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vs. Ohio State
Tomorrow, 7 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena


vs. Penn State
Saturday, 8 p.m.
Keen Arena

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*W inning experience
gives Spartans edge*
by Mike Hill
Daily Basketball Writer
It's bad enough having to sit next to a lunkhead reporter from Michigan
State. But losing to the Spartans in any sport digs deep.
0 The Spartans came into Crisler Arena without senior center Sheronda
Mayo-Powell and junior forward Annette Babers, both lost for the season.
But after the Wolverines' mercy killing at the hands of Purdue Sunday, it
was hard to imagine the Michigan women's basketball team ever coming
close to a 'W' again. Plus, sitting next to a guy who mixes beer with his
Wheaties for breakfast doesn't add any additional enjoyment to the game.
But I forced myself to ignore Unfrozen Cave Man sports writer and fo-
cus on what turned out to be the most exciting Michigan women's game of
the year.
Michigan center Trish Andrew missed long on a last second triple try
that could have sent the game into overtime. That makes two straight nights
at Crisler in which the home team faltered on a three-pointer at the buzzer.
(For those repressing, James Voskuil's fell just short against the Hoosiers.)
What's sad is that Michigan had this game in the bag. But the Spartans,
unlike the Wolverines, own a winning tradition and are experienced in close
games. More than anything, this did in the Wolverines.
Michigan watched an eight point lead disappear, as Andrew scored only
one point in the final eight minutes. While the Wolverines searched for
someone to step up, Michigan State's Kisha Kelley came back from a poor
shooting first half to take control. Simply put, her performance is the mark
* of a experienced club.
But the Wolverines should not hang their heads. Okay, statistics don't lie
and the most glaring stat is that big, ugly 1-11 record. In front of a fairly
rowdy crowd (the Crisler Crazies, according to Mr. Dick Vitale), Michigan
played its most inspired game of the season. Trish Andrew received some
help in the scoring department from Nikki Beaudry and Carrie Stewart. And
Stacie McCall got some backcourt aid from Jen Nuanes, after playing al-
most 80 minutes in the last two games while Nuanes was suspended for
disciplinary reasons.
Like a good loser, though, it's time to find excuses for the less than spec-
tacular record. As Michigan coach Trish Roberts said, "This team can't cut
a break."
That may be the biggest understatement of the year. Obviously, the much
publicized loss of freshman guard Tannisha Stevens comes to mind. The
freak eye injury has left the Wolverines only two deep in the backcourt. And
while Nuanes served a two game sentence, McCall was forced to break
pressing defenses without ballhandling assistance. Throw in her duties as
the team captain and play caller, and McCall had her work cut out for her.
And another for good measure: The Wolverines are facing a transition
year. With Roberts in her first year at a school much more interested in
men's sports, the half-court bred team has had to adjust to Roberts' up-
-tempo style.
To Roberts' credit, some give-and-take has occurred. Roberts, who says
she "loathes" zone defense, has realized that she doesn't have the personnel
to play man-to-man for 40 minutes.
In many ways, the season may be turning in the right direction. Nagging
injuries are slowly healing but, more importantly, the Wolverines realize.
they can win.
Beaudry said, "We'll get (the Spartans) next time."
I hope so. Then I can laugh in the egghead's face.

MSU rally stifles Blue, 65-62

Andrew's last-second miss
keeps cagers in Big Ten cellar

by Jaeson Rosenfeld
Daily Basketball Writer
Trish Andrew's three-pointer
from the top of the key clanged off
the back of the iron, sealing Michi-
gan's demise in a 65-62 loss at
Crisler Arena to Michigan State.
The end of the game was not
without controversy.
With 30.6 seconds left, Michigan
State (2-0 Big Ten, 6-5 overall)
called a timeout with 27 seconds left
on the shot clock. In the huddle,
Michigan coach Trish Roberts in-
structed her team to play solid de-
fense, but not to foul the Spartans,
hoping to grab a rebound with time
enough for a winning attempt.
Unfortunately for the Wolverines
(0-3, 1-11), the clock keeper mistak-
enly turned off the shot clock, and
when Roberts noticed, she yelled to
her team to foul.
After being fouled by guard Jen
Nuanes, guard Christene Powers
calmly swished both ends of a one-
and-one to widen her team's lead to
the final three-point margin.
The tide turned for Michigan
State with 6:09 left when Kisha
Kelly hit a jump-shot from the lane
and was fouled by Carrie Stewart.
Kelley sank the free throw to cut the
Michigan lead to 54-50.
Kelley then riddled the Michigan
defense by cutting down the lane for
seven of the Spartans last 14 points
on her way to 16 points on the night.
Kelley's ability to break down the
Wolverine defense in the final
minutes was the key, according to
"Down the stretch they figured
out that if they penetrated, they
could score pretty easily," Roberts
said. "We just did not to a very good
job on defense."
In addition to Kelley, point guard
Christine Powers shined in the clos-
ing minutes for the Spartans. Powers
sunk a clutch three-pointer that gave
Michigan State the lead for good,
55-54, with 5:07 left to play. Powers
later made two short jumpers and
drilled the decisive free throws.
Michigan State coach Karen
Langeland was pleased with her
team's performance in its first game

after losing frontline starters
Sheronda Mayo-Powell and Annette
Babers for the remainder of the
"Playing Michigan, which is
always a great rivalry, and coming
from behind. I just can't ask for
anything more than they gave me
tonight," Langeland said.
Roberts had no such praise for
her team.
"Michigan State was without four
playeis, two of their top players,"
Roberts said. "Coming into the game
I thought we had a really good
chance to beat them."
Mistakes in crunch time did just
as much to lose the game for Michi-
gan as Power's and Kelley's heroics
on the other end of the court. Michi-
gan turned the ball over in its half-
court offense twice in the last 2:28.
The more costly of the two was An-
drew's overthrow of Shimmy Gray
on a pass to the baseline on the
Wolverines second to last posses-
sion. At the time Michigan trailed
"In the last five minutes of the
game we can't play with intensity,"
Roberts said.
FO FT Reb.
Min. M-A M-A O-T A F Pte..
Powers 40 6-11 4-4 0-0 3 1 18
Place 39, 6-22 2-2 1-6 0 1 16
Hall 35 4-8 0-0 5-15 1 3 8
Kelley 32 6-15 4-5 1-6 0 4 16
Evans 31 1-2 0-0 0-4 1 2 2
McMaster 9 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 2
Gray 9 0-2 2-2 4-5 1 1 2
Peterson 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Smith 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals 20024-6112-1311-36 712 65
FG%*/- .393. FT%- .923. Three-point goals: 5-'
16, .313 (Place 3-10, Powers 2-5, Evans 0-1).
Team rebounds: 4. Blocks: 0. Turnovers: 14
(Powers 5, Hall 2, Kelley 2, Place, Evans
Master, Gray, Smith). Steals: 3 (Evans, Hall,
Powers). Technical fouls: none.
FO FT Rob.
Min. M-A MA. OT A F Pts.
Andrew 38 7-23 3-6 2-12 1 1 17
Stewart 36 3-9 5-6 2-4 4 2 13
Beaudry 36 5-11 5-7 0-4 1 3 15
Gray 34 4-9 0-0 3-7 3 3 8
Mcall 29 1-2 0-0 1-2 3 2 2
Nuanes 27 3-6 0-0 0-3 2 1 7
Totals 200 23-60 13-19 8-32 14 12 62
FGs- .383. FT% .684. Three-point goals: 3-12,
.250 (Nuanes 1-3, Stewart 2-5, Gray 0(-1, Andrew
0-3). Team rebounds: 3. Blocks: 6 (Andrew 2,
Gray 3, Nuanes). Turnovers: 14 ( Beaudry 3,
Nuanes 3, Stewart 3, Andrew 2, McCall 2, Gray).
Steals: 4 ( Beaudry 2, Andrew, Nuanes). Technical
fouls: None.
Michigan State.........30 35-65
Michigan..............31 31-62
At Crisler Arena; A-936 (est.)

Stacie McCall and Michigan could not stop Michigan State last night.

Penn State 2-0 9-0
Iowa 2-0 9-1
Michigan State 2-0 6-5
Indiana 1-0 10-0
Ohio State 1-0 9-1
Purd ue 1-1 9-2




Friday's games:
Iowa at Illinois
Penn State at Indiana
Michigan State at Wisconsin
Ohio State at Purdue

Sunday's games:
Michigan at Wisconsin
Illinois at Minnesota
Ohio State at Indiana
Iowa at Northwestern
Penn State at Purdue


Cowboy loyalist
can't forget past

by Paul Barger
Daily Sports Writer
It was the 1982 NFC Champi-'
onship Game in San Francisco's
Candlestick Park. Joe Montana con-
nects with Dwight Clark on a 6-yard
touchdown. If you have ever
watched Alcoa's Fantastic Finishes,
you know the play that I am talking
about. The Dallas Cowboy dynasty
began its agonizing downfall with
that play, forever known as "The
Seasons of 3-13 and 1-15 befell
the Cowboys, a club once known as
"America's Team." This led to fan
outcry about the team's horrendous
efforts on the gridiron. All of that is
behind the Cowboys now. On Jan-
uary 31, 1993 in Pasadena, Dallas
will become Super Bowl Champi-
ons. Everything is all and well with
the world, correct?

Something is missing. My affec-
tion for the Cowboys has dwindled
in recent years. It took me a bit of
time to figure out the reason, but I
finally have. I long to see one of the
greatest coaches in NFL history,
Tom Landry, pacing the sidelines on
that saturated field in San Francisco
on Sunday.
Landry handled himself with
class and dignity. Jimmy Johnson
whines, yells at the refs and is gen-
erally obnoxious. In addition, he
does not sport a cool fedora upon his
head like Landry did. I disliked the
Miami Hurricanes under Johnson
and hated when people used the term

Dallas Hurricanes to describe the
new regime. At least Jimmy can say
he is not doing anything wrong; now
his players are legally paid.
Don't get me wrong, come Sun-
day I will be rooting as hard as any
other Cowboy fan for Dallas to
avenge "The Catch" and go to the
Super Bowl. But my anger over
Landry's dismissal has been rekin-
dled by the firing of another great
former Cowboy, Dan Reeves. I hope
that Coach Landry realizes how
much we as Cowboy fans respect
and miss him. Maybe soon we will
see his name enshrined in the ring of
honor that circles Texas Stadium.



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