing a great job. It's just a
matter of time."
If only the Allied Group would be so kind and understanding to my in-
The men's gymnastics team is like a duck with a
wounded wing. Both can fly sufficiently, but not at the
heights to which they aspire.
The Wolverine gymnasts were hampered by injuries
during the Windy City Invitational in Chicago this
The team finished in seventh place amid a field that
featured all of their Big Ten competitors except for Penn
State, as well as Western Michigan, Iowa State and
The squad's point total of 259 fell well short of
winner Ohio State's score of 271.
Michigan coach Bob Darden admits that while their
finish, the Wolverines can find some positive aspects in
"Expectations were higher than how the team per-
formed;" said Darden. "One positive thing was that our
score came up from 256, (which the Wolverines scored
at their last meet against Minnesota). Another positive
is that we finished in first place in the floor exercise,
which maintains our reputation of the nation's leading
Injuries were a leading factor in how well the squad
was able to perform. In addition to the back injuries
which have sidelined Royce Toni and Brian Winkler to
off the parallel bars in practice last Thursday. He will be
out for the next six weeks.
Furthermore, Ben Verrall hurt his shoulder during
the preliminaries of the floor exercise and had to with-
draw from the finals despite a second-place finish in the
Although the injuries were a setback to the team, the
Wolverines were able to substitute nicely. First-year
student Bob Young stepped into Rubin's position on
the parallel bars and went on to win the event with the
score of 9.25.
"Bob's performance was special because he had a
palm bruise, (which hampered his ability to support
himself), so we designed a special routine for him in
practice," Darden said. "His finish shows that he has a
good backlog of talent."
Other Michigan standouts were Sophomore Raul
Molina and Junior Mike Mott. Molina was a finalist in
both the floor exercise and pommel horse, and finished
in fifth and seventh place respectively. Mott was a fi-
nalist on the pommel horse as well, and finished in
Michigan's next meet will be at home against Ohio
State at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23.
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