vs. Penn State
Tomorrow, 7 p.m.
Cliff Keen Arena
vs. Western Michigan
Tonight, 7 p.m.
Cliff Keen Arena
* twice over
By TIM SMITH
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
When you're this good, it's hard
to keep improving.
The No.7 Michigan women's gym-
nastics team is getting to be sogood that
it can't help but think that each week's
performance will never be topped. Af-
ter the team dominated the field by
scoring a 193.175inlastweek's Stateof
Michigan Classic, it is running out of
room for improvement.
"What happens now is that they
begin to wonder if we can continue
our gymnastics at that level week
after week," coach Bev Plocki said.
"We can't go out there and worry
about trying to match a 193. Each
individual person only has to worry
about trying to go out there and giving
their best performance."
What the Wolverines do have to
worry about now is their two upcom-
ing meets. The team hosts two meets
this weekend at Cliff Keen Arena due
to a scheduling rarity.
Western Michigan (4-7) will be in
* town tonight for a 7 p.m. showdown
and Kentucky (1-6) comes to Ann
Arbor Sunday for a meet at 2 p.m..
Coach Plocki said she doesn't think
the meets being almost back-to-back
will have much of an effect on the
"It really shouldn't be that bad
because they have Saturday off in
between," Plocki said. "They nor-
mally practice five days in a row and
compete on the sixth, so I don't think
fatigue will be a factor."
The Broncos are coming off a
fourth-place finish in last weekend's
State of Michigan Classic in which
they finished ten points behind the
Wolverines. Western will be led by
Christine Evans, who scored a team
season best in the overall with a score
0 The Broncos' coach, Brigitte
Laketa, is less concerned with beat-
ing the Wolverines as she is with
seeing her team improve.
"Our focus is on cleaning up the
small parts of each person's individual
.performances and on upgrading our
4eam score," Laketa said.
The Wildcats, on the other hand,
,are out to prove that their record is not
indicative of what kind of team they
really are. The Wildcats have lost
,some close meets and have suffered a
-few early-season injuries.
"Kentucky is a good school.
They've been competing against the
.top five schools in the country," Plocki
,said. "The (Southeastern Conference)
is the premier conference in the coun-
Kentucky finished fifth last week-
end in the Missouri Cat Classic with
an impressive score of 187.725. Lead-
ing the team this season is reigning
.1993 national overall champion, Jenny
Hanson. Hanson is coming off two
perfect 10's on the vault last weekend
and has raised her career total of indi-
.vidual titles to 52.
"Hanson's a great gymnast," said
juniorWendy Wilkinson, who will miss
a few weeks while recovering from a
torn anterior cruciate ligament. "We're
Working with the No. 1 gymnast in the
country (Beth Wymer), so Idon't think
we're going to be intimidated. We'll be
focusing so much on our team that
we're not really going to have a chance
tb stop and worry about what she's
One way the Wolverines are stay-
ing focused is by keeping their minds
on the team at hand instead of think-
ing about who lies ahead.
"Right now we're just thinking
dbout Western Michigan," junior
]Dbbie Berman said. "When that's
Over we'll worry about Kentucky."
Blue goes for season sweep
Men's basketball to take on Buckeyes in Columbus
By TIM RARDIN
DAILY BASKETBALL WRITER
When the 11th-ranked Michigan
basketball team takes the floor in St.
John Arena Sunday, it will face an
Ohio State squad which is consider-
ably better than its 10-11 overall and
3-7 Big Ten
only three con-
thus far, could
just as easily
As if a heart-
Sunday, 12 p.m.,
sponded with 10.2 points and 4.8
boards a game. Against the Golden
Gophers, he poured in 13 points to go
along with a team-high 14 rebounds.
Six-foot-8 Ricky Dudley has also
started the last six games while start-
ing center Nate Wilbourne recovers
from surgery on his left elbow.
"They found another comfortable
starting lineup," Michigan coach
Steve Fisher said. "They have
Simpson coming off the bench, and
Watson has come in and been a good
boost for them inside."
With Watson, Dudley, 6-foot-9
Lawrence Funderburke and 6-foot-11
Gerald Eaker along the frontline, size
should be an advantage for the Buck-
eyes. However, in the teams' last meet-
ing, the Wolverines bounced back from
a 19-15 rebounding deficit at halftime
to out-glass Ohio State, 40-33.
Ohio State has tallied all three of
its conference victories at St. John
Arena, including an impressive 73-
57 win over Wisconsin a week ago.
"They will play like crazy with
Michigan coming to town. We need
to make sure we control the tempo,
and that includes the crowd," Fisher
said. "We can't allow them any 10-2
or 10-0 runs, and you do that with
good defense and rebounding."
That's exactly what Michigan has
done through its current five-game win-
ning streak, the longest of the season.
The Wolverines have held 10 of
their last 11 opponents under 50percent
shooting from the field. They currently
lead the Big Ten in opponents' field
goal percentage (42.2), and are second
in scoring defense (67.9).
That could spell trouble for Ohio
State. All three of the Buckeyes' Big
Ten victories have come when they
score at least 72 points and shoot
better than 50 percent from the field.
Still, if any team has a chance to
break the Wolverines' defensive wall,
Ohio State does.
The Buckeyes are currently sec-
ond in the conference in both field
goal and three-point percentages, be-
hind Indiana. Senior Lawrence
Funderburke (13.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg) is
second in field goal percentage, pop-
ping in his shots at a 58 percent clip.
Sophomore Derek Anderson leads
the team in points (15.4), assists (4.8)
and steals (2.1).
However, Fisher is mostconcerned
with the offensive side of the ball.
"We're playing with a lot of con-
fidence right now. I like our team,"
Fisher said. "But we've got to shoot
better, and do a better job with our
In addition to his worries on of-
fense, Fisher has another concern
against the Buckeyes. After
Michigan's blowout victory against
Indiana Tuesday, he fears his team
might take the Buckeyes too lightly.
"It's human nature, no matter what
you say, to pat yourself on the back
and think that you're better than you
are," Fisher said. "I'm definitely con-
cerned about it."
breaking 86-75 overtime loss to the
Wolverines (8-2, 16-4) Jan. 13 at
Crisler Arena was not enough, Ohio
State has seen victory slip out of its
hands twice more since.
The Buckeyes watched a 12-point
lead dissolve at Indiana before even-
tually falling, 87-83, in overtime.
Wednesday night at Minnesota, they
suffered yet another narrow loss, this
time a six-point margin of defeat after
leading at halftime.
Beginning with the Jan. 19 Penn
State game, Ohio State coach Randy
Ayers has opted for a bigger starting
lineup, inserting 6-foot-9 junior Anto-
nio Watson in place of 6-foot-1 sopho-
more point guard Greg Simpson.
Since the change, Watson has re-
Dugan Fife and Indiana's Pat Graham
contest. Michigan prevailed 91-67.
dive for a loose ball during Tuesday's
Women look for first win
By BOB ABRAMSON
DAILY BASKETBALL WRITER
If Wisconsin assistant basketball
coach Donna Freitag had her choice,
Michigan would have defeated Michi-
gan State Wednesday night in Ann
But the Wolverines (0-10BigTen,
3-16 overall) suffered a 78-62 loss,
extending their losing streak to a mis-
erable I1 games.
The Wisconsin squad (3-6, 10-8)
is certainly aware Michigan hasn't
won in weeks as the team heads into
tonight's game against the Wolver-
ines in Madison.
"We're hoping that Michigan ends
their losing streak against Michigan
State," Freitag said prior to
Wednesday's game. "You don't want
to play a team that is hungry for a win."
Hungry doesn't even begin to
describe the appetite of those seven
players on the Michigan squad.
Starving is more like it. The Wol-
verines haven't won since its Dec.
28 victory at the University of Okla-
homa Holiday classic.
"I would do anything for a win,"
freshman forward Catherine
Michigan's best chance for a Big
Ten victory came against the Badgers
at Crisler Arena back on Jan. 19.
in Big Ten
Trailing 60-47 with 6:20 left in the
game, the Wolverines charged back
with 15-4 run, cutting Wisconsin's
lead to 64-62.
Fouled with 2.7 seconds left in the
game, Shimmy Gray could only hit
one of two free throws, and the Wol-
verines fell short, 64-63.
"It was a great comeback by Michi-
gan," Freitag said. "No matter what
the score, they kept working very
very hard. We just need to play two
halves Friday, and do a better job of
"So far, that was our most well-
executed game in the Big Ten," Michi-
gan coach Trish Roberts said. "But I
know they are going to be a little more
prepared for us, and it is just going to
come down to the team that executes
the best and plays the best defense."
Since their contest in January, the
Badgers, currently eighth in the Big
Ten, have had their share of tough
opponents. Following a victory over
Illinois, Wisconsin faced the unenvi-
able task of facing four teams ranked
in the top 25.
Although the Badgers lost to Penn
State, Purdue, and Northwestern, they
stunned Ohio State, 99-91, on the road.
"That was a big victory for our
club," said Freitag, whose team beat
the Buckeyes for the only the second
time in history. "We were
shellshocked because we were up by
28 in the first half."
ppg rpg apg to blks. steals
13.6 7.2 0.8 2.3 0.4 1.1'
13.0 5.9 2.2 3.8
12.7 5.2 3.1 4.9
10.5 5.2 0.3 2.3
7.5 2.4 5.1 5.9
7.0 8.3 1.3 2.5
1.9 2.5 1.1 1.8
64.7 36.2 14.6 23.5
78.4 41.7 17.7 17.8
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