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The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 12,1993-Page 13

WOMEN HOST SLUMPING BADGERS
OCagers look for new ending
by Rachel Bachman
Daily Basketball Writer

It seems that every game the
Michigan women's basketball team
plays is just another draft of the
previous one. The score see-saws,
but usually stays close, until the
game's waning moments when the
opposing team takes charge and pens
*its own ending.
"The last four to five minutes (in
a game) have been the story of our
team," said Michigan coach Trish
Roberts.
Tonight marks yet another oppor-
tunity for an original work as the
Wolverines (0-10 Big Ten, 1-18
overall) host conference cellar mates
Wisconsin (3-6, 6-12) at 7:30 p.m.
in Crisler Arena.
The Badgers, currently 10th in
the Big Ten, are in the midst of a
five-game losing streak. The most
recent defeat was a 72-49 drubbing
at the hands of Purdue.
Senior guard Robin Threatt
headlines the Badgers. She ranks
among the top 20 leading scorers
nationally with 19.8 points per
game. The offensive contributions of
Threatt cannot be overstated, as evi-
denced in her explosion for a career-
high 34 points against Northwestern
on Jan. 24.
However, the Badgers rely so
heavily on Threatt that even with 20-
plus points per game from her, the
team can still lose. Such was the
outcome of the Northwestern game.
Coach Roberts was asked after
the Michigan State game last

No. Team
1. Stanford
2. Michigan
3. Florida
4. Texas
5. Tennessee
6. California
7. SMU

248 8.. "Arizona St.
228 9. Arizona
221 10. Georgia
216 11. Virginia
205 12. Iowa
194 13. Ohio St.
180 14. USC
15. Auburn 108

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156
133
129
123
119
113

Pts. No. Team Pts.

EVAN PETRIEIDaiRY
Senior point guard Stacie McCall hopes that the women's basketball team doesn't let another one slip away as it
enterains Wisconsin tonight. The Wolverines will shoot for their second victory of the season.

Wednesday if it bothers her that such team's 63 points.
a huge percentage of the team's "That's kind of how it's been all
points are scored by one player, year," said Roberts. "We would like
Trish Andrew. Against MSU, the for our other kids to contribute, but
senior forward scored 30 of the for some reason they haven't been

able to do that."
As they face a tough remaining
schedule, the Wolverines realize that
Wisconsin is one of the few teams
left they have a chance to beat.

Women aim to break Chipps' hearts

by Mike Rancilio
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's gymnas-
tic team will use tonight's meet
against Central Michigan as a tune
*up for its treacherous spring break
run
But don't think the Chippewas
will be overlooked.
First and foremost, Michigan
coach Bev Plocki wants her team
healthy and sharp for its competi-
tions against three different teams in
three different arenas in the same
week.
She has been resting her top
gymnasts sporadically the past few
meets, utilizing the strength of her
squad - its depth.
Initially, gymnasts like Beth
Wymer and Kelly Carfora, who usu-
ally compete in all around, get some
rest in a few events, guarding against
nagging injuries that develop from
constant physical activity.
Last weekend, All-American
* Wymer competed in only three
events, resting on the floor exercise.
All-Big Ten performer Ali Winski
hasn't competed in all around this
season, and Carfora received a break
from the toil of the all-around com-
petition against Illinois.
In their place, Plocki has allotted
valuable experience to rookies
Wendy Marshall, Tina Miranda and
Dianna Ranelli.
But it was last Sunday when the
Wolverines may have come of age.
Michigan was behind after two

events at the Invitational and needed
to increase its performance level in
the final two events to catch an up-
start underdog squad. That team:
Central Michigan.

The Chippewas surged ahead
with consistent scores in all four
events, and then sat back and waited
for the Wolverines to finish. Michi-
gan buried the bars with a 48.05, to

upend Central and send its dreams of
an upset to a week down the road.
"We know (Central) will be fired
up," Plocki said. "(But) we'll be
fired up, too."

Men tumblers seek to crush Orange

by Scott Burton
Daily Sports Writer
Two weeks ago, the Michigan
men's gymnastics team proved it can
compete with the top teams in the
nation in its narrow 273.4-270.3 loss
to Illinois.
Last week, the Wolverines
proved they can win when they
picked up their first victory on the
season at the expense of less
formidable Western Michigan,
267.5-261.1.
This week, Michigan travels to
Syracuse to take on the No. 5
Orangeman in hopes of combining
the accomplishments of the last two
weeks: competing with one of the
top teams in the nation and winning.
"It will be a very competitive
meet; they'll (Syracuse) probably
pull a mid-270's and that's our ex-
actly our goal for this time of year,"
said Wolverine coach Bob Darden.
"If we achieve our goal, which
we've been doing very well over the
last few weeks, it should be a very
close meet."
The Orangemen are one of the
most improved teams in the nation

over the last few years. Syracuse
cruised last season to a 8-1 record.
The team has continued its rise to
powerhouse level this year thanks to
a standout recruiting class.
"We're a really, really good
team," Syracuse coach Walter
Dodge said. "We have some super
young talent and some talented vet-
erans that really pull us together."
Michigan's hopes of keeping par
with the Orangeman will lie in one
of its weaker events - the still
rings. Syracuse features the No. 1
still rings team in the nation.
"We have to approach this event
cautiously and just really do well
with the routines that we are doing,"
Darden said. "We can't afford even
minor flaws in our routine other-
wise that will open up the flood
gates for Syracuse."
Because Syracuse, like Michi-
gan, is on the bubble for one of the
six NCAA East Regional bids, the
meet takes on an added importance
for the Wolverines.
"The Syracuse meet will be very
important in terms of the win-loss
column," Darden said. "If we're on

the bubble, they'll look at head-to-
head competition to make the final
selection of the teams that would
qualify for the regionals. And we see
Syracuse as one of those teams that
we're neck and neck in for one of
those playoff positions."
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