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12 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, March 11, 1994

LEADERS
Continued from page 10
Johnson, the team's leading scorer,
is the catalyst. She had 18 last night,
including two key treys - what do
you think, coach?
"There was a time in the game
when she wasn't even in the offense
-completely out of it," Roberts said.
"I pulled her out of the game and told
her she needed to get in the offense. I
don't know where she was. She zoned
out on us."
A leader shouldn't need to beside-
lined to learn she needs to score.
The natural choice to lead is the
point guard, and freshman Jennifer
Kiefer did look for just a moment as if
she were the seasoned court general
her squad needs and not an easily
flustered rookie.
With thirteen minutes left and In-
diana threatening Michigan's game-
long lead, Kiefer filled up a three with

confidence, even arrogance. Half a
minute later, she ran the offense like
a veteran, and the lead was six.
The sign of a floor leader? Nope
- the Wolverines didn't score again
for seven minutes.
"(Kiefer) has got to be a little more
vocal," Roberts said. "She needs to
take more of a leadership role, and
that's something that we've been
pounding our heads all year, trying to
make her a leader. I still don't think
she's there right now."
None of the other Wolverines are
either. Not one has stepped up her
play and made herself the player the
others look to when they're discour-
aged.
Consequently, a probable loss to
Purdue tomorrow could make Michi-
gan the first Big Ten women's hoop
squad to finish the conference season
winless. Not quite "the leaders and
the best." But then, these Wolverines
need a leader just to get better.
"Best" is a long way off.

INDIANA (67)
FO FT REB
MIN M.A MA O-T A F PTS
Urzua 39 0-4 0-0 2-2 2 2 0
Hooper 32 4-11 6-9 5-7 0 3 14
McGrade 33 4-8 0- 1-2 3 2 11
Porter 20 2-8 2-2 0-4 0 2
Campbell 10 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2
Vesel 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 01
Farrell 10 1-3 0-0 1-2 0 0 2
Furlin 24 8-18 7-8 3-13 0 2 23
Bryant 28 4-9 1-2 5-8 1 3 9
Totals 200 24-62 16-22 11-39 614 67
FG%:.387.dFT%: .727. Three-point goals:3-9,
.333 (McGrade 3-4, Porter 0-2, Furlin 0-3).
Blocks: 4 (Hooper 2, McGrade, Bryant).
Turnovers: 6 (Hooper 3. Urzua 2, McGrade).
Steals: 4 (Bryant 2, Hooper, Urzua). Technical
Fouls: none.
MICHIGAN (64)
FG FT REB
MIN M-A M.A O4T A F PTS
Kiefer 36 3-5 2-4 0-2 7 2 10
Johnson 37 6-12 3-4 0-2 1 1 18
Gray 35 6-15 0-0 0-7 0 4 12
Shellman 40 5-12 0-0 3-9 4 3 11
Brzezinski 25 1-4 0-0 3-5 1 4 2
Ross 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
DiGiacinto 24 4-7 3-5 3-11 0 3 11
Totals 200 25-55 8-13 9-36 1317 64
FG%:.455. FT%: .615. Three-point goals: 6-12,
.500 (Johnson 3-5. Kiefer 24, Shellman 1-3).
Blocks: 1 (Gray). Turnovers: 16 (Kiefer 4.
Johnson 4, Shellman 3, Brzezinski 2, DiGiacinto
2, Ross). Steals: 3 (Brzezinski, Johnson, Kiefer).
Technical Fouls: none.
Indiana...............30 47 - 67
Michigan........34 30 - 64
At: Crisler Arena; A:402

Hitters hope for hitting warm-up

By JOSH KARP
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
If there's one thing that a two-time
defending Big Ten champion is ex-
pected to do, it's win.
Coming off a tough 5-6 west coast
road trip which included a third-place
finish in the Arizona State Softball
Classic, the Michigan softball team
looks to get back on that familiar
winning track. The Wolverines will
have that opportunity at the 24-team
University of South Florida Classic,
beginning today at 9 a.m in Tampa.
The Wolverines' first opponent is
Sam Houston, a team they defeated 4-
1 and 1-0 in Arizona.
"Their infield is a little bit weak,
but they're real aggressive," pitcher
Kelly Kovach said. "They'll try and
throw all the lead runners out on bunts.
They play unorthodox, but they get
the job done."
"They're a pretty upbeat type of
team," Michigan coach Carol
Hutchins added. "We need our pitch-
ing staff to contain them until our
at offense can win the game."

Michigan will go with two pitch-
ers, namely Kovach (2-3, 1.04 earned
run average) and freshman Kelly
Holmes (3-3, 1.57 ERA). Kovach, a
junior, was 20-9 last season with an
impressive 1.41 ERA.
Meanwhile, Holmes comes to
Michigan leaving behind a standout
high school career. The Ann Arbor
News Player of the Year for the past
two seasons, Holmes recorded 15 no-
hitters over her prep career.
"We have one of the best staffs in
this part of the country," Hutchins
said. "We have two number-one pitch-
ers in Kovach and Holmes. For
Holmes to (step) in as a freshman is
outstanding. So we have a lot of con-
fidence that she can do what we need."
After its game with Sam Houston,
Michigan tangles with East Carolina
at 11 a.m. and finishes up the first day
of competition with Oklahoma at 7
p.m.
Tomorrow, the Wolverines end
pool play with Ball State at 10 a.m.
and Virginia at 6 p.m.
"We certainly aren't going (to

Florida)just to play five games and be
done," Hutchins said. "Our goal is to
still be playing on Sunday."
Michigan, hitting just .214 as a
team thus far, needs its offense to
improve. The squad's top two return-
ing hitters from last year. Michelle
Silver and Tracy Carr, have struggled
batting .179 and .233 respectively. 0
"It doesn't matter what you do this
time of year," Hutchins said. "As much
as these games are important to us,
they're just building blocks for the
regular season, which is where it all
counts."
Hutchins believes that if Michi-
gan can hold its opponent to two runs
or less, it should win. She may be
right, considering that in games like
that last year, the Wolverines were
38-5.
But this year, three key players -
Patti Benedict, Kari Kunnen and Karla
Kunnen - have departed. The three
were selected to the 1993 All-Big Ten
first team and had a combined .343
average, 42 extra-base hits and 83
runs batted in.

BAS KETBALL
Continued from page 10
"We went to a zone in the first
half, and they had a hard time recog-
nizing that zone. It threw them out of
sync," Roberts said.
The Wolverines, however, could
not pull away until the end of the first

stanza. Despite several lead changes,
two jumpers by Silver Shellman and
Shimmy Gray propelled Michigan to
a 34-30 halftime lead.
For one of the first times all sea-
son, Michigan had five players in
double figures.
Johnson poured in a game-high 18
points. Gray added 12 points, while
Kiefer had 10 points as well as 10

assists. Brezeznski and DiGiacint
tossed in 10 apiece.
The Wolverines have their fina
opportunity to garner a conferenc
victory when they play No.10Purdu
(15-2, 25-3) tomorrow at 2 p.m. Iti
also the final home game of the sea
son for Michigan as it tries to break i
18-game losing streak.

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The Michigan rugby team hopes
to find a pot of gold at the end of its
journey as it heads to Washington,
D.C. this weekend to participate in
the St. Patrick's Day Invitational.
Hosted by the Washington Irish,
the tournament draws upwards of
sixty-four teams in four divisions:
high school, college, club A, and club
B. The Wolverines will field two

teams -- one apiece in the club A and
college divisions.
The club squad plays at a higher
skill level, since it primarily consists
of graduate students, alumni and other
non-collegians from the area, while
the college squad is led by under-
classmen.
This year marks the first time that
the Wolverines will field a collegiate
team for this meet.
"Wejust had a big recruiting drive

(this year)," rugby club president
Tom Werberton said . "About two-
thirds of our team members are fresh-
men and sophomores."
Michigan hasn't participated in
the St. Patrick's Day Invite in the past
couple of years, opting instead to play
in a tournament in New Orleans when0
it coincides with spring break.
Thus, Werberton added that it
would be hard to approximate the
Wolverines' chances, especially in a
meet of this size. However, he recog-
nized that the home teams are strong.

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