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Page 6-The Michigan Daily-Sports Monday- March 15,1993
Cagers come up short at Purdue
Women end season with typical 59-56 loss in West Lafayette


by Jaeson Rosenfeld
Daily Basketball Writer
If there has been one word that
has characterized the Michigan
women's basketball team's season,
that word is almost. The Wolverines
have 'almost' won on many occa-
sions, but have fallen short in the fi-
nal minutes.
For much of the season, the Wol-
verines had 'almost', but not quite
enough players to be competitive in
a Big Ten game. The Wolverines'
lost their final game of the season
Saturday at Purdue, 59-56, on a trick
play that 'almost' worked.
Michigan (1-17 Big Ten, 2-25
overall) trailed Purdue (8-10, 16-11),
57-56, with 4.3 seconds left when
Carrie Stewart fouled Boilermaker
Cindy Lamping. Lamping missed
the front end of the one-and-one and
center Trish Andrew grabbed the
board and called timeout with 3.5
seconds remaining.
Michigan coach Trish Roberts
then drew up a trick play in the hud-
dle. Forward Nikki Beaudry was to
throw the ball from the left baseline
to teammate Carrie Stewart, who
was also out of bounds on the op-
posite side of the court. Stewart was
then to trigger the ball to an open
Wolverine downcourt.
The play worked to perfection,
with two Wolverines open down-
court. Unfortunately for Michigan,
the play came after a missed basket
and therefore was illegal. Throwing
the ball down the baseline is only le-
gal after a made basket, and the ref-
erees nabbed Michigan for the viola-

tion and awarded the ball to Purdue.
Stewart then fouled Lamping again,
and Lamping hit both ends of the
one-and-one this time, giving Purdue
its final victory margin.
Michigan coach Trish Roberts,
admitted that she overlooked the rule
book on the game's pivotal play.
"I take credit for that," Roberts
said. "That was a coaching error on
the inbounds play."
Poor execution on Michigan's
part in the game's final minute was
also responsible for the defeat.
Michigan pulled to within one point
with Andrew's lay-up with 26 sec-
onds left and then were not able to
foul a Boilermaker until 4.3 seconds
"I don't know that everyone was
aware of the plan, or they didn't
know how much time was left on the
clock," Andrew said. "We should
have fouled immediately. There was
no real reason we shouldn't have
gotten a foul. It was definitely our
After losing to Purdue by 35
points in January, the Wolverines'
three-point loss marked quite an im-
provement. In Roberts estimation,
guard Jen Nuanes presence in
Michigan's lineup and Stacy Love-
lace's absence on Purdue's side
made the difference.
"Stacy Lovelace (out with an in-
jured hand) was a big part of the first
game for Purdue," Roberts said..
"We had only one guard in game

one, Stacie McCall, and when she
got tired it really hurt us."
Beaudry led Michigan against the

' ? .

'You realize what you
could have
throughout the whole
season. It would be
nice to go back and
change some games in
the past. I definitely
think that there were
some close ones we
should have won.'
- Trish Andrew
Boilermakers, scoring 15 points in
26 minutes of action. The senior
forward hit on 7-of-16 from the

field, following up her 15 points and
11 rebounds against Indiana.
The Wolverines leading scorer,
Andrew, scored 10 points, well be-
low her average of 19.5 points-per-
game. While Andrew did grab 13
caroms, her last game at Michigan
was a disappointing conclusion to a
fine senior season.
"She got the shots," Roberts said,
"but they just wouldn't fall."
Fortunately for the Wolverines,
the shots were not falling for the
Boilermakers either, who shot just
41.2 percent from the field.
Purdue's effort left coach Lin
Dunn less than pleased with her
team's performance.
"I thought our efforts were just
not good," Dunn said. "I was pleased
we hit the free throws in the end, but
I didn't feel we made enough of an
effort to score in transition."
Like many opposing coaches,
Dunn said that Michigan is a better
team than its record might indicate.
"I felt Michigan played very hard
and very intensely for a 2-25 team,"
Dunn said. "The game's effort and
intensity (went) Michigan's way."
Like many games, however, the
Wolverines did not come with big
plays down the stretch, leaving the
players wondering 'what could have
"You realize what you could
have accomplished throughout the
whole season," Andrew said. "It
would be nice to go back and change
some games in the past. I definitel'y
think that there were some close
ones we should have won."


While Trish Andrew was a statistical terror during her four years at
Michigan, her Wolverine teams were nowhere nearly as successful.

MacDonald learns valuable lesson at NCAAs

by Tonya Broad
Daily Sports Writer
In the grand scheme of things,
older may be better.
Michigan freshman track & field
runner Scott MacDonald found that
xout Friday during the NCAA
National track meet in Indianapolis,
Ind. were he was unable to qualify
for the finals on Saturday.
MacDonald was ranked sixth in
the mile going into Friday's semi-
final as well as the only freshman in
the pack. MacDonald could have
used some experience, or even a
little luck, to overcome the
misfortune of drawing the first of
two heats. The field was split into
two heats, with the first three
finishers in each heat and the next
four fastest times qualifying for the
Racing in the first heat became a
tactical mind game. No one could go
out too fast without risking fatigue in
Saturday's final, while a bad time
would not ensure a place in the final.
Michigan assistant coach Ron
Warhurst commented that Mac-
Donald ran the best tactical race that
he could, considering he drew the
worst of the two heats.
"The first heat was real tactical,"
Warhurst said. "He (MacDonlad)
was in second place with a lap to go
and he got bumped on the curve
trying to be passed. He might not
have been used to the huge pack (at
the end of the race.) It was a definite
learning experience for him."
MacDonald ran consistently,
posting a time of 4:09.81, while the
winning time was 4:08.90 (for the
first heat.) The problem occurred in
the tactics used to post that time.
MacDonald kept with the pack
which ran a slow first half mile, then
stuck with the group throughout a
blistering second half-mile which
ran a negative split. (The second half
mile with a split of 1:58-1:59 sec-
onds was faster than the first half
"Early in the race everyone was
bunched up," MacDonald said. "We
:went out slow, then a couple of us
decided to make our move at the

same time. The guy in front of me
stumbled, and I got spiked on both
shins. I just ran out of gas at the end.
I couldn't get my legs to turn over."
Some may not feel heat assign-
ments were that important, but in
retrospect, the top seeded person
coming into the meet was in the first

heat and failed to make the finals.
"I was pretty confident going in,"
MacDonald said. "I had nothing to
lose but I was unlucky being in the
first heat. Everyone finished close
together. (Six people came within
0.5 seconds of each other.) The
second heat just watched and knew
all the times. They knew all they had

to do was run a little faster."
Warhurst was happy with
MacDonald's overall performance
despite his not making the finals.
"He didn't make the finals but he
won't dwell on it," Warhurst said.
"It's a learning experience he'll take
with him (into the outdoor season.)"

'M' women finish 33rd at NCAAs

by Elisa Sneed
The Michigan women's track
team sent three members to Indian-
apolis for the NCAA championship.
Senior Molly McClimon and
sophomores Courtney Babcock and
Karen Harvey culminated their in-
door seasons this weekend at the
Hoosier Dome.
"The NCAAs are the highest
level of competition," Michigan as-'
sistant coach Mike McGuire said.
"Just getting to nationals is a tribute
to all three and their great seasons."
Babcock and McClimon were
among 16 runners who had qualified
for the 3,000-meter event. Babcock,
the fifth seed, and McClimon, the
sixth, both made it through the pre-
liminary heats into Saturday's final
of 12 competitors.
In the finals, McClimon and
Babcock finished fifth and sixth,
respectively. In the mile, Harvey
missed the finals by less than a
second. As a team, Michigan tied
with Clemson for 33rd.
McClimon, who has been on and

off for the past year and a half due to
extensive knee surgeries, expressed
satisfaction about her performance.
Her time of 9 minutes, 20.29 sec-
onds was just ahead of Babcock,
who finished in 9:22.16.
"I was really happy to make the
final," McClimon said. "My goal
was to be in the top six. I felt really
good in the prelims, and felt I could
run with the top seven."
McClimon also felt that running
in the second heat on Friday gave
her an advantage.
"It's a real tactical race; I ran just
to. get into the final," she said.
Harvey, who had qualified provi-
sionally for the mile with a time of
4:49.87, was the 13th seed for the
preliminaries on Friday. The sopho-
more narrowly missed qualifying for
the finals by .95 seconds.
"I had a tough heat, a lot of big
names and I was intimidated in my
first NCAA," Harvey said. "I ran in
the first heat; I needed to run faster."
Harvey did indeed run with the
best. Clare Eichner of Wisconsin,

the Big Ten and NCAA mile champ-
ion, ran in the same heat as Harvey.
Inexperience also hindered Har-
vey's performance.
"There is a big disadvantage to
the first heat, especially in distance
events," McGuire said. "Karen ran
very competitively, and did a fine
job for her first time. We all learned
a lot, but Karen probably learned the
Harvey thought that she would be
better prepared next time. "Now I
know it's there. I need to be brave
and have better tactics," she said.
Surpassing their previous top in-
door finish of fourth, the Wolverines
had their best performance ever in
this year's Big Ten Indoor confer-
ence championship.
Ranked third in the Big Ten after
their indoor season, the women's
track and field team strives to do at
least that well in its upcoming out-
door season.
"We'll be competitive," McGuire
said. "We're looking forward to con-
tinued improvement and growth."

Women cagers can
only improve on -25
by Mike Hill
Daily Basketball Writer
Just when you write the Michigan women's basketball season off, the
Wolverines pull something like this. It's as though another team stepped
into their baggy maize and blue uniforms and played the final two gamesof
the season.
Michigan 67, Indiana 54? Come again? Is there peace in the Middle
East? Did Roseanne all of a sudden slip into a size 7?
Then Michigan comes back with a three-point loss to Purdue Saturday
night? Didn't it lose by 35 points to the Boilermakers earlier this season?
The Wolverines must be wishing the season wasn't over. They're just
starting to get it right. Things finally are starting to click. Thankfully, for
this group of extremely nice people, an abysmal 2-25 season didn't end on'a
sour note. But, to be completely honest, thankfully it is over.
So, if anything, you would think the season-ending trip to the Hoosier
State would be somewhat of a building block for next year.
Maybe not.
Coach Trish Roberts loses five players to graduation, including starters
Trish Andrew, Jen Nuanes, Nikki Beaudry and Stacie McCall. Most ob-
servers might say, "This team lost a school-record 19 straight games. No
matter who they lose, they can't be much worse next year." That observa-
tion is probably true.
However, when a team dresses only seven players on a regular basis, that
leaves only two players for next year's team. I seem to remember the
Wolverines having enough problems with five on the court. x
Forwards Carrie Stewart and Shimmy Gray are the only players return-
ing for Michigan who have received substantial playing time. Roberts will
have to depend on the knowledge she has gained throughout this long strug-
gle to get her through another season like this one.

Pistons stop Bullish comeback, 101-99

- Joe Dumars scored 27 points,
passing the 10,000-point plateau as
the Detroit Pistons hung on to de-
feat the Chicago Bulls, 101-99,
The Bulls were playing without
injured starters John Paxson, Horace
Grant and Bill Cartwright, but nearly
overcame a 14-point third-quarter
Piston lead.

Detroit led, 54-47, at the half, and
quickly stretched the lead to 14 with
a 9-2 run to start the second that in-
cluded seven points from Dumars.
But the Bulls came with back with a
15-4 run of their own to pull within
three, 67-64.
Back-to-back jumpers by ex-
Piston Darrell Walker late in the
quarter gave the Bulls a two-point
lead, but Bill Laimbeer tied it at 76
with a buzzer-beating jumper.
The lead went back and forth for
most of the fourth quarter, and was
still tied, 95-95, with 3:34 to play.
Alvin Robertson gave Detroit a
two-point lead, then the Pistons'

Isiah Thomas and B.J. Armstrong of
Chicago each hit a pair of free
throws to make it 99-97 with 1:48
Robertson hit one free throw, but
Scottie Pippen hit a jumper to cut
Detroit's lead to one.
The Bulls had two chances to re-
gain the lead, but Jordan and Pippen
each missed jumpers, the latter with
8.5 seconds left. Chicago fouled
Terry Mills, and he hit one of two
from the line, leaving the score 101-
99 with 4.4 seconds remaining.
Armstrong had to shoot from center
court as time ran out, and missed to
give Detroit the win.
Dumars led Detroit, while Mills
had 23 and Thomas 21. Michael
Jordan led all scorers with 28. The
Pistons hit 83 percent of their shots
in the first quarter, led by Mills' per-
fect 7-7.

If nothing else, Roberts has learned patience in her first season in Aln
Arbor. Roberts, who may be the classiest coach I've ever encountered, is
going to need this kind of patience to endure what may become a long No-
building process.
Bud Van DeWege, who resigned as Michigan's coach after a 7-21 cam-
paign a year ago, may have said to himself during the year that he certainly
could have won more than two games with his former team. Considering the
team's rash of injury problems, it's doubtful. But dare to dream anyway,
The truth of the matter is that even if it were the case, a Van DeWege-
coached Michigan squad would continue to be a bad team on the road to
mediocrity. With Roberts in place, the Michigan women's program and its
future are being taken seriously.
The best way to tell is to check .the recruiting stats. Roberts has already
nabbed two quality players in Catherine DiGiacianto of Troy, Mich. and
Amy Johnson of Ottawa, Ill. And she is extremely confident about plenty
more high school seniors announcing their intent to play for the Wolverines
on the mid-April official signing day. :
Plus, freshman Jennifer Brzezinski can be a major contributor if her in-
jured knee heals. Guard Tannisha Stevens, who lost sight in her left eye
from a freak accident, plans to work out all summer so she can make a


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Certainly, next season isn't going to be as bad as it might have first ap-
peared. And you have to be happy for the seniors, who didn't have to leave
without a Big Ten victory in their last hurrah. Next year, with a slew of new
players, Roberts can start fresh. After all, there's only one way to go.
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