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6B - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - February 3, 1997


Continued from Page 18
shooting, to lead all scorers.
"We went back to getting the ball to
the perimeter," Izard said. "We wanted
to get our one, two, three and four spot
players involved in the offense.
"Bridget Porter comes out in the
first half and has 11 points because
she had the green light to hit the
:shots and not to be so concerned
about getting the ball into (center)
Quacy Barnes."
Barnes, who had 18 points in
Indiana's 72-59 win over Michigan
on Jan. 17, only had two points in
,the first half yesterday, but finished
with 10.
The Hoosiers made more free
throws (18) than Michigan attempt-
,ced (14).
"Indiana goes to the free-throw
-line a lot," Guevara said. "They put
.-their head down and penetrate to the
basket. The hardest thing to defend
_fis penetration, and they do a very
t:'good job of it."
Michigan's Amy Johnson received
her most extensive playing time in
wweeks and provided 13 points off the
,bench, 10in the first half, to lead her
wteam. Stacy Thomas, who finished
::with 10 points, was the only other
.Wolverine to score in double fig-
Michigan guard Ann Lemire did-
n't start or play in the first half due
1-to a violation of team rules.
Both teams started slowly. The
-game was scoreless for the first two
minutes until a 3-pointer by Jennifer
Kiefer. Michigan held a lead as large
as six for the first 14 minutes of the
A 3-point basket by Porter gave
Indiana its first lead, 18-17, and the
Hoosiers never trailed the rest of the

Lemire, Johns
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By Sharat Raju
Daily Sports Writer
and Pollyanna Johns are like reliable
pizza men - they always deliver.
The problem in Michigan's loss
yesterday at Indiana was that no one
was ordering pizza. Everyone was
calling for Chinese food.
As yesterday's game proved, the
normally lethal pair are the biggest
key to victory for Michigan.
Johns averages a double-double per
game, 14.4 points and 11.3 rebounds.
The Michigan center was held to nine
points, on 3-of-8 shooting from the
field, with nine rebounds, yesterday.
"We used a lot of combinations of
defenses (on Johns)," Indiana coach
Jim Izard said. "We always had a play-
er in front and behind her."
A major problem Johns encoun-
tered in Bloomington was Quacy
Barnes. Barnes, Indiana's towering 6-
foot-5 center, managed to do what few
other centers have accomplished -
contain Michigan's most consistent
player. The only lower-scoring game
for Johns was eight points in a victory
over conference doormat Minnesota.
Last month, when the Hoosiers vis-
ited Ann Arbor, Michigan lost a close
battle - minus Johns, who was side-
lined due to the flu -in which Barnes
scored 18 points.
The difference in this game was
supposed to be Johns' formidable
presence. Although Johns' occupied
Barnes to an extent - the Big Ten's
leading shot blocker had only one
block - the lanky Hoosier still man-
aged to score 10 points.
Johns' mere presence turned out to
be not enough.
A large part of the reason why
Johns' presence wasn't enough was
Lemire wasn't in the starting line-
Big Ten Player of
the Week
(for the week of Jan, 20 to Jan. 26>
Helen Darling, Fr., G.
Penn State
1 Guided Penn State. to three Big
Ten wins during the week. She
scored a game-high19'points
against Ohio State. Darling con-
tributed three points, six rebounds
and four assists against Iowa.

up. In fact, she didn't even pf the
entire first half. The 5-foot-l0 guard,
who has been known to slice her way
through crowded lanes and fill up the
hoop with her Jordan-like accuag
was absent. Apparently, she ha en
behaving more Rodman-like (Mnus
the groin kicking).
"She violated team i e$,"
Michigan coach Sue Guevara said. "It
was disciplinary."
There was 18:08 left in the game
and the score was 37-29 when Lemire
entered. The Hoosiers were at a point
in the game where they were gaining
Lemire couldn't find her rhyti*
throughout the remainder of the game
- not an easy task to do after sitting
down the entire first half. Although
often running the point for. the
Michigan offense, she found herself
handling the ball less than usual.
As a result, Michigan could not pro-
duce the all-too-familiar come-from-
behind run and pull out the victory.
She only shot the ball three tinl
and finished with no points -
cry from her average of 13.8.
One of the biggest keys, to
Michigan is the fact that they boast
two viable offensive threats both of
whom defenses need to respect If
only one of them is on the court,-that
player has to bear the brunt, of the
opposing defense's force - just as
Johns did during the first half at
Assembly Hall.
With Lemire and Johns in thedi*
up, the Wolverines have shown the
ability to contend with any teamin the
country. Teams have to be cautious of
Johns inside and Lemire out on the
With either Lemire or Johns absent,
the Wolverines have shown that they
can play as poorly as any team-in the
Big Ten Standings
Team Couf. Overall
llinois 9-2 174
Michigan State 8-2 16'4,
Purdue 7-3 11;
Wisconsin 7-4 14.5
Iowa 5-5 19;
Indiana 5;6 129
Northwestern 5-6 12-$
Michigan 4-6 124
Penn State 4-6. 11-9.
Ohio State 3-7 11A
Minnesota 0-10 248


She lman 14 1-5 0-0 2-4 1 4 3
Willard 25 4-7 1-2 1-4 0 2 9
J'ohns 30 3-8 3-5 4-9 0 3 9
Thomas 20 4-10 2-2 3-5 2 4 10
Kiefer 36 1-6 0-0 0-2 4 2 3
DiGiacinto 8 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 1 3
Johnson 17 4-14 3-4 1-2 2 4 13
Murray 13 0-8 0-0 0-3 0 3 0
Walker 12 3-6 0-0 4-6 0 1 6
,Franklin 6 0-3 0-1 1-2 0 0 0
Lemire 13 0-3 0-0 1-3 0 0 0
Sikorski 1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Poglits 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0
Totals 200 21-72 9.1422-5010 25 56
FG%: .292. FT%: .643. 3-point FG: 5-18,
:270 (Johnson 2-5, Kiefer 1-3, Shellman 2-
4, Willard 0-1, Franklin 0-1, Murray 0-4).
Blocks: 2 (Johns, Murray). Steals: 7 (Kiefer
3, DiGiacinto 2, Shellman, Thomas).
Technical Fouls: none.
Porter 29 6-8 2-2 2-5 2 4 16
Karns 17 3-3 1-1 0-4 0 3 7
Barnes 29 4-8 2-2 1-5 1 4 10
Thrush 18 3-8 0-1 2-5 1 3 6
Green 37 2-8 7-8 1-6 4 1 12
Morgan 3 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 0,
-Vesel 31 3-14 5-8 2-7 2 1 11
Maines 11 1-2 0-1 1-3 2 1 2
Honegger 22 4-9 1-3 3-5 2 1 9
Malone 2 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Wube 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
t4s 200 26-6318-2615-481419 73
'G%: .429. FT%: .692. 3-pint FG: 3-15,
200 (Porter 2-2, Green 1-4, Thrush 0-1,
+ionegger 0-3, Vesel 0-5). Blocks: 2
(Barnes 2). Steals: 7 (Porter, Karns,
Thrush, Green, Vesel, Maines, Honegger).
Technical Fouls: none.
Michigan .........29 27 - 56
Indiana......35 38-73
r At: Assembly Hall A: 668

The Michigan women's basketball team lost for the second time this season to Indiana, 73-56, last night in Bloomington. The
Wolverines are now 4-6 In the Big Ten, good for eighth place and closer to where they have been used to finishing in recent years.
Mchigan not far from mediocrity
Without either of their top guns, Wolverines aren't tough to defend

By Pranay Reddy
Daily Sports Writer
women's basketball team had a flash-

back last night.
The Wolverines (4-6 Big
overall) were harshly re
their infamous history as
basketball program.
This is not a good thing.
A Big Ten
in the past, the
finally started
turning heads ,_
with their play
thus far this
However, a
73-56 drubbing
by Indiana yes-

g Ten, 12-7
minded of
a women's


' "

most squads - but a stellar one for
Michigan, which shot a paltry 21 per-
cent in the final stanza.
Quite an aberration from the consis-
tency the Wolverines have usually dis-
played this season,
Whether it was Pollyanna Johns,
Ann Lemire or Stacey Thomas, some-
one has been there down the stretch to
prod Michigan to victory. The key
intangible that Michigan head coach
Sue Guevara has talked about all sea-
son, resilience was sorely missed last
Guevara didn't have to say much
last night to express how disappointed
she was with her squad. A tired, worn
face told the entire story.
"I was extremely disappointed with
(Michigan's) effort tonight, Guevara
said. "I certainly didn't see the same
team that I saw last weekend."
The same team that made Guevara
so proud, outlasting Iowa 75-63 a
week ago, gave her nothing but
heartache on a night where everything
went wrong.
Indiana's Bridget Porter summed it
up best.
"Effort is what matters, and that's
what wins ball games," Porter said.
A simple statement, maybe even
obvious, but nevertheless an idea that
was lost upon the Wolverines last
Effort is what made the difference
for Michigan this year as opposed to
years past. Under previous coach
Trish Roberts, the Wolverines often
failed to match the competitive fire
that has been present this entire sea-


I1 was extremely
dissapointed with
(Michigan's) effort
- Sue Guevara
Michigan women's
basketball coach

T he ....Br ..........
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0 uf

Iin' bOut.

terday may have turned some heads
away from the Michigan women's pro-
In arguably their most disheartening
loss of the season, the Wolverines
were, simply put - ugly. Not physi-
cally speaking, mind you, rather in
their style of play. Just how ugly?
The Hoosiers shot roughly 43 per-
cent from the field in the second half.
It would have been an average half for

In 1996-97, the Michigan campaign
has been about aggressiveness. Rather
than going through the motioned, the
Wolverines have been eager to stay in
And it has worked - so much so
that Michigan has even come to
expect success.
But for-every stride the Wolverines
have taken to erase the memories of
the past, last night was a difficult set-
The loss indicated what might have
been if Michigan did not show its
refreshing attitude and effort the entire
The ground-breaking changes that
Guevara is trying to instill into the
program can't be wasted by simple
lack of effort. Her players owe her'''-
After suffering under a system that
disappointed them frequently, and
failed to motivate them consistently,
the Wolverines can finally appreciate
what a good coach can do for a team.
But a coach can only do so much, as
Michigan clearly pointed out.

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