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8B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday, January 27,

BASKETBALL

Women's hoops
bounces Iowa

By Pranay Reddy
Daily Sports Writer
She had talked all season about her
team's resilience - its ability to bounce
back.
Well, Michigan women's basketball
coach Sue Guevara was right.
The Wolverines (4-5 Big Ten, 12-6
overall) pulled off one of their biggest
wins of the past six seasons by outlast-
ing Iowa, 75-63, at Carver-Hawkeye
Arena in Iowa City yesterday.
Michigan's win over the Hawkeyes
(4-4 Big Ten, 9-5 overall) was its first
since the 1985-86 campaign.
The victory was preceded by a 77-72
loss to No. 16 Wisconsin on Friday
night at Crisler Arena. The loss was part
of a season-high three-game losing
streak for the Wolverines.
One would think Michigan would
have needed a strong start to put away a
perennial power like Iowa on the road.
The Wolverines didn't need it - per-
haps because this wasn't the same Iowa
team of year's past.
And it showed in the second half.
The two squads traded baskets for the
first 11 minutes of the final stanza -
and then the Iowa drought began.
An officials' timeout with 11:44 left
in the contest signaled the beginning of
the end for Iowa.
With the Hawkeyes leading, 50-46
coming out of the timeout, Michigan
went on a 14-3 run over the next five
minutes to seal the contest.
And a number of Wolverines wrote a
chapter of the history being made.
Stacey Thomas drove for a layup.
Molly Murray hit a three. Ann Lemire
knocked down another. And before the
Wolverines knew it, the game was theirs.
Only one Iowa starter, Nadine
Domond, reached double digits in scor-
ing, with 12. On the other side of the
ball, Michigan had four players in dou-
ble digits, with Pollyanna Johns' 16
leading the way.
It was a game Johns and the rest of

the Wolverines needed badly - espe-
cially after a difficult Friday night.
Johns came out, cold against
Wisconsin - and the Badgers made
sure to take advantage. To Johns' credit,
the Badgers double-teamed her almost
every time she touched the ball.
"We bodied (Johns) up," Wisconsin's
Jennah Hartwig said. "We just wanted
to make her think out there."
Nevertheless, Johns refused to sub-
scribe to the idea that the Badgers
caused her slow start.
"It looked like I wasn't ready," Johns
said. "I just didn't start off strong like I
wanted to."
And with Johns struggling, it was up
to Lemire to carry the load for the
Wolverines like she had in Michigan's
previous three contests..
The junior guard came out on fire,
scoring the first seven points of the game
for the Wolverines, on the way to a 17-
point night.
But Michigan's slow start was just too
much to overcome. The Wolverines put
together a run in the second half, and
even took their first lead of the game,
49-48, with 12:58 left.
But the Badgers then shut the door, as
Wisconsin point guard Keisha Anderson
did what she does best -- score.
The 5-foot-10 senior tossed in eight
of Wisconsin's last 29 points to ice the
game.
Much like the Wisconsin loss,
Michigan trailed at the half yesterday at
Iowa. But this time around, the second
half run by the Wolverines was enough
to close out the game.
The Hawkeyes ended the first half
with an 8-0 run that put Iowa up, 38-32,
heading into the final frame. The spurt
was keyed by Domond, who with 39
seconds left in the half, converted a steal
into a layup.
Iowa then grabbed the momentum
when Domond knocked down a 3-point-
er with six seconds left in the half -
giving Iowa it's largest lead of the game.

Patience, persistence pay off for

By Kevin Kaslborski
Daily Sports Writer
After playing its first 15 games with-
out losing back-to-back games, the
Michigan women's basketball team's
fast start disappeared quicker than the
voice on the other end of a prank call,
and the Wolverines were wishing they
had automatic call-back.
Michigan started the Big Ten 3-5 and
had dropped its previous three games
entering Sunday's game at Iowa.
While there was concern over the
losses, no one panicked, and the result
was 75-63, come-from-behind win over

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the Hawkeyes.
The fact is, the Wolverines have been
matched up
against some
good basketball
teams over the
past two weeks.
Michigan lost to
Michigan State,
76-67, four days
after the Spartans
mauled No. 7
Vanderbilt, 82-
51. This past
Friday, the Wolverines suffered a five-
MICHIGAN (75)
FO FT REB
MIN M-A M-A 0-T A F PTS
Shellman 29 4-10 6-6 1-3 3 1 15
Willard 21 3-6 0-0 2-4 1 3 6
Johns 24 8-8 0-0 1-6 3 4 16
Thomas 34 4-7 0-0 1-5 3 0 8
Lemire 38 4-6 3-7 1-8 2 0 13
DiGiacinto 19 1-2 2-3 4-7 0 1 4
Poglits 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Murray 19 4-6 0-0 0-0 1 4 11
Kiefer . 8 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
Walker 4 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 2
Totals 200 29-4811-1610-361413 75
FG%: .604. FT%: .688. 3-point FG: 6-11,
.545 (Murray 3-4, Lemire 2-3, Shellman 1-2,
Willard 0-1, Kiefer 0-1). Blocks: 1
(DiGiacinto). Steals: 8 (Thomas 3, Willard
2, Shellman, Murray, Walker). Technical
Fouls: none.
IOWA (63)
FO FT REB
MIN M-A M-A 0-T A F PTS
Perry 16 0-2 0-0 0-1 1 1 0
Gooden 37 3-14 3-4 2-4 4 3 9
Edwards 9 1-5 0-0 2-3 1 0 2
Domond 40 5-11 0-0 1-2 6 2 12
Koering 10 3-3 0-0 0-0 1 3 6
Herrig 33 6-13 0-1 7-9 1 1 12
Sm),th 30 6-9 1-2 2-6 2 513
Berdo 25 3-9, 0-0 1-2 1 3 9
Totals 200 27-66 4-715.2917 18 63
FG%: .J9. FT%: .571. 3-point FG: 5-17,
.294 ( rdo 3-8, Domond 2-6, Gooden 0-3).
Blocks 1! Smith). Steals: 6 (Domond 3,
Smith "'errig). TechnIcal Fouls: none.
Michigan........32 43 -75
Iowa.............38 25-63
At: Carver-Hawkeye Arena A: 4,340

point loss to No. 15 Wisconsin.
In both of those games, Michigan fell
behind early and had to play catch-up
most of the way. To their credit, the
Wolverines put forth consistent effort
and continued to play hard in each game.
They outscored Wisconsin and
Michigan State in the second half.
Michigan trailed by as many as 21
points in front of a hostile crowd in East
Lansing and could have packed it in.
Instead, the Wolverines chipped away at
the deficit and threw a major scare into
the Spartans by eventually cutting the
lead to six with 45 seconds left.
WISCONSIN (77)
FQ FT REB
MIN *A M-A O-T A F pM
Anderson 38 10-20 4-6 0-0 4 1 24
Paulus 29 5-9 -*4-6 2-3 4 2 14
Klapperich 29 6-16 2-4 2-9 1 4 14
Boston 32 5-8 4-4 2-5 1 4 14
Hartwig 34 2-6 1-2 3-7 1 1 5
Pate 3 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0
Cattanach 9 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 3 0
Rhodes 13 1-1 0-2 1-4 0 1 2
Wiersma 13 2-3 0-2 1-3 0 4 4
Totals 200 31-6515-2612-361120 77
FG%: .477. FT%: .577. 3-point FG: 0-4, .000
(Paulus 0-1, Boston 0-1, Cattanach 0-2).
Blocks: 0 Steals: 12 (Anderson 5, Wiersma
2, Paulus, Klapperich, Boston, Cattanach,
Hartwig). Technical Fouls: none.
MICHIGAN (72)
FQ FT RIB
MIN M-A M-A A F PTS
Thomas 36 8-15 1-2 5-6 4 0 17
Kiefer 9 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 0 0
Johns 31 4-8 8-13 5-16 1 3 16
Lemire 38 7-13 1-2 5-7 2 1 16
Willard 26 4-8 0-2 1-7 0 4 8
Murray 13 1-6 0-0 0-0 0 5 2
Walker 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Johnson 5 0-1 0-0900030
Shellman 31 4-8 1-2 1-6 1 4 9
DiGiacinto 11 3-3 0-2 1-3 0 1 6
Totals 200 316511-2420-498 21 72
FG%: .477. FT%: .458. 3-point FG: 1-9, .111
(Lemire 1-4, Willard 0-1, Murray 0-2,
Shellman 0-2). Blocks: 1 (Lemire). Steals:
13 (Thomas 6, Lemire 3, Shellman 3
Johns). Technical Fouls: none.
Wisconsin ..........35 42 - 77
Michigan ............28 44-72
At: Crisler Arena A: 1,791

Wisconsin's KelshaO
Anderson steals the
ball from Michigan
guard Jennifer Kiefer
In the Badgers' 77-
72 win at Crisler
Arena. Michigan
rebounded to defeat
Iowa, 75-63, in Iowa
City on Sunday. The
weekend split gives
Michigan a 4-5 Big
Ten mark and a 12*
record overall.
JULLY PARK/Daily
cagers
Friday against Wisconsin, Michigan
made several runs at the Badgers and
briefly held the lead at the Il-minute
mark of the second half before falling.
"We go into every game thinking w
are going to perform well and let the
win/loss take care of itself," Michigan
coach Sue Guevara said Friday. "That's
one thing I told the team. I was very
pleased with their effort tonight. We just
played the No. 15 team in the country to
five points."
Wisconsin coach Jane Albright-
Dieterie said she was pleased her team
found a way to win.
"Illinois beat us at home, and this tean
beat Illinois," she said. "They've got real
athletic bodies. They never give up and
they beat us to a lot of loose balls."
"On a scale of one to 10, I'd say Sue
is getting a 9 1/2 out of this group."
The Wolverine's resilient attitude
paid off Sunday. Again finding itself
trailing at the half, Michigan outscored
Iowa, 43-25, after the break.
Sometimes, when a team is in t
midst of a losing streak, the players
too hard and start forcing things. Sunday,
the Wolverines were not guilty of this.
Instead they continued to play as team.
"We have a whole lot of season left,"
Michigan junior center Pollyanna Johns
said entering Sunday's game. "We just
have to take one game at a time. Our
confidence - we haven't lost it at all."
The Wolverines have all said the right
things when they were losing, butnt,
important, they backed up their state-
ments on the court, and the win over
Iowa might be something that propels
them down the stretch of the season.
Is it possible that the Wolverines will
receive an NCAA tournament bid?
Yes. They have enough talented play-
ers and a coach who won't let them quit.
"Maybe we're not there yet," Guevara
said. "Maybe not yet. But if we can get
the effort we got tonight - then I'm
going to be happy." m

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