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'Fab'uary
Former Michigan basketball player and Fab Fiver Juwan Howard has
been named the NBA's Rookie of the Month for February. Howard
averaged 20.1 points and eight rebounds a game for the Washington
Bullets last month. He had the best game of his career Feb. 8 against
Miami when he scored 31 points and pulled down eight rebounds.

Page 11
Friday,
March 3. 1995

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F

Icers face
,,weakened
but pesky
Redskins
* By Barry Sollenberger
Daily Hockey Writer
The Miami (Ohio) hockey team
hasn't exactly blown people off the ice
this season.
The Redskins have won only 16 of
34 games and rank ninth in overall
scoring in the CCHA (3.24 goals per
game). They also give up more goals
per contest than they score (3.38).
By comparison, the No. 2 Michi-
gan hockey team (20-4-1 CCHA, 25-
6-1 overall) leads the conference in
both goals per game (5.75) and fewest
goals allowed per contest (2.91). The
two teams are set to tangle at the Goggin
Ice Arena in Oxford at 7 p.m. tonight.
Strangely, for the past two seasons,
Miami (13-6-6, 16-12-6) has been a
porcupine in the Wolverines' sides.
Michigan is 1-3 against theRedskins
nd43-6-2 againstthe rest ofthe league
since the beginning of last season.
"Some teams might be intimidated
going into a game against Michigan,"
Miami coach Mark Mazzoleni said.
"But that hasn't really been a problem
for us because we've had some success
against them in Oxford in years past."
LastFebruary, the Wolverines were
27-3-1 and ranked No. 1 when they
* traveled to Oxford for a two game set
against the unranked Redskins. Faster
than you can say "Geronimo,"
Michigan's No.1 ranking was history
with back-to-back 5-3 losses to Miami.
The Wolverines never really recov-
ered and lost in the NCAAquarterfinals.
The Redskin's success against a
top ranked Michigan squad continued
this season when they knocked off the
then-No.1 Wolverines, 4-3, at Yost Ice
Arena Nov.18. Michigan rebounded to
defeat Miami the next night, but the
Wolverines No. I ranking was gone
like free pizza, again.
So why do the Redskins give Michi-
gan so much trouble?
"It's hard to explain," Wolverine
centerBrendan Morrison said. "I think
they just get pumped up and play their
best hockey against us."
In fairness to Miami, the
Redskins hardly resemble the Bad
News Bears. They are currently in
fourth place in the CCHA and with
wins tonight and then tomorrow
against Michigan State, they could
vault over the Spartans and Bowl-
ing Green into second.
The Redskins have one of the best
goalies. in the league in Chuck Thuss.
The senior netminder is the CCHA's
second-rated goaltender with a goals
against average of 2.85.
"He's been as good as any
goaltender I've seen in the CCHA this
year," Mazzoleni said.
Sunday, Michigan travels to Co-
lumbus tofaceconference dormat Ohio
State (3-20-2,6-25-2) in the final regu-
lar season game of the year. The con-
testisslatedfora 1 p.m. startattheState
* Fairgrounds.
The Buckeyes are finishing their

ninth straight losing season, but last
month they dropped something that
they hadn't lost since 1975 - their
coach.
After 18 years at the Ohio State
helm, Jerry Welsh was fired Feb 14.
John Markell is 1-3 as the Buckeyes
interim head coach.

NCAA Tournament hopes
on line as 'M' faces Iowa

By Antoine Pitts
Daily Basketball Writer
With Wednesday night's victory
overNorthwestern,the Michigan men's
basketball team accomplished some-
thing it hadn't donein six weeks--win
two consecutive games.
Sunday in Iowa City (4 p.m.,
Raycom) the Wolverines (10-6 Big
Ten, 16-12 overall) will try to win on
the road for the first time in five weeks.
The last time Michigan won away from
Crisler Arena was on Jan. 24, when the
Wolverines ended Indiana's 50-game
home winning streak in Bloomington.
Since then, Michigan has fallen at Min-
nesota, Wisconsin and Michigan State.
The Wolverines, now with three
games remaining-two of them on the
road-can geteven closer toan NCAA
tournament berth with a victory. Iowa
(7-8, 17-10), which is on the brink of
elimination from tournament consid-
eration, had won three straight before
falling at Purdue Wednesday night.
"We're still on the bubble," Michi-
gan coach Steve Fisher said. "If we go
in and win on Sunday, I think we'll get
a good step inside the bubble at least for
a moment.
"I think they're going to take five
teams from the Big Ten. We're in the
hunt to be one of those five. We need to
win one, maybe two more to get in."
Iowa hasn't exactly struggled in

conference play. The hard-luck
Hawkeyes have lost fourBigTen games
by just a point. Another loss came in an
overtime game against Illinois.
Iowa has turned it on as of late,
winning four of its last six games. How-
ever, two losing streaks of three games
apiece have left the Hawkeyes in the
bottom half of the conference stand-
ings all season.
Iowa has received good play from
Chris Kingsbury, who is averaging 22
points per game over the last four con-
tests and 16.7 ppg for the season. In the
first meeting between the two teams,
an 83-82 double-overtime victory for
Michigan, Kingsbury scoredjust seven
points. The Wolverines hope to con-
tain Kingsbury once again.
"We're going to have to find
Kingsbury in the open floor," fresh-
man guard Travis Conlan said. "He's a
good shooter and we're going to have
to step up our defense."
Jess Settles, last year's Big Ten
Freshman of the Year, is the Hawkeyes'
second-leading scorer at 15.8 ppg.
Settles has been in and out of the lineup
this season with a nagging back injury.
"We've improved over the past
month," Iowa coach Tom Davis said.
"We're playing more mature and
healthier. Kingsbury has been playing
huge, and you can't underestimate
Settles' return. (Andre) Woolridge has

become a very solid point guard."
Maceo Baston, who suffered a mild
ankle sprain late in Wednesday's game,
did not practice yesterday but is ex-
pected to be back in the Michigan lineup
Sunday.
Big Ten Men's
Basketball Standings
Team: Won Lost
1. Michigan State 12 3
(tie) Purdue 12 3

SgTsdEsPIEnhGRsACLIM/Daily
Michigan outlasted Iowa at Crisler Arena the first time the two team met.

Last chance for women 's hoops
Spartans await Wolverines at first-ever Big Ten tourney

By John Lerol
Daily Basketball Writer
The Michigan women's basket-
ball team will have its hands full at
the first annual Big Ten tournament
this weekend. The eleventh-seeded
Wolverines (3-13 Big Ten, 8-18
overall) will have to climb moun-
tains to make any noise in the inau-
gural tourney at Hinkle Field House
on the campus of Butler University
in Indianapolis, Ind.
With emotion and effort as its only
grappling hooks, Michigan will face a
challenge every step of the way, begin-
ning with a first-round matchup with
Michigan State tonight at 6 p.m. The
winner of tonight's game will face
Wisconsin, who received a first-round
bye with a third-place Big Ten finish,
tomorrow at 9 p.m.
The Spartans (8-8, 14-11) just
missed receiving a first-round bye,
finishing in a fifth-place tie with Indi-
ana. The Hoosiers get the night off
due to a better overall record.
Michigan State finished its season
on a two-game skid after winning six
straight, including a 70-65 victory
over the Wolverines, Feb. 19. All-Big
Ten forward Kisha Kelley scorched
Michigan for 22 points and pulled
down five boards in the Spartans' vic-
tory.
Kelley leads Michigan State in
scoring, averaging over 17 points a
game. The two-time Big-Ten Player
of the Week became the Spartans' all-
time leading scorer Feb. 24 against
Penn State.
Freshman Bella Engen has come
on strong lately, notching a career-
high 18 points and nine rebounds
against the Wolverines. The Hoenfoss,
Norway product is currently leading
the conference in field goal percent-

age. Michigan coach Trish Roberts said
that Engen's play against the Wolver-
ines was the key to Michigan State's
victory.
"I don't really see any difference
between (the Spartans' 70-65 victory
and Michigan's 80-75 win over Michi-
gan State Jan. 6), except for the play
of Bella Engen," she said.
Junior power forward Zareth Gray
has played well off the bench for
Michigan State. Spelling Engen and
Paula Sanders, Gray is averaging
double figures in scoring over the last
five games.
Senior point guard Chris Powers
will lead the Spartan attack. Michi-
gan State's all-time assist leader is
averaging almost eight points a game
and is ranked fourth in the Big Ten in
assists.
Michigan beat the Spartans' in their
first meeting this year behind 21 points
and 14 rebounds from Jennifer
Brzezinski. Michigan State has won
nine of the last 10 meetings and holds
a 35-7 all-time series lead.
Despite losing their last five
games, the Wolverines do not expect
a repeat performance of Michigan
State's win in East Lansing.
"We're happy that we get to play
(Michigan State) again," forward Molly
Murray said. "We're really excited and

we feel we gave a great shot of beating
them."
Brzezinski is currently pacing the
team in scoring, rebounding and
blocked shots. In Michigan's loss to
Michigan State in East Lansing,
Brzezinski was held to only five points
on 2-for-8 shooting in her worst game
of the season. Compared with her
career performance against the Spar-
tans in Crisler, it doesn't take a Rhodes
Scholar to figure out that how
Brzezinsksi goes, so go the Wolver-
ines.
Should Brzezinski and newly-
crowned Big Ten Freshman of the Year
Akisha Franklin lead Michigan over
the Spartans, they will face a Wisconsin
squad that trounced them, 80-64, last
Sunday behind 31 points from All-Big
Ten forward Barb Franke.
The tournament runs Friday through
Monday with the championship game
at 6 p.m. Monday evening.
Big Ten Tournament
Michigan State Michigan
8-8 Big Ten 3-13 Big Ten

DUGLAS KVANJI TR/aily

Michigan was 3-13 in the Big Ten's regular season.

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