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by Andy De Korte;
Daily Basketball Writer j
About a month ago, the Wolver-
ines started the Big Ten season in
search of a conference title. And to
reach that goal they knew they had
to find a way to win on the road.
Back in November, one of the
tougher road stretches for the
Wolverines loomed on the schedule
at the end of January - a Sunday
game vs. Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye
Arena and a contest the following
Tuesday against Michigan State at
the Breslin Center.
The end of January has come andl
while it is still a tough road trip, the
importance of the game to the Big1
Ten standings takes a backseat to
emotion when No. 5 Michigan vis-
its No. 11 Iowa Sunday.
On Jan. 19, Iowa starting forward
Chris Street was killed in an auto-
mobile accident on his way back to
campus after a team meal. Street's
girlfriend, a passenger in the car,
survived the crash and was hospital-
ized in fair condition.
The tragic death sent shock waves
throughout the Iowa campus and the
entire state. Street's funeral in his
hometown of Indianola, Iowa, was
attended by thousands, including
players and coaches from several Big
Last night, after postponing two
conference games, the Hawkeyes re-
turned to the court for the first time
since Street's death, facing Michigan
State in East Lansing. Sunday's con-
test with Michigan will be Iowa's
first home game since the accident.
In memory of Street, the team
has decided to wear black ribbons,
which include Street's initials
(CMS) and his jersey number (40)
on its left shoulder straps. They will
wear them for the remainder of the
season. The school also will retire
his jersey before Sunday's game.
This is not the first time Michi-
gan has come into such a situation.
In the 1990 NCAA tournament,
Michigan played Loyola Marymount
irst dome game
after the death of Hank Gathers. Rid-
ing a tidal wave of emotion, and
with Bo Kimble shooting free
throws left-handed in honor of his
former teammate, the Lions trounced
the defending national champion
Players from that Michigan team
see parallels as well as differences.
"It will be different because
(Gathers) wasn't from our confer-
ence," senior Rob Pelinka said. "Not
to take anything away from that sit-
uation, and obviously our hearts and
prayers went out to the Gathers fam-
ily, but it is different when you've
played on the same court with a guy
for three years like James (Voskuil),
Eric (Riley) and I have."
But of course, despite the emo-
tional scene that willtranspire, the
game will go on. Before the Michi-
gan State game, Iowa coach Tom
Davis said he did not know how his
team would react to the situation.
Apparently, his Hawkeyes seemed to
handle it well.
In a dramatic comeback, Iowa
overcame a second-half 17-point
deficit to force overtime with a three-
pointer. The Hawkeyes continued the
surge and won in overtime, 96-90.
The extent to which Iowa is able
to focus on Michigan will perhaps
have the most impact in determining
While no one is ready to fill.
Street's shoes - he was the team's
leading rebounder as well its emo-
tional leader - Wade Lookingbill,
Jay Webb or James Winters is ex-
pected to start in Street's place.
One of the three will join a
talented fivesome led by all-
American center Acie Earl and high-
scoring guard Val Barnes.
Barnes will have to contend with
Michigan guard Jalen Rose. Last
season at Iowa represented a high
point for both Michigan and Rose.
Although he did not start the game
because he was late to a team meet-
ing, he scored 34 points and led
Michigan to a 80-77 overtime vic-
tory in its Big Ten opener.
In the rematch in Ann Arbor,
Earl led his team with 21 points and
six rebounds, but the Hawkeyes
came up short again, 79-74.
Although the Wolverines have
only one loss in the Big Ten, this
win is crucial to their Big Ten title
hopes because Indiana is still unde-
feated at 7-0 in the conference.
Juwan Howard looks to continue his recent stellar play when the Wolverines faces Iowa Sunday in Iowa City.
Blue faces tall order in No. 3 Iowa
by Mike Hill
Daily Basketball Writer
* Crisler Arena will be holding a
rematch of the David vs. Goliath
saga tonight at 7:30 p.m. But don't
count on the same surprise outcome
as last time.
The Iowa women's basketball
team (4-0 Big Ten, 12-1 overall)
marches into Ann Arbor boasting a
No. 3 national ranking. Waiting for
them is a Michigan squad (0-6, 1-14)
that has lost eight straight and faces
Othe prospect of its worst season in
If making the overused compari-
son of a team's season to a roller
coaster ride, Iowa would currently
be enjoying calm stretches, waiting
for a hill. It would seem that the
Hawks have their eyes set on next
weekend's matchup against Penn
With the Nittany Lions burying
Ohio State by 17 points Wednesday
night, the Big Ten has become a two
team race between Iowa and Penn
State. But the Hawkeyes have goals
that go beyond the Big Ten season.
"Most of all, we just have to con-
centrate on not disappointing our-
selves," Iowa coach Vivian Stringer
said. "I just think that my standards
would be that we need to go to an-
*other level. I would be happy win-
ning the Big Ten. But I believe this
team can go another step.
"And that would be going further
than the second round of the
(NCAA) tournament like we did last
year. (Winning the Big Ten) means a
lot to me only because it represents
Michigan's Trish Andrew, who
leads the Big Ten in rebounding with
12.4 per game, and Shimmy Gray
(7.5 rpg) will face an almost impos-
sible challenge in the paint. While
the Wolverines list only Nikki
Beaudry and Andrew over six-feet
tall, the Hawkeye team's average
height is six feet. And this height is
Iowa features a frontline that may
be the best in the country. Senior
power forward Toni Foster leads a
balanced offensive attack with 15.2
points per game. The Hawkeyes'
offense is directed by another senior,
Laurie Aaron of Detroit Murray-
Wright. The 5-foot-6 guard averages
3.9 assists per game and last year set
a school record for steals in a season
"Our team is talented and has
been talented," Stringer said. "This
team works extremely hard and is
extremely drivel to succeed. We
have a real team concept and I think
it's paying off so far. We just have
to continue playing like we know we
Michigan best chance at a victory
might come Sunday at 2 p.m. The
Wolverines will play host to Min-
nesota, a team they knocked off
twice last season.
The Golden Gophers return only
two starters from a team that fin-
ished 3-15 in the Big Ten last year.
Junior forward Carol Ann Shudlick
is the Gophers' top player. She leads
the conference in scoring with a
24.7 ppg average.
that you have discovered one or two
of the steps along the way to get to
your ultimate goal."
If the lawkeyes could reach their
ultimate goals, it sure would make
for an inspirational story. While the
Iowa men's basketball team was
forced to deal with the death of for-
ward Chris Street, the women's
squad has had to endure a tragedy of
Stringer's husband suffered a fa-
tal heart attack Thanksgiving morn-
ing. The Hawkeyes followed the di-
rection of assistant coach Marianna
Freeman for the first five games of
But. Stringer has returned to the
helm, solidifying one of the most
powerful teams in the country.
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