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Men's Basketball Women's Basketball
at Minnesota at Ohio State
Tonight, 8 p.m. Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Minneapolis Columbus
SThe Michigan Dy Wednesday, J 20,1993 Page 8

Women cagers are
missing some things
by Rich Mitvalsky
Daily Basketball Writer
Almost a quarter of the way through the Big Ten season, and the
Michigan women's basketball team is still searching for its first conference
win. The Wolverines still understand that it is some of the little things on
the court which will carry them to that elusive victory in the near future.
Here are a few of those "little things."
ANDREW ACCOLADES: The Wolverines seem to have accomplished,'
to some degree, one of their primary season objectives - involving more
players in the offense. Senior Trish Andrew's numbers have not suffered,
however. Andrew moved into Michigan's number two position for career
rebounding against Indiana earlier this month. With 791 boards, Andrew
needs just 29 more to surpass 1990 Michigan graduate Tanya Powell's all-
time mark. Andrew also currently ranks second nationally in that category,
averaging 13 rebounds per game.
Against the Badgers, Andrew also tallied 14 points, moving her into
fourth place on the Michigan all-time scoring chart with a total of 1,384.
While 1982 grad Diane Dietz's career total of 2,071 points should remain in
tact, Andrew needs just 203 points to leapfrog into the number two position.
TURN ABOUT-BETTER THAN FAIR PLAY: Arguably, foul trouble de-
termined Michigan's loss in Madison over the weekend. At the end of the
first half, the sum of the foul totals looked like this: Andrew-3, Nikki
Beaudry-3, Shimmy Gray-3. Andrew was replaced nicely by redshirt
sophomore Valerie Turner, who despite collecting two personals herself in
the first half, made her presence felt underneath while grabbing a couple of
rebounds at each end. The Wolverines will need stellar play from players
off the bench to compensate for their lack of numbers.
Vitale expression, but it applies here. Against the Badgers, Michigan totaled
23 turnovers. Okay, 23 isn't so hot, but the timing was worse. Throughout
the season, Michigan ballhandlers have become flustered when facing trap-
ping defenses late in the game, resulting in errant passes. However, some-
one's got to be open, right? Much of Michigan's inability to penetrate the
half-court trap may be cured with added hustle away from the ball.
CHALK 'EM UP: Just when it seemed Michigan would benefit from
added inside play, 6'1" rookie Jennifer Brzezinski joined classmate
Tannisha Stevens on the bench after suffering an anterior crucial ligament
tear. Her play against Indiana demonstrated her worth to the squad, splitting
the inside defensive pressure between herself and Andrew. The freshman
underwent arthroscopic surgery yesterday and is expected to miss the
remainder of the season.
Senior point guard Stacie McCall was forced to leave in the first half of
the Wisconsin game after suffering a slight concussion. As Badger standout
guard Robin Threatt descended from the air clutching at a rebound, she
planted a knee in McCall's temple. McCall spent the evening in Madison
for examination and was released the next day.

Blue out for Gopher roadkill

Yet again,


trying to exact revenge on Big Ten rival

by Ken Sugiura
Daily Basketball Writer
Do you get the feeling you've
seen this before?
Coach (Steve Fisher) leads team
(Michigan) to Big Ten city (take
your pick: West Lafayette, Madison
or Minneapolis) into rabid fan-in-
fested arena (Mackey Arena, Wis-
consin Field House or Williams
Arena) to take revenge against team
(Purdue, Wisconsin or Minnesota).
Yes, sports fans, the storyline
for tonight's contest in Minneapolis
is one that, frankly, is getting a little
"We lost there last year, so
we're hoping to get a victory there
this year," Wolverine guard Jimmy
King said after his club pummeled
Notre Dame, 70-55, Saturday at
Crisler Arena.
On their march to the Big Ten ti-
tle, the Wolverines (2-1 Big Ten,
13-2 overall) are also attempting to
gain revenge on their conquerors
from last season. When the Maize
and Blue visited both the Golden
Gophers (2-2, 10-3) and Badgers a
year ago, both took time out of their
otherwise-mediocre seasons to
pound lumps into the Wolverines,
73-64 and 96-78, respectively.
The Boilermakers earned their
spot on Michigan's hit list by spoil-
ing their conference home opener,
65-60. Fisher's club has gained re-
venge on Purdue and Wisconsin,
and now hope to make it three for
three. Three may not be the charm,
"They shot 45 free throws
against us last time and we couldn't
stop them," Fisher said. "We could
not stop them without fouling them.
So, hopefully we'll do a little better
job with our defense and not give
them so many easy shots and de-
fend without fouling."
Much of that may be determined
by the degree to which Chris Web-
ber can be effective. Webber, who
underwent surgery yesterday mor-
ning on his fractured nose, sat out
of yesterday's practice. He is ex-
pected to play with the protection of
a plastic mask.
"I'm sure he's gonna play and I
don't think it's going to affect his
play that much because he's an in-

side player who gets a lot of points
around the basket anyway," said
Minnesota coach Clem Haskins' as-
sistant, Milton Barnes.
Webber fractured his nose Mon-
day during practice when he caught
a forearm from teammate Eric
Riley. Coincidentally, Minnesota is
the alma mater of the NBA's Willie
Burton, who played with a similar
break during the 1990 NCAA tour-
nament and led the Gophers to the
round of eight.
Whether Webber will experi-
ence similar success with the im-
pediment, perhaps only he nose.
Regardless, the Gophers ex-
pressed concern over the other two
members of Michigan's power trio,
Juwan Howard and Riley. Howard
has turned on the jets since the con-
ference opener, averaging 17.7
points on 62 percent shooting.
"Juwan Howard, I think, is one
of the best front-line players in the
Big Ten this year," Barnes said.
"He's putting up some numbers to
show people that he's every bit the
player that Chris Webber is."
Riley has been solid as well,
contributing 6.3 points and 5.5 re-
bounds in 15 minutes of action per
"He's playing very well, proba-
bly his best basketball right now,"
Barnes said.
That said, Minnesota still has
some trump cards of its own. Its ace
is sophomore Voshon Lenard. In
Minnesota's defeat of the Wolver-
ines, Lenard, who played alongside
Jalen Rose under current Michigan
assistant Perry Watson, poured in
25 points, including four three-
"Voshon looks physically stron-
ger to me than he did a year ago,"
Fisher said. "He is one of the pre-
mier guards, not only in the confer-
ence, but in the country."
Another card up the Gophers'
sleeve is the boisterous Williams
Arena crowd. It is reputed to be one
of the loudest in the country, and
with the latest version of the Homer
Hanky - the Play Hard towel - to
be handed out tonight, it may be
even worse.

After suffering a fractured nose, Michigan's Chris Webber is scheduled to
take part in the Wolverines' matchup with Minnesota tonight.


Michigan at Minnesota
Time: 8 p.m., EST.
Place: Williams Arena.
Probable starting lineups

Minnesota (10-3)
Jayson Walton, 6-6, So.
Randy Carter, 6-8, Jr.
Chad Kolander, 6-9, So.
Voshon Lenard-, 6-4, So.
Arriel McDonald, 6-2, Jr.


Michigan (13-2)
James Voskuil, 6-8, Sr.
Chris Webber, 6-9, So.
Juwan Howard, 6-9, So.
Jalen Rose, 6-8, So.
Jimmy King, 6-5, So.

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Women post personal bests at 'M' Relays

by Tom Bausano
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's track team came out
of the blocks full of steam last Saturday at the
Michigan Relays, with several Wolverines post-
ing personal bests.
In the shot put, the Wolverines claimed both
first and second place. Senior Julie Victor placed
second with a throw of 43 feet 7 and 3/4 inches.
However, sophomore Ronda Meyers stole the
show with a personal best of 44' 11 1/2".
"The prelims were very tight," said Meyers.
"But Julie and I stepped out in the finals."
The high jump competition proved as excit-
ing as pre-meet expectations. Monika Black cap-
tured first place with a personal best of 5' 9".
Black had several excellent attempts at 5' 10
1/2", which indicates that she has the potential to

score well in the bigger meets. Meanwhile, Linda
Stuck placed second with a jump of 5' 5".
The sprinters, led by Tearza Johnson, also
showed their strength. Johnson placed third in the
55-meter dash with 7.1 seconds. Both the 4 x
220 and the sprint medley squads captured first
place honors.
The one-mile run proved to be a quality race
with former Michigan standout Mindy Schmidt,
now racing for Adidas, pushing the pace and tak-
ing first. However, sophomore Courtney Bab-
cock ran right on the heels of Schmidt, and was
just nipped at the finish line, posting her fastest
time ever in the event, 4:49.11.
After posting a personal best in the 3000 me-
ters at the intrasquad, Babcock seems to be on a
roll early in the season,.
"This race went a lot better than I thought it

would," Babcock said. "I am pretty happy with
Another highlight for the Wolverines came in
the 4 x 880 relay where first-year runners Molly
Lori, Amy Parker, Jackie Concaugh and Jenny
Barber put on a gutsy performance. All four had
run in the mile, the race before the relay, yet
managed to stave off fatigue and post a victory.
"It was fun," Barber said. "It was tough dou-
bling up with the mile because (the mile) was so
fast, especially compared to high school."
The 3000 meter run was another high point
for the Wolverines. Senior Molly McClimon,
junior Chris Szabo and sophomore Kelly Chard
were the first three collegians to cross the finish
line. McClimon ran 9:36.73, Szabo finished in.
9:51.1 and Chard posted 9:56.41.

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