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Page 6-The Michigan Daily-Sports Monday- January 25, 1993

Solid play marks Jackson's

return to Wol
by Ken Sugiura
Daily Basketball Writer
If you were in the business of comparing
basketball players to parts of the human
anatomy, you might call Ray Jackson a pinky.
If you weren't - and most of us aren't -
you would call Jackson one of the five sopho-
mores, a player who doesn't get all the notori-
ety that the others get. But you might also add
that when he's missing, the hand, er, team,
suffers because of it.
In other words, kind of like a pinky.
Analogies to the human body aside, when
Jackson returned to the Wolverine lineup after
a 25-day, seven-game absence Saturday night
against Illinois, let it be known that no one
gave him the finger.
"He had a big impact," Michigan guard
Jalen Rose said. "Not only were we happy to
have Ray back, but Ray came up with a
tremendous spark. He came in and got two or
three dunks in a row, and got a couple offen-
sive rebounds and baskets."
Jackson, who had been out of the lineup
since separating his left shoulder in Michigan's
win over North Carolina Dec. 29, made his
1993 debut midway through the first half to a
standing ovation from the Crisler faithful.
"I liked that a lot," Jackson said of the
greeting. "I thank the fans for that. I think they
really helped me a lot. That got me going."
The 6-foot-6 sophomore responded with
eight points - including a high-flying slam on
a Chris Webber feed - before the first half
came to a close. His return seemed to be the
kickstart the sluggish Wolverines needed, as
they went on a 20-11 tear during his 5:42 stint.
"That's what we needed," Webber said.
"That's what we were missing. That's what
sparked us."
In the last two minutes of that segment,
Coach Steve Fisher reunited the Fab Five on
the court, and the fivesome outscored the Illini,

verine lineup
9-2. Coincidentally, during that span, in scor-
ing his final points of the night on a putback,
Jackson scored his 200 and 201st points at,
Michigan.
"I think (Illinois) underestimated me, think-
ing I was still maybe hurt or something,"
Jackson said. "So I just tried to take advantage
of that.
"Once I get it going, though, it'll be differ-
ent. They'll start respecting me more," he,
chuckled.
Getting it going will likely take some time,
and with the depth that Michigan has, Jackson
can afford not to hurry his recovery.a
"1 just want to work my way back in
slowly," he said. "I'm not 100 percent. I'm not
trying to rush anything 'cause we're winning
and we're on a pretty good roll."
The good news of his return was aug-
mented by Jackson's post-game evaluation of
his shoulder. While he noted some stiffnessA
and tightening during and after the game, team
trainer Dave Ralston said this was to be ex-w
pected.
"That's just a response to activity," Ralston w
said. "He played pretty aggressively, and hisy.
body is just responding by protecting itself (by
becoming sore)."
Jackson's return to the lineup gives
Michigan, at least for the time being, a clean
bill of health for the first time in awhile. James
Voskuil (tendinitis), Michael Talley (flu),
Jason Bossard (back) and Jackson have all
been sidelined, with Jackson healthy, Fisher
again has all of his players ready to continue
their assault on the Big Ten.<
"I think it's just a boost for the team,"
Jackson said. "Everybody's healthy again.
(Talley) had the flu earlier and now he's back
and now I'm back. I think it just helps support
the team."
"He played great considering the time off," KRISTOFFER GILLETTE/Dai
Webber said of Jackson. "Once his shoulder's Ray Jackson, seen here dunking earlier this season, made an equally thunderous comeback in
100 percent, we'll be unbeatable." Michigan's 76-68 victory over Illinois Saturday night.

ILLINOIS
Continued from page 1
good ball games," Illinois coach Ldu
Henson said. "We need his offense.
"We shot the ball better in the
second half. In the first half, we were
doing things right, but we weren't
making our shots."

0

"To Illinois' credit they crawled
and clawed," Fisher said. "Kaufman,
in the second half, really played
well."
Rose and Kaufman stole the spot-
light away from an anticipated battle
between Illinois' big man, Deon
Thomas, and Michigan's Juwan
Howard and Chris Webber. Thomas,
while scoring 18 points, grabbed
only five rebounds to Howard's eight
and Webber's nine.
As a team, the Wolverines outre-
bounded their opponent for the first
time in four games, 38-31.
"We came out hard on the*
boards," Howard said. "There'sno
reason why a team should outre-
bound us."
Despite the letdown, the
Wolverines were happy with the vic-
tory.
"(Stopping the Illinois rally) is a
sign of maturity," Juwan Howard
said. "We stood up like real men.".
Fisher, however, was cautious
with his praise.
"We had some brilliant stretches
where we really played exceptionlly
good basketball and I don't want to
forget that," Fisher said, "but I don't
want to forget either the 19-point
lead that dissipated way too quickly.
I promise you when that situation
presents itself again we will handle
it better than we did tonight."

MOTIVATION
Continued from page 1
in history as one of the finest displays
in basketball history. Sure, Ray
Jackson's return excited the crowd,
and his play did indeed prove to be a
spark to his teammates. But it would
have been more surprising if Jack-
son's first appearance back hadn't
inspired everyone.
For all intents and purposes, the
game was another day at the office
for the Wolverines. Revenge didn't
play a role here - Michigau defeated
the Illini in both meetings last year.
Nor was there any local flavor to
spice things up; neither Chicago
(home of Juwan Howard and Rob
Pelinka) nor Herrin (Steve Fisher)
can be found within a truckful of
toupees from Champaign.
So what motivation was there to
defeat the Illini?
"We both were tied for second
place (in the Big Ten)," Rose ex-
plained, "so it was just a matter of
who wanted to be in second place.
We wanted to be in control of our
own destiny down the stretch, so we
have to stay motivated."
O.K., there's some legitimacy to
that. But in all likelihood, the
Wolverines could have lost this game
and still finished better than Illinois
come season's end.
"They're college players going
through a very short career,"
Michigan coach Steve Fisher said.
"When you turn around, it's over. So
part of it is the coach's responsibility,
but part of it is the player's responsi-
bility ... Some are easy; some are a
little harder. We shouldn't have great
difficulty getting up for a Big Ten
game."
Assistant coach Perry Watson
echoed Fisher's philosophy, but in
harsher, non-sound bite terms.
"You don't need those kind of fac-
tors to have motivation," Watson ex-

ILLINOIS (68)
FG FT Rob.
Min. M-A M-A O-T A F Pt..
Kaufmann 33 10-24 5-6 0-1 2 3 27
Bennett 34 3-8 0-1 4-9 0 3 6
Thomas 36 7-10 4-6 2-4 1 0 18
Keene 26 4-12 0-0 0-5 0 3 9
Clemons 23 3-8 0-0 2-3 3 3 6
Wheeler 20 0-3 0-0 0-1 3 1 0 -
Michael 6 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Taylor 17 0-0 0-0 0-2 4 2 0
Davson 5 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 2
Totals 20028-68 9-1313-31 1316 68
FG°/-.412. FT%- .692. Three-point goals: 3-
12 250 (Kaufmann 2-6, Keene 1-4, Michael 0-1,
Wheeler 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocks: 0.
Turnovers: 11 (Kaufmann 3, Clemons 2, Taylor 2,
Wheeler 2, Keene, Michael). Steals: 5 (Bennett,
Kaufmann, Taylor, Thomas, Wheeler). Technical
fouls: none.
MICHIGAN (76)
PG FT Rob.
Min. M-A M-A O-T A F Pt.
Webber 36 4-10 4-5 1-9 3 2 13
Voskuil 14 1-2 0-0 0-4 2 2 3
Howard 31 4-8 1-2 1-8 1 4 9
Rose 39 10-14 3-7 0-5 5 2 25
King 33 5-6 1-3 2-3 2 0 12
Pelinka 16 1-3 2-2 2-3 1 3 4
Riley 12 1-5 0-0 2-3 0 3 2
Talley 9 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 0
Jacs.n 10 4-5 0. 0 1-3 2 2 8
Totals 20030-5411-19 9-381719 76
FG%-556. FTaa- .579. Three-point goals: 5-
12, 417 (Rose 2-3, Webber 1-3, King 1-2, Voskuil
1-2, Pelinka 0-1, Talley 0-1). Team rebounds:
none. Blocks: 7 (King 4 Riley, Voskuil, Webber).
Turnovers: 18 (Howard 5, Webber 5, Rose 3, King
2, Voskuil 2. Riley). Steals: 4 (King, Rose, Voskuils
Webber). Technical fouls: none.
Illinoist ha..............29 39 - 68
Michigan ....gT.........s40 36 ,- 76
At Criser Arena; A-13,562
plained. "As a player, every time you
play, the motivation is trying to win
and play your best. A lot of times,
people will try extra incentives by
saying,s They beat you,' but as ath-
letes, you don't need that."
And that, my friends, is today's
lesson. Clearly, Michigan possesses
more talent than Illinois. But that
does not guarantee a victory, espe-
cially in the Big Ten. Otherwise, why
would Fisher and his staff use the re-
venge motif against squads such as
Minnesota and Wisconsin?
The Wolverines motivated them-
selves solely by the desire to win. No
gimmicks. Just another "W" in the
standings.
Perhaps the 80-year old Jalen
Rose won't be able to recall this
game. But if Rose and his teammates
can motivate themselves for all
contests as they did this one, he
surely will remember this season with
pride.

Penn State, Ohio State outclass 'M' women cagers

by Jaeson Rosenfeld
Daily Basketball Writer
The Michigan women's basket-
ball team hit a brick wall this
weekend.
After dropping their last two con-
tests against Indiana and Wisconsin
in the closing minutes, the Wolver-
ines (0-6 Big Ten, 1-14 overall)
found out why Penn State and Ohio
State are in the upper echelon of the
Big Ten.
The No. 7 Nittany Lions muscled
past Michigan, 81-61, while the No.
8 Buckeyes ran over the Wolverines,
90-73.
In Sunday's contest at Happy
Valley, Michigan's hopes of keeping
it close against Penn State (4-1, 12-
1) were dashed less than four min-
utes into the game when center Trish
Andrew picked up her third foul.
Andrew was then forced to ride
the pine for the remainder of the
half, watching the Nittany Lions run
off 14 unanswered points in a four
minute stretch starting at 12:55.
Michigan coach Trish Roberts
saw Andrew's early foul trouble as a
turning point.
"When Andrew went out of the
game, there was definitely a distinct
difference in our offense," Roberts
said. "And that took us out of our
game."
The Wolverines, without Andrew
and injured forward Nikki Beaudry
(foot blisters), were no match for the
Nittany Lions on the glass. Penn
State crashed the boards for a 50-35
rebounding advantage, with forward
Kim Calhoun grabbing 13 caroms.
Although Wolverine Shimmy
Gray responded with 13 boards of
her own, she could hardly make up
for Andrew's one-rebound perfor-
mance in 18 minutes of play.
While Andrew was finding out
what it was like to be a spectator, the

Nittany Lion's top gun was also
forced to watch the game from the
sidelines. Penn State's leading
scorer Katina Mack (17.3 ppg) sat
out the contest with a foot injury.
Forward Helen Holloway picked up
the slack in Mack's absence scoring
a game-high 23 points.
Aiding Holloway in the front-
court was 6-foot-1 freshman Angie
Potthoff, who despite only averaging
1.7 points-per-game stepped up and
scored 15 points for the Nittany Li-
ons. Penn State coach Rene Portland
said the play of Potthoff and other
reserves was key to the Nittany Li-
ons' success.
"Considering all the odd situa-
tions that were put around today's
game because of injury and foul
trouble at the beginning of the game,
I thought the kids came out of it
fine," said Portland. "Al! and all we
got some quality time out of our
bench players." .
In Friday's contest at Columbus,
the Buckeye's (5-0, 13-1) scored the
MICHIGAN (61
FG FT Rob.
Min. M-A M-A O-T A F Pts.
Stewart 31 4-6 0-1 0-2 0 2 9
Gray 39 5-16 0-0 5-13 3 3 10
Andrew 18 6-12 2-2 0-1 0 4 16
Nuanes 40 7-16 0-0 1-4 3 1 16
McCall 30 0-1 0-0 0-0 5 4 0
Heikkinen 20 2-5 3-4 3-6 5 1 7
Turner 20 1-4 1-2 1-2 1 1 3
Tota s 20025-61 6.913-351716 61
FG%- .403. FT%- .667. Three-point goals: 5-
13, .385. Team rebounds: 7. Blocks: 3. Turnovers:
25. Steals: 5. Technical fouls: None.
PENN STATE (81)
FG FT Rob.
Min.M -A M -A O-T A F Pts.
Holloway 25 8-14 5-5 4-6 1 0 23
Lazor 15 1-4 1-2 1-4 1 $ 4
Henry 14 4-7 2-2 2-6 0 2 10
Donovan 26 1-6 0-0 2-6 5 1 2
Kretchmar 22 2-8 0-0 1-2 3 0 4
Nicholson 22 1-3 4-4 0-0 5 0 6
Reimers 16 3-3 0-0 1-4 2 2 6
Calhoun 25 4-11 3-4 9-13 0 2 11
Potthoff 13 6-9 3-5 3-4 0 1 15
Coleman 9 0-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Thayer 11 0$6 0-0 2-2 _0 1 0
Totals 20030.7518.2225-501712 81
FG%- .400. FT%/- .818. Three-point goals: 3-
12,_250. Team rebounds: 3. Blocks: 4. Turnovers:
18. Steals: 15. Technical fouls: None.
Michigan............ 34 27 - 61
Penn State.......44 37 - 81
At Recreation Hall, A-3,750

tirst basket on a Nikki Keyton layup
and never looked back. Ohio State
led the entire way holding leads as
large as 21 points, with Keyton lead-
ing the way with 20 points.
Keyton's 7 boards were also a
team high, leading the Buckeyes to a

42-33 advantage on the glass. All 12
Buckeyes who saw action garnered
at least one board, damaging the
Wolverines' cause beyond repair.
"Rebounding hurt us," said
Roberts. "We gave Ohio State too
many second and third chances."

SF U L L C OU R T
When the lavers
outnumber the fans...
by Rachel Bachman
Daily Basketball Writer
As I fumble for my press pass, the aging usher smiles and says, "go
ahead," without looking at it. I get the feeling that he wouldn't mind if I
was Amy Fisher, just as long as I was willing to sit through 40 minutes of
women's basketball.
It's just 10 minutes before tip-off, and Crisler Arena sounds like a ffat
house at 9 a.m. on a Sunday. The scene - lower deck seats checker-
boarded with a scant few faithful fans; upper deck shadowed and empty
is a far cry from the donut-consuming lines of students which form hours
before men's games.
Let's face it: if women's basketball games were parties, the hostess
would be crying in her Hawaiian Punch.
Blame it on a team that has yet to win a home game. Blame it on a
school that has historically favored (to put it mildly) men's sports. The
result is this: by closing your eyes and listening to the applause, you can
practically count the number of people watching a game of women's
hoops.
Recently, though, our friends at Marketing and Promotions have dried
their tears and tried to plug the games as gala events.
Their latest publicity concoction involves the Greek system. Whichever
fraternity or sorority has the most total members in attendance at three
designated home games wins a free big-screen TV.
That's one heck of a party favor.
The second and third place houses, respectively, will receive a free
performance at their house by the band "Code Blue" and a new VCR.
The first game at which Greek attendance was tallied, Jan. 13, yielded a
turnout of only 250 house members. John Krieg, an M&P representative,
attributed the low number to bad weather.
Still, the number augmented considerably the team's average
attendance of about 600.
No, I didn't forget a zero.
What hundreds and thousands of students in Ann Arbor have yet to
discover is that women's basketball games are virtual gold mines. Even if
you don't qualify for the big screen TV, there are plenty of reasons to drag
your atrophied body away from Jeopardy and head to a women's game.
First, it's free. Need I say more?
Second, you will find none of the inconveniences typically associated
with going to a men's game. There are no lines outside or at concession *
stands. You can sit courtside even if you arrive late. And, in the bathroom,
you could read the Sunday edition of The New York Times without so
much as a knock on your stall door.
Last, the games have a unique atmosphere. At what other Division I
basketball game could you hear the announcer say during a time out, "If
you have misplaced your watch, come get it at the scorer's table"?
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Standings after Game 1
Alpha Xi Delta ....................56
Theta Chi .............................41-
Aloha Gamma Delta............34

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