12-The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 23, 1996
'M' readies for L
By Danielle Rumore
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan hockey team is well
aware of the importance of this
weekend's games not only for confer-
ence standings, but also for home-
The No. 3 Wolverines (20-4-2
CCHA, 25-5-2 overall) will battle No.
7 Lake Superior State (18-6-2, 22-6-
2) tonight and tomorrow at 7 p.m. at
Abel Arena in Sault Ste. Marie.
The race for the CCHA crown is
closer than it has been in years, and
the result of Phis weekend's twinbill
will have a definite impact on the
The Wolverines and the Lakers
know that this weekend's series comes
at a critical juncture in the season.
The outcome of the series could pos-
sibly eliminate Lake State from the
title chase, or dump Michigan further
behind the Spartans and most likely
Western Michigan, too.
The Wolverines are currently in sec-
ond place with 42 points, two points
behind leader Michigan State, while
the fourth-place Lakers trail the Spar-
tans by six points.
For the Wolverines' sophomore
goalie Marty Turco, the weekend is not
only about victories, but also about
homecoming. Turco, a native of Sault
Ste. Marie, Ont., just minutes from the
Michigan border and the Lakers' arena,
will be making a homecoming to the
rink he knows so well from the past.
"Fifty or60 of my family and friends
will be there," Turco said. "I played a
lot of minor hockey in that arena so I
can call it home."
Turco grew up in "the Soo" and
played for St. Mary's College where
he was named the team's MVP in
Last season, Turco played both
games against the Lakers at Sault Ste.
Marie. The Wolverines came away
with a pair of victories, 5-1 and 4-3,
respectively. And their rookie goalie
came away with CCHA Player of the
Week honors, as he stopped a career-
.high 42 shots in the latter of the two
This year, Turco is a year older and
knows what he will encounter tonight
and tomorrow. Turco, who leads all
CCHA goalies in wins (25), brings a
year-and-a-half of experience and the
two victories from last season to the
arena. Michigan coach Red Berenson
said that the experience gives Turco a
"Last year, he got a lot of (the dis-
tractions) out ofhis system," Berenson
said. "A lot of his relatives and friends
will be there. It will be tough, though.
Any of these rinks are tough on goal-
Turco does not concern himself with
the distractions and does not feel the
need to deal with them. The foremost
issue on his mind is focusing on the
importance of two wins.
"I am there for one specific reason
- to get four points," Turco said.@
am there to stop pucks and help my
team. This is our big weekend. The
seniors down to the freshmen (under-
stand). (Lake State) is always a play-
off team. (The two games) will be a
good measure to see where we're at."
The Wolverines beat Lake State, 8-
2, Dec. 8 at Yost Ice Arena. Five
different Wolverines scored in that
game and Michigan outshot the Lak-
As of late, the Wolverines have hV
to deal with injuries. Center Brendan
Morrison will continue to play with a
hand injury he suffered against Ohio
State three weeks ago.
"He's coming around," Berenson
said. "He is a lot better than he was
two weeks ago. He is getting'used to
Right wing Sean Ritchlin is out for
the season after undergoing surg*
for compartment syndrome. Justin
Clark is recovering from arthroscopic
knee surgery, and left wing Jason
Botterill did not skate in practice
Monday due to a bruised shoulder.
"Botterill is fine," Berenson said.
"Clark is a question mark, but he
might get the OK to play. (Right
now), we're pretty healthy."
Brendan Morrison and the Wolverines will try to extend their six-game unbeaten streak this weekend against Lake State.
Brzezinski to suit up with Wolverines for last time
By James Goldstein
and Dan Stillman
Daily Sports Writers
The lone senior bows out.
The Michigan women's basketball
team closes out the regular season with a
pair of conference tilts. The Wolverines
visitNo. 7 Iowa, tonight at 7:30 at Carver-
Hawkeye Arena. Sunday at 2p.m., Michi-
gan hosts No. 13 Wisconsin in senior
center Jennifer Brzezinski's last game at
Michigan (1-13 Big Ten, 7-17 overall)
will be hard pressed to equal its confer-
ence win total of three from last year, or
even last year's overall total of eight
The Hawkeyes (13-1, 22-2), who sit
atop the Big Ten, defeated the Wolver-
ines, 69-53, on Dec. 29, while the second-
place Badgers (11-3, 19-5) annihilated
Michigan, 89-48, in the season's first
For Brzezinski, this weekend's con-
tests mark the end of her regular-season
As of late, Brzezinski has come on
strong in support of slumping sophomore
center Pollyanna Johns.
The senior captain came within four
points of her career-high Sunday against
Michigan State. She scored 24 points on
That performance followed her first
double-double of the season.
"I'm most pleased with Brzezinski,"
Michigan coach Trish Roberts said. "She's
glad to see her have a good game."
To have a chance at playing with Iowa
or Wisconsin, though, the Wolverines
need more than a solid performance from
Brzezinski or Johns.
"We need to have a game where every-
body puts together a good game," Rob-
In the past few games, the Wolverines
have received improved scoring, espe-
cially, from guard Akisha Franklin, who
has shown signs of brilliance.
When Franklin is on hergame, she has
provided strong penetration, sharp 3-point
shooting and in-your-face defense.
"Akisha is capable of putting up num-
bers," Roberts said. "We've seen her do it
All season, the Hawkeyes and Badgers
have put up numbers in different ways.
Iowa plays a grind-it-out type of game,
both on offense and defense.
The Hawkeyes lead the conference in
scoring defense, holding their opponents
to a meager 57.2 points per game.
And even though Iowa is 10th in the
BigTen in scoring(68.5 pointspergame),
the Hawkeyes get their offense close to
thebasket, thanks to their solid frontcourt
duo ofTiffany Gooden andTangela Smith.
Gooden is the team's leading scorer,
averaging 14.3 points per game. Smith is
right behind Gooden with 13.8 ppg, and
tops the Hawkeyes with 7.4 rebounds per
game and 2.25 blocks per game.
The Badgers are another story. Wis-
consin prides itself more on its passing
game. The Badgers trail only Ohio State
in scoring in the conference with 80.1
points per game.
Wisconsin's go-to player is Barb
Franke. Franke's 20.8 points per game is
tops on theteam and places herthird in the
conference in scoring. She also leads her
team in rebounds, field goal percentage
and blocked shots.
Lacrosse club looks to continue success
Tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m., the Michigan lacrosse club takes on
Marietta at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse. This is the second game of the
season for the Wolverines, who are coming off a strong season opener
against Michigan State. The Wolverines defeated the Spartans, 21-11.
Michigan hopes to emulate its offensive output of the Michigan State
game, when 12 of 16 Wolverines either scored a goal or assisted on
Women's tennis hosts Northwestern
The Michigan women's tennis team is in action tomorrow against the
Wildcats. The match will begin at 1 p.m. at the Liberty Sports Complex.
This could be the Wolverines' first real test of the season after
sweeping both Western Michigan and Penn State in their last two
matches. Michigan is looking to avenge last year's loss to
Northwestern. Freshman Jen Boylan won't see action this weekend due
to a torn meniscus in her knee, which may require arthroscopic surges
Boylan will be out at least three weeks.
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It was mildly surprising that the con-
fusion didn't set in earlier. From the
beginning, things did not look good for
the Wolverines. Michigan's top two
scorers, Taylorand Bullock, each picked
up two quick fouls. But ratherthan fold,
the Wolverines did something they
haven't done all season.
They hit their three-pointers.
Bullock hit three of his five long-range
shots. Mitchell nailed two ofthree. Con]Ian
converted on his only attempt. In all,
Michigan was 6 of 12 from 3-point range
in the first half. That's why the Wolver-
ines led, 34-28, at the break, despite being
outrebounded, 19-13, and despite Taylor
making just one shot. Fife was the only
Wolverine who couldn't connect from
long distance. He was 0 for 3 from down-
town before the break. Although Fife was
offon offense, he made up forit with three
steals. His play was a key to the stellar
defense which gave Michigan its 34-28
But that lead was lost. The season will
be, too, if the Wolverines don't start win-
ning soon. Michigan hosts Minnesota (7-
6, 15-10) tomorrow night at 8 p.m.
"It's a home game that we can't afford
to lose," Fife said.
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FR%: .429. FT%: .667. Three-point goals: 9-17, .529
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