The Michigan Daily - Friday, December 10, 1993 -15
BY J.L. ROSTAM-AB
DAILY BASKETBALL WRITER
Michigan women's bas
2) is just leaving for t
games yet to be played
The Wolverines be
ney today, as they head
where they will take o
Butler's new heat
Olkowski, has a squa
experience but is still
"There may be si
they're learning aT
Olkowski said. "I don
better - being a seni
ADI system or being a f
end today, the The Wolverin
ketball team (1- fresh itself. With s:
he first of four on a nine-player t
this month. has some fine tun
-gin their jour- official start of Bi,
to Butler (2-2), "Our problemr
n the Bulldogs we'reayoungteam
things and making
d coach, June takes," Michiganc
d chock full of said. "Basically v
not overconfi- prove on the thing
lems with last wee
x seniors, but Since the begin
new system," Wolverines have
't know what's bers and have ha
or with a new with endurance.
to make improvements during "break"
freshman with'anew "The kids are playing a lot of min- However, defense alone is not the yet because we've got a game this andsophomoreguardJoanneMc(
utes and they're going to get tired and weak link in Michigan's game. weekend before we go to Michigan so led the pack, averaging 11.6 an(
e system is a little that is basically something that we're "The thing that'sreally hurtingus is I'm not even aware of what they have," points per game, respectively
ix first-year students going to have to overcome from now transition defense," said Wolverine Jabir said. . The year will come to aclose f
eam, Michigan also until the end of the season," Roberts freshman forward Silver Sheliman, who Like most other teams at this point Michigan at the University of1
ing to do before the
g Ten play.
rightnow is, because
n, we'redoing young
a lot of young mis-
coach Trish Roberts
ye just want to im-
gs that we had prob-
k out at California."
ning of practice, the
been short in num-
ad to accommodate
"You can only play five on the
court atone time," Roberts added. "We
try to sub as much as we possibly can
and if the kids can stay out of foul
trouble, I think they can play enough
minutes and with the substituting, that
they won't get very, very tired."
Other than general conditioning,
Michigan's practices have had a strong
emphasis on the times when they don't
have the ball.
"We basically worked on getting
back on defense and boxing out and
controlling the boards," Roberts said.
"If we can control the boards, then I
think we can alleviate getting beat up
and down the court."
leads the Michigan in rebounds, with a
10.0 per game average. "And defense
is the main key."
Despite the rough edges surround-
ing Michigan, the Bulldogs are not
underestimating the Wolverines' po-
"I'm sure they're going to be very
well coached and prepared to play us,"
After a week of finals, Michigan
will host Marquette Saturday, Dec. 18.
The Warriors' head coach, Jim Jabir,
is looking forward to the debut of the
series against the Wolverines, but ad-
mits limited knowledge of the Michi-
"We haven't even looked at tape
in the season, Marquette is still getting
everything in place itself.
"Right now we're just trying to
work a rotation and develop our rota-
tion and get some people experience
and we're still kind of feeling ourselves
out," Jabir said.
Monday, Dec. 20, the Wolverines
will host Illinois-Chicago. The Flames
have three starters returning from last
year. Junior guard Penny Armstrong
homa Holiday Classic. The Wolver-
ines first tipoff against host Oklahoma
Dec. 28 and then Oral Roberts the
"I have absolutely no predictions
about any of the games and about the
outcome of any of these games," Rob-
erts said. "Right now we just want to
take one game at a time and improve
upon our mistakes and hope, that by the
Big Tenseason, we'llbeready toplay."
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