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Women's Basketball
vs. Nebraska
Today, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena

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Women's Gymnastics
Meet The Wolverines
Tomorrow, 7 p.m.
Cliff Keen Arena

Blue goes for three
eCagers streak toward Cornhuskers

Meet the Wolverines
provides hint of season

By DAVID ROTHBART
Daily Basketball Writer
Tonight the Michigan women's
basketball team attempts to do what it
could not do all of last season - win
three consecutive games.
The Wolverines (3-3) face Nebraska
in a 7:30 p.m. contest at Crisler Arena.
Michigan is coming off wins overEast-
*ern Michigan and Georgia State. The
Huskers (5-2) have plowed through
their competition this season,
outscoring opponents by nearly 20
points a game. Nebraska is coming off
a 79-66 win over Buffalo Tuesday.
Winning the battle of the boards is
critical to both teams' success. Michi-
gan has outrebounded every opponent
this season, while the Huskers are aver-

aging a 48-39 rebounding edge in their
first seven matches.
Michigan counts on its offensive
rebounding to score second-chance
baskets. Junior forward Jennifer
Brzezinski is the Big Ten's leading
rebounder, pulling down 12 caroms a
game.
Tuesday, Brzezinski punished East-
ern Michigan inside, racking up 28
points and 18 rebounds. However, the
Huskers are not intimidated by her
interiorpresence.Nebraskahas astrong
rebounderofitsown-6-foot-4 junior
Pyra Aarden.The Huskers' centerclears
10 boards a game to go with her 15
points.
Nebraska's guard tandem of Kate
Galligan and Anna DeForge have con-
sistently found ways to feed Aarden in
the lane. The duo has combined for 49
assists. In addition, Nebraska's pesky
defense has proven adept at forcing
turnovers. Sophomore Tina McClain
has picked opponents' pockets 19 times.
Michigan is looking to improve on
its long-range shooting. The Wolver-
ines dropped just two of 17 three-point
attempts in their win over the Eagles,
both treys coming from freshman Molly
Murray.
A win tonight would run Michigan's
streak to three, and surpass last year's
win total.
The Wolverines continue their
homestand Saturday against Wiscon-
sin-Milwaukee.

By SUSAN DANN
Daily Sports Writer
It was move-in day at Cliff Keen
Arena for the Michigan women's
gymnastics team yesterday. For the
first time this season, the Wolver-
ines were able to practice in the
building, which also serves as the
home to the volleyball team in the
fall.
The team is preparing for the
"Meet the Wolverines" intrasquad
competition tomorrow at 7 p.m. This
will be the first meet for the Wol-
verines since last year's fourth-place
finish at the NCAA Championships.
"The purpose of this meet is re-
ally two-fold," Michigan coach Bev
Plocki said. "It's a reality check for
the athletes, for them to know where
they stand and what they need to
work on.
"On the flip-side, this is really
an opportunity for students, faculty
and the community. Hopefully, we
can educate the audience, because
they will be able to see and know the
girls and learn about the format of
the meets. So, if they come to a
regular season meet they'll know
the girls and what they're good at."
The meet gives the gymnasts the
opportunity to work out any pre-
season worries.
"Friday we'll get our feet wet
and it will give us a taste of what's
coming up this season," senior co-
captain Kelly Carfora said. "It's the
first time for the freshmen to com-
pete in this arena, and in a college
atmosphere.
"It's even a little nerve-racking
for the rest of us, too."
But just because the Wolverines
do not have a regular season meet
until January, it does not mean they
have been sitting in front of the
television every day.
"We've been training really hard
up to now," Plocki said. "The
intrasquad gives the girls a sense of
security, an 'I can do it' feeling."
Tomorrow will be a preview of
what Plocki expects to be

Michigan's strongest season ever.
College Sports Magazine ranks
Michigan No. 4 nationally, behind
perennial powers Georgia, Utah and
Alabama.
"This season, we can only im-
prove," Plocki said. "We have the
opportunity to break into the Elite
Three, who have stayed on top for
the past six or seven years.
"We've made some bigjumps, from
14 to nine, and now to four. We can no
longer make those kinds of jumps, so
we have to maintain our standing,
though it'd be great to be the first team
to break into the top three."
To make this happen, Plocki
looks to an experienced roster, with
seniors Debbie Berman and All-
American Beth Wymer. She expects
junior Wendy Marshall to be a "big
impact person this season," and
hopes sophomore Andrea
McDonald, last year's Big Ten
Freshman of the Year, continues
her success.
However, one of the newest
members of the team will be counted
upon to help Michigan reach its goal.
"I am expecting really big things
from (freshman) Heather Kabnick,"
Plocki said. "I think after she com-
petes in a couple of meets, she will
settle in and may be as big for us as
Beth Wymer has been."
Last season, Wymer won her sec-
ond consecutive national title on the
uneven bars.
But the senior co-captain will
miss the intrasquad competition and
possibly the first few meets of the
season with a tear in the posterior
capsule of her left shoulder.
"I don't anticipate this being a
major deal," Plocki said. "I just want
her to rest to make sure this will not
become a problem for us later on.
The team is not without bumps
and bruises but doesn't see them as
troublesome.
"We are on the way back from
injuries," Marshall said. "Thank
God we're going through this in the
preseason and not in season."

DOUGLAS KANTER/[
Tonight against Nebraska, Michigan reaches for its fourth win of the year.

Brzezinski

,Salaam leads All-America
team; M' kicker selected

Associated Press
Rashaan Salaam, the nation's top
rusher and scorer, and passing leader
Kerry Collins were selected to the As-
sociated Press All-America college
football team yesterday.
Salaam, the Heisman Trophy fa-
*vorite from Colorado, became the fourth
Division I -Aplayer to gain 2,000yards
in a season and the first since 1988 to
lead the country in rushing, scoring and
all-purpose yards. He ran for 2,055
yards and scored 24 touchdowns.
Collins finished with a passing effi-
ciency rating of 172.9, fourth-best in 1-
A history. The Penn State quarterback
threw for a school record 2,679 yards,
':ompleted 67 percent of his attempts,
andpassedfor2l touchdownsand only
seven interceptions.
Collins is joined in the baokfield by
Penn State teammate Ki-Jana Carter,
who averaged an NCAA-best 7.8 yards
per carry. Carter was fourth in rushing

with 1,539 yards and second in scoring
with 23 TDs.
The wide receivers are Jack Jackson
of Florida and Frank Sanders of Au-
burn. Tight end Pete Mitchell of Boston
College had 55 catches for 617 yards,
and set school records for most recep-
tions and receiving yards in a career.
The offensive line consists of Zach
Wiegert of Nebraska, Jeff Hartings of
Penn State, Tony Boselli of Southern
Cal, Korey Stringer of Ohio State and
Cory Raymer of Wisconsin.
The defense is led by Miami tackle
Warren Sapp, who won the Lombardi
Award as the nation's top lineman, and
filled out by Luther Elliss of Utah,
Derrick Alexander of Florida State and
Tedy Bruschi of Arizona.
Michigan kicker Remy Hamilton
was named to the second team.
Hamilton is the only Wolverine on any
of the three Associated Press All-
America teams.

Quarterback-- Kerry Collins, Penn State
Backs - Rashaan Salaam, Colorado;
Ki-Jana Carter, Penn State
Receivers - Frank Sanders, Auburn;
Jack Jackson, Florida
Tight End - Pete Mitchell, B.C.
Center - Cory Raymer, Wisconsin
Guards/Tackles - Zach Wiegert, Neb.;
Tony Boselli, Sounthern Cal;
Korey Stringer, Ohio State;
Jeff Hartings, Fenn State
Ali-Purpose Brian Pruitt, CMU
Place-kicker - Brian,Leaver, BGSU
pefense
Linemen - Warren Sapp, Miami;
Tedy Bruschi, Arizona;
Luther Elliss, Utah;
Derrick Alexander, Florida State
Linebackers- Dana Howard, Illinois;
Ed -Stewart, Neb.;
Antonio Armstrong, Texas A & M
Backs - Chris Hudson, Colorado;
CJ Richardson, Miami;
Brian Robinson, Aubrun;+
Clifton Abraham, Florida State
Punter - Todd Sauetbrun, WVa.I

)d second All-America teams:
Second Team
Offense
Quarterback - Kordell Stewart, Colorado
Backs -- Lawrence Phillips, Neb.;
Napolean Kaufman, Washington
Receivers - Bobby Engram, Penn State;
ALex Van Dyke, Nevada
Tight End - Kyle Brady, Penn State
Center - Clay Shiver, Florida State
Guards/Tackles - Reuben Brown,
Pittsburgh; Brenden Stai, Neb.; Blake
Brockernmeyer, Texas; Evan Pilgrim, BYU
All-Purpose
Sherman Williams, Alabama
Place-kIcker -
Remy Hamilton, Michigan
Defense
Lineman - DeWayne Patterson,
Washington State; Mike Pelton, Auburn;
Dameian Jeffries, Alabama;
Kevin Carter, Florida
Linebackers - Simeon Rice, Illinois, Ted
Johnson, Colorado;
Zach Thomas, Texas Tech
Backs - Greg Myers, Colorado State;
Chad Cota, Oregon, Aaron Beasley,
WVa., Orlanda Thomas, SW Louisiana
Punter - Brad Maynard, Ball State

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