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Men's Basketball
vs. Minnesota
Tomorrow, noon (Raycom)
Crisler Arena


vs. Miami
Tonight, 7 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena

First day finds Michigan on top
Women lead Northwestern by 45, look to repeat as champs

Normally associated with mem-
bers of the Michigan men's basket-
ball team, this term aptly described
the performance of four particular
freshmen on the Wolverine women's
swimming and diving team. The team
led the field after the first day ofthe Big
Ten Championships, held at the Indi-
ana University-Purdue University In-
dianapolis (IUPUI) Natatorium.
Freshmen Rachel Gustin, Anne
Kampfe, Jodi Navta, and Melisa Stone
all contributed heavily to the Wolver-
ine effort as Michigan ended the day
on top, ahead of its main rival, North-
western, 204.5-159.5.
Stone dominated the 50 free, win-
ning in an NCAA-qualifying time of
:23.07. She blew by her competition
as the second-place finisher, Jennifer

Sadler of Illinois, came in with a time
of :23.47.
She was also on the winning 400
medley relay team, as Michigan won
its second straight Big Ten title in the
event. The team of Jennifer Almeida,
Gustin, Humphrey, and Stone won
with a time of 3:43.73.
Gustin, besides swimming a leg
on the winning 400 medley relay team,
also captured the 200-yard individual
medley with a time of 2:01.47. She
led a 1-2-4 finish by Michigan's swim-
mers in the event. Junior Alecia
Humphrey, a second-place finisher at
last year's conference championships,
came in second once again with a
time of 2:02.57. Jodi Navta was fourth
with a time of 2:03.00.
Kampfe finished fourth in the 500
free, in a time of 4:52.42. However,
Northwestern's Kim Paton, who fin-
ished third in the event last year, was

the winner.
"I think they're (Northwestern)
where we expected them to be right
now," said Kampfe. "But the big thing
for us is that we get better as each day
goes on."
. In other events, the 200 free relay saw
Michigan finish second behind North-
western, last year's event champion.
Overall, Coach Jim Richardson
said he was pleased with his troops'
"The freshmen have stepped up
pretty well," the ninth-year mentor
said. "But it's one-third of the way
through, and tomorrow should be a
big day for us," Richardson added.
"We just thought that if we get
through this day, then we could really
get after them," Richardson added.
On the divers' side, sophomoreCarrie
Zarse led the Wolverine squad with a
second-place finish in 1-meter diving.

The Michigan women's swimming team

Hot men's team goes
aainst Gophers, iini


k When the Michigan men's bas-
ketball team looks back on its season,
it may consider its time spent in Min-
neapolis and Champaign as the turn-
ing point of a supremely successful
When Michigan (10-2 Big Ten,
18-4 overall) met Minnesota(8-4, 18-
7) and Illinois (7-4, 14-6), the Wol-
verines were caught in the middle of
the Big Ten pack, were ranked 15th in
the country and were in the midst of a
two-game losing streak.
Presently, though, Michigan is No.
7 in the nation, occupies first place in
the Big Ten and has not lost a game
since succumbing to the Gophers, Jan.
Saturday, the Wolverines get an-
other chance to keep rolling against
No. 20 Minnesota (noon). Tuesday
Michigan faces Illinois. Both games
are at Crisler Arena.
Minnesota is coming off of a 31-
point thrashing of Wisconsin in Madi-
son Saturday. Voshon Lenard scored
22 points and leads the Gophers on
the season with an 18.3 points per
game average in conference play -
good for seventh in the Big Ten.
"They've got a good team," Michi-
gan junior center Juwan Howard said.
"But I think we have a big advantage

'(Minnesota's) got a
good team. But I think
we have a big
advantage playing at
- .uwan Howard
Michigan center
playing at home."
The Wolverines should indeed
have the upper hand on the Crisler
hardwood. They are 11-1 in Ann
Arbor, with the lone loss coming to,
Duke in the sixth game of the sea-
The Gophers are currently in fourth
place in the Big Ten, a half game
ahead of Illinois. In fact, they have
been playing such good ball recently
that head coach Clem Haskins' con-
tract .was extended for another 10
years just last week.
Against Illinois (7:30 p.m., ESPN),
Michigan will have to watch out for
forward Deon Thomas. He is sixth in
Big Ten scoring average (18.7), just
one place ahead of Lenard. Thomas is
also second in field goal percentage
(.576) within the conference.
Michigan's backcourt rotation -
solidified just recently - should be
able to handle Illinois. Freshman
Bobby Crawford made his return to
the lineup against Iowa Wednesday
evening. He canned his first shot - a
three-pointer - since fracturing his
right hand in practice Jan. 26. How-
ever, Crawford said his hand is cur-
rently 75-80 percent.
"It's still sore with shooting and
dribbling," Crawford said. "But
everybody's got to play with some
kind of pain."
Michigan will also be keeping a
collective eye on tomorrow's Purdue-
Indiana matchup. The two teams are
fighting for second place in the Big
Ten. With the Boilermaker victory at
Wisconsin Wednesday, No.9 Purdue
(9-3,21-3) is a half game ahead of the
16th-ranked Hoosiers (8-3, 15-5).

Saturday, February 19 -
Men's Basketball vs. Minnesota, noon, Crisler Arena.
Wrestling vs. Wisconsin, 7:30 p.m., Cliff Keen Arena.
Men's Swimming hosts Michigan Open, 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., Canham
Sunday, February 20
Wrestling vs.' Indiana, 6 p.m.., Cliff Keen Arena.
Men's Swimming hosts Michigan Open, 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., Canham'
Tuesday, February 22 -
Men's Basketball vs. Illinois, 7:30 p.m., Crisler Arena.
Friday, February 25-
Women's Basketball vs. Minnesota, 7:30 p.m.; Crisler Arena.
Women's Swimming hosts Last Chance Invitational, 10 a.m. and
2 p.m., Canham Natatorium.
Men's Indoor Track hosts Big Ten Championships, 9 a.m., Track,
and Tennis Building.
Saturday, February 26
Women's Swimming hosts Last Chance Invitational, 10 a.m. and
2 p.m., Canham Natatorium
Men's indoor Track hosts Big Ten Championships, 11:45 a~m.,
Track and Tennis Building.
Sunday, February 27-
Women's Basketball vs. Iowa, 2 p.m., Crisler Arena.
Women's Swimming hosts Last Chance Invitational, 10 a.m. and
2 p.m., Canham Natatorium.
Wrestlersa finish off dual
-meet season this weekend

is in position to claim its eighth straight title at the Big Ten Championships.
Icers take on Miami for

And then there was one.
There is only one more CCHA op-
ponent that the Michigan hockey team
has to pay back. They get their chance
in three out of the next four games,
starting tonight at Yost when the Wol-
verines(22-I-I CCHA,27-2-1 overall)
take on Miami (13-9-1, 15-11-1).
The Redskins are the defending
CCHA champions and after aashaky
start have moved into fifth place in
the conference. The Wolverines have
already clinched this year's regular
season title, but they are looking for
more than another victory.
The teams met for the final time last
season with the CCHA title on the line.
The Redskins won in overtime on a
goal that can be called questionable at
best. Michigan has not forgotten.
"They're on our board as one of
the team's we owe," sophomore
defenseman Steven Halko said. "They
ended up taking the title and we need
to pay them back."
The intensity should remain high
tomorrow night when Michigan takes
on Michigan State (14-7-4, 17-9-4) at
Joe Louis Arena. Michigan leads the
season series 2-1, winning the most
recent contest 3-1 at East Lansing.
Next weekend the team heads
down to Oxford to take on Miami
again in a two-game series. Even
though first place is already clinched
there is a sense of anticipation sur-
rounding the Michigan team. They
have been waiting for their chance at
revenge for a year.
"That goal cost us a CCHA cham-
pionship," senior David Oliver said.
"It was a questionable call. It defi=
nitely adds motivation."
Miami is one of the hottest teams in
the nation. At one point, the Redskins
had a conference record of4-8-1. Their
biggest strengths are their penalty kill-
ing and defensive units. They are sec-
ond in the league with a .831 penalty
killing rate and are third in the league
with a 3.04 goals against average.
On offense, Miami is led by sopho-
more center Kevyn Adams. Adams
has tallied 31 points this season and is
currently on a ten-game point streak.
The Redskins average 3.59 goals per

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The injury-riddled Michigan wres-
tlers (1-5 Big Ten, 6-7 overall) will
have one last chance to improve their
dual meet record when they come up
against Wisconsin (1-3, 4-6-1) and
Indiana (3-2, 11-3) at Cliff Keen Arena
this weekend.
This is the last meet before the Big
Ten Conference Championships in
March, with each team looking to get
a win under its belt to boost morale
before the big competition.
"Morale is the lowest it's been
since I've been at Michigan," Wol-
verine Brian Harper said. "I've never
experienced such bad luck in one sea-
Wisconsin coach Barry Davis is
hoping to finish the dual meet season
on a high note but is concerned about
his battered lineup. Already this sea-
son, Matt Hanutke (118 pounder) and
Jeff Walter (heavyweight), two of the
three nationally-ranked Badger wres-
tlers, have missed matches.
"We've been focusing on so many
things," Davis said. "I'm just trying

to get my team healthy."
The featured match this weekend
will be the heavyweight matchup be-
tween Wolverine Steve King and
Hoosier Vito Maurici. King beat
Maurici in overtime earlier this sea-
son at the Las Vegas Classic.
Two wins this weekend would
move King closer to a major mile-
stone. Six more wins would make
him the 13th wrestler in Michigan
history to reach the 100-victory pla-
teau. Harper and Sean Bormet al-
ready reached the mark this season.
Indiana is a young team with four
freshmen in the lineup. Three of the
Hoosier wrestlers are ranked nation-
ally and they tooare looking toward
the Big Tens.
"We are preparing for a difficult
match," Indiana coach Duane
Goldman said. "It's important to get
momentum going into the Big Ten
Harper summed up how most of
the teams are feeling on the verge of
the conference championship.
"A win would definitely help," he

game and have a 17.7 percent success
rate on the power play.
Miami has a very difficult task this.
week. Michigan is wellrested and is
just waiting to break out of its midseason
lull. Unfortunately for Miami, the emo-
tion of the next four games may be the
perfect remedy to do just that.
Women still
looking for first*
Big Ten win
Last place in the Big Ten is not
fun. A zero in the win column is not
much better. So please forgive the
Michigan women's basketball team
if they seem just a little anxious for a
conference victory.
The Wolverines will have three more
shots to get that elusive Big Ten victory
over spring break, visiting Ohio State
next weekend at Crisler Arena.
Michigan (0-11 Big Ten, 3-17
overall) gave each of these teams some
problems the first go around, but don't
think the Wolverines are on a straight
line for a victory the second time.
Yes, they are more experienced, but
they no longer have the edge of sur-
prise working for them - the opposi-
tion knows Michigan is dangerous.
On the positive side, the Wolver-
ines take on a Buckeye (4-6, 11-9)
team that is on the brink of medioc-
rity. Their conference record is a vast
let down for a team that was in the
NCAA finals last year. Despite the
scoring punch of All-American can-
didate Katie Smith (21.0 points-per-
game), Ohio State is struggling to
find offensive consistency.
"They are down right now,"Michi-
gan assistantcoach Sandy Thomas said.
"We gave them a very good game here.
I think our girls played very well."
The key to playing better is im-
proved containment of swingman
Katie Smith. Although in Michigan's
81-61 loss on Jan. 21 Michigan for-
ward Silver Shellman checked Smith
for much of the first half, she had her
way once Shellman gotin foul trouble.
"She is the only one who has been
doing a lot of double-figure scoring
for them," Thomas said. "I think she
can be stopped."
Success-in next Friday's home
contest with Minnesota (5-5, 12-7)
will depend mainly on the Wolver-
ines' ability to handle senior Golden
Gopher Carol Ann Shudlick. The Big
Ten's leading scorer (25.3 ppg) sank
22 points in Minnesota's turover-
plagued 79-70 victory.
Michigan took advantage of some
of Iowa's problems in its 78-56 loss
January 28. Although falling apart in
the secondhalf, the Wolverines stayed
close with the Hawkeyes for most ofO
the first half.

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