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6 - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, January 23, 1995

WOMEN
Continued from page 1.
found her stroke and buried three out-
side shots. While Michigan baskets
came as easily as pulling teeth, the
Buckeyes' transition offense netted a
number of quick scores. Michigan,
playing with a seven-player rotation
due to injuries, couldn't stop Ohio
State's fast breaks, but Shellman said
fatigue wasn't a factor.
"We just have to get back (on de-
fense)," she said.
In the second half, the Wolverines
fought back to within I 1, but abevy of
free throws from Buckeye forward
Katie Smith took the wind out of the
Wolverines' sails.
Roberts said her team's difficulty
incoming up with big defensive stops
ILUNOIS (68)
FO FT REB
MIN M-A MA 04 A F PTS
t1-enderson 32 5-11 3-4 0-5 1 1 14
mth 19 0-2 1-3 1-122 1
enking 22 5-10 1-2 0-1 1 1 12
upps 34 2-9 7-10 0-5 1 2 11
obertson 10 1-3 0-1 0.2 1 1 2
aond 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
Vasey 29 7-11 0-0 5-10 0 5 14
perggren 22 1-3 13 2-5 3 3 3
Anna 24 3-5 3-4 0-3 0 5 9
illsi 6 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 2
Totals 200 25-56 16-27 9-39 1021 68
SFG%: 446. FT%: .593. Three-point goals: 2-6,
333 (Henderson 1-3, Reinking 1-3). Blocks: 3
Berggren 2,Vasey). Turnovers: 19 (Henderson 4,
einking 4, Vasey 4. Smith 3, Robertson 2, Dupps,
~anna). Steals: 4 (Henderson 2, Berggren, Dupps)
echnical Fouls: none.
ICHIGAN (64)
FG FT RES
MIN M-A M-A O-T A F PTS
a1urray 24 5-13 2-3 0-4 2 4 13
ranklin 34 3-12 0-2 1-3 4 3 7
ohnson 31 5-10 0-0 4-7 3 0 11
3rzezinski 21 0-4 2-4 1-7 0 4 2
hellman 39 8-14 1-3 4-9 3 5 17
illiard 18 1-6 44 2-5 0 4 6
iGiacinto 33 4-10 0-1 3-8 0 2 8
otais 2002649 $.17 18-48 12 22 64
FGi% .377. F96:.529. nhee-point goals: 3-15
200 (Murray 1-5, Franklin 1-4, Johnson 1-
,Brzezinski 0-2, Shellman 0-1). Blocks: 3
DiGiancinto 2, Shellman).Turnovers: 19 (Johnson
Willard 4, DiGiancinto 4, Franklin 2, Brzezinski 2,
hellman 2). Steals: 10 (Franklin 4, Murray 2,
ohnson 2, Shellman, Willard) Technical Fouls:
one.
Illinois.......2741 - 68
Michigan ... 17 47- 64
At:: Crisler Arena.;A: 1,144

contributed to the defeat.
"We could have gone to the zone
(defense) earlier," she said.
Smith, who finished with 22 points
for Ohio Statesaid even though Michi-
gan kept fighting, she was never wor-
ried about the outcome.
"We have too many offensive weap-
ons," Smith said.
Johnson broke out of a scoring
slump with 21 points, including three
treys. She nearly missed a triple-double,
adding 10 rebounds and eight assists.
Jennifer Brzezinski added 19 points.
Shellman had 13 points, but spent most
of the game watching from the bench
because of foul trouble.
Roberts said this weekend Michi-
gan will work to avoid getting behind
early.
"We just have to put the ball in the
basket," she said.
DHIO STATE (94)
FO FT REB
MIN M-A M-A 04T A F PTS
Smith 27 6-11 9-10 1-6 5 4 22
~vans 32 9-14 2-4 4-9 04 20
egri 29 4-5 2-3 1-8 1 2 10
AIberts 30 48 2-2 0-3 7 1 11
ohnson 34 7-11 3.3 3-4 4 3 18
Bond 10 0-0 0-0 0-0 23 0
Jackson 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 2 0
ngwersen 15 1-3 0-0 0-2 2 0 3
losson 4 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0
Turner 1 1-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 2
Fergus 14 4-6 0-0 1-3 0 3 8
Totals 200 36.60 18-23 10.39 2220 94
FG%: .600. FT%: .783. Three-point goals: 4-13,
308 (Ingwersen 1-2, Johnson 1-3, Alberts 1-4,
mith 1-4). Blocks: 2 (ngwersen, Fergus),
turnovers: 20 (Johnson 6, Evans 4, Smith 4, Bond
SAlberts, Glosson, Negri). Steals: 9 (Alberts 2,
Smith 2, Glosson 2, Blond, Evans, Fergus)
rechnical Fouls: none.
MICHIGAN (79)
FG FT REB
MIN MA M-A O-T A F PIS
Murray 24 2-11 0-0 1-3 3 3 5
ranklin 40 2-6 0-0 2-3 3 3 5
ohnson 40 7-18 4-4 3-10 8 3 21
rzezinski 37 6-12 7-9 6-7 4 5 19
effllm an 16 4-6 4-5 0-0 1 4 13
otals 200 27-70 18-23 16-32 1922 79
FG%: .386. FT%: .783. Three-point goals: 7-23,
304 (Johnson 3-8, Shellman 1-2, Willard 1-3,
ranklin 1-4, Murray 1-6 Brzezinski 0-1). Blocks: 2
Willard 2).Turnovers: 14 (Franklin 5, Johnson 2,
rzezinski 2, Shellman 2, Murray, Willard,
iGiancinto). Steals: 10 (Murray 3, Johnson 3,
rzezinski 2, Franklin,Willard) Technical Fouls:
hone.
Ohio State..4846- 94
Michiganr....A.;..3049- 79
At:: Crisler Arena; A: 1,157

Franklin barometer of
Wolverines' campaign"

Michigan forward Molly Murray shot a combined 7 for 24
weekend losses to Illinois and Ohio State.

- JOE WESTRATE/DAILY
in the Wolverines'

B ASKEIBALL NOTEBOOK
Dueto injury, Michigan
inexperienced at point

By RAVI GOPAL
Daily Basketball Writer
71-17.
That's how badly the Wolverines
have been roasted in the first 10 min-
utes of their past three outings.
Against Ohio State last night, 27-
10. Against Illinois Friday, 15-2.
Against Penn State last weekend, a
gaudy 29-5.
Spotting the opponent a lead to
begin a contest is not a wise idea.
Especially since Michigan had a bet-
ter than even chance at winning two
of those three games.
"We dug ourselves a hole again,"
coach Trish Roberts said after last
night's defeat. ,
It's not enough to say it, it's time
to do something about it. Otherwise,
a season full of promise could easily
become a nightmarish voyage. Six of
the Wolverines' final nine games are
on the road.
Michigan's record away from
Crisler Arena is 1-5.
The Wolverines have simply de-
teriorated in the past two weeks. After
heating Northwestern. 74-55. on Jan.
8, Michigan's record was 2-2 in the
conference, 7-7 overall.
Now, the conference record stands
at 2-5.
What's gone wrong? What can
Michigan's decline be attributed to?
It's simply because point guard
Akisha Franklin isn'tplaying like she
used to, and as Akisha Franklin goes,
so go the Wolverines.
When she was first inserted in the
starting lineup, against Michigan State
on Jan. 6, Michigan was at its low point

of the season. Coming off an old-fash-
ioned whipping by Iowa, in which the
Wolverines scored a season-low 36
points, things could only get better.
And that they did.
In a two-game home stand to begin
the new year, the 5-8 freshman tallied
26 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds in
leading Michigan to its first conference
victories in two years. The Wolverines
had finally found a point guard to fill the
shoes of Jennifer Kiefer, whose season
ended when she tore her anterior cruci-
ate ligament during the summer.
Roberts then inserted freshman
Molly Murray at tfie point, only to see
her cough up the ball repeatedly. It
wasn't uncommon to see Murray lose
the ball up to 10 times a game.
But now, Franklin's emergence
seemed to signal the dawn of a new
era.
Or did it?
In the past three contests, Franklin
had these totals: 6-for-27 from the
field, seven assists, 12 turnovers.
Not coincidentally, Michigan lost
all three games.
Franklin's totals in the first halves@
of those games: 0-for-11 shooting.
two assists.
With stats like these, it's no won-
der the Wolverine offense starts games
off stagnant.
True, the offense has few creators.
Only Johnson can come off a screen
and hit the jumper.
All this puts more pressure on Miss
Franklin to produce. But where is she?
What can the Wolverines do without
her?
Nothing.

Cagers look forward to
successful future

By DAVID ROTHBART
Daily Basketball Writer
The Wolverines aren't giving upon
this season, despite last weekend's pair
of losses, but Coach Trish Roberts al-
ready has one eye roaming to the future.
Michigan has signed two highly-re-
garded recruits for next season.
Ann Lemeuir of Frankenmuth is a
point guard sensation. She led her
high school team to two Class B State
Championships. Roberts said Lemeuir
is a rare double-edged offensive
threat-a talented passer and a pro-
lific scorer.
Ann Poglits of Livonia offers the
Wolverines help in the post. Roberts
is excited about the 6-foot-4 Poglits'
inside play.
"We need the height," Roberts said.
"We need some big bodies out there."
Redshirt freshmen Semelda
Elverton and Tennille Caruthers will
add depth to the frontcourt. In addi-
tion, Michigan will have the services
of injured players Mekisha Ross and
Jennifer Kiefer and center Pollyanna
Johns..

Ross' and Keifer's return, and the
arrival of Lemeuir, will setup a fierce
four-way competition for the starting
point guard position. Freshman
Akisha Franklin has played well since
spelling Ross at the one-spot.
Illinois Coach Kathy Lindsey
praised Franklin's performance in
Michigan's loss Friday night.
"(Franklin) executed the offense
well against pressure," Lindsey said.
"She's gritty, and she kept fighting."
Roberts said although her team
has shown improvement over last
season, the injuries have taken their
toll.
"Early in the season, (before the
injuries), we had a good rotation go-
ing," Roberts said. "It will be nice to
have a full squad again next year."
The Wolverines will not lose any
players to graduation, and Roberts said
the added yearof experience will make
a difference for her young team.
"We'll have everyone back. We're
an improved team now, but next year
we'll be a lot better. I'm looking
forward to it."

By RODERICK BEARD
Daily Basketball Writer
Add Mekisha Ross' name to
Michigan's list of injured players. Ross,
a sophomore who started eight games
at point guard this season, suffered a
probable stress fracture in her right
shin and may return to the lineup next
month. In 13 games, she averaged 4.2
points while playing 15.5 minutes.
Ross joins fellow point guard Jen-
nifer Kiefer, who received a medical
redshirt for this season after injuring
her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
last summer. Ross can compare de-
signer crutches with freshman center
Pollyanna Johns, who has been rel-
egated to the bench since tearing her
ACL in a game earlier this season.
The injuries to Ross and Kiefer
leave freshman Akisha Franklin as
Michigan's only remaining healthy
point guard. Molly Murray has moved
from her natural forward position to
relieve Franklin of some of the ball-
handling duties.
(UN)LUCKY SEVEN: Michigan
coach Trish Roberts is probably hav-
ing flashbacks to last season's miser-
able 3-24 season, when she only had
seven active players on her roster.
This weekend, Roberts used
mainly a seven-player rotation, due to
injuries to Kiefer, Ross and Johns.
Freshmen Shauna Sikorski and
Maritza DuBois have seen limited
playing time (35 minutes combined
this season) off the bench. Freshman

forward/center Tennille Caruthers
was redshirted for the season and
freshman guard Semelda Elverton
saw action in only four games this
season before being redshirted.
SHE'S 'EN FUEGO' : Sophomore
Amy Johnson may have emerged
from a minor shooting slump with her
weekend performance. In two games,
Johnson had an impressive statline:
32 points, 17 rebounds and 11 assists.
Johnson played her best all-around
game of the season against Ohio State
last night. Playing the entire game,
she notched a team-high 21 points, 10
rebounds and eight assists in the 94-
79 loss to the Buckeyes.
Johnson was hesitant to proclaim
herself cured of her shooting woes.
"This was only one game,"
Johnson said. "I won't know until
next game (if I'm out of my slump)."
HAPPY HOMECOMING: Two Michi-
gan natives fueled Ohio State's vic-
tory last night. Peggy Evans and Lisa
Negri, both starters for the Buckeyes,
provided a low-post presence for Ohio
State coach Nancy Darsch.
Evans, a senior forward from De-
troit Country Day High School,
pounded Michigan's inside players,
scoring 20 points and snagging nine
boards. Negri, a junior from Flint,
dropped in 12 points and pulled down
eight rebounds.
"It's nice to come home and play
in front of my family and my old
teammates," Evans said.

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