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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, January 22, 1996 - 3B

Cagers drop two conference
games in weekend road trip

White on Target
Madness sure
to piagyicthe
5uper Bowl
Te city of Tempe, Ariz., still
scraping off the last Tostitos
logos from the Jan.2 Fiesta
Bowl, is now host to the NFL's biggest
party, the Super Bowl.
The teams, the fans and hundreds of
media have swarmed the city for what
certain to be an interesting week.
The two teams, Dallas and Pitts-
burgh, have twice played each other in
the league's biggest game. These
teams, however, bear no resemblance to
their predecessors, and this week will
resemble nothing the NFL has ever
seen.
As the press conferences begin, let
the madness as well:
Tuesday: Steelers' linebacker Gregg
Lloyd continues to apologize, sort of,
his nationally televised lockerroom
expletive after Pittsburgh beat India-
napolis in the AFC Championship
game.
"For the last bleeping time, I told
them to shut the bleeping cameras off,"
loyd says. "I didn't think the bleeping
spech was going on TV. And I'm not
,:ing to answer any more bleeping
gqestions about it."
As for the Cowboys, they get a scare
#hen cornerback, wide receiver, kick
returner and gold expert Deion Sanders
pulls a hamstring.
Dallas remains tight-lipped about the
njury, but word leaks that Sanders'
;nury occurred while he was practicing
70iew touchdown dance.
At his press conference, Pittsburgh
coach Bill Cowher just scowls.
Wednesday: The day begins with
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones announc-
new marketing deals with Hall-
ark, Sony, Budweiser, Ford, Chevy
and Lucky Charms.
':Chrysler announces that it feels left
-out, but Dallas coach Barry Switzer
:sys he really wants to do a commercial
with "that little leprechaun."
The rest of the NFL owners, with the
exception of Art Modell, who no one
-can seem to find, announce that once
again they are suing Jones.
9 Switzer also makes waves when he
again expresses wonder at Jimmy
Johnson's $2 million contract to coach
Miami next season.
"I just don't get it," he says. "It was
still the team he built in Dallas last year
and we didn't win the championship.
He's not worth that kind of money."
The NFL slaps Switzer with a gag
order for the rest of the week.
Cowher continues to scowl.
Thursday: The Cowboys announce
*at Sanders will be able to play in
Sunday's game, but if he scores he will
have to hold his celebration to the
funky chicken.
When asked about Sanders,.Switzer
says, "Deion can still dance better than
anyone on that other team."
Switzer is physically gagged by
Jones.
When told about Switzer, Cowher
j1 ughs, then scowls some more.
Friday: In response to the NFL's
lawsuit, Jones unveils a plan to buy the
entire league.
"If they don't like my marketing
deals, then they shouldn't own a team,"
Jones says.
Modell comes out of seclusion to

wholeheartedly endorse the plan.
"Now the city of Cleveland can hate
Jones," he says.
Meanwhile, long-locked Pittsburgh
nebacker Kevin Greene, tired of
answering questions about his hair, cuts
it all off after practice.
Former Steeler quarterback and
follically challenged Fox analyst Terry
Bradshaw picks up after Greene.
"It's the right color and everything,"
Bradshaw says.
Cowher watches the whole scene and
scowls.
Switzer simply says, "mmmphhh."
0 Saturday: Only the coaches meet.
the press Saturday.
Switzer's press conference runs for
more than an hour, despite the fact that
he's never asked a question and no one
can understand a word he's saying
because of the gag.

By James Goldstein
Daily Sports Writer
COLUMBUS - Personal fouls can
do a lot to change the flow of a basket-
ball game.
But for the Michigan women's bas-
ketball team, not only did early fouls
take the Wolverines out of the flow;.
they ultimately lost Michigan the game.
Yesterday, personal fouls called as
early as the first half had an impact on
the rest of the game between the Wol-
verines and Ohio State.
As a result, Michigan (0-7 Big Ten,
6-11 overall) lost to the Buckeyes, 73-
65, in front of 6,673 fans at St. John
Arena. This followed Friday's 92-77
setback to Illinois at Huff Hall.
The winless weekend extended the
Wolverines' losing streak to eight games
and still leaves Michigan without a con-
ference victory.
Katie Smith led the way with 31 points,
seven assists, five rebounds and a perfect
11-of-11 from the free throw line.
Buckeye centerKelly Fergus chipped
in 13 points and Marcie Alberts came
off the bench to score 11, including
three crucial 3-pointers in the first half.
Pollyanna Johns topped the Wolver-
ines with 20 points. Molly Murray con-
tributed 15 and Jennifer Brzezinski
tacked on 11.
The outcome of yesterday's contest
was decided in the last seven minutes of
the first half.

The Wolverines were neck-and-neck
with Ohio State in the first 10 minutes of
the opening half. Michigan trailed 21-
19 with eight minutes to go after a pull-
up jumper by Amy Johnson.
Ohio State was having trouble pen-
etrating and dealing with the Wolver-
ines' man-to-man defense.
But two quick Michigan fouls within
seconds of each other, one by Johnson
and one by Johns,
made coach Trish
Roberts change
her defensive
strategy.
The Wolverines
switched to a 2-3 -
zone for the rest
ofthe half after the
quick fouls. That
seemed to change
everything - in-
cluding the score. Ohio State pushedthe
lead to 44-30 at the half.
"When we switched defenses and
played the 2-3 zone, that's when (the
Buckeyes) made their run," Roberts said.
"And we probably stayed in the zone a
little too long in the second half."
Ohio State's total of eight 3-pointers,
with seven of them coming in the first
half, came from the zone.
The Wolverines did not rotate in time
to contest the Buckeyes' shot attempts.
Ohio State had such crisp passing from
the post to the perimeter that every jump

shot was an open shot.
Alberts, who had not gotten much
playing time from Ohio State coach
Nancy Darsch, and Smith were key in
the Buckeye run.
"Marcie (Alberts) came through for
us today," Darsch said. "She was good
in spotting up from the seems. She and
Katie (Smith) both were finding the
seams in the zone and hitting the threes
to help us."
Michigan made one last gasp toward
the end of the game, cutting a 15 point
Buckeye lead to eight. But Smith sealed
the game with a pretty fingerroll, eas-
ily beating Akisha Franklin to the hole
and laying the ball in with finesse.
In the Illini game, the Wolverines
pulled out to the early lead in the first
half- something they haven't done in
quite some time.
But a 9-0 Illinois spurt to start the
second hal fbroke the game open and the
Illini never trailed the rest of the game.
Ashley Berggren led the Illini with 29
points and a career high 13 rebounds.
Seventeen of those came in the first half
as the conference scoring leader aggres-
sively drove to the hole, scoring at will.
But when the sophomore off-guard
wasn't scoring, her guard companion
Krista Reinking was hittingthree point-
ers and whipping passes into the post.
For Michigan, sophomore center
Pollyanna Johns equalled her season high
of 30 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.

KRISTEN SCHAEFER/Daily
The Michigan basketball team remains in last place in the Big Ten after losing
two weekend road games.

Bue s weekend loss

By Jim Rose
Daily Sports Writer
COLUMBUS--Watching the Michi-
gan women's basketball team lose to
Ohio State yesterday was like watching a
bad 3-D movie.
That's because the Wolverines didn't
have a single one of the three D's.
They played no defense. They showed
no discipline. Worst ofall,theteam didn't
seem to have any direction. The result,
predictably, was an 83-75 shelling by the
Buckeyes.
Don't be fooled by the final score. This
game was over by halftime. At one point,
Ohio State led by 17 points.
The most obvious problems arose from
the lack of defense. Michigan started out
in a zone, practically daring the Buckeyes
to shoot from outside.
All Ohio State did was go 7-12 from
three-point range in the first half, includ-
ing three consecutive treys during a 90-
second span that led to a 20-9 Buckeye
run.
The hapless zone was equally ineffec-
tive in the paint, as seven first half offen-
sive rebounds and countless lay tips by
Ohio State turned the game into a rout.
Once it became painfully obvious that
the zone wasn't doing the job, the Wol-
verines switched to a man-to-man de-
fense at the start of the second half. The
extra pressure didn't do much good,
though, as Buckeye All-American Katie
Smith riddled the Michigan defense for
20 Of her 31 points in the last 20 minutes.
As the Wolverines' defense disap-
peared, so did their chances of a win.

The defensive collapse forced Michi-
gan into a frenzied offense, and the squad
showed about as much discipline as a 4-
year-old with a piece of candy.
Even ifthe Wolverines hadn't coughed
the ball up fourtimes as much as they took
it away -16 turnovers to four steals -
they still would have donethemselves in
with poor shot selection and senseless
fouls.
Of the starters, only Pollyanna Johns
ended the game with less than four fouls;
she had three. More importantly, Ohio
State went to the free throw line 32 times,
while Michigan made just 18 trips.
The Buckeyes capitalized on the dis-
crepancy by making more free throws
(23) than the Wolverines attempted (18).
Smith was the main benefwiary, chalking
up 11 points from the stripe.
The sloppy play was due mostly to a
lack of direction, which translates to a
lack ofleadership, on the floor. The Michi-
gan players were scramblingto stop Ohio
State's high-powered offense, but when
they did come up with a stop, which
happened occasionally, there was no con-
tinuity on offense. The team didn't seem
to know what to do.
The Buckeyes effectively kept the ball
out of Johns's hands for much of the
game, but instead of moving the ball
around the perimeter in search of an easy
shot, the Wolverines were repeatedly
baited intoturningtheball overorforcing
dumb shots.
Of course, Michigan could have dis-
cussed these types of things early in the
first half- when the contest still looked

like a decent basketball game- by sim-
ply calling a timeout and going over the
game plan.
Instead, all five of the Wolverines'
first-half timeouts went unused, even
though their only substitution came with
just two minutes left in the half.
Were it not for some impressive out-
side shooting by Molly Murray and Jen-
nifer Kiefer (five 3-pointers combined),
this game would have been even uglier
than it was.
Michigan didn't lose this game be-
cause of talent, nor did it lose it because
the other team had an All-American.
This game was lost because no matter
how cliche it sounds, Michigan forgot
about the three D's.
I don't care what kind of glasses you
were wearing - this was one bad 3-D
movie.

MICHIGAN (77)FG FT REB
MIN M-A M-A 4T A F PTS
Johnson 21 4-14 0-0 1-2 2 0 9
Brzezinski 16 1-4 2-3 0-4 7 5 4
Johns 40 10-15 10s2 5414 0 2 30
Murray 32 5-15 0-0 4-5 1 4 14
J2iefer 40 41 2-3 3-6 5 0 13
Franklin 27 1-11 1-3 2-2 5 2 3
Willard 11 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 1 4
DiGiacinto 13 0-3 0.0 1-2 0 1 0
Totals 200 27-77 15-21 21-40 2015 77
FG%: .351. FT%: .714. Three-point goals: 8-29,
.276 (Murray 4-9, Kiefer 3-9, Franklin 0-6, Johnson
1-4, Brzezinski 0-1)). Blocks: 4 (Johnson 2,
Brzezinski, Murray). Turnovers: 15 (Franklin 5,
Johns 2, Johnson 2, Kiefer 2, Murray 2,
DiGiacinto). Steals: 7 (Brzezinski 2, Johns 2,
Willard 2, Johnson). Technical Fouls: none.
ILLINOIS (92) FG FT RES
MIN M-A M-A O-T A F PTS
Vasey 29 47 00 360 2 8
Dill 27 4-7 4-6 25 2312
Hanna 30 3-4 0-0 1-7 2 3 6
Reinking 33 8-15 4-4 3-5 3 3 25
Berggren 36 11-21 7-8 4-13 3 4 29
Henderson 26 3-7 2-2 0-3 5 2 10
Smith 1 0-0 0-0 00 0 0 0
Robertson 1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0
Steuby 1 0-1 2-2 0-1 0 0 2
Bond 7 0-4 0-0 1-3 0 1 0
Albers 6 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Vandertop 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
Totals 200 33-68 19-22 17-50 1619 92
FG%: .485. FT'%: .364. Three-point goals: 7-19,
.368 (Reinking 5-9, Berggren 0-5, Henderson 2-4,
Steub~y 0-1). Blocks: 5 (Hanna 2, Dill, Henderson,
Vasey Turnovers: 20 (Berggren 5, Reinking 5,
Henderson 3, Bond 2, Vasey 2, Dill, Hanna,
Steuby). Steals: 10 (Reinking 4, Henderson 3,
Berggren 2, Dill). Technical Fouls: none.
Michigan...38 39-77
Illinois .. ..40 52-92
At:: Huff Hall; A:1,681

MICHIGAN (75)
MIN M-A M-A 0-T A F PIS
Johnson 35 3412 0-0 2-6 5 4 6
rzezinski 29 5-6 1-2 1-4 1 5 11
Johns 33 9-16 2-6 1-6 2 3 20
urray . 36 5-11 2-2 0-2 1 4 15
lefer 40 3-8 0-0 0-1 5 4 8
iGiacinto 14 3-7 1-4 2-6 1 0 7
ranklin 9 2-2 4-4 2-4 1 2 8
illard 4 0-1 0-0 0201 0
otals 200 30.6310-1813-36 1623 75
G%: .476. FT%:.556. Three-point goals: 5-15.
333 (Murray 3-8, Kiefer 2-5, Johnson 0-2).-
locks:1 (Brzezinski). Turnovers: 16 (Brzezinski
Franklin 3, Johns 3, Murray 3, Kiefer 2,
iGiac into, Johnson). Steals: 4 (Kiefer 2,
rzezinski, DiGiacinto). Technical Fouls: none.
HI0 STATE (83)
FG FT RED
MIN M-A M-A O- A F PT$
ichols 24 3-6 2-8 6-8 0 5 8
egri 34 3-7 1-2 4-6 2 1 7
ergus 33 5-11 3-3 2-4 0 4 13
mith 34 8-1611-11 1-5 7 1 31
Johnson 25 2-7 2-2 1-2 3 2 6
ackson 14 0-1 2-3 0-4 3 0 2
orter 12 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 3 5
Iberts 17 3-4 2-3 0-0 1 1 11
atterson 6 0-0 0-0 0.2 3 0 0
usetti 1 0-0 0-0 0.1 0 0 Q
otals 200 26.54 23,32 1434 1917 8
G%: .481. FT%: .7 19. Three-point goals: 8-15, ,
533 (Smith 4-10, Alberts 3-4, Porter 1-1).
locks: 3 (Fergus, Jackson, Negri) Turnovers:
1 (Alberts 2, Nichols 2, Porter 2 Smith 2,
ergus, Jackson, Negri). Steals: 6 (Alberts 3,
ohnson, Nichols, Smith). Technical Fouls: none:
Michigan. ...345-75
Ohio State.... 4 39 -83
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