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ILLINOIS
Continued from page 5
tournament crowds to get on the
whole team's back.
Another part of getting focused is
playing smart basketball. All season
the Wolverines have been criticized
for their inability to hit free throws
and their freestyling attitude.
Last night, they finished the
game 28-for-33 from the charity
stripe and with only nine turnovers.
To win the tournament however,
it is generally conceded that teams
need luck. Some Wolverines felt
they had that last night.
Regardless of luck, no one will
win the tournament without hard
work. Despite having conquered
other team's best games no one has
suggested that the Wolverines have
played theirs. Assume they are
saving it for New Orleans.

LU, minus two, to play host to 'M'

by Rachel Bachman
Daily Basketball Writer
Could you imagine "Wheel of
Fortune" without Pat Sajak and
Vanna White? When the Michigan
women's basketball team takes on
Indiana at 7:30 tonight in Bloom-
ington, the Hoosiers will have to
play without two of their usual hosts.
Due to injury, junior guard Kris
McGrade and sophomore forward
Shirley Bryant are not likely to start
tonight.
McGrade, who was the only
Hoosier to start all 28 games last
year, has a torn anterior cruciate lig-
ament that has kept her on the bench
since Jan. 4.
Bryant suffered the same injury
Friday at Wisconsin. She led the Big
Ten in field- goal accuracy last
season, shooting 61 percent.
Despite the apparent advantage
the Wolverines will have because of

the missing players, Michigan coach
Trish Roberts cautioned against
overconfidence.
"The same thing happened when
we played Michigan State at home,"
Roberts said. "They came down mi-
nus four of their players and we
ended up losing a tight game."
Currently ninth in the Big Ten,
the Hoosiers were in the midst of a
nine-game losing streak before beat-
ing Wisconsin Friday.
Like in her favorite game show,
Truth or Consequences, Roberts
hopes that Indiana's statistical truths
will result in a victory for her team.
"We have a good chance of beat-
ing Indiana," Roberts said. "They
only beat us by four points last time,
and that was in the last two or three
minutes of the game."
An important factor in tonight's
game will be senior forward Trish
Andrew, who has scored over 30
points in the team's last three meet-
ings.
"Indiana is not a very big team,

and (Andrew) has the height advan-
tage," Roberts said. "If we can throw
her the rock, she can do her turn-
around jump shot."
"You get a lot of confidence
knowing you're the biggest girl on
the court," the 6-foot-3 Andrew said.
Indiana's tallest player is 6-foot-i.
Regardless of the game's out-
come, Andrew will not go home
empty-handed.
Her "parting gifts" include the
Michigan season-rebound record,
which is at 290 and climbing, and
the honor of being a member of
Chicago SportsChannel's second-
team All-Conference squad for the
second year in a row.
Even with all her accolades,
Andrew stressed that it is the whole
team that she wants to excel. She
likened her frustration this year to
TV's "Jeopardy."
"It doesn't matter that you know
you have the ability to be out there,"
Andrew said. "You have to be able
to buzz in fast enough to prove it."

Men golfers take break
in South Carolina invite

by Elisa Sneed
The Michigan men's golf team
travels to South Carolina today to
start its spring season, and its spring
break.
Yes, its spring break.
Under Big Ten rules, once a sea-
son an entire squad can take a
'spring break' in order to practice,
but it must also play in a competitive
tournament. Thus the Wolverines
begin their first round in the Ben
Hogan/Fripp Isle Invitational.
While the golf team's break falls
a little later than the average stu-
dent's this schedule was beyond
Michigan coach Jim Carras' control.
"We're doing that now since
there was nowhere open to us during
Michigan's spring break," Carras
said.
Due to spring break's expanded
roster, the Wolverines will be able to
enter two teams in the tournament
field, giving 10 of 11 players the
chance to see tounament action. In
addition, the invitational provides
Carras with the chance to form his
first team.

For now, senior co-captains
Anthony Dietz and James Carson
will lead the team in the first and
second spots, followed by soph-
omore Bill Lyle in the No. 3 spot
and junior Bob Henighan in fourth.
Either Chris Brockway, a redshirt
freshman, or sophomore Mike Hill
will round out the top five. Carras is
not too worried about finding players
to fill the positions though.
"This is one of the best balanced
teams," Carras said. "No super indi-
vidual players but a lot of good
players."
The course at Fripp Island is one
of the more challenging ones Mich-
igan will play this season. It is very
tight and position will be key.
"To start off with a course like
this, it's hard on the team's confi-
dence," Carson said. "If we can get
off to a good start, that'sthe whole
thing.
While the winter climate in Ann
Arbor doesn't easily facilitate out-
door practice, the team has been
running and hitting balls indoors
since Feb. 12. After finishing in sev-
enth place at Fripp Isle a year ago,
Carras is looking forward to getting
the season underway.
"We don't really know what to
expect," Carras said. "There are
always new teams. Of course we're
trying to win but realistically if we
finish in the top five or six out of 21,
22 teams, that's good."

Senior forward Nikki Beaudry drives the lane against an OSU defender
earlier this season. Tonight the Wolverines take on Indiana in Bloomington.
Women golfers hope- to

Tampa with
by Jaeson Rosenfeld
Daily Sports Writer
If you're talking to Michigan
women's golf coach Sue LeClair
about her team's outlook and you're
looking for her to say something
new, forget it.
"If we can stay near 80, we'll do
OK," LeClair said, reiterating the
team goal she has repeated more
times than television superstar J.J. of
"Good Times" uttered "Dyn-o-
mite." Her team heads south to
Tampa, Fla. to compete in the
Snowbird Intercollegiate Golf
Tournament today and tomorrow.
The Wolverines are searching for
the consistency that eluded them in
the fall season.
LeClair's estimate, despite her
repetitiveness, has been right on the
mark. When the team shot near 320,
it kept itself in the tournament.
However, for every 320 Michigan
posted, a 330 invariably came with
it, dashing Michigan's hopes for a

Big Ten foes
high finish.
The par-72, 6,148-yard course at
Pebblecreek Country Club in
Tampa, Fla. will provide the
Wolverines with a new venue to
cure past ills. Michigan will
participate in the 21-team
tournament for the first time,
challenging conference foes Illinois,
Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue,
and Wisconsin.
The Snowbird is a welcome
addition to the spring schedule for
the Wolverines, who in previous
years had a three-week gap between
spring break and their first
tournament.
"They're looking forward to this
tournament," LeClair said. "We've
never played it, so we don't know
what to expect."
Michigan will send seniors
Wendy Bigler, Tricia Good, and
Hawkins, sophomore Jenny
Zimmerman, and freshman Shannon
McDonald to the 36-hole event.

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