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Yesterday In Big Ton basketball ...
Russ Millard scored 17 poInts and Jess Settles added 16 Wednesday night to
take No. 18 Iowa to its fourth-straight victory, a 83-47 trouncing of Michigan
State. The Hawkeyes, who welcomed back Chris Kingsbury after a three-game
suspension, made six 3-pointers in the first half in taking a 49-23 lead against
the Big Ten's stingiest defense. In other Big Ten action, Northwestem got by
Wisconsin, 82.71, and Minnesota beat Ohio State, 60-57.


February 22, 19

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By Jennifer Hoduik
Datgjfports Writer
TJM Florida greens were not kind
to ti Michigan women's golf team,
wh ft was seeing its first action ofthe
spry,as the winter months impaired
puttg practice.
#1e Wolverines migrated to Boca
R4t&b4 to open the spring season at
Fl - a Atlantic's 36-hole Owl Pre-
Ai r. lassic.
jile Michigan notched a fifth-
placefinish out of 13 teams, the four
tea s that placed ahead of the Wol-
veriies hailed from the Southern cli-
mates that make year-round golf pos-
Msissippi captured the event with
~am score of 626, followed by the
i and Florida International.
Mi an placed just one point be-
hind Arkansas-Little Rock with 654.
Sehomore Laura Tzakis felt that
M igan came out a little rusty from
th&3veather-induced suspension of
"We all went into the tournament
wibreally positive attitude," Tzakis
sai- "But we hadn't played since
r, and the short game is always
t -ist to go over the winter."
Thi Wolverines were led by three
frl en, including top finisher Katy
LoLoy shot an 83 Monday and a 78
Tuesay to secure 15th place overall.
Jus behind Loy, Sharon Park
chi ed in consecutive 81s, good for
a f place tie. Rounding out a suc-
cessi l freshman trio was Sarah
Lind4olm, who tied for 18th with
r of 78 and 85.
U kis cited the impact that the
newcomers have made on the team.
'Te incredible contribution by the
frshiien appears to be the driving
foiof our team effort," Tzakis said.
"It' ontributed to our enthusiasm."
ichigan's other competitors were
juzi.ts Shannon McDonald (87-83)
an4 Wendy Westfall (86-84). Westfall
tiedfor 32nd.
e format of the tournament was a
rcount-five, with five competi-
torR iepresenting Michigan. The top
fo r:ndividual scores were then tabu-
1a ~ for the team score. Tzakis (87-
87 ompeted as an individual.
tiorida International's Laura
Hunchack was the top finisher, firing
c ecutive rounds of 75 to hold off
Misiissippi's Lauren Mellen.
A the season progresses, Tzakis
egts the Wolverines to regain top
think we all have the potential to
mil~ the season victorious," Tzakis
sai'"Coach (Kathy Teichert) is giv-
ine us the encouragement to do so."
Michigan will be in action again
o 4 spring break, March 4-5, at the
Cbadeston Spring Invitational in
Spth Carolina.

Penn State next hurdle in
Wolverines' tourney run

By Barry Sollenberger
Daily Sports Editor
To reach the NCAA Tournament,
the Michigan men's basketball team
probably needs to win 20 games.
The Wolverines could reach the
NCAAs with a 19-12 finish, but if
they want to watch the NCAA selec-
tion show March 10 with dry armpits,
they'll need 20 victories.
This means that with six games
left, Michigan (6-6 Big Ten, 16-9
overall) likely has to win four of its
last six to make the NCAAs for the
fifth straight year.
Penn State and Michigan tipoffat 8
tonight in Happy Valley. Creative
Sports (Channel 20) will broadcast
the game from the Bryce Jordan Cen-
ter - an arena in which the Nittany
Lions have yet to lose.
Indeed, the Wolverines will prob-
ably need to win four of their last five
after tonight.
There used to be just two seasons in
Happy Valley - football and spring
football. But things have changed as
the No. 14 Lions (9-4, 18-4) are in the
midst of their best season since 1991,
when they upset UCLA in the NCAA
Tournament's first round.
First-year coach Jerry Dunn's ca-
reer at Penn State got off to a strong
beginning when his team began the
season 13-0.
In fact, the Nittany Lions did not
experience defeat until late into the

third month of the season. On Jan. 21,
the Wolverines beat Penn State in
Ann Arbor, 67-66, courtesy of
Maurice Taylor's dunk in the closing
seconds. After that contest, both teams
sat tied atop the Big Ten.
My, oh my, have things changed
Michigan has lost five of seven since
beating Penn State and currently re-
sides in sixth place in the conference.
The Nittany Lions trail only Purdue
in the league standings but had their
Big Ten title hopes dealt a serious
blow when they were blitzed by the
Boilermakers, 66-49, in West
Lafayette last Saturday. They have
also lost four of nine since that light-
ning quick start and trail the Purdue
by two games in the loss column with
five to play.
"I don't think the Big Ten race is
over," Dunn said. "We would like to
think that we- are still in the hunt.
We're playing to win."
Dunn will have a healthy Pete
Lisicky playing tonight against the
Wolverines. In the first meeting be-
tween the two schools, the 6-foot-4
sophomore played just nine minutes
due to a foot injury.
If he had been healthy for that con-
test, it's a safe bet that Penn State
would have left Ann Arbor unde-
feated. Lisicky is 15th in the nation in
3-point field goal shooting (47.5 per-
See PENN STATE, page 11A

Players discipined
following crash
By Barry Solienberger
Daily Sports Editor
Michigan men's basketball coach
Steve Fisher issued a statement yes-
terday afternoon in response to Friday
morning's car accident involving five
Michigan players and one recruit.'
In a press conference last Satur-
day afternoon, Fisher said that he
would not suspend any of the five
players involved in the accident,
,which occurred at approximately
4:50 a.m. Feb.17 on Michigan high-
way 14. Michigan's Robert Traylor
sustained the only serious injury in
the one-car accident - a broken
Yesterday, Fisher made no men-
tion of suspensions but hinted that
other disciplinary measures have
been taken.
"The results of that evening have
created concerns about critical deci-
sion-making," Fisher said in the re-
leased statement. "As a consequence,
I have taken actions that will include
placing the student-athletes involved
on probation and have established
significant restrictions that will last
at least until the end of the school
See FISHER, page 12A

Maurice Taylor and the Wolverines will attempt to stuff the Nittany Lions, tonight.

Tankers: It's not in the bag yet
Men's fall won't deter women from quest for 10th straight title

By Marc Lightdale
Daily Sports Writer
After watching Minnesota upstage Michigan in the men's
Big Ten meet, the women's swimming team realized that a
Big Ten Championship is not necessarily inevitable.
"Nothing is goingto be given to us," Michigan freshman
Cathy O'Neill said.
Both the men's and women's swim teams have cruised
through the regular season right near the top
of the NCAA rankings.
The Wolverines look to grab their 10th
consecutive Big Ten title in Minneapolis.
Michigan coach Jim Richardson likes the
current position of the team after a season
steeped with adversity due to injuries and
illness. Senior All-American backstroker, "
Beth Jackson, is about 75- to 80-percent
recovered from mononucleosis, while jun-
ior Rachel Gustin's shoulder has gotten much
"We've worked ourselves back into a Women's sm
position to swim fast," Richardson said.
The Big Ten Championships serve an diving chan
important role in determining the number of
swimmers who qualify for NCAAs.
Richardson hopes to qualify approximately a dozen swim-
mers to give the team a number of scoring opportunities for
the NCAAs.
"The Big Tens is a meet unto itself, not a stepping stone for
the next meet," Richardson said.
"You have to swim well to get to the NCAAs."
At this crucial juncture, the Wolverines have begun to
In the tapering process, the idea is to reduce the volume of
training preparation in order to save energy for big events.

After an arduous practice regimen, the team brings the
training to a halt, hoping to elicit its best performance. The
volume of training has gone down as the team attempts to
fine-tune its starts and develop its speed.
Gustin, a breaststroker, looks forward to an opportunity
for the meet to provide team unity.
"It's a great way to bring the team together for the NCAAs,"
Gustin said.

Minnesota and Michigan appear to be the
favorites in this year's Big Tens, along with
Wisconsin, which owns what Richardson
calls a "dominant group of five freestylers."
In addition, Northwestern has some talented
individual swimmers, although the team lacks
The much-improved Purdue and Illinois
squads should also be very competitive.
Richardson looks forward to the team's
opportunity to swimin Minnesota's first-class
"They have one of the best facilities in the
world," Richardson said.
The swimmers are optimistically awaiting

wimming and

the Big Ten Championships, despite the rough
week that the team went through after a swimmer's father
passed away.
"We're ready to swim fast," Michigan junior Melissa
Stone said. "We're positive. (The death) pulled us together.
It made us realize how much we mean to each other, how
much we are a family."
Junior Lidia Szabo emphasized the importance of the meet
for the team.
"We've really been giving each other lots of support,"
Szabo said. "After the guys' meet, we realized that things are
not guaranteed to go our way."

Kings of the castle THE WALT DiSNEY COMPANY
Michigan football recruits Tommy Hendricks, a defensive back, and Jeff
Backus, an offensive lineman, join other members of'the Reebok High School
All-America team at Walt Disney World to tape a recruiting special.


ByJten Ghelani
For the Daily
The Michigan women's to
isnt. going anywhere over
The Wolverines won't b
w to Madison even th
sdjedule has indicated other
beginning of the season
'he top 16 teams in the co
bi participating in the natio
teIth championships this w
^The Wolverines, howev
stfrbfg enough this year to d
iretiation. The lone repr
frorthe conference will 1
ment host Wisconsin.



tennis stays home
The championships would have
been a homeconing for Michigan
ennis team coach Bitsy Ritt and junior Sarah
the week- Cyganiak.
Ritt graduated from the University
e on their of Wisconsin in 1984.
ough the Cyganiak, the Wolverines' No. I
wise since singles player, hails from Mequon,
n. Wis.
)untry will Michigan isn't heartbroken though.
nal indoor The championships weren't a realis-
veekend. tic goal for the squad. Cyganiak said
er, aren't that the Wolverines never really ex-
deserve an pected to go.
esentative Instead of being on the road, Michigan
be tourna- has other plans as the Wolverines will
host Northwestern this weekend.

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early deadlines for
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