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When was the last time the
gMichigan women's basketball team
won two games in a row?
(Answer, page 2)


AP Top 25
Bach's Score
Men's basketball
Women's basketball
Men's swimming
NFL playoffs


end Big
en woes
Daily Basketball Writer
The Michigan women's basket-
ball team opened up the new year
with a bang as it defeated Michigan
State and Northwestern this past
Friday, the Wolverines (2-2 Big
Ten, 7-7 Overall) edged the Spar-
tans, 80-75. The momentum from
the victory carried Michigan through
yesterday's matchup, as the Wild-
cats (1-2, 5-8) were crushed, 74-55.
Michigan State (0-2, 6-5) gave
the Wolverines a tough fight, and
the outcome of the game was in
question until the final seconds.
,qpartan guard Christine Powers
drilled a 3-pointer from the right
side to make the score 77-75, Michi-
gan, with 12.8 seconds to play.
After a Michigan State timeout,
Wolverine freshman Akisha
Franklin was fouled. Franklin split
a pair at the line and the Spartans
had one last chance for victory.
Michigan State's leading scorer,
isha Kelley, had fouled out min-
tes earlier, after suffering through
an 8-for-21 performance from the
field. Since Powers had scored all
16 of her points in the second half,
she got the ball once again.
But this time her 3-point attempt
clanged off the rim. The ball
bounced out to Michigan's Silver
Shellman, who subsequently was
fouled by Powers. Shellman's two
*ree throws iced the'game for the
Wolverines. The win was Michigan
coach Trish Roberts' first confer-
ence win in Crisler Arena.
The Wolverines seemed destined
for a fall, however, as Michigan
State was able to rally from numer-
ous deficits. The Spartans' last lead
of the game was 19-18 with 7:04 to
go in the first half, but Michigan
*.ever led by more than eight.
With the score 66-63 and Michi-
gan State surging, Amy Johnson,
the Wolverines' leading scorer, was
poked in the eye by Kelley. Johnson
had to leave the game for several
minutes and Michigan's prospects
for victory seemed dim.
Junior Jennifer Brzezinski
brightened matters almost immedi-
ately. She fed Tiffany Willard on a
ast break for an easy lay-in and
converted a 3-point play seconds
later. The sequence gave Michigan
a 71-63 advantage with 4:03 to play,
See WOMEN, Page 4

Amaechi soars over Blue
Michigan's 15-point first half leads to loss

Daily Basketball Writer
going oh-for-Arizona earlier in the
season, the Michigan basketball
team is working on going oh-for-
Pennsylvania as well.
The Wolverines, who lost to
Pennsylvania on Dec. 13, were de-
feated yesterday by Penn State, 73-
63, in front of 7,452 at Recreation
Michigan (1-1 Big Ten, 7-6
Overall) lost to Arizona State, at the
Maui Classic on Nov. 22, and to
Arizona at the Great Eight Basket-
ball Festival on Nov. 30.
Michigan dug itself a hole in the
first half, shooting just 21 percent
from the floor and getting in serious
foul trouble, and was never able to
find its way out.
Wolverine senior co-captain
Jimmy King opened the game with a
lay-up that gave Michigan a 2-0 lead.
That basket was almost the extent of
the Wolverines' offense in the first
half, and it would prove to be the
Wolverines' only lead of the game.
In fact, at the end of the half,
Michigan had 15 points and 14 turn-.
overs. A Ray Jackson three-pointer
with 3:44 to go in the first half
finally broke the double-digit bar-
rier for the Wolverines.
Nittany Lion center John
Amaechi led Penn State with 9 first-
half points. But more importantly,
he was the major contributor to the
Wolverines' Mahktar Ndiaye and
Maurice Taylor each picking up

three personal fouls in the half.
Both would leave the game early
in the second half, Ndiaye with 9:18
left and Taylor about a minute later
with 8:14 to go.
"It was real frustrating because I
had some early fouls and Mak had
some early fouls," Taylor said. "We
didn't think they were all legit
"We didn't have any inside game
today," King said. "All of our big
boys fouled out."
The Wolverines' foul trouble was
particularly a problem down low
because they were forced to leave
freshman Maceo Baston in Ann
Arbor due to academic problems.
Baston had a grade that had yet
to be turned in because he still had
work to complete.
The absence of Ndiaye and Tay-
lor in the second half turned Recre-
ation Hall into Amaechi's private
playground. Amaechi knocked
down 17 in the second as Penn State
was able to go inside to him at will.
The senior center finished with 26
and 14 rebounds.
The Wolverines biggest prob-
lem, however, was not Amaechi,
but their shooting.
Michigan finished the game
shooting just 33 percent from the
field. King was 5-for-14, Willie
Mitchell made just 5 of 14 and Jerod
Ward 3 of 12.
Michigan has only shot over 50
percent from the floor twice this
"Today was just one of those

days when the shots weren't fall-
ing," King said. "It was like there
was a lid on the basket."
The Wolverines did manage to
cut the Penn State lead, that was as
much as 18, down to eight, but the
Nittany Lions' Pete Lisicky hit a
three-pointer to push the lead to 11.
Michigan cut the lead to under
10 again when Ward hit a three-
pointer, and was fouled. The four-
point play cut the lead to 47-38.
On Penn State's next possession,
however, Amaechi was left wide
open underneath the basket for a
dunk, and the Nittany Lions never
looked back.
Ray Jackson, who led the Wol-
verines with 24 points, said that
Michigan's poor offense was
nobody's fault but its own.
"We didn't swing the ball like
we should have," he said. "And as a
result we took poor shots.'
It was the first Big Ten road
game for Michigan's freshmen, and
it wasn't made easy by a raucous
Penn State crowd.
According to Mitchell, though,
the crowd wasn't a factor in
Michigan's play.
"We just didn't come out and play
hard from the beginning," he said.
"It was the first time on the road
for the young guys in the confer-
ence," King said. "We just have to
learn from this."
The Wolverines' first shot at ap-
plying the lesson will be Wednes-
day night when they face Iowa at
Crisler Arena.

Penn State center John Amaechi led all scorers with 26 points.

Icers drop exhibition contest
Sacka injured as Team Canada defeats Wolverines /

Daily Hockey Writer
Saturday night, the Michigan
hockey team lost a game.
Players were injured and national
pride was damaged at the sticks of
Team Canada in this disappointing
4-2 decision. The loss came in a
grinding, feisty atmosphere similar
to that of a playoff game, and the
only consoling thought is that this
was just an exhibition.
Even with the loss, Michigan coach
Red Berenson believes that this game
was beneficial for every possible rea-
son, especially conditioning, except
if it should cost Michigan three play-
ers. After throwing a check midway
through the first period, Ron Sacka
was helped off the ice suffering a
strained groin and is listed as doubtful
for next weekend. Rick Willis (shoul-

der) and Jason Botterill (back) both
have contusions and are listed day-to-
day, but are expected to play next
weekend. In addition, sophomore
Mike Legg (flu) did not dress, leaving
the Wolverines with nine forwards
for most of the last 40 minutes.
Michigan's shorthanded lineup
battled its way to a 2-2 tie at the end
of two periods, but failed to provide
that same support in the third when
Canada scored the go-ahead and
insurance goals.
The first two Canadian goals in
the contest came on point shots de-
flected down low in front of the net,
both of which Michigan goaltender
Marty Turco did not see. The third
goal was the ultimate fluke - liter-
As he often does, Turco came
out of the net to play the puck. With

his team shorthanded, he saw all the
players along the boards and shot
the puck up the middle. What he
didn't see was Michigan defender
Tim Hogan in the crease. The puck
hit Hogan's ankle and slid out to the
hash marks where Canadian center
Mark Kaufmann recovered it and
scored a power-play goal.
Michigan didn't recover and let
up a three-on-none shorthanded goal
after Team Canada had been
whistled for too many men on the
"When we went to a wedge
forecheck I thought we took away
their ability to counter-attack and
really when we started to do that, I
thought the game was pretty much
in hand for us," Team Canada coach

The Michigan hockey team fell to Team Canada in an exhibition game Saurday.

Pigskin Classic awaits
*Wolvennes next season

Captain of dedication
Gymnast Brian Winkler started late but came on strong

Daily Football Writer
The 1995 Michigan football season
got one game longer Friday when the
National Association of Collegiate Di-
rectors of Athletics (NACDA) reached
agreement with the University ath-
4tic department to serve as host of next
season's Pigskin Classic on Aug. 26.
Disneyland sponsored the game for
the previous five years but concluded
its sponsorship after 1994's Ohio State-
Fresno State matchup, ending a five-
year contract. The contest, one of two
sponsored by the NACDA, continually
lost money in its stay at Anaheim Sta-
dium (home of the Freedom Bowl and
*os Angeles Rams). Thus the decision
to move the game to an on-campus site.
"We feel that an on-campus site
will bring the pageantry normally
associated with a collegiate football
game, and what better venue to than

For The Daily
perfect 10. Oprah's new dress size? Well not exactly. It
Aepitomozes the very top, and the very best that a gymnast can
strive for. In the 1984 Olympics, Mary Lou Retton scored an
unprecedented perfect 10 on the vault, with the men's team following suit
to also capture the gold. That very same year, 10-year old Brian Winkler
was just one of the thousands of aspiring young gymnasts who watched
America's team with respect and admiration.
Winkler, a senior and co-captain of the men's gymnastics team, credits
the Olympics as one of the many forces that helped him cruise down
Victory Lane. He stopped only when he had to, and avoided any
"accidents" along the way. From the time he was old enough to qualify for
the Junior Nationals, his career was full speed ahead. Coming to Ann Arbor
all the way from Bradenton, Fla., Brian chose Michigan because of the
Engineering program, along with its strong tradition in Big Ten
While living in Florida, Brain barely had time to lay in the sun, as his
parents Walt and Ginnie encouraged him from the very beginning to stay
with gymnastics, to do the best he could. He began gymnastics at the age of

went to classes every day until about three, then went home to get in his two
hours of studying before he had to head off to the gym. He drove the familiar
45-minute drive to and from the gym, sometimes returning as late as 10 at
As a member of Culbertson's Gym, Brian was a four-time Florida State
Champion and three-time Southeast Regional Champion. While he greatly
enjoys wind-surfing and the beach, he found little time to participate in
these sports as his summers were filled with traveling and participating in
various camps. He attended a camp in Pennsylvania each year, and was
selected as one of the few to practice at the Olympic Training Center in
Colorado Springs for rigourous training and the best in gymnastics
coaching today.
As a three-time returning letter winner, Brian will be taking on the
responsibilities of being co-captain and one of the highest ranked gymnasts
in the country. As a freshman he won the NCAA National Championship
in floor exercise; which happens to be his favorite event. He qualified for
the vault, the rings and the all-Around competition as well.
In his second season, Brian was forced to do something he was not used
to doing, and that was sit back and take time off. He unerwent back surgery
in January, which kept him from competing until mid-March, when the
season was alraedy half over. He fared extremely well, placing sixth on the

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local business establishment expressed
their concerns to Athletic Director Joe
Roberson about somehow getting an-
other game in Ann Arbor. In the past
Michigan has hosted as many as eight
home games, but in recent years, that

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