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The Michigan Daily - Friday, January 17, 1997 - 11

Women's cagers fight for
Big Ten lead this weekend


By Richard Shin
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's basketball
team, winner of four Big Ten games in
e past two seasons, could find itself in
rst place in the conference after this
Read that again.
The Michigan women 's basketball
team, winner offour Big Ten games in
the past two seasons, could find itself in
first place in the conference after this
But for Michigan (3-2 Big Ten, 11-3
overall), the path to the top has two
major roadblocks, Indiana and Michigan
Against the Hoosiers (2-3, 9-6)
tonight at 7:30 at Crisler Arena,
Michigan faces an enigmatic Indiana
squad that recently 'upset No. 11
Wisconsin, 74-72, after dropping two
conference games in a row.
Indiana is led by 6-foot-5 center
Quacy Barnes, who averages 15.7 points
and 6.7 rebounds per game. On the
.erimeter, Indiana will rely on 3-point
ecialist Tatjana Vesel, who leads a
bevy of long-range bombers for the
"Indiana has an inside-outside game"
Michigan coach Sue Guevara said.
"They have a dynamo point guard in
kristi Green, who can fire the three, and
Barnes is a legitimate center."
ueteams host
By Chad Kujala
Daly Sports Writer
Run, Forrest, run!
The Michigan men's and women's
'door track and field teams, unlike
Forrest Gump, aren't running for "no
particular reason" They are hosting
the Red Simmons Invitational tomor-
row at the Track and Tennis Building,
The men's team is hosting Notre
Dame and Eastern Michigan. The
women are also welcoming those two
schools as well as Western Michigan
and a few entrants from the University
of Toronto.
The meet starts tomorrow at 0:30
a.m, with field events; the running
events begin at noon.
Both the men and the women are
coming off impressive sweeps of
Indiana and Michigan State. The vic-
tories came in the triangular/double-
dual meet last Saturday, which was the
first one of the season.
Going into the meet, there were sev-
ral questions as to how the team, as
4elI as some individuals, were going
to perform. -Several surprises and a
satisfied team were the results,
One of those surprises was junior
lon McLaughlin. He won the mile
and 800-meter race, something that
caught coach Jack Harvey by surprise.
When asked after last week's meet if
the meet revealed any surprise perfor-
mance, Harvey did not hesitate.
"McLaughlin was our biggest sur-
rise' he said. "1 didn't expect those
ypes of performances in both races."
Even though the team has last
weekend under its belt,etherehstill are
questions about how the Wolverines
will perform, Harvey said.
"We're switching some events and
people around," he said. "It still is dif-
ficult to predict how some of the run-
nershwill perform.'
The women's meet, on the other

;nd, was not quite as close. The
Wolverines led from the crack of the
starting gun. Strong performances
came from sophomore Katie
McGregor, who won the mile and the
800 meters, Tania Longe, who won the
55-meter hurdles, and Nicole
Forrester, who qualified for the
NCAA championships in the high
This week's meet, for both the men
C d the women, is not going to be
cored the same as last week.
In last Saturday's meet, the runners
received points for placing in the top
three in each race, which was added to
the team's total score. Tomorrow, the
athletes will only be competing on
their individual times with no points
Even though the Wolverines are not
competing as a team, there should be
veral interesting events to look for-
ward to.
a logiNn ao

Michigan will counter with Pollyanna
Johns in the paint and a rotation of
guards on the perimeter. Johns leads the
team in scoring with 14.9 points and
10.6 rebounds per game. Johns did not
practice yesterday due to the flu, but
Guevara thinks that she will be ready to
go tonight.
"I think Johns matches up with
Barnes real well," Guevara said.
"Pollyanna is a little more physical, and
if we can get Barnes in foul trouble, that
would be beautiful.
"She was under the weather (yester-
day)," Guevara said. "But I anticipate
that she'll be fine and ready to go tomor-
The Wolverines will travel to
Michigan State on Sunday to face the
red-hot Spartans, who sit alone in first
place with a 5-1 conference record. Like
Indiana, Michigan State defeated a
nationally-ranked opponent in its last
game, dismantling No. 7 Vanderbilt.
The Spartans held a 12-point halftime
edge and outscored the Lady
Commodores by 19 points in the second
half of the 82-51 victory.
The Breslin Center will also be a
familiar site for Guevara, who served as
an assistant coach to Michigan State
coach Karen Langeland for 10 seasons
before assuming the head coaching posi-
tion at Michigan. Emotions could play a
factor in a game that potentially is for the
Continued from Page 10
His final points of the night came
with 6:20 let in the contest, when he
pulled up from 10 feet away on the left
side. Points 18 and 19 for Ward.
A new career high, by the way.
Conlan was pretty much done for
the night, too, at least as far as the
actual game was concerned. But on
the bench, he was reprising his role as
cheerleader, jumping around and wav-
ing towels as Michigan's walk-ons fil-
tered onto the court.
"It's fun when you're playing well"
Conlan said of last night's payback.
"Someone's gotta generate that excite-
ment for our team ... anybody who's
feeling good that game has got to gen-
erate that excitement. It makes us play
And how could the Wolverines fail
to get excited last night, at the sight of
Conlan running around like a circus
clown, baggy shorts and all?
Or at the sight of Ward, a little more
than a year after the second of two
knee surgeries, playing what may have
been his best game as a Wolverine?
"It was just one of those nights
where a couple shots fell," Ward said.
4I'm happy about it, and I think
everyone else is pretty much happy
for me."
All this said, Conlan and Ward put
away the hammer. Will they hang it on
the wall when they get home, or will
it stay in the lockerroom, to be put to
use against the next foe? It's been a
question that's been asked after every
quality showing by the Wolverines.
Maybe this time there'll be a posi-
tive answer.
- Will McCahill can be reached over
e-mail at wmcc@umich.edu.

top spot in the conference.
"It's Michigan-Michigan State'
Guevara said. "You can throw out the
records. A lot of the game is played on
And even though the game will be
Guevara's first appearance at Breslin
since leaving the Spartans, she is not
looking past the matchup on Friday.
"It's one game at a time, and no one
game is more important than another,"
Guevara said.
The Spartans bring a formidable line-
up to the court led by sophomore for-
ward Nicole Cushing-Adkins, the Big
Ten Freshman of the Year last season.
Cushing-Adkins scored 18 points in
the game against Vanderbilt, second to
senior guard Cheri Euler, who led all
scorers with 23 points behind 11-of-11
shooting from the field.
Michigan will counter with freshman
sensation Stacey Thomas, who is second
on the team in scoring, averaging 14.3
points per game.
Although Guevara is a little nervous
about returning to East Lansing, she
downplays the significance of her return.
"This is not a game between Karen
Langeland and Sue Guevara," Guevara
said. "The total focus is on Michigan
women's basketball - the performance
that we have.
"I'm just concerned with how we
Robinson 30 5-15 0-0 5-10 1 0 11
Cardinal 31 6-11 0-0 1-4 1 3 14
Miller 29 2-7 0-0 5-7 7 3 4
Eldridge 18 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 1
Austin 36 4-13 3-4 2-4 2 3 12
Cornell 24 3-8 3-4 0-0 2 1 10
McQuay 19 3-6 1-2 2-6 1 3 8
Gilydis 4 0-0 0- 0-0 0 0 0
ten Dam 5 2-2 0-0 1-2 0 2 4 1
Barnes 2 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 2
Kerkhof 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals 200 2647 71018361517 65
FG%: .388. FT%: .700. 3point FG: 6-23,
.261 (Cardinal 2-4, Austin 1-7, Robinson 1-
5, Cornell 1-5, McQuay 1-2). Blocks: 1
(Miller). Turnovers: 17 (Miller 4, Cardinal 3,
Cornell 3, Austin 2, McQuay 2, Eldridge,
Kerkhof). Steals: 9 (Cardinal 3, Miller 2,
Robinson, Eldridge, Cornell, Barnes).
Technical Fouls: none.
M. Taylor 29 5-11 0-0 1-2 3 2 10
Ward 30 7-15 0-0 2-5 0 1 19
Traylor 24 5-8 4-6 612 1 3 14
Bullock 28 2-7 1-1 1-1 5 0 6
Conlan 29 3-5 1-3 04 2 1 10
Baston 23 6-9 3-4 5-13 1 3 15
Hughes 22 2-6 2-2 0-0 1 3 7
Vignier 5 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 2
Oliver 3 0-0 2-2 0-0 0 2 2
DeKuiper 2 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2
Szyndlar 2 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0
Haratsaris 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
D. Taylor 1 1-1 0-0 0000 2
Totals 200 3365131617421315 89
FG%: .508. FT%: .813. 3-point FG: 10-17,
.588 (Ward 5-9, Conlan 3-4, Hughes 1-1,
Bullock 1-2, DeKuiper 0-1). Blocks: 4
(Taylor, Traylor, Baston, Conlan). Turnovers:
13 (Traylor 3, Baston 3, Haratsaris 2,
Taylor, Ward, Conlan, Hughes, Oliver).
Steals: 4 (Conlan 2, Bullock, Szyndlar).
Technical Fouls: none.
Purdue ...............33 32-65
Michigan ............38 51-89
At: Crisler Arena
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Continued from Page 10
The Wolverines enjoyed their most
complete effort of the season, getting ter-
rific performances on both ends of the
court from, well, everybody.
If anyone grabbed the headlines, it was
Jerod Ward. The junior forward eclipsed
his career highs in points (19) and 3-
pointers (5), and he looked more aggres-
sive than ever.
Four other Wolverines scored in double
figures, and Traylor and Maceo Baston
had their most dominating games on the
boards this season. The Wolverines didn't
exactly hurt themselves from the free-
throw line either, hitting 13 of 16 freebies.
Purdue wasn't quite as proficient. The

Boilermakers sank just six of 23, includ-
ing only one of 11 in the second half.
"I hope that's not the best we play all
season," an irate and bright-red Gene
Keady said after Purdue's second 24-
point loss of the season. "If we play that
bad ...1 won't be around much longer."
Keady certainly enjoyed last year's
game at Crisler a bit more when the
Boilermakers smoked Michigan, 80-59.
That game gave more than a few
Wolverines a little extra incentive to blow
the roof off this one.
After a slow start - Purdue led, 23-19,
with 10 minutes left in the first half --
Michigan put together a 16-5 run sparked
by Ward's hot hand. The Wolverines had
a 38-33 lead at the half, and Purdue got no

Akbha Franklin
std the Michigan
women's basket-
ball team are
fighting for a
pleoe of irst
place in the BIg
Ten. A pair of vic-
tories this wOeO-
end would tie the
team for first
with Michigan
Michigan began the second with rans
of 16-4 and 33-9. At one point, the
Wolverines stopped Purdue on eight
straight possessions. When a Baston dun.(
gave Michigan a 71-42 lead, the clock
read 9:22, but the game was really over.
"If we come out and play with that kind
of intensity, there isn't anybody who can
beat us,"Maurice Taylor said. "I think you
know how we play when we dont have
Now, if the Wolverines can only bottle
the energy they had yesterday and uncuA
it against first-place Iowa at Crisier on
Sunday. A win then would go a long way
toward moving Michigan back into the
thick of the Big Ten race.
"For once, everyone in the conference
will be rooting for Michigan," Fisher said.


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