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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 24, 1996 - 15A

HOOPS
4 nlued from Page 13A
Fisher said.
"(Vignier's) behind the other three
big guys, without question," Fisher
said. "But on occasion, you see a glim-
mer of 'Boy, oh boy, I like that.'
"He's going to have a baptism of
fire."
CHARITY STRIPE: At the end of last
season, Traylor needed to work on three
,A ings - his broken arm, his weight
Vhd his foul shooting.
Since then, his arm healed and he
dropped some weight, but the foul
shots - well, they're still up in the air.
No pun intended.
,ast season, Traylor shot only 54.8
percent from the line, connecting on
just 34 of 62 free throw attempts.
So far in practice this season, the
trimmer Traylor has looked about the
same from the line.
s "e had one day where he was five
4," Fisher said. "He was 57 percent
first week, which is not very good."
ut on the other side of the equation,
Vlolverines have one of the best free
shooters in the nation in sopho-
ore guard Bullock.
Bullock leads all returning
3@lverines in free throw percentage.
finished the 1995-96 season with a
. percent clip.
Biullock finished third overall last
son behind Neal Morton (85.7) and
an Fife (84.6), who both graduated.
Al HEME WEEK: Poor defense, poor
' shooting down the stretch and poor
selection usually result from a lack
;fundamentals. And at times, the
veines have been guilty of lacking
h fundamentals.
1b prevent such maladies this sea-°
hon, Fisher has decided to devote each
ek to working on a specific team
' b lem.
"We have a theme each week, and
this week it's execution," Fisher said.
We want them to do that when they
et tired, and that's when you slip,
when you get tired.'
NANOOKS
. 4tInued from Page 13A
grees today and 12 degrees tomorrow.
I'm not too concerned about the
eather," Michigan's John Madden said.
f I have to hibernate before the games,
4ill do that."
Schock may just do that in between
games. The senior defenseman had
bring along his biochemistry exam
ithhim.
Yet it's not as if he is missing any-
:4h1ng. Let's just say tourism is not too
in Fairbanks.
"We asked someone the last time we
were there - since we figured that
we're in Alaska, there's got to be some
cool things to do," Schock said. "He
said, 'Well, you could go visit the
pipeline."'
When the Wolverines are not debat-
mg whether to go see some oil, they will
be trying to notch their fourth win in as
many games.
R Madden comes into tonight's confer-
cne duel as Michigan's hottest player.
The senior center, who is tied for the
team lead in goals and points, scored
two goals in the Wolverines' 3-0 victory
over Maine one week ago.
The Wolverines' goaltender, Marty
Turco, is also on a roll. He has a 1.13
goals-against average and hasn't
allowed a goal in the last 103:54.
Michigan has been solid on the power
ay. The Wolverines are 8-for-23 on
'san advantages. And they have killed
22 of 24 penalties. Still, the Wolverines
have looked sluggish at times.

Michigan coach Red Berenson said
he knows how to fix that.
"The thing we've been stressing is to
play with a little more intensity,"
Berenson said. "We need to play a little
smarter and finish better offensively."
Defensively, Turco is riding high into
"irbanks and will try to extend his
eak of consecutive scoreless minutes.
He said he is looking forward to the
game and the state.
"I've never been (to Alaska) so I'd
h~ve to say I am excited," Turco said.
"It'll be fun to go up there. I'd rather go
to Anchorage than Fairbanks, but Alaska
i" Alaska to me"'
Turco should talk to Schock about the
pipelines.

Stickers get second
try at Lions, Bucks

By Pranay Reddy
Daily Sports Writer
With four games left in its regular sea-
son, the Michigan field hockey team
looks like it is in limbo.
This isn't to say the Wolverines (1-5
Big Ten, 6-7 overall) haven't shown
signs of strength this season - they
have.
Michigan has impressive non-confer-
ence victories this year against national-
ly-ranked opponents Boston College and
Ball State. However, the Wolverines
have had more than their share of diffi-
culties during the Big Ten season.
A 4-3 loss to Michigan State last
Sunday didn't help Michigan's efforts to
pull itself out of the cellar of the confer-
ence. The defeat might have been espe-
cially disappointing, for Marcia
Pankratz's crew, yet the coach gives the
Wolverines credit.
"I was proud of the way we came back
from 4-2 down,' she said. "I felt we were
in (the match) the whole way"
Nevertheless, a loss is a loss, and
Michigan has to regroup for this week-
end when the team hits the road for
matches against Penn State
tomorrow,and Ohio State on Sunday.
The Wolverines will be looking to sal-
vage a split in both series for the season.
Earlier this season, the Lady Lions came
to Ann Arbor and spanked Michigan, 5-
2. Prior to that defeat, the Wolverines
dropped a hard-fought contest to the
Buckeyes, 3-2.
Those losses started the Big Ten sea-
son on the wrong foot for Michigan, and
the Wolverines haven't been able to hit
their stride since. Michigan's victory
against the Spartans on Oct. 2 was fol-
lowed by three straight defeats at the
hands of Iowa, Northwestern and
Michigan State.
So with losses to every team in the
Big Ten, the back end of Michigan's sea-
son series are more important than ever
- for themselves and for every other
team in the conference.
This won't make things easier for the
Wolverines, who have had enough trou-
ble getting victories in the Big Ten.

Penn State (3-4, 7-8) is coming off an
up-and-down weekend. After handing
Northwestern a 5-4 loss, the Lady Lions
lost to Iowa, 5-1. Despite the mixed
results, Penn State looks to be fired up
for the weekend's contest, as it tries to
improve its standing in the Big Ten.
In Penn State's victory over the
Wolverines earlier this year, the Lady
Lions flexed their offensive muscle early
and often, scoring three times in the first
18 minutes of the game.
For Pankratz, there is an obvious solu-
tion to putting an end to runs like that.
"Mentally, we need to stay focused for
70 minutes, Pankratz said. "We have
lapses where we are not disciplined with
our particular (jobs)."
Regardless, it seems that no matter
what the Wolverines do, they are going to
have their hands full with Penn State's
Tara Maguire. The Olympic team alter-
nate was a menace to Michigan in their
last meeting, tallying a goal and an assist.
Fortunately for the Wolverines, the
Buckeyes boast no Olympians. Instead,
Ohio State (5-2, 10-4) merely has one of
the strongest teams in the conference.
The Buckeyes have impressive victories
over Northwestern and Penn State, and
have given No. 2 Iowa its toughest con-
ference game of the season, losing, 2-1.
Michigan can look to its previous
game with Ohio State if it needs a dose
of confidence. The Wolverines dominat-
ed almost every aspect of the game -
except for the all-important score.
Michigan outshot the Buckeyes 27-17 in
the contest, yet couldn't find a way to get
the ball to the back of the net.
If any one can correct that situation, it
has to be Michigan's one-two punch of
Michelle Smulders and Julie Flachs. The
two attackers lead the Wolverines with
I1 and eight goals, respectively. And
where there are Michigan goals, defend-
er Meredith Franden is usually near. The
senior leads the team in assists with nine.
"Seeing this makes the team realize
we're very close and we just need to get
over the hump," Pankratz said. "We're
concentrating and battling, and that's
encouraging."

MARK!SFIEDMAN/Dily
Sandra Cabrera, who plays midfield and defense for the Wolverines, hopes to get revenge on Penn State and Ohio State for
losses to them earlier In the season at home. Michigan travels to State College and Columbus this weekend as part of Its last
regular-season road trip.
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