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10 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 6, 1994

Scoring drought mars
cagers'Big Ten opener

By BRENT McINTOSH
DAILY BASKETBALL WRITER
When you think of Johnson and
Johnson, you probably think of nonir-
ritating shampoo. What you probably
don't think of is basketball.
But Johnson and Johnson were the
names most heard last night at Mackey
Arena, site of the Michigan women's
Big Ten opener againstNo. 16 Purdue.
And while theBoilermakers' Leslie
Johnson outscored the Wolverines'
Amy Johnson by a single point, 25-24,
the final score wasn't as close. The
Boilermakers(1-0Big Ten, 11-2over-
all) took advantage of a seven-minute
Michigan scoring droughtto melt away
the Wolverines, 78-57.
Down 40-32 at the half, the Wol-
verines (0-1, 3-6) cut the lead to four
with 15:41 left. A Purdue jumper then
a free throw by Michigan freshman
center Catherine DiGiacinto, who fin-
ished with 15, brought the Purdue lead
to five.
Not for long, though as the Boiler-
makers scored 18 straight points over a
stretch of more than seven minutes, led
by freshman forward Danielle
McCulley's five points.
The Wolverines never challenged
again, with every score seemingly met
by a Leslie Johnson bucket. The 6-
foot-1 freshman center had eight re-
bounds and ten points in the second
half to keep the Michigan deficit above
20 for the rest of the game.
Any thought the Wolverines had of
cutting the margin stalled when fresh-
man forward Silver Shellman, leading
Michigan with a 17.1 per game scoring
average, fouled out with five minutes
left after scoring 10 points. The Wol-
verines were left with only six players
and not enough time.
"I was pleased with our first half
performance. We came out with deter-
mination and intensity," Michigan
coach Trish Roberts said. "I thought
fatigue played a factor in the second
half, but overall, we came and played
well."
After trailing 21-4 only six minutes

into the game, the Wolverines began to
scrape back into the game with two
Amy Johnson buckets. Shellman then
put in three free throws and a lay-up,
followed by arunningjumper and two
free throws by Johnson, who had a
personal game of her short career.
"I think our defense on [Johnson]
was as bad as I ever saw us play de-
fense, and we just couldn't finish our
shots in the first half," Boilermaker
coach Lin Dunn said.
Two more free throws, from fresh-
man guard Jennifer Kiefer, pulled the
Wolverines to within six, but back-to-
back lay-ups by Purdue's Johnson
moved the margin back to ten with
eight minutes remaining in the first
half.
The Wolverines were out-re-
bounded 63-32 and shot only 21-for-
58, but Roberts said she was pleased
with the way the Wolverines slowed
the Purdue break.
MICHIGAN (57)
Fo FTEU
MINM MA WA OT A F PTS
Gray 24 2-5 041 0.2 1 3 4
Sheilman 28 3-14 3-3 2.7 0 5 10
DiGiancinto 36 7-14 1-6 3- 0 3 15
Kiefer 40 0-2 2-2 0.1 7 0 2
Johnson 35 9-16 2-2 1-5 1 2 24
Brzezinski 25 0-5 2-2 3.6 2 3 2
Ross 12 0.2 0-0 0.0 00 0
Totals 200 21-58 10-16 11.32 1116 57
FQ%:.362. FT%:.625. Three-point goals: 5-12,
.417(Johnson 4-7, Shellman 1-4, Kiefer 0-1).
Blocks: 1(Brzezlnski). Turnovers: 23 (Sheilman
7, Johnson 6, Kiefer 5, DiGiancinto 3, Brzezinski,
Ross). Steals: 10 (Sheilman 6, Brzezinski 2,
DiGiancinto, Kiefer). Technical Fouls: none.
PURDUE (78)
FU FT RES
MIN MAMA -A OT A F PTS
Kirk 19 6-15 0.1 3-3 3 1 13
Johnson 25 9-16 7-11 7-12 0 3 25
McCulley 22 5-15 0-0 9-13 1 1 10
Jacoby 28 2-6 0-0 1-4 7 1 6
Lamping 30 3-8 1-4 2-6 8 1 8
Griffin 22 2-4 0-1 4-7 0 2 4
Lovelace 17 4-10 0-0 2-5 2 3 8
Lindsey 16 0-3 2-2 3-4 2 3 2
Roland 13 1-7 0-0 1-3 0 0 2
Taggart 4 0-0 0-0 0-001 0
Hildebrand 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Totals 200 3284 10.19 3583 2117 78
FG%:.381. FT%:.526. Three-pout goals: 4-13,
.308 (Jacoby 2-5 Kirk 1-3, Lamping.1-4. Roland
0.1). Blocks: 5 (Grif fin 3, Kirk, Lamping).
Turnovers: 20 (Kirk 3, Lamping 3, Lovelace 3,
Roland 3, Johnson 2, McCulley 2, Hildebrand 2,
Jacoby, Taggart ). Steals: 12 (Lamping 3, Griffin
2, Kirk 2, Jacoby Lindsey. Lovelace, Mcculley,
Roland). Technical Fouls: none.
Michigan.........32 25 - 57
Purdue............ 40 38 - 78
At: Mackey Arena; A: 3,370

KRISTOFFER GILLETTE/SPECIAL TO THE DAILY

Michigan cannot afford to fall down in this weekend's contest against Lake Superior if the Wolverines are to maintian their lead in the CCHA. The
Wolverines defeated the Lakers in the earlier matchup between the two teams this season, 4-2, Nov. 5 in Saulte Ste. Marie.
Time is of the essence for Lake State.
Weekend sweep a must if Lakers hope to catch CCHA-leading Blue

By MICHAEL ROSENBERG
DAILY HOCKEY WRITER
Back in October, few would have
predicted that there would be a nine-
point differential between Michigan
and Lake Superior State at this point
in the CCHA season. Most observers
would have thought that the Wolver-
ines would have at least stayed within
a few points of the Lakers, who were
ranked No. 1 in the nation in the
preseason.
Imagine the surprise then, when
the Wolverines not only took sole
possession of first place, but jumped
out to such a huge lead over the sec-
ond-place Lakers.
The Wolverines are 13-0-1 in the
conference and have held the No. 1
ranking in the country for six straight

weeks. Michigan's most impressive
victory during this streak came Nov.
5 in Sault Ste. Marie, when the Wol-

SHOWDOWN.
AT YOST
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verines knocked
off then-No. I
Lake State, 4-2.
That loss was
not the first for the
Lakers, who are a
disappointing 9-
4-0 in CCHA
play. Suddenly,
Lake Superior
State has a lot of
work to do if it
wants to capture
the conference's

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Sports
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SPORTS PROGRAM

regular season championship. The
Lakers can take a big step toward
taking that title by faring well against

Moeller's son gets job as
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Michigan tomorrow and Saturday at
Yost Ice Arena.
"If they are going to have any
chance to catch us they'll probably
have to sweep us," right wing Mike
Knuble said.
Right wing David Oliver added that
Lake Superior State is in a more des-
perate position than Michigan.
"They have to at least split to con-
sider catching us," Oliver said. "I
think they probably have to sweep."
Michigan coach Red Berenson,
while stressing that the season will
not be determined this weekend, did
not deny that these games are as im-
portant as any his team will play in the
regular season.
"I don't know that first place is on
the line," Berenson said. "But these
FCP
Continued from page 9
Nor did he recall the Sultan of
Swat, Babe Ruth himself, who
pointed to the then-ivyless brick
walls of Wrigley Field and called
his shot in the 1932 World Series
against the Cubs.
He couldn't. The Wolverines
have seen Shawn Respert. They've
played against him.
Shawn Respert is no Babe Ruth.
And, he hasn't learned yet that
there are no guarantees in college
basketball. There shouldn't be.
Instead of psyching out
MSU
Continued from page 9
games in the Big Ten, we may not be
as fortunate as we are tonight with a
victory."
The second half seemed to bring
more intensity to the floor.
"In the second half, guys started
bringing the fight to the game," Rose
said.

are four-point games. We've got a
head start. We don't want to be look-
ing back over our shoulder in the
second-half of the season."
Despite the team's almost-perfect*
first half, Berenson is not optimistic
about his team's chances this weekend.
"They're as good as anyone in the
country," Berenson said. "They're a
better team than they were last time
we played."
Chief among Berenson's worries
are the fact that left wing Ryan Sittler
is out for four weeks with a tear of the
medial collateral ligament. Also, Jason
Botterill will not return from his stint
with Canada's junior team until to-
night, and Kevin Hilton and Blake Sloan
only rejoined the team last night after
being with Team USA's junior squad.
Michigan, Respert's hot air
comments merely inflated the
already dominant Wolverines.
As Michigan guard Bobby
Crawford said, "He made a mistake.
When he said it, we knew we were
going to win."
So what did Respert - a.k.a.
Karnac, the foreseer of the future -
have to say in defeat? Did he
remain just as defiant as when he
was tossing out ear candy to the
East Lansing media? Did he let the
outcome speak for itself?
Nope.
"(My guarantee) made the guys
relax a little bit," Respert said.
How predictable.
Ray Jackson rebounded from a
poor first-half showing. He started
the second stanza hitting three shots
in the first four minutes. But his play
only made the score 47-43.
MSU tied the contest with an Eric
Snow layup at 15:27. King countered'
with two layups, priming Michigan
for a strong finish as the Wolverines
then put the game away, going on a
19-4 run near the game's end.

ASSOCIATED PRESS
Andy Moeller, the son of Michi-
gan coach Gary Moeller and currently
an assistant at the U.S. Military Acad-
emy, has joined the staff of new Mis-
souri football coach Larry Smith.
Smith also announced Tuesday the
hiring of Jonathan Hoke, the defen-
sive coordinator at Kent State Uni-
versity. At Missouri, Hoke will coach
either the wide receivers or the defen-
sive backs, and will also have special
teams responsibilities.
Smith, who succeeded Bob Stull
when Stull moved into the athletic
department last month after five years

as coach, now has seven members of
his staff in place.
He kept Skip Hall and Curtis Jones
from Stull's staff and previously had
announced the hiring of Moe Ankney,
Ricky Hunley and Harry Hiestand.
Moeller will coach offensive tack-
les, tight ends and special teams. He
was a four-year starter at linebacker
at Michigan from 1982-86 and was
all Big-Ten and captain of the Rose
Bowl team in 1986.
Moeller was a graduate assistant
at Indiana before going to Army,
where he coached the offensive line,
inside linebackers and special teams.

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