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Women's Swimming and Diving Hockey
at Big Ten Championships vs. Ferris State
Today and Tomorrow Tonight, 7 p.m.
Canham Natatorium Yost Ice Arena
The Michigan Daily Friday, February 19, 1993 Page 9,

Women cagers face
Bucks, TV spotlight
by Mike Hill ond-coming of the Fab Five," Buck-
Daily Basketball Writer eye coach Nancy Darsch said of her

'M' hosts Gophers,
then takes a break

"Look Ma, I'm on TV!"
The 1-18 Michigan women's
basketball team would probably like
to put a muzzle on anyone who does
that kind of announcing. With guard
Jen Nuanes and forward Molly
Heikkinen having to miss Sunday's
matchup with Ohio State (8-2, Big
Ten, 16-3 overall), and Nikki
Beaudry doubtful for the contest, the
host Wolverines may have the thin-
nest bench on record for the
SportsChannel Chicago audience. If
Beaudry can't suit up, the Wolver-
ines will be forced to rotate six
players.
"I'm not too thrilled about going
on ESPN (actually SportsChannel)
against Ohio State, especially in this
kind of shape," Michigan coach
Trish Roberts said. "They're tough.
They gave us lots of problems the
last time we played them. But you
never know, it may work in our
favor."
"Tough" would probably be a
good one-word description of the na-
tion's fifth-ranked team. The Buck-
eyes, who pummeled the Wolverines
90-73 three weeks ago, feature the
top recruiting class in the nation
from a year ago.
"They came in the first day of
i practice thinking they were the sec-

freshman class before the season.
"That ended real quickly."
Darsch has probably changed her
mind since then. Frosh Katie Smith
has emerged as a major force in the
conference. Smith is fourth among
Big Ten scorers, chipping in 18
points a game.
On the brighter side, Roberts said
she thinks the televised event could
prove positive for future Michigan
squads.
"All of the kids we're recruiting,
we've told that if they come to
Michigan, they'll be able to step in
and play right away," she said.
"Hopefully, when they see this game
they'll realize that that's true. We
told them to watch the kids in their
positions and we've told them which
(uniform) numbers are seniors.
We've told them to look at the
players and measure themselves
against those players."
The players will not be "on
break" next week. While Roberts
gave her players three days off fol-
lowing last Friday's 79-75 loss to
Wisconsin, Spring Break will not
alter the practice schedule. Fol-
lowing Sunday's contest, the
Wolverines will have the week to
prepare for weekend matchups at
Minnesota and No. 3-ranked Iowa.

by Ryan Herrington
Daily Basketball Writer
Even the Michigan men's
basketball team deserves a break.
Following tomorrow's 3 p.m.
contest against Minnesota at Crisler
Arena, the No. 5 Wolverines (9-3
Big Ten, 20-4 overall) enjoy an
eight-day layoff before resuming
conference action in Columbus
against Ohio State, Feb. 28.
The gap between contests, the
longest period without a game
during the season for the
Wolverines, allows Michigan coach
Steve Fisher to refocus his team as it
heads toward the NCAA tournament
in March. The Wolverines have had
difficulty of late holding on to early
leads, as was the case against
Indiana last Sunday when Michigan
blew a 13-point first-half advantage,
eventually falling to the Hoosiers,
93-92.
The mental lapses continued
Wednesday against Penn State when
the Wolverines let a 73-54 lead
dwindle down to a 80-70 final score.
The problem has not gone unnoticed
by Fisher.
"If you're not tough physically
and mentally, you're not going to
win, and we've got to get tougher
mentally," Fisher said. "That's an
area where we've made great strides,
but we've got to maintain toughness
physically and mentally."

While Michigan's tournament
bid is safely locked up, Clem
Haskins's Minnesota squad (6-6, 14-
7) still has some work to do if it
hopes to get into the postseason.
Sophomore standout Voshon
Lenard, who leads the team in
scoring with a 16.3 point average,
broke out of a mini-slump, scoring a
career-high 32 points against Iowa
last weekend. The Detroit native led
the Gophers in scoring in their 80-73
loss to Michigan Jan 20.
"We're not a very good team
without Voshon and (Jayson)
Walton scoring for us," Haskins
said. "We need those two to score
for us if we're going to win."
Haskins said he is confident that
a strong finish in the Big Ten could
propel Minnesota into the
tournament.
"Without a doubt, 9-9 will get us
a post-season bid because of our
power rating," Haskins said. "We're
going to try to play one game at a
time."
The two-time defending Big Ten
champion Buckeyes (4-8, 11-10) are
struggling, having lost eight of their
last 10 games. With only two
players averaging more than nine
points a game, Ohio State relies
heavily on junior forward Lawrence
Funderburke for offense.

, --LA --KAN I'E W
Michigan's Juwan Howard stretches for a rebound over Hoosier Matt
Nover Sunday. Howard and his teammates take on Minnesota tomorrow.

Blue icers hope to finish strong in CCHA

by Chad A. Safran
Daily Hockey Writer
It was too good to last.
The Michigan hockey team played with its
entire lineup intact its last three games. The
Wolverines (17-5-2 CCHA, 21-5-3 overall) were
ready for the stretch drive of the CCHA regular
season.
Alas, it was not to be.
Freshman Kevin Hilton will be out of action
for at least this weekend's contests with Ferris
State (10-11-3, 15-13-2) and Bowling Green (9-
15-0, 14-18-0), after suffering a second-degree
shoulder separation in Wednesday's practice.
The leading scorer among Wolverine first-
year players, Hilton became entangled with de-
fenseman Chris Tamer, fell down and slid into
the boards.
Coach Red Berenson will slightly alter his
lines with Brian Wiseman taking Hilton's place,
centering the second line of Cam Stewart and
David Oliver. This is where Wiseman spent most

of his time before being sidelined with a back in-
jury.
Berenson said the lineup changes are not as
much of a concern as is the loss of Hilton's scor-
ing ability.
"The new lines have played together before,"
Berenson said. "There is some continuity there.
Losing Hilton, though, is no help. He was really
starting to come into his own."
Ferris State, which Michigan has not faced
since October, is also disadvantaged, with a pair
of injuries.
Leading scorer Doug Smith (17 goals-9 as-
sists-26 points) is questionable after suffering a
concussion last weekend. Center Gary Kitching
is out until the playoffs after being diagnosed
with a torn rotator cuff in mid-January.
For the Bulldogs, the season has been a series
of ups and downs.
"We've played solid hockey all year," Ferris
St. coach Bob Daniels said. "We had some big
wins (winning the Mariucci Classic) and some

disappointing losses (falling to Notre Dame 3-2
in overtime Saturday). We've got a long way to
go."
Though its been a while since the Bulldogs
and Wolverines clashed, a more familiar foe
comes to Yost Saturday. Michigan will play
Bowling Green for the second consecutive
weekend.
However, the highlight of the weekend may
be the induction of four contributors to Michigan
hockey into the Dekers Hall of Fame Saturday.
The annual old-timers hockey game will be
played at 4 p.m., prior to the induction ceremony
which begins at 6:45 p.m.
Following this weekend, Michigan will take
on Lake Superior State next Friday in what could
be the biggest home game of the year for the
Wolverines. The Lakers and Wolverines are tied
for second place in the CCHA, behind Miami.
Michigan closes out its regular season at home
Feb. 27 against Notre Dame.

Wolverine Pat Neaton looks to pass in a game against Lake Superior.

'M' track teams prepared to run

Women invade
by Tom Bausano
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's track
team has competitions each of the
next two weekends. The Wolverines
compete tonight at Eastern Michi-
gan, then host the Silverston Invita-
tional Saturday Feb. 27. The Invita-
tional is in memory of a late official
at Michigan for over 30 years.
Tonight's competition puts no
limit in the number of athletes a
team can field, thereby providing an
opportunity for some athletes who
don't normally compete.
"This unlimited squad will give a
larger number of kids a chance to
compete," Michigan coach James
Henry said. "It's our hope to be able
to have a high intensity of training,
but give the team the opportunity to
wind down from midterms. We want
them to have the best time possible
despite being in Michigan, and liv-
ing in the dorms."
Both the distance and sprint per-
sonnel will train hard through these
two meets, but the week after spring
break the team will taper off practice
intensity in order to prepare for the
Big Ten Championships. However,

Eastern Michigan tonight
the recent severe weather has al- our long runs," assistant Mike
ready had an impact on the training McGuire said. "The weather should-
of the distance runners, who nor- n't affect us as long as we watch the
mally run outdoors. wind chill factor. It just goes with
"We are at the point where we the territory so the kids just handle
are cutting back on the distance of it."
Men stop at Ypsianti today

SWIMMING NOTEBOOK
by Brett Johnson
Daily Sports Writer
With the Big Ten men's swimming champi-
onships just around the corner, Michigan coach Jon
Urbanchek had to make some tough decisions on
who to take to the meet. Now that those decisions
have been made, the swimmers who were not chosen
have a chance to score season best performances at
the Michigan Invitational in Ann Arbor Feb. 26-28.
Preliminary swims are at noon and the finals are at 6
p.m. each day.
The Michigan Invitational is a United States
Swimming (USS) sanctioned meet that will have
people from all age groups competing. There are 11
Wolverine swimmers expected to compete including
seniors Noel Strauss, Greg Gooch, and Jim Hume.
Other swimmers participating include Tim Bower,
Courtney Faller, Kevin Glass, Matt Jaffe, Joe
Janik, Bill Pettitt, Chris Veber, and Jan Wenzel.
The meet also gives these Michigan swimmers a

Men tankers
aim for NCAAs
last chance to meet NCAA championship standards.
The standards allow a swimmer to compete at the na-
tional championship meet in Indianapolis in late
March.
REVENGE: The Wolverines' 161-82 dismantling
of Ohio State last weekend ran the team's season
record to 5-0 in the Big Ten and 7-1 overall. Michi-
gan was able to gain some sweet revenge as the
Buckeyes were the last Big Ten team to beat the .
Wolverines in a dual meet, a meet the seniors re-
member all too well. Two years ago, the Buckeyes
shaved half their team in order to gain the victory. It
was only Urbanchek's third Big Ten loss of his ca-
reer. His record since taking over in 1982 is 54-3 in
the Big Ten and 88-8 overall. His winning percentage
is the second highest in Michigan history. The highest
percentage belongs to Gerald Barnes who was unde-
feated in five meets in 1924-25.

By Tonya Broad
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's track team
travels to EMU today for an invita-
tional meet which starts at 11:30
a.m. and is slated to end at 9 p.m.
Michigan head track coach Jack
Harvey said he wants to keep things
low key.
"We plan to switch things
around, running things different,"
Harvey said. "We plan to under-train
some (athletes) and over-train oth-
ers."
Coming off a disappointing
fourth place finish at last week's
Central Collegiate meet at Michigan
State, Harvey said he looks forward
to gearing up for Big Tens in two

weeks. However, that is difficult
with athletes like Matt Smith and
Tyrone Wheatley still out due to ill-
ness and injury.
One bright spot the squad takes
to EMU is Michigan school-record
holder Andy Schoelch. Schoelch
broke the indoor 200 meter record
last week at MSU with a blistering
21.97 seconds, beating the old
record by .05 seconds. Schoelch
shattered the old record despite
MSU's indoor track, which has tight
curves and small lanes, resulting in
cramped space and bad times.
"I felt great because I did some-
thing for my team," Schoelch said.
"I had two bad weeks of racing and I
just concentrated on staying re-
laxed."

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