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2 - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSThursday - Thursday, January 5, 1995

Here arethe final top 25 teams in the,
football for the 1994 season.

Associated Press college

Team
1. Nebraska
2. Penn State
3. Colorado
4. Florida State
5. Alabama
6. Miami
7. Florida
8. Texas A&M
9. Auburn
10. Utah
11. Oregon
12. Michigan
13. Southern California
14. Ohio State
15. Virginia
16. Colorado State
17. North Carolina State
18. Brigham Young
19. Kansas State
20. Arizona
21. Washington State
22. Tennessee
23. Boston College
24. Mississippi State
25. Texas

Record
13-0-0
12-0-0
11-1-0
10-1-1
12-1-0
10-2-0
10-2-1
10-0-1
9-1-1
10-2-0
9-4-0
8-4-0
8-3-1
9-4-0
9-3-0
10-2-0
9-3-0
10-3-0
9-3-0
8-4-0
8-4-0
8-4-0
7-4-1
8-4-0
8-4-0

Points
1,539,
1,497,
1,410
1,320
1,312
1,249
1,153
1,117
1,110
955
810
732
691
672
648
630
511
500
496
364
344
303
236
160
90

1/2
1/2

Pys.
1
2
4
7
6
3
5
8
9
14
12
20
21
13
18
10
23
22
11
15
24

16

Women's basketball extends conference losing streak to 20 games

By DAVID ROTHBART
Daily Basketball Writer
Great expectations.
That's what the Michigan women's
basketball team had before its pair of
Big Ten games against Wisconsin and
Iowa. The Wolverines emerged with
dampened spirits, two losses and an 0-
2 conference record.
Michigan (0-2 Big Ten, 5-7 over-
all) entered the Wisconsin game with a
5-5 record after losing to Ohio Decem-
ber 14, then bouncing back against
Kansas State December20.
Against Ohio, Tiffany Willard
scored a career-high 17 points and

snatched 10 boards, but Michigan could
not overcome the Bobcats' balanced
attack. Ohio seniorHolly Skeen poured
in 27 points and junior Molly Sito
added 18 asthe Bobcats escapedCrisler
Arena with a 77-63 victory.
Willard came up big again for
Michigan against the Wildcats. She
scored 13 points and shot 8-for-10from
the charity stripe, including five clutch
free throws in the last four minutes.
Forward Silver Shellman was a
force at both ends of the floor. She led
Michigan with 16 points and added
seven rebounds and four assists, but
her play on the defensive end over-

'M' fan throws support
toward women's game
By DAVID ROTHBART
Daily Basketball Writer
Terry Nichols does not believe in restraint. After a score put Michigan's
women's basketball team up by two over Wisconsin late in last Thursday's game,
Nichols tossed his maize-and-bluecap high in the air and climbed upon his third-
row seat. The 62-year-old retired security guard cupped his hands to his mouth
and shouted, "That's the way, Blue, that's the way."
Nichols has been a fixture at women's games for over fifteen years. The
Milan, Mich. native used to patrol parking lots at Eastern Michigan basketball
games, and one night, he decided to peek his head inside. It was love at first sight
forNichols.
"(The women's game) is basketball the way it used to be," Nichols says.
"They set up plays and run them like the Celtics of the '50s and '60s. No alley-
ooping, tomahawk jamming. This is pure basketball."
Nichols admits he wouldn'tmind seeing a dunk every once in a while but says
the flashy aspects of the game have overtaken the fundamentals.
"For me, it'sjust as exciting to see a defense make a big stand and force a shot-
clock violation, or an offense execute aplay perfectly and get someone open for
an outside shot," Nichols says.
Nichols occasionally stops in to see the men's team. He argues that male
basketball players are so busy practicing spectacular slam dunks that they
never learn to play solid team basketball.
Though Michigan's women's teams have experienced little success the past
few seasons, Nichols has stuck with them. He says the Wolverines are at the brink
of a new era.
"With all these freshmen, plus Jen (Brzezinski) and Amy (Johnson), we're
only a year away from a shot at the Big Ten title."
Now that the Wolverines are back on their feet, Nichols says, they need fan
support to keep them going. He looks around the near-empty Crisler Arena and
grins. "I know I'm loud, but I can't cheer for 13,000."
Attendance has averaged 600 for the Wolverines' six home dates, about five
percent of Crisler's capacity. The athletic ticket office, in attempt to bring in more
fans, included twocomplimentary tickets to any women's game with the men's
season ticket packages for non-students. Student admission is free with ID.
"Thegames areexciting," Nichols says. "We've gota good team here. Tickets
are cheap. You can sit right next to the court. What more could you want?"
Wisconsin goes on a 14-Oran and Nichols is backup on his seat, yelling at the
referees. "If you had one more eye, you'd be a cyclops!" After the final buzzer
sounds, the dejected Michigan players file into the tunnel, their hands folded over
their heads. "Keep yourheads up!" Nichols calls out to them. "Shake it off, you'll
get 'em next time. Great game tonight. Keep your heads up!"
Though he has always gone to the games alone, this year Nichols has a new
basketball fan toaccompanyhim-five-year-oldgranddaughterVeronica. "She
likes coming almost as much as I do," Nichols says. "And that's something!"

shadowed her offensive production.
Shellman held Wildcat All-America
candidate, ShawndaDeCamp, tojust6
of 34 shooting, including 2-for-15 be-
hind the 3-point arc.
The Wolverines surged to a 62-53
win, but suffered a huge loss when
freshman center PollyannaJohns went
down with a knee injury. Johns played
a key role in Michigan's fast start this
season, averaging seven rebounds and
five points off the bench.
Wolverine coach Trish Roberts was
pleased with her squad's effort.
"(The win) means we get to go
home before Christmas at.500," Rob-
erts said. "I thought we'd be better than
.500, but it's important that we won; it
gives the kids confidence."
Michigan had plenty of confidence
against Wisconsin, butnotenough poise
under pressure, as the Badgers rallied
to win, 85-71.
Behind the play of Johnson and
junior Jennifer Brzezinski, Michigan
remained within striking distance the
entirecontest. The teams battled evenly,
and Willard dropped an inside bucket
to put Michigan up, 69-67, with under
four minutes to go. That's when the
Wolverines collapsed. A 14-0 Badger
run left Michigan stunned and stuck
with their20th straight conference loss.
The Wisconsin scoring burst was
sparked by a tenacious zone defense
that took away the Wolverines' pass-
ing lanes. Three straight turnovers by
Michigan led to fast-break points for
the Badgers.
The Wolverines' lack of an experi-
enced point guard spelled their doom
down the stretch. Sophomore point
guard Jennifer Kiefer is out with a
season-ending knee injury and sopho-
more Mekisha Ross and freshman
Molly Murray have tried to replace her
at that spot.
"We need leadership from the point
guard position," Roberts said. "Kiefer's
injury has really hurtus. Mekisha(Ross)
is new, andMolly Murray hasn'tplayed
well in that position."
Murray, a natural forward, aver-

ages three turnovers for every assist.
Michigan coughed the ball up 33 times
in the loss to the Badgers.
Roberts was disappointed that her
team's effort had gone to waste.
"I don't think the score was any
indication of how close the game really
was,"she said. "Forsome reason those
last minutes were a complete blank to
our kids. They were saying, 'Coach,
we don't even know what happened."'
Brzezinski led Michigan with 21
points and 15 rebounds, but she did not
have any explanation for the Wolver-
inecollapse.
"I thought we could really hold our
own against Wisconsin and we did,"
she said. "Then we had some turn-
overs, and the game turned around."
Johnson recovered from her shoot-
ing woes, scoring 19 points against
Wisconsin (1-0,7-2).
The loss to the Badgers seemed to
sap Michigan's confidence. The Wol-
verines played Iowa (2-0,6-5) Friday
and the Hawkeyes crushed Michigan,
53-36.
"This was our worst game of the
year," Roberts said. "We started the
year well, and played Wisconsin tough,
but tonight I don't know what hap-
pened."
What happened to the Wolverines
was Iowa's defense. The Hawkeyes
refused to give upopen perimetershots,
and Michigan's lack of height inside
without the injured Johns decreased its
scoring opportunities.
Michigan played stingy defense it-
self, holding Iowa to 27 percent shoot-
ing from the floor, but the Wolverines
couldn't get their shots to fall. Willard
posted 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Murray tallied eight points.
"Iowa was the toughest defense
we've faced," Roberts said. "To be
honest, coming in, I thought we had a
chance against them."
While the injuries to Johns and
Kiefer continue to plague the Wolver-
ines, they hope to rediscover their early-
season success this weekend against
Michigan State and Northwestern.

JOE WESTRATE
The women's basketball team dropped its first two conference games to
Wisconsin and Iowa.

WISCONSIN (85)
Fe FT RES
MNN NMA 4-A O-T AFPTS
Anderson 33 5-10 7-8 1-7 6 4 17
Klapperich 14 3,6 3-5 3-10 1 1 9
Voigt 35 4.12 2-3 0-4 5 3 19
Johnson 28 6.15 0-0 0.3 3 2 12
Willams 21 4-5 1-2 3-4 0 0 9
Cattanach~ 10 2-3 00 0.1 0 4 6
Rhodes 8 1-1 1-1 1-3 0 0 3
Franke 28 3-7 1-2 1-4 2 4 7
Winler 23 47 1-2 0-2 1 4 9
Totals 200 32486 16.23 9.39 1822 85
FG%: .485. FT%: .696. Three-point goals: 5-16, .313
(Cattanach 2-2, Voigt 3-10, Franke 0-1, Johnson 0-1,
Anderson 0-2). Blocks: 3 (Franke, Voigt, Williams). Turn.
overs: 19 ( Franke 6, Anderson 3, Cattanach 3, Johnson
3, Williams 2, Klapperch, Voigt). Steals: 10 (Anderson
5, Johnson 3, Klapperich, Winkler). Technical Fouls:
none.
MICHIGAN (71)
FG FT RES
MIHN-A N-A 0-TA F PTS
Murray 9 1-3 0-0 1-1 4 2 9
Ross 33 1-7 2-2 1-2 2 5 4
Johnson 40 8-16 24 1-4 4 2 19
Brzezinski 40 7-11 6-9 5-15 2 1 21
Shellman 38 5-9 1-4 1-7 6 3 13
Willard 15 2-6 4-6 3-5 0 5 8
DiGiacinto 25 2-7 0-1 0-4 0 2 4
Totals 200 28-57 22-29 13-32 1623 71
FG%: .441. F%: .57 7. Three-point goals: 4-8, .500
(Shellman 2-2, Brezezinski 1-2, Johnson 1-3, Murray 0-
1). Blocks: 2 (Brezezinski 2). Turnovers: 32 (Brezezinski
7, Shellman 7, Ross 6, Willard 5, Johnson 4, Digiacinto
2, Murray). Steals: 10 ( Brezezinski 4, Shellman 3,
Digiacinto, Ross, Willard). Technical Fouls: none
Wisconsin ...40 45 -. 85
Michigan.38 33 - 71
At:Crisier Arena; A: 928

MCHIGAN (36)
FA FT RED
MIN *A M*A OT A FPISm
Sheltman 20 1-6 0-0 1-4 0 4 2
Digiacinto 16 1-3 1-2 04 0 2 3
Brezezinski 40 2-10 3,7 2-11 2 3 7
Ross 12 0-2 0-0 0111 0
Johnson 34 1-9 0.1 1-4 1 1 3
Murray 35 3-8 2-2 3-5 2 5 8,
Willard 24 3-10 5.7 4-11 1 5 11,
Franklin 17 1-4 0.0 0-1 1 2 2
Sikorski 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals 200 12-52 11-19 13-48 8 24 36,
F09 .231. FT%:.579. Three-point goals: 1-11, .091(Johnsd
1-3, Brezezinski 0.1, Franklin 01, Shellman 0-, Willard 01
Murray 04). Bocks:1 (Brezezinski). Turnovers: 26 (Mrezezinsk
7. Franklin 5, Ross 3, Willard 3, Digiacinto 2, Johnson 2. Murrai
2, Shellman 2). Steals: 8 (Brezezinski 3, DiGiacinto, Franklin
Johnson, Ross, Willard) Technical Fouls: none.
IOWA (53)
Fe3 FT REB
MIN M-A MA 0-T A F PTS
Perry 14 0.2 0-3 1-2 0 4 0:
Godden 28 5-13 10-13 06 0 0 20
Smith 24 1-7 3.6 2-8 1 3 5
Clayton 20 0-1 2-2 1-3 5 3 2
Jackson 23 3-9 1-2 1-4 0 1 7
Willis 14 0-2 1-2 1-2 1 3 1,
Yarbrough 17 02 0-) 1-3 4 0 0
Mackln 8 0-0 041 1-3 0 0 ' 0
Domond 16 4-10 0-0 3-3 0 2 8
Noll 18 1-6 01 3.8 1 3 2'
Kirby 12 2-6 0-0 2-3 1 1 51
Koering 6 1-6 1-2 2-2 2 0 3
Totals 200 17-64 18-32 22-55 15 20 53
FG%: .266. FT%.563. Thre-point goals: 1-9._111 (Kirby 1-2
Clayton 0.1, Gooden 0.1, Jackson 01, Yarbrough 01, Domond
3). Blocks: 6 (Smith 3. Kirby 2, No). Turnovers: 19 (Smith 5
Jackson 4, Willis 3, Gooden 2, Clayton, Domnond, Koering, Mackin)
Steals: 11 (Clayton 3, Gooden 2, Jackson 2, Smith, Wilis
Yarbrough)Tchnical Fouls: none.I
Michigan.... 14 22 - 36
Iowa......27 26 -53
At: Caver-Hawkeye Arena; A: .6,847

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WHO: Matt Dyson 5 $.
TEAM: Football
HoMETowN: LaPlata, Md. -
YEAR: Senior
EuaiuTY: Senior
WHY: Despite only registering three tackles - two for losses - and a sack, Dyson earned the defensive
MVP award in Michigan's 24-14 victory over Colorado State in the 1994 Holiday Bowl. The game marked
Dyson's final appearance in a Wolverine uniform.
BACxGROUND: The outside linebacker finished in fifth place on the all-time Michigan sack yardage list. He
sed seven ames due to injury in 1994, including three in early season because of a broken foot.

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