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2B - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, February 19, 1996

Snow keeps
women s
tennis from
com peting
By Pranay Reddy
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's tennis team
didn't even show up to play this week-
end in Virginia.
Due to inclement weather condi-
tions in the Richmond area, the Wol-
verines were forced to return home to
Ann Arbor without even arriving in
Matches against Maryland and Wil-
liam & Mary were canceled.
When Michigan left for Richmond
Friday morning, a snowstorm was ap-
proaching Virginia. As soon as the
Wolverines' plane neared the airport,
the runways were shut down due to
the heavy snowfall. The plane circled
the airport for approximately an hour,
and then returned to the Detroit Metro
"I was very disappointed for two
reasons," senior Tara Graffsaid. "Be-
cause I wanted to play, and my family
was going to be there."
Coaches Bitsy Ritt and Susan
Sommerville-Courtright attempted to
get reservations on the next available
flight, which was insignificant, since
the flight left Sunday.
The Wolverines will now have to
wait until next season to exact re-
venge on William and Mary for last
year's loss.
"Since it was a non-conference
match, we don't reschedule it,"
Sommerville-Courtright said.
Michigan will have to wait a week
for another match. When the Wolver-
ines face Northwestern this Saturday
at Liberty Sports Complex, they will
be coming off an 11-day break since
their last contest, a match against
Western Michigan.
"The team handled the situation
well," Sommerville-Courtright said.
"We didn't lament over the fact that
we couldn't play William & Mary and
If any good can come of the
weekend's events, it is that freshman
Jennifer Boylan can get another week
to rest her swollen knee. Boylan, who
made the trip with the team, would
not have played in either match due to
her ailment.
"We're anxious to find out her con-
dition," Sommerville-Courtright said.
"We'll know more (today)."
In efforts to keep the team's spirit
up, intense practices were held over
the weekend in preparation for the
Wildcats' arrival in Ann Arbor Satur-
"Because it's a Big Ten match, we
can get psyched up really quick," Graff

Turnovers doom
Michiga aers

By James Goldstein
Daily Sports Writer
Leads are hard to come by for the
Michigan women's basketball team.
And when the Wolverines grab the
lead, it doesn't last for long.
A jump start at the opening ofthe'game
was not enough in Michigan's 87-81 loss
to Michigan State yesterday at Crisler
Arena. This followed the Wolverines'
90-79 defeattoNorthwestern Fridaynight
at Crisler.
The Wolverines (1-13 Big Ten, 7-17
overall) surged to a 16-8 lead in the first
four miuntes of the game.
Four minutes and 14 seconds - that
was the only period Michigan was on the
winning side of the scoreboard.
Michigan State (8-6, 16-8) took the
lead with more than 10 minutes to play in
the half and didn't give it up for the
remainder of the game.
"For the first five or six minutes, we
came out and played extremely well,"
Michigan coach Trish Roberts said. "And
then all of a sudden, I looked up at the
scoreboard and we were up by only two
points. And that has been the story of our
team all season. We play well in spurts
and then we let up."
Jennifer Brzezinski did not let up at all.
The senior forward scored a season-high
24 points and pulled down nine rebounds
to lead the Wolverines.
"I think what helped me was that I
wasn't in foul trouble," Brzezinski said.
"Just the shots were there. Theball seemed
to be falling in my hands either on a pass
or off a rebound."
Akisha Franklin added 20 points, in-
cluding 5-of-8 from the 3-point line, and
had three steals. Pollyanna Johns chipped
in with 15 points.
Bella Engen led a balanced attack for
the Spartans, scoring 20 points off the
bench. Engen was one of six players in
double figures. The Spartans shot a siz-
zling 60 percent from the field.
But Michigan's field goal percentage
in the first half wasn't too shabby, either.
The Wolverines shot a whopping 62.5
percent, but still were down 11 at the

The reason - turnovers.
The Wolverines totaled 17 turnovers in
the first half alone, finishing with 25 for
the game.
Friday's game against the Wildcats
looked the same as the Michigan State
The Wolverines played Northwestern
(6-8,17-9) tight in the first half. But when
the Wildcats pushed out its lead to double
digits in the opening moments of the
second half, it looked as if Michigan was
in trouble.
Then, down 11 points with under 10
minutes to go in the contest, the Wolver-
ines went on a 15-2 run, grabbing a 77-75
lead at 3:43.
Molly Murray contributed five of her
12 points off the bench in that stretch.
And Amy Johnson tacked in four of her
team-high 18 points in bringing Michi-
gan back.
Two easy lay-ins by Johns gave the
Wolverines a 79-77 with 2:24 left in the
game. But that was the last time Michigan
Northwestern guard Megan
Chawansky nailed three consecutive 3-
pointers that sealed the win for the Wild-
cats and broke the Wolverines' backs.
The freshman guard came offthe bench
after starting inall25 games this season to
score a career-high 25 points, including
6-of-10 from the three point line.
"Megan (Chawansky) was just firing
away tonight," Northwestern coach Don
Perrelli said. "1 don't think there's any
question if Megan didn't hit those threes,
we would be in deep trouble."
Northwestern forward Katrina
Hannafordledthe Wildcatswith 27 points
and added 13 rebounds. Christina Braden
chipped in 14 points and grabbed 13
Johnson went down at the end of the
game to an ankle injury and did not play
yesterday. She had a cast on the ankle
during yesterday's game. X-rays taken
showed that the ankle was not broken; but
badly sprained. Johnson's status is uncer-
tain for the next few games.

Dewall 25 2-5 00 0-1 8 1
Ratay 40 4-18 2-2 2-5 9 2 12
Braden 36 7-13 0-0 4-13 2 4 14
Divjak 22 3-8 0-0 2-3 3 2 8
Hannaford 38 11-20 5-5 6-13 0 1 27
Chawansky 36 8-12 3-4 2-4 4 2 25
Connolly 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals 20035.7610-1116-40 2612 90
FG%: .461. FT% .909. Three-point goals: 10-26,
.385 (Chawansky 6-10, Divjak 2-3, Ratay 2-11
DeWall 0-2). Blocks: 2 (Braden, Ratay).
Turnovers: 10 (Braden 2, Chawansky 2, Divjak
2, Ratay 2, Connolly, Hannaford). Steals: 6
(DeWall 3, Braden 2, Ratay). Technical Fouls:
Franklin 22 410 1-2 1-1 0 2 11
Kiefer 40 3-5 0-0 03 3 2 8
Johnson 37 7-13 4-4 00 2 3 18
Johns 24 5-12 00 4-9 0 3 10
Brzezinski 27 4-11 4-4 511 2 2 12
Murray 18 510 0-0 01 0 3 12
Willard 16 1-3 2-2 03 1 0 4
DiGiacinto 13 2-3 0-0 1-5 0 1 4
Shelman 3 0-0 0-0 01 2 0
Totals 00 31.67 11-12 1337 1016 79
FG%: .463. FT%: .917. Three-point goals: 6-14,
.429 (Franklin 2-3,kKiefer 2-3, Murray 2-6,
Johnson 0-2). Blocks: 1 (Willard) Turnovers: 15
(DiGiac into 3, Johnson 3, Murray 3, Johns 2,
Brzezinski, Sheilman, Willard). Steals: 5
(Brzezinski, Johns, Kiefer, Murray, Sheliman).
Technical Fouls: none.
Northwestern.......44 46 - 90
Michigan----------......40 39- 79
At: Crisler Arena; A: 701
Matlock 36 0-0 0-2 0-3 11 0 0
Euler 33 5-8 6-6 0-2 2 1 16
Sanders 26 4-6 2-8 2-10 0 2 1
Wesley 23 49 44 1-1 0 4
ushing 15 57 0-0 33 0 5 1
Gray 26 4-7 3-4 0-2 2 2 11
Engan 21 9-11 2-3 3-3 0 1 20
Overaitis 15 0-4 2-4 0-2 0 1 2
Cunningham 5 2-3 1-2 1-1 0 1 5
Totals 200 33-5 20-33 11-32 157 87
FG%: .600. FT%: .606. Three-pont goals: 1-3,
.333 (Wesley 1-2, Engen 01). Blocks: 1 (Gray).
Turnovers: 21 (Matlock 7, Euler 6, Wesley 3,
Gushing 2, Gray, Overaitis, Sanders). Steals: 10
(Gray 2, Wesley 2, Matlock, Sanders, ushing.
Euler, Engen, Overaitis). Technical Fouls: none.
Franklin 40 7-15 5-8 3-4 4 3 20
Kiefer 38 3-13 0-0 0-2 6 3
Brzezinski 37 10-15 4-7 39 2 4
Johns 27 7-10 1-2 2-6 1 4 1
Murray 17 1-4 0-0 01 3 3 .2
Willard 10 3-7 1-2 5-7 1 5 7
Shelman 15 1-2 0-0 4-5 1 2 2
DiGiacinto 5 1-1 00 1-2 0 1 2
Sikorski 8 01 0-0 1-1 10 0
Ross 2 00 0-0 00 0 0
Poglits 1 0-0 00 0-00 1 0
Totals 200 33-68 11-19 137 1926 81
FG%: .485. Fr%: .579. Three-point goals: 4-18.
.222 (Kiefer 3-9, Frankin 14, Murray 02,
Brzezinski 0-1, Sikorski 01 Willard 0-1). lcks:
3 (Brzezinski, Sheiman, Murray) Turnovers: 25
(Franklin 6, Murray 5, Willard 4, Shellman 3,
Brzezinski 2, Ross 2, Johns, Kiefer, Sikorski).
Steals: 9 (Frankin 3, Brzezinsk, Johns, Kiefer,
Murray, Shellman, Sikorski). Technical Fouls:
Michigan State. 47 40-87
Michigan ..............36 45 - 81
At: Crisler Arena; A: 1,257
st chance to
hie Big Ten meet"*
- Kevin Sullivan
Michigan men's track team
"This is our last chance to sharpen
up before the Big Ten meet,"
Sullivan said. "I think that the team
is in the hunt for one of the top three
Harvey set a regimen of practice *
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Gardner felt that Michigan must
win the psychological battle as well
as the physical.
"If our spirits are up, and we don't
have any doubts about our ability, we
should do well," Gardner said.

best time of 24.85 seconds.
Johnson was not the only Wolver-
ine to peak at the Classic.
The 800-meter contest saw not one,
but two, Wolverines notch lifetime
best times. Freshmen Angie Stanifer
and Sara Hamilton each ran the race
faster than they ever had before, with
Stanifer winning in 2:12.14, two-hun-
dredths of a second before her team-
Another Michigan runner to set the
pace for her race was Pauline Arnill.
Although she had already qualified
for the NCAA championships, she
ran the mile Friday with a time o
The Wolverines are heading to
Madison on their best foot with sev-
eral athletes peaking at the right


Michigan's Molly Murray goes up for a shot against Northwestern Friday. Murray
scored 12 points in the 90-79 loss.

Next week
Michigan at Iowa, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Wisconsin at Michigan, Sunday, 2 p.m.
AP women's basketball
Top 25

M' g ears up for Big Ten Champ

1. Georgia
2. Louisiana Tech
3. Connecticut
4. Stanford
5. Tennessee
6. Texas Tech
7. Iowa
8. Old Dominion
9. Penn State
10. Virginia
11. Wisconsin
12. Alabama
13. Vanderbilt
14. Duke
15. Oregon State
16. North Carolina State
17. Florida
18. Colorado
19. Clemson
20. Auburn
21. Mississippi
22. Purdue
23. Stephen F. Austin
24. Oklahoma State
25. Notre Dame


By Avi Ebenstein
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's track team
had one last regular season match
before indoor track's version of the
playoffs: the Big Ten Championships.
The Wolverines ran in Ypsilanti
against Eastern Michigan, Michigan
State, Windsor, and other local
Michigan rested their star ath-
letes and gave some of the second
stringers a chance to prove their
One runner, junior Scott
MacDonald, took advantage of that
opportunity. MacDonald placed sec-
ond in the mile at 4:10.22. Paul
McMullen, an EMU graduate, won
the mile at 4:03.
Coach Jack Harvey was satisfied

with the meet.
"MacDonald posted our second-
best mile but there weren't any real
surprises," Harvey said.
Harvey said that the meet served its
"We gave our stars a chance to rest,
and the others a chance to compete,"
Harvey said. "But almost no one
played wetl enough to go to the Big
Ten Championships."
Harvey was not insulting the lower
tier of Michigan runners, but felt that
they had done well within their limi-
"Most of the guys are working real
hard," Harvey said. "But some of the
runners aren't in the same class as
guys like junior Keven Sullivan and
Neal Gardner."
Gardner felt that the break was truly

This (was) our Ias
sharpen up before t
"It was a welcomed break, and we
got to rest our muscles," Gardner said.
"We have had meets every weekend
so the break was good."
Michigan also needed the rest to
heal their star, Sullivan.
"Kevin was hurt and he sure needed
the break," Gardner said.
The Wolverines now have one week
to prepare for the Big Ten Champion-
Sullivan seemed loath to boast.

Women's track rests with Big Tens]



By Donald Adamek
Daily Sports Writer
The schedule said that the Michi-
gan women's track team competed on
Friday at Ypsilanti. The results will
show that the Wolverines were at the
Eastern Michigan Classic. But fans
familiar with the team would have to
claim otherwise.
All-American Monica Black took
the weekend off. Fellow All-Ameri-
can Courtney Babcock was resting
up for the Big Ten Championships
next week. NCAA provisional quali-
fiers Michelle Slater and Tania
Longe skipped out on the compet-
ition also.
Even Michigan coach James Henry
was nowhere to be found at the end of

because I was sick," Henry said. "I
didn't want to get them sick, so I left
the team with my assistants in charge."
But the Wolverines had more rea-
son to show up than to keep contrac-
tual obligations.
Several athletes needed to fine tune
their performances for their champi-
Henry had previously indicated that
one group that needed to come through
this weekend was the throwers. He
identified Nicole Keith, Stephanie
Wigness and Jayna Greiner as having
the talent to qualify for nationals at
this meet.
While none of them, nor any other
Michigan athletes, qualified for na-
tionals Friday, they did perform well.
Wigness came through on the shot-
put with a heave of 45-foot-2 1/4.

Greiner's 44-foot-2 1/2 inch shot was
good enough for second place.
"It was Greiner's best performance
and place of the season," said Michi-
gan assistant coach Mike McGuire.
McGuire was satisfied with the
team's performance. In the non-scor-
ing meet the main goal was to prime
the team for the Big Ten Champion-
ships and beyond.
"We had some people step it up,"
McGuire said, "which we needed to
do in preparation for next weekend."
One runner that lived up to high
expectations was senior Tearza
Johnson. Henry had looked for her to
improve her performance and build
This weekend should give her rea-
son to be confident. Her victory in the
200-meter was a result of her season-

the meet.
"I didn't stay for the

whole meet


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