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Page 8 -The Michigan Daily- Sports Monday - March 1, 1993

CAGERS
Continued from page 6
they've got such small numbers to
begin with," Minnesota coach Linda
Hill-MacDonald said.
With the minutes ticking away
and her best player out of the game,
Roberts' bench selection became as
limited as a small town diner's
breakfast menu: her alternatives
were bacon and eggs or eggs and ba-
con.
"At this point, you have to play
everybody," Roberts said. "I think
the kids (on the bench) are beginning
to believe that they can play because
they know they're going to play.
"The kids can't go 40 minutes
playing man-to-man," Roberts said.
"I don't like to play a two-three
zone, but we have to play it. We
have no choice." .
A high point of the game was the
10-point performance of off-guard
Carrie Stewart, who was forced to
play the point in place of an ill
Stacie McCall.
In addition, forward Shimmy
Gray equaled her career high in
scoring with 16 points against the
Golden Gophers. She set the mark
less than a week earlier in the game
against the Buckeyes.

It would be hard to find such a
bright point to the Iowa game - in
fact, it took the entire team to equal
Trish Andrew's season high of 34
points.
A merciless Iowa squad opened
up with full court pressure against a
Michigan team that had no true ball-
handlers, forcing the Wolverines
into 27 turnovers.
Luckily for the Wolverines,
McCall, and Jen Nuanes, who was
home with an ill family member,
should return for next weekend's
home stand against Illinois and
Northwestern. Their return will bol-
ster the Michigan roster to nine
players, which might leave Roberts
wondering, "Who will go down
next?"
"Right when we get eight or nine
players, we lose a couple," Andrew
said. "One will come back then we
lose another."
For now, the Wolverines will
have to put up with the disadvantage
of having as few choices as the last
person in line on the last day of
CRISP. Andrew assessed the situa-
tion bluntly.
"We've definitely dealt with our
share of adversities."
- Daily Basketball Writer Rich
Mitvalsky contributed to this report.

Men tumblers take two on road
Five losses over break don't detrctfrom improving team's accomplishment

by Scott Burton
Daily Sports Writer
Although the Michigan men's
gymnastics team went only 2-5 on
its three meet spring break trip to the
West, many would call the results
quite good.
At meets in Arizona, California,
and Colorado, the Wolverines put up
team scores that demonstrated their
continued improvement in hopes for
qualifying for postseason play..
"It was a real positive break in
the sense that there were a lot of in-
dividual highlights," Michigan coach
Bob Darden said. "Everyone recog-
nizes that we are going into March
poised to go after a super high-
placement in the Big Ten's and also
after a (NCAA) regional bid."
Last Friday's meet at Arizona St.
best captured the positive light of the
road trip. Although losing a tight
contest to the Sun Devils, 273.30-
271.20, Michigan set its season high
in team score.
"We had a real good week of
training between the Stanford meet

and the Arizona meet," Darden said.
"The top three guys in each event
are doing a tremendous job. The
guys in the four-five-six positions
are pushing the max of their talent
which is great to see."
Perhaps the most encouraging
sign for the Wolverines was their
performance on the still rings. Once
a problematic event, Michigan has
worked hard to make the still rings
one of its stronger events.
"We had a great effort on the
team's part," Darden said. "The
rings squad is stronger and just feel-
ing more confident."
Before last weekend's trip to Ari-
zona, the Wolverines traveled to
California to compete in two meets
on consecutive days.
In the first of its meets, February
19, Michigan competed against UC-
Santa Barbara and Big Ten power
Illinois. Although the Wolverines
beat the Gauchos, 269.30-260.95,
both teams were topped by the
Fighting Illini's 274.50.
"We wanted to approach Illinois

and give them a run for the money,"
Darden said. "However, we may
have overstepped some of the per-
formances throughout (the meet).
Our score was right there among our
top scores but we know we have a
better team on the floor."
The next day, the Wolverines re-
grouped to take on the defending na-
tional champion Stanford, along
with San Jose St. and Brigham
Young. They finished with a score
of 271.15, third behind the Cardinal

(281.05) and the Cougars (279.05).
"The meet with Stanford was
great because we got to see one of
the top teams in the nation. In my
opinion Stanford is the most talented
team that we've seen."
The Wolverines' highlight of the
meet was provided by their floor ex-
ercise team. Although being topped
by BYU in the event, Michigan's 47
team score in this event topped the
Cardinal's 46.9.

Women gymnasts sweep

by Thom Holden
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's gymnas-
tics team (2-1 Big Ten, 15-1 overall)
headed out west during spring break
for three meets in six days. The
Wolverines scored a "Spring Break
Trifecta," sweeping all three meets
and jumping in the national rankings
from No. 12 to No. 10.
The first stop for the Wolverines
was Norman, Okla. to take on the
No. 19 Oklahoma Sooners and Cen-
tenary University.
Rookie Wendy Marshall started
the evening with a school-record
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with a 9.85. Fellow freshman Diana
Ranelli placed second, tying the old
school record with a 9.80.
All-American Beth Wymer
placed first in the uneven bars with a
9.80, followed by sophomore Wen-
dy Wilkinson finishing fourth with a
9.65. High scores were turned in on
the beam by sophomores Kelly
Carfora (9.70) and Li Li Leung
(9.65). Senior Debbie Geiger also
posted a 9.65. The floor exercise
featured all six Michigan gymnasts
posting scores of 9.55 or higher, led
by Carfora's 9.80. Michigan tallied
191.65, to Oklahoma's 188.70 and
Centenary's 186.05.
From Norman, the Wolverines
visited No. 15 Utah State. No. 12
Brigham Young also competed in
the meet. Michigan won the meet,
posting a 192.25, while BYU posted
a 191.20 and Utah State a 191.15.
Wymer led the way for the
Wolverines on the vault with a 9.80.
Marshall and Freshman Tina Mi-
randa both posted personal bests on
the uneven bars with 9.75.
Finally, it was off to the Univer-
sity of Denver for the final leg of
trip. As before, the Wolverines as-
serted themselves as one of the na-
tion's elite, posting a 192.25 to
coast easily over three other teams.
High scorers for the Wolverines
were Marshall, who set a school
record of 9.90 on the vault and
Wymer on the bars, also with a 9.90.
Other high scores were notched by
Carfora (9.85) and senior Ali Winski
(9.80) on the floor, while Wymer
added a 9.70 on the beam.
Michigan travels to Gainesville,
Fla. to take on the Gators Friday.

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