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6B - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, January 29, 1996

Michigan women's basketball grabs its
first Big Ten victory in weekend split

By Dan Stillman
Daily Sports Writer
BLOOMINGTON - After winning
its first Big Ten game of the season, 64-
52, against Minnesota Friday, the Michi-
gan women's basketball team could not
make it two in a row.
Despite an inspired second-half come-
back, the Wolverines could not overcome
their25 percent first-halfshooting, losing
74-67 at Indiana yesterday.
The Wolverines (1-8 Big Ten, 7-12
overall), who trailed 41-27 at the half and
by as many as 20 in the second half, cut
the Hoosier lead to 67-63 with three min-

utes remaining in the game.
But it was too little, too late for the
Wolverines as Indiana (3-6, 12-7) held
Michigan scoreless for the next 2:16 and
increased the lead to eight.
Michigan's attempted comeback was
highlighted by 58.6 percent second-half
"I think I can sum this game up in a few
words," Michigan coach Trish Roberts
said. "That is a poor percentage shooting
in the first half as compared to the second
Michigan's defense also improved in
the second half.
Afterplaying man-to-man formuch of

the first half, the Wolverines played the
entire second half in a 2-3 zone defense,
making it difficult for the Hoosiers to
"They did a good job of going into the
zone," Indiana coach Jim Izard said. "It
normally wouldn't bother us but we didn't
shoot the ball particularly well in the
second half."
Indiana dominated Michigan for much
ofthe first half. But the Wolverines made
a surprising mid-half comeback with
sophomore centerPollyannaJohnson the
bench with two fouls.
Down by 18 with eight minutes left in
the first half, sophomore forward Tiffany
Willard scored six points in less than two
minutes forthe Wolverines to help cut the
Hoosier lead to eight.
It was all for naught, though, as Indiana
openedthe lead back up to 14 by halftime.
Johns led the Wolverines with 18 points
and six rebounds, down from her confer-
ence leading average of 10.5 rebounds
per game.
Sophomore guard Akisha Franklin
sparked Michigan with 10 points and
freshman center Anne Poglits played 14
minutes, equaling her highest minute to-
For Indiana, senior forward Lisa Furlin
nailed 13 of 15 from the free-throw line en
route to her game-high 19 points.
Hoosiers' senior center Jenny Dittfach
scored 15 and junior guard Tatjana Vesel
contributed 14 points.
The Wolverines fared better in their
first game of the weekend set.
In Friday's game against Minnesota,
the Wolverines cut down on their turn-
overs, picked up their defensive intensity
in the second half and had a great effort
from their bench.
For the first time in a while, Pollyana
Johns did not lead the Wolverines. The
sophomore center was averaging22 points
and 11.2 rebounds in her last five games.
But the Wolverines needed to find
someone else to get their points from with
Johns tallying only five points on two of
10 shooting.
"I think that's something the team re-
ally needed," Roberts said. "The last few
games we were depending on Pollyanna:
her points and rebounds. We've been
emphasizing all week long that the other
kids had to step up their game."
And that's what Franklin, Silver
Shellman and Catherine DiGiacinto did.
Offthe bench, the trio carried the Wolver-
ines to victory.
Shellman and DiGiacinto led the Wol-
verines with 20 and 13 points, respec-
tively. Franklin contributed 10points and
3 steals.
Three Gophers were in double figures.
Nancy Shudlick led Minnesota with 12
points. Sarah Schieber and Sarah Cecka

had 10 points a piece.
DiGiacinto, Shellman and Franklin
keyed a 16-2 run in the beginning of the
second halfthat extended Michigan's lead
to 14. The Wolverines never looked back.
Shellman knew she had to contribute in
some way, coming off a knee injury that
sidelined her for the last two games.
"I feel like things are coming together
for me," Shellman said.. "I had a lot of
time to think about my game and I de-
cided that I'm going to come back and be
more of a impact"
Minnesota (52)
Hansen 16 1-5 0.0 2-2 2 4 2
Schieber 32 4-12 0-0 0-2 0 2 10
Schmidt 14 1-6 2-4 0-1 0 3 4
Cecka 27 4-9 2-2 7-101 2 10
Shudlick 33 6.11 0-0 0-6 1 1 12
McNulty 28 0-2 0-0 1-4 2 1 0
Stafford 26 3-9 0-0 0-7 1 3 6
Iverson 24 4-11 0-0 0-3 3 3 8
Totals 200 23.644.6 13.4010 19 52
FG%: .359. FT%: .667. Three-point goals: 2-15 .133
(Schieber 2-6, Hansen 0-4, Schmidt 0-4, Iverson 0-1,
Shudlick 0-1). Blocks: 2 (McNulty 1, Stafford 1).
Turnovers: 19 (Hansen 3, Iverson 3. McNulty 3,
Shudlick 3, Stafford 3, Schmidt 2, Cecka 1, Schieber
1). Steals: 8 (Stafford 4, McNulty 3, Hansen 1).
Technical Fouls: None.
Murray 17 2-7 1-1 1-2 2 1 6
Franklin 27 3-11 44 1-4 1 2 10
Kiefer 40 1-8 4-4 0-2 2 0 7
Johnson 10 1-2 0-0 0-1 2 0 3
Johns 36 2-101-4 3-12 1 1 5
Brzezinskil7 0.5 0-0 4-7 0 2 0
Shellman 26 8-11 3-5 47 1 2 20
Willard 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
OiGiacinto23 5-9 34 3-5 1 1 13
Totals 200 22.6316.2216451016 64
FG%: .349. FT%: .727. Three-point goals: 4-15 .267
(Kiefer 1-7, Murray 1-5, Franklin 0-1, Johnson 1-1,
Shellman 1-1). Blocks: 4 (DiGiacinto 2, Johns 1,
Murray 1). Turnovers: 16 (Brzezinski 5, Johns 3,
Johnson 2, Murray 2. Shellman 2, DiGiacinto 1,
Franklin 1). Steals: 14 (Shellman 4, Franklin 3,
Johnson 2, Murray 2, Brzezinski 1. DiGiacinto 1, Johns
1). Technical Fouls: None.
Minnesota........30 22 - 52
Michigan.......26 38 -64
At: Crisler Arena A: 679
Michigan (67)
Murray 33 4-11 2-2 3-4 1 3 11
Franklin 36 4-9 0-0 0-3 3 3 10
Kiefer 30 0-7 0.0 0-5 3 1 0
Johnson 21 2-3 2-2 0-1 2 1 6
Johns 26 8-14 2-2 1-6 0 4 18
Brzezinski12 4-6 0-0 01 2 3 8
Willard 10 2-6 4-4 12 0 0 8
DiGiacinto18 0-3 4-6 1-4 0 1 4
Poglits 14 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 1 2
Totals 200 256114.169-241115 67
FG%:.410. FT%: .875. Three-point goals: 3-12 .250
(Kiefer 0.4, Franklin 2-3, Murray 1-3, Brzezinski 0.1,
Willard 0-1). Blocks: 4 (BrzezinskiF 1DiGacinto 1,
Murray 1, Poglits 1). Turnovers: 15 (Franklin 5,
DiGiacinto 4, Kiefer 2, Brzezinski 1, Johnson 1, Poglits
1). Steals: 7 (Franklin 2, Kiefer 2, Johnson 2, Murray
1). Technical Fouls: None.
Indiana (74)
Furlin 34 312 13-15 17 1 3 19
Dittfach 25 7-9 11 1-5 3 3 15
Barnes 29 3.8 4-6 1-5 1 4 10
Green 40 2-7 0-0 0.2 1 0 6
Vesei 38 613 00 1-5 6 1 14
Maines 19 4-7 0-0 0-2 1 3 8
Porter 5 0-0 0-0 02 0 0 0
Thrush 4 0-0 2-2 0-0 1 0 2
Totals 200 25-56 20.24 -37 15 17 74
FG%:.446. FT%: .833. Three-point goals: 4-16 .250
(Furlin 0-6, Green 2-6, Vesei 2-4). Blocks: 5 (Barnes
3. Kerns 1, Maines 1). Turnovers: 16 (Veseli4,
Dittfach 3, Furlin 3. Porter 2. Barnes 1, Green 1,
Kerns 1). Steals: 5 (Furlin 2, Dittfach 1. Kerns 1,
Vesel 1). Technical Fouls: None.
Michigan ...27 40 - 67
Indiana . 41 33- 74
At: Assembly Hall A: 852

The men's track team easily captured the Michigan Intercollegiate meet Saturd
at the Track and Tennis Building.
Blue runs away

Foward Silver Shellman was the catalyst in Michigan's 64-52 victory over Minnesota.

By Mark Snyder
Daily Sports Writer
Speed kills.
The state of Michigan found that
out Saturday as the Wolverines domi-
nated the field at the Michigan Inter-
collegiate men's track meet.
The Track and Tennis Building was
filled with fans from across the state,
each cheering for a different school.
Michigan State, Western Michigan,
Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan
and the University of Detroit joined
the host Wolverines in comprising
the field.
The battle for supremacy from the
state's Division I schools was high-
lighted by Michigan's numerous out-
standing performances. The Wolver-
ines got off to a slow start but gained
steam as the
meet rolled
This meet " When
was supposed
to be Jon totracka
Royce's op-
portunity to this sit e
qualify for the
NCAA Na- dafinitely
tional meet
outright in the dominant
high jump, but -
he came up
Behind the
cheering sup-
port of the crowd, Royce cleared 2.16
meters (7'1"). While this jump met
the provisional qualifying standard,
the height of 2.25 meters would have
automatically qualified Royce for the
The first running event was a repeat
performance by the distance medley
team. Clear favorites entering the race,
the Michigan medley team lived up to
expectations and came in at 10:08.0,
just two seconds off its time a week
The 5000 meter race began after the
distance medley. Michigan freshman
Todd Snyder, a hometown runner from
Ann Arbor Pioneer, broke through
with the race of his life.
After running in the back of the
pack for most of the race, Snyder
emerged on the lasttthree laps to take
the lead and run away with the race in
14:3 8.4.


"I got some advice to hang back
through the middle of the race
then I could go from there in the en ,
Snyder said.
"I haven't been running up to my
full potential in the last couple of
races. Now I've got more drive," he
After Snyder's victory, Kevin
Sullivan had the chance to emulate
his fellow teammate's performance
in the mile.
Sullivan came out on theufirst l
shadowing the leading pack as it at-
tempted to break away, but Sullivan
took command.
He seized the lead and showed why
he is the defending NCAA chanpion
in the event. Going in to the race,,All-
American Sullivan was a prohibitive
favorite with a
qualifying time
almost seven sec-
t comes ondsaheaciof
nearest comp -.
"I got outtgood
we're in the first 1,000
meters today but
the got tied up in the
last quarter,"
team Sullivan said.
Kevin Sullivan "I'm not
as well rig;tow.
ichigan runnerI'm just
sharp." :
In whak urned
out to be the closest race of the'after-
noon, Todd Burnham of Michigan
leaned at the tape to win the 600 meter
His time of 1:19.4 was an improve-
ment over his previous time of
Neil Gardner captured the 55-meter
hurdles with a time of 7.38 seconds,.
Trinity Townsend did all h o*
to make a name for himself.
After winning the 800 mete one
hour earlier, Townsend anchod the
1600 meter relay team. Townsend
made up significant ground in the
race and just came up short" the
finish line.
The Wolverines dominate- the
meet, and Sullivan stated wht was
already known.
"When it comes to track and I
the state, we'resdefinitely th omi-
nant team," he said. ll

'M' shows split personality in loss to Indiana

By Andy Knudsen
Daily Sports Writer
It was the best oftimes, it was the worst
of times.
Yesterday's women's basketball game
between Michigan and Indiana was not
quite a tale of two cities, as the reference
suggests, but a tale of two halves.
"I think if we had played as well in the
first half as we did in the second half the
outcome would have been a little differ-
ent," Michigan coach Trish Roberts said.
And that's the gospel truth.
The Hoosiers (3-6 Big Ten, 12-7 over-
all), who have won three-straight confer-
encegames after losing their first six, won
the first half outright.
Indiana shot 51.6 percent in the half
and out-rebounded the Wolverines (1-8,
7-12), 26 to 15, to coast to a 41-27 half-
time lead.
But the most telling factor of the first
halfwas Michigan's shooting, which was

colder than a bad day in Siberia. The
Wolverines shot eight-of-32 from the
floor, including one-of-six from behind
the arc.
Part of the dismal shooting was due to
the unfriendly irons of Assembly Hall,
which didn't allow the Wolverines to
exercise their shooter's touch.
But many of Michigan's shots didn't
deserve to tickle the twine. Ball move-
ment was nonexistent at times which led
to forced, low-percentage shots. How-
ever, Roberts said the shots were not
much different than usual.
"They were the kind of shots we nor-
mally take. They just weren't falling for
us," she said.
But they weren't the shots Michigan
took in the second half, which is why the
Wolverines almost pulled off a miracle
The lead reached 18 for Indiana with
7:50 remaining in the first before Michi-

gan made a slightly surprising run while
Pollyanna Johns sat on the bench with
two fouls.
A 10-0 run, sparked by six points from
Tiffany Willard, foreshadowed what the
Wolverines would bring to the table in the
second half.
The final 20 minutes saw Johns getting
the ball in the low post and hitting six-of-
eight shots over Indiana's centers. It also
saw Molly Murray and Akisha Franklin
each going three-for-6 and Amy Johnson
hitting both shots she took.
Overall, the Wolverines shot 58.6 per-
cent in the final frame, and it wasn't just
that the rims had loosened up. Michigan
was moving the ball and getting good
looks at the basket.
While the first half was characterized
by individuals trying to create shots, the
Wolverines played as a team in the sec-
ond, creating shots for each other.
Remember kids, there is no I' in team.

Also essential to Michigan's second-
half comeback was the 2-3 zone they
switched to with six minutes left in the
first half. The Wolverines stayed with it
for the rest of the game.
"In the second half webasically forced
them to shoot from the outside and those
shots weren't falling," Roberts said.
For the game, Indiana hit only four-of-
16 three-point attempts.
"Their 2-3 zone obviously gave us
some trouble, and we didn't shoot the ball
well," said Indiana forward Lisa Furlin of
the Wolverines' comeback.
Furlin shot three-of-12 from the field,
but still led all scorers with 19 points,
knocking down 13 from the charity stripe.
Furlin's troubles were shared by the
whole team in the second half as Indiana
shot 36 percent (nine-of-25).
Typical ofthe whole season, Michigan
showed flashes of both brilliance and a
lack of concentration.


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By James Goldstein
Daily Sports Writer
Silver Shellman and Catherine
DiGiacinto of the Michigan women's
basketball team were sick of being left in
the basement during the first two years of
their careers.
Seven straight conference losses this
season have kept the Wolverines there.
But the Wolverines can thank the forward
duo for finally leading them out through
the cellar door.
Michigan (1-8 Big Ten, 7-12 overall)
captured its first conference win this sea-
son with the 64-52 victory over Minne-

sota at Crisler Arena Friday night. Even
after the Wolverines' 74-67 loss at Indi-
ana yesterday, winning the first game of
the weekend set was a high point.
It's only one win. But when you go
eight games straight without a 'W' to
show for it, having a one-game winning
streak is something to celebrate."
most three years,
now at the bottom
and I can't stand
it," Shellman said.
"And I don't plan '
on going (back)
down there any
time soon."
She lman
showed a style of 0
play that the rest

and defensive side of the ball in their
"We stayed positive and focused
throughout the game to the very end,"
ShelIman said. "I thinkthe intensity helped
us down the stretch"
"Things started to turn around as we
got more aggressive on defense."
Actually, things started to turn around
when Shellman entered the game in the
early parts of the first and second halves.
Shellman came in early in the first half
and jumpstarted the Wolverines after a
sluggish opening few minutes
Her eight points tied DiGiacinto's for
most points in the half.
But it was in a stretch at the beginning
of the second half that Shellman and
DiGiacinto dominated. -
The score was tied at 34 with 16:04 left

bing offensive boards - all signs of
hustle and emotion
"I told ourteam at halftime that we h
to play with a lot more emotion," Roberts
said. "I thought Cat (DiGiacinto) and
Silver (Shellman) came off the beech to
give us a big spurt and that's what we
There was one stretch when Shellman
and DiGiacinto couldn't be stopped.
DiGiacinto strippedthe ball from Min-
nesota, and led Akisha Franklin for an
easy layup. In the Wolverines' next p
session, the junior forward hustled fo
jump ball. Michigan retained the ball.
Then, Shellman drove to the hole with
abandon, pulling up for a short jumper in
the lane and ... swish!
The next time down the floor, Shellman
took a shot, grabbed her own miss in the

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