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DOWN SOUTH
Continued from page 6
rand find out her college plans. She
said she was weighing offers from
Southern Alabama, Southern Missis-
sippi, Tennessee State, and West
Florida. I asked her if she'd heard
from Michigan, but she shook her
head.
"I guess they're set at the two-
spot," she said. "I'd love to play up
here, but I don't know if I could
andle the snow and ice."
We worked our way across the
Gulf Coast-Mobile, Ala., Biloxi,
Miss., Gulfport, Miss. In a pickup
game in Long Beach, Miss., we were
losing to a fearsome foursome led by
a beer-bellied barber named Barry.
Barry took it to the hole, knocked
Mike to the ground, and banked a shot
in. Mike's jaw was bloody from the
*llision. We were down 10-2; it was
time for drastic measures. Seth called
for the Barking Dog play and Mike
went to the perimeter, got down on
his knees, and started yapping-a
high-pitched terrier whine. While the
opponents were distracted, Seth
abounded the ball to me for an easy
*ayup. Our opponents demoralized,
we eked out a 17-15 win.
Thursday, we reached New Or-
eans. We escaped to Bourbon Street,
a Bacchus scene of imbibery and de-
bauchery.
In the midst of the Mardi Gras
chaos. was a familiar face-Nate
Adams, a Michigan sophomore, and
small forward on the intramural Resi-
dence Hall B League Champion, Bad
Street. Adams lofted a string of green,
urple and yellow beads to a woman
a third-story balcony.
"I'm practicing no-look passes,"
Adams said, readying another neck-
lace in his hand.
On the way back up to Ann Arbor,
we stopped in Yazoo City, Miss., 30
miles north of Jackson. The Yazoo
County High School girls' team had a

Id love to play
up there, but I
don't know if I
could handle the
snow and ice."
- Veronica Strauss
Pensacola Central guard
playoff game with Bentonia Joseph
Stanky High School. Linda Damon,
Yazoo County's center, battled with
Bentonia's Rose Mistarch. Both
picked up their fourth fouls early in
the third quarter and found themselves
on the bench. That's when Yazoo
County's point guard, 4-foot-9
Teddy James, came up big. James
lifted the tempo and dished for ten
second-half assists, half of those on
fast breaks. Yazoo County advanced
70-55. The Jackals play Cobo High
School tomorrow night for the re-
gional title.
We drove through the night Sat-
urday, past Memphis, Nashville and
Cincinnati. In the dark morning
hours, I heard Mike's voice from
the far back of the van, dreamy and
disconnected. I glanced in the rear-
view mirror and saw him raise his
head.
"I think basketball is...." he be-
gan. I waited for him to finish his
sentence, gripping the wheel tightly
as we bucked over breaks in the
pavement. Basketball is what? I
wondered. I watched the broken
yellow dashes hurtle past. Basket-
ball is what? A campus cop in Ken-
tucky spinning and scoring? A girl
in Florida playing her heart out for
a college scholarship?
"Basketball is orange," Mike said
finally. He slumped against his pil-
low on the window.
I stared ahead at the starless night
sky. A green sign flashed by the side
of the road. Ann Arbor 199.

RIVALRY
Continued from page 6
In a game that was vital to both
team's hopes in the Big Ten Tourna-
ment, no one forgot that this matchup
was a little extra special.
"It is very tough to win six games in
a row," Langeland said. "It's even
tougher to do it in this conference. But
this victory is a little sweeter because
it's Michigan."
But there was something else spe-
cial about this game. Something a bit
beyond the cross-state rivalry. The game
was special to the players of both teams
- players who showed more emotion
than they have all season. The game
was special to more than 7,000 fans.
The game was special enough to tele-
vise on SportsChannel America as
the Big Ten Game of the Week even
though the Wolverines are in the con-
ference cellar and the Spartans re-
sided there only three weekends ago.
"Yeah, this game was important,"
Powers said. "But most importantly,
we beat Michigan."
There was something awfully spe-
cial about this game. The Michigan-
Michigan State rivalry has surfaced
in women's basketball. And for the
first time ever in women's hoops in
the state of Michigan, 7,147 fans
have something to cheer about.

HOOPS
continued from page 6
31 points in Wisconsin's 80-64
victory. Franke collected 17 points
in the first half, outscoring the en-
tire Wolverine squad. The Badgers
(11-5, 19-7) mounted a command-
ing 37-16 lead by halftime.
Wisconsin's suffocating defense
held Michigan to 37 percent shoot-
ing and forced 27 turnovers. Michi-
gan shot a miserable 32 percent in
the first stanza.
Tiffany Willard lead the Wolver-
ines with 17 points and seven re-
bounds. Franklin and Johnson both
scored 12 for Michigan. Excluding
Willard and Franklin, the Wolverines
shot 12 for 42 from the field. Keisha
Anderson added 14 points for Wis-
consin.
Michigan received the 11th seed
in the Big Ten tournament and will
face sixth-seeded Michigan State at6
p.m. on Friday. The inaugural tourna-
ment will be held at Hinkle Field
House on the campus of Butler Uni-
versity in Indianapolis, Ind. The win-
ner of the Wolverine-Spartan show-
down will face #3 Wisconsin at9p.m.
on Saturday. The tournament runs
March 3-6 with the Championship
game at 7 p.m. on Monday.

TONYA BROAD/Daity
Silver Shellman, Jennifer Brzezinski and the rest of the Wolverines droped
four games over spring break but hope to rebound in the Big Ten
Tournament this weekend. The eleventh seeded Wolverines take on
Michigan State Friday night in first round action.

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