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Men's and Women's Swimming
Hosts US Open
Thursday 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Canham Natatorium

S

Men's Basketball
vs. Tulane
Tonight 7:30 (ESPN)
Crisler Arena

Women cagers ground visiting Eagles, 76-62

:OURT
CRESS

Roberts captures first ever home
victory as coach of Wolverines

Icredible
buttue,
'M stands
undefeated
By SCOTT BURTON
DAILY BASKETBALL WRITER
What was the strangest thing that
happened last night in the Michigan-
Eastern Michigan game at Crisler
Arena?
A. Eagle player Angie Suggs
tumbles into the Michigan basketball
band, taking out the drum player and
his drum set.
B. One of the three Eastern Michi-
gan fans at the game does three con-
secutive cartwheels on the sidelines.
C. The Wolverines win, 76-62.
The answer for any Michigan fan
in the know is, of course, C.
After a much maligned 2-28 sea-
son last year, the Wolverines have a
sparkling, unblemished, undisputed,
perfect record.
OK, so they have only played one
game, and their win came against a
team that was 3-22 last year. None-
theless, Michigan is an unbeaten 1-0
and have a lot to be proud of.
Coach Trish Roberts earned her
first home victory in her career at
Michigan. The Wolverines won a
home game for the first time since the
1991-92 season. And Michigan is
above .500 for the first time since
winning their opener against Boston
College two years ago.
"I was just very happy," Roberts
said. "I don't know how to act."
"It's great," freshman Silver
Shellman said. "It gives us a lot of
confidence in ourselves and in the

By BOB ABRAMSON
DAILY BASKETBALL WRITER
With a depleted roster dwindled
down to six players, the Michigan
women's basketball team got 21 points
apiece from freshmen Amy Roberts
and Catherine DiGiacinto and pulled
away with a 76-62 victory over East-
ern Michigan yesterday night at
Crisler Arena.
For Michigan coach Trish Rob-
erts, the win was especially sweet. It
was Robert's first victory at home
since becoming head coach last year.
"I don't know how to act," a be-
lated Roberts exclaimed. "I'm just
happy. This was my first victory at
Crisler."
The Wolverines raced out to a 12-
0 lead in the first half, and held the
Eagles scoreless for the first 3:30.
"Our shots just weren't falling,"
Eastern guard Jean Akin said, refer-
ring to the team's 29 percent shooting
in the first half. "We got down really
early and it seemed like there was a
lid on the basket."
Trailing 34-27 at halftime, the
Eagles pulled within two, 38-36, with
15 minutes left in the second half.
Michigan then went on a 13-2 run,
shooting 60 percent in the second half
to seal the victory.
"Those freshman play without
fear," Eastern coach Paulette Stein
said, acknowledging the five fresh-
man who started for Michigan. "They
just go out and play. They're not

afraid to make a mistake."
Michigan's biggest concern head-
ing into the game was getting into
foul trouble. With walk-on Angie
Mustonen out with an illness, the
Wolverines were forced to go with
only six players, one of them being
Jennifer Brezinski, who was just com-
ing off a knee injury. Only DiGiacinto
ended up fouling out.
"I liked the fact that they didn't
give up, they played with a lot of
heart, even though they were tired,"
Roberts said.
"We're low in numbers and we
came out with a lot of character and
we weren't going to give up," Michi-
gan freshman point guard Jennifer
Kiefer said. "Whether we have six
players or 15 players, we are going to
play our hearts out and it's a great
feeling to win tonight."
One of the areas that Michigan
dominated was on the boards. The
Wolverines outrebounded the Eagles,
61-49, getting a game-high 15 re-
bounds from DiGiacinto.
"It was something we had to do,"
Michigan forward Silver Shellman
said. "Coach Roberts told us that re-
bounding was going to be the key.
Even though we were the smaller
team, we were able to box out and get
the rebound. And that somewhat kept
us in the game."
The guard tandem of Jennifer
Keifer and Johnson combined for 14
of the Michigan's 19 assists. Shellman

poured in 14 points and Sonya Mays
added 10 for the Wolverines.
"This game was very important to
our season,"Roberts said. "I think it
showed our kids that if we play hard,
we can win. I really.thought it would
be a tough game. But our kids came
out and played well."

E. MICHIGAN (62)
FQ FT REB
MIN M-A M-A O-T A F PTS
Bryant 9 0-1' 0-0 1-2 0 1 0
Waters 18 1-8 0-0 2-5 1 3 2
Akin 36 6-29 8-11 2-5 0 1 20
Suggs 23 4-8 0-0 1-4 0 2 8
Wieinga 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 0
Parsons 22 1-7 1-2 3-5 0 4 3
Brabson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 10 0
Kulikowski 23 2-5 0-2 1-6 0 5 4
Lane 14 3-6 3-4" 2-2 0 3 9
Dowell 17 2-6 1-1 2-4 1 4 5
Moorman 34 4-10 3-4 4-10 0 1 11
Totals 200 23-77 16.25 1&-49 3 26 62
FG%: .298. FT%:.640. Threepont goals:0-4.
Blocks: 2 (Suggs 2). Turnovers: 29 (Akin 12,
Waters 3, Brabson 2, Dowell 2, Kulikowski 2,
Lane 2, Moorman 2, Suggs 2, Wieringa 2).
Steals: 17 (Akin 5, Waters 5, Parsons 2, Suggs
2, Bryant, Kulikowski, Lane). Technical Fouls:
none.
MICHIGAN (76)
FG FT REB
MIN M-A M-A O-T A F PTS
Kiefer 38 0-5 4-6 1-1 6 4 4
Johnson 40 11-23 0-5 5-10 8 2 21
Brzezinski 23 3-11 0-0 8-15 2 4 6
Mays 31 3-9 5-6 3-8 2 4 14
Shellman 34 5-13 4-8 4-12 1 4 14
DiGiacinto 34 7-17 7-8 5-15 0 5 21
Totals 200 29-79 2033 2668 1921 76
FG%:.355. FT%: .606. Three-point goals: 2-3,
.667 (Johnson 1-2, Mays 1-1). Blocks: 3 (Mays
2, Shellman 1). Turnovers: 29 (Shellman 8,
DiGiacinto 7. Johnson 6, Kiefer 5, Mays 2.
Brzezinski). Steals: 10 (Kiefer 4, Mays 2,
Brzezinski, DiGiacinto, Johnson, Mays). Technical
Fouls: none.
E. Mihicgan. 27 35 - 62
Michigan...r...34 42 - 76
At: Crisler Arena; A: 509

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Sonya Mays scored 10 points in Michigan's 76-62 victory over Eastern.

team also."
Yes, the Wolverines were sloppy
at times against Eastern Michigan,
and looked like the inexperienced
freshmen that they are. And no one
expects that, just because they beat
the Eagles, the program is somehow
miraculously turned around.
However, for a team with modest
goals for the season, the kind of game
Michigan played last night indicates

that this season is not only going to be
measured by victories, but by what
the team shows on the inside.
"We're low in numbers and we
came out with a lot of character and
we are not going to give up," fresh-
man point guard Jennifer Kiefer said.
"Whether we have six players or 15
players, we are going to play our heart
out and it is a great feeling to win
tonight."

Bigger Green Wave to challenge Blue

I I

By TIM RARDIN
DAILY BASKETBALL WRITER
Athleticism and defense have
been trademarks of all four of Perry
Clark's Tulane basketball teams.
And though the Green Wave lost
nearly half of its players from last
year's 22-9 squad, his fifth team
will be no exception to that tradi-
tion.
"We're just as athletic as we've
been," Clark said. "The question is
whether we'll have the heart and
toughness of past teams we've had."
Michigan coach Steve Fisher,
whose No. 5-ranked Michigan bas-
ketball team will host Tulane tonight
at 7:30 in Crisler Arena, thinks they
will.
"They're very talented and big,"
he said. "You're going to see better
athletes than you saw against Georgia
Tech."
Among those athletes are an im-
pressive blend of veterans and fresh-
men - a fivesome that ranked among
the top 10 recruiting classes in the
country.
That blend gives Clark what he
considers the most potent scoring team
he has had in his brief career.
"Offensively, we've got more
weapons than we've had before," he
said.
Among those weapons for
Tulane (1-0) are 6-foot-7 senior
Carlin Hartman (11.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg

last season), 6-foot-4 junior Kim
Lewis, who returns after receiving a
medical hardship last season and
aptly-named junior point guard
Pointer Williams, who last year led
the Metro Conference in steals (2.9)
and was second in assists (5.4).
Gone is four-year all-Metro per-
former Anthony Reed (6-9,15.9 ppg),
but the newcomers to this starting
crew add legitimate size to Clark's
lineup.
Six-foot-10, 230-pound senior
Makeba Perry, who started at times
last year and freshman Jerald
Honeycutt, at 6-feet-9, 210 pounds,
will give the smaller Wolverines a
handful.
In Tulane's 94-77 rout of Cente-
nary, Honeycutt led the way with 27
points - the most ever by a freshman
at Tulane - and 12 rebounds in his
debut.
While size differential is a con-
cern for Fisher, turnovers worry
Michigan's head man even more.
The Wolverines (2-0) turned the
ball over 24 times against Cleveland
State Monday, and will face a team
that thrives on defensive pressure. In
fact, Clark has already unleashed this
year's version of "The Posse," a de-
fensive unit called on to shut down
the opponents' offense.
"The Posse" originated on the 1964
Tulane football team, which held its
opponents to eight points a game in

the last six games of that season. The
term was imported by the basketball
squad beginning in the 1990-91 sea-
son.
Last season, the Green Wave -
Posse and all - forced an average of
20.4 turnovers, and held 13 of 31
opponents to 60 points or less in regu-
lation.
"Sometimes when you play a
team that presses like that, they make
you become tentative," Fisher said.
"We need to pick and choose when.
we run. We want to push the ball up
the floor, but we've got to make
sure we score instead of turning the
ball over.
"We cut that (24 turnovers) in half
and I'll be happy."
Michigan and Tulane have only
met only three times before, with the
Wolverines winning all three games.
The two teams last played in 1979,
when Michigan won, 72-71.

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