vs. Penn State
l ISaturday, 7 p.m.
Cliff Keen Arena
vs. Western Michigan
Tomorrow, 7 p.m.
Cliff Keen Arena
Tough season gets worse for Wolverines
All-too-common lapses costly in
Wolverine's eleventh straght loss
By BRENT McINTOSH
DAILY BASKETBALL WRITER
Everybody wants to make the great play, to be the crowd-pleaser and to earn
five seconds on SportsCenter. Dazzling plays have become the norm in basket-
But in the end, it is fundamentals that make a successful college hoops
squad. It is passing, defense and rebounding.
"In order to win, we need to do the little things, to play solid, fundamental
basketball," became a clich6 among
coaches long ago, and yet rarely a press
UT conference goes by that the head coach
URT at Generic State doesn't repeat those
a RESS wThey are favorites of Michigan
women's basketball coach Trish Rob-
erts; her players also are prone to re-
The problem for the Wolverines is, they're prone not only to repeating Roberts'
words - they have a tendency to repeat the mistakes she warns against.
They forget to box out, lose track of scoring threats and commit mindless
turnovers by forcing precarious passes.
"That's plagued us all year, and it's something I'm really concerned about
because at the beginning of the year, we felt that the more (Michigan's five
freshmen) play, the better they'd get. But the more they play, they continue to
make the same mistakes, and you just can't do that," Roberts said.
"I can understand if they didn't have the experience, they weren't getting
the playing time but they're getting the playing time. Ijust think it's mental -
mental and lack of effort."
Not that they do it all the time. The Wolverines often find themselves on the
winning side of long stretches of solid play that could have come straight from
Gene Hackman's Hickory team in Hoosiers.
n Then, a minor error. A Wolverine forgets to box out, and the opponent gets
a rebound and layup. Someone else gets flustered, and turns the ball over on
the ensuing possession. Worried about the opponents' easy buckets, another
Michigan player gets beat to the hole and nobody helps out. Another layup.
Soon Michigan's on the wrong side of a big run, and then they're adding
* other loss to their double-digit streak.
Witness the breakdown in last night's 78-62 loss to Michigan State: with
the clock reading 5:43 in the first half and Michigan leading 23-21, the
'Wolverines forgot the fundamentals that had kept them in the game and found
themselves down 39-29 eight minutes later. Following that 12-point swing, the
Spartans' lead was never threatened.
Fundamental lapses keyed the Michigan collapse.
The Wolverines played 20 seconds of tenacious defense on one possession
See LAPSES, Page 8
Spartans' 78-62 win keeps Blue
winless in confernce season
By SCOTT BURTON
DAILY BASKETBALL WRITER
Michigan's Shimmy Gray couldn't
miss in the first half. Teammate Amy
Johnson lit it up in the second half.
Unfortunately for the Wolverines,
Michigan State's Kisha Kelly had them
both beat and led her Spartans to a 78-
62 victory last night at Crisler Arena.
Kelly, slashing and burning her way
to what seemed like an endless supply
of uncontested layups, scored 29 points
on 12-16 shooting. She overwhelmed
Michigan with her unmatchable speed,
scoring by posting-up, breaking on tran-
sition and driving to the hole.
"We were running our offense and
executing well," Kelly said. "We were
getting shots that we wanted to take,
not shots they were making us take."
The two intrstate rivals couldn't
have left the floor with more diverging
attitudes. Michigan State (5-4Big Ten,
10-8) heads into the second-half of Big
Ten play with its first road victory of
the conference season and its. third
"I think this was a good win for us,"
Spartan coach Karen Langeland said.
"We had some good play from our
As for Michigan (0-10, 3-16 over-
all), itsawitslosing streakhit 11 and its
frustration level perhaps hit a new peak.
"I am very disappointed," Michi-
gan coach Trish Roberts. "We didn't
execute well. We didn't run our of-
fense. We didn't defend the way we
were supposed to defend."
Michigan did stay close for most of
the first-half, thanks mostly in part to
Gray. She shot an unconscious 7-for-8
in the first 20 minutes for 16 points.
Gray's textbook pump-fake and
layup gave the Wolverines their first
lead, 4-2. After finding her spot on the
right side of the basket, she hit her next
five shots, helping Michigan to a 19-17
Amy Johnson's three-point play off
a feed from Jennifer Kiefer gave Michi-
gan its last lead of the game, 21-19,
with 6:00 left in the half.
In characteristic Michigan fash-
ion, the Wolverines hit a mysterious
mental lapse, and the Spartans took full
advantage. Follwoingforward Silver
Shellman removal from the floor late
in the first half after getting the wind
knocked out of her, the Spartans went
on an 11-2 run to finish the half ahead,
"We did a poorjob of taking care of
the basketball at the beginning of the
game," Langeland said. "We slowed
down a little bit after the first five, six
minutes of the game and did a better job
of being more patient with the offense."
Johnson pulled Michigan within41-
34 in the second half, nailing a three-
pointer followed by a driving jumper,
but the Wolverines deteriorated soon
after that. The defense lost a significant
edge, and the Spartans blitzed Michi-
gan with chippy hoop after chippy hoop
during a 23-9 run, giving them a 71-48
Kelly continued to be the Spartan's
main catalyst, hitting 7-of-9 in the half
for 17points. Pointguard Chris Powers
also victimized the spotty Wolverine
defense, nailing three three-pointers
and slipping an eye-catching behind-
the-back pass in transition to Kelly.
Powers finished with a career-high 11
"In the second half they scored
layups, they ran the fast break and
Kisha Kelly pretty much took over,"
Roberts said. "I just think it's a situa-
tion where second half physically we
get a little tired. We don't post up as
strong inside. We don't move quite as
MICHIGAN STATE (78)
FO FT REB
MIN M-A MAA 0-T A FPTS
Place 31 5.7 0-2 0-0 5 1 13
Powers 38 7.13 0-0 0-111 0 17
Kelley, D. 27 1-3 34 1-3 1 1 5
Euler 32 3-7 0-0 0-2 5 1 6
Kelley, K. 32 12-15 5-6 3-10 0 4 29
Sanders 15 2-4 1-2 2-9 1 0 5
McMaster 9 0-0 1-2 1-2 0 1 1
Gray 7 1-3 0-0 2-4 0 0 2
Nelson 3 0-1 0-2 0-0 0 1 0
Burns 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Smith 2 0-0 040 0-0 0 1 0=
Collier 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Totals 200 31-53 10.18 10-33 23 9 78
FG%: 585. FT%.556. Three-point goals:6-8,
.750 (Place 3-3, D. Kelley 3-4. Euler 0-1). Blocks:
0. Tunovers: 21 (Kelley 5, Powers 5, Euler 4,
McMaster 3. Place 2. K. Kelley, Sanders). Steals:
11 (Kelley 5, Euler 3, Place 2, Sanders).
Technical Fouls: none.
Fe FT REB
MIN M- M-A 4T A FPMS
Kiefer 37 1-4 0-0 0.3 4 0 2
Johnson 35 9-18 1-3 3-4 10 4 22-
Gray 36 12-17 0-0 2.5 0 2 24
Shelman 24 2-9 00 1-2 2 3 4-
Brzezinski 27 310 0-0 6-11 3 4 6
Ross 24 1-3 0-0 1.4 1 1 12
DiGlacinto 17 1-3 0-0) 1-3 1 2 2
Totals 200 2944 1-3 14.32 2116 62
FG%: .453. FT%: .333. Three-poInt goals: 3-12,
.250 (Johnson 3-. Kiefer 0.1, Ross 0-1,
Sheilman 0.4). Blocks: 2 (Brzezinski 2).
Turnovers: 23 (Kiefer 7. Johson 5, Brzezinski 3,
Sheilman 3, Gray 2, Ross 2. DiGiacinto). Steals:
9 (Brzezinsiki 3, Ross 2, Gray. Johnson, Kiefer,
Shellman). Technical Fouls: none.
Michigan State......32 46 - 78
Michigan...............25 37- 62
At: Crisler Arena; A:786
Shimmy Gray hit 12-of-17 shots for 24 points against Michigan State last
night in the Wolverines' 11th consecutive defeat.
A little rest and
relaxation for 'M'
Ba JAESON ROSENFELD
DAILY HOCKEY WRITER
After a month of grueling hockey
against tough conference foes Michi-
gan State, Lake Superior State and
Bowling Green, the Michigan hockey
team has a well deserved week off.
The Wolverines, who return to
:tction Feb. 18-19 with games against
Miami and the Spartans, are enjoying
:heir second off-weekend of the sea-
son. The first came just a week into
:he season, Oct. 22-23.
"It's nice to get away from the rink
a little bit, take care of ourselves and
relax a little bit," captain Brian
Additionally, the break gives the
Mayers a chance to hit the books.
"We all have a lot of homework
ight now with midterms coming up,"
orward Ron Sacka said. "This will
pve us a chance to get a little bit
NCAA rules prohibit hockey
:eams from conducting official prac-
ices during this off week, but the
Wolverines are still holding "captain's
practices," - shorter, informal work-
outs run without coach Red Berenson.
BACK AND BADDER THAN EVER:
Forward Ryan Sittler returned to
action last Friday against Kent State,
after missing all of January due to a
Wasting no time getting back in
the scoring column, the sophomore
notched assists on each of the Wol-
verines first two goals.
"Being out for so long and with
the team doing so well, I really wanted
to contribute," Sittler said. "So I was
Sittler also missed five games ear-
lier this year due to a shoulder injury
suffered in Michigan's first CCHA
contest of the season Oct. 29 against
NOT BAD FOR A COUPLE OF FRESH-
MEN: With seven-regular season
games remaining, first-year players
Brendan Morrison and Jason
Botterill are threatening a pair of
Morrison, who has 18 goals on the
season, needs only eight more tallies
to tie former Wolverine Chris Seychel
for the conference freshman goal-
scoring record. Botterill's 16 goals
put him ten off the mark.
Morrison's 39 total points put him
13 points away from Michigan State
alum and Chicago Blackhawk for-
ward Joe Murphy's freshman point
scoring record. Botterill, who has 32
points, would have to go on a scoring
binge to match Murphy's record.
AIR TIME FOR FUTURE WOLVER-
INE: Michigan fans will have a chance
to see hockey recruit Matt Herr when
he appears on ESPN's "Scholastic
Sports America" Monday at 3:30 p.m.
The ESPN crew was to shoot Herr
playing in a game for the show, but
inclement weather caused them to
arrive in the second period. Herr
scored a hat trick in the first period
but failed to score the rest of the
1. David Oliver, Mich.
2. Brian Wiseman, Mich.
3. Dean Fedorchuk, UAF
1. Dean Fedorchuk, UAF
2. Mike Knuble, Mich.
3. Jay McNeill, Colorado
1. Brian Wiseman, Mich.
2. David Oliver, Mich.
3. Tavis MacMillan, UAF
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1. Mike Knuble, Mich.
2. Dean Fedorchuk, UAF
3. David-OlIver, Mich.
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1. Aaron Israel, Harvard
2. Steve Shields, Mich.
3. Blaine Lacher, LSSU
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