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that he's recently made a conscious
decision to scale down his extracurric-
ular involvement in the community,
compared to years past.
"It's kind of funny that people are
making a big deal out of it now,
because I've tried to step back a little
and use my senior year to really
explore some new things," Sloan says.
"Meet some new people, try to take
some more challenging classes.
"But I still take a lot of pride in it,
and it will always be a part of me -
even when I leave Michigan."
. And when Sloan does leave
Michigan, Berenson won't just be los-
ing a nice kid - he'll also have a huge
dap to fill on his blue line.
"Blake plays against guys that are
literally twice his size - and he does-
't know it," Berenson says. "He goes
out there and will bang with anybody
any time, and that really sets a good
Sloan gives credit for his develop-
ment as a hockey player to former
Michigan stars David Oliver, Brian
Wiseman and Rick Willis. All, accord-
ing to Sloan, were great players who
didn't forget how to keep things in
Berenson, for his part, agrees with
Sloan's assessment of past Michigan
leaders. But he also thinks that in two

or three years, Michigan's current
young defensemen will be looking
back and reflecting on the efforts of
one Blake Sloan.
"That's what senior leadership is all
about," Berenson says. "There are a
lot of subtle things that go on that (the
players) maybe don't even realize at
the time.
"As (the young guys) develop and
as they grow in the program, in a few
years they're gonna look back. And
when they think about it ... absolute-
ly, Blake is one of those kids who is a
giver, not a taker."
Perhaps because he's a senior now,
Sloan's work in the community is
starting to get the attention it
deserves. Because in a few short
months, Blake Sloan will graduate
and move on. Someone else will have
to organize charity auctions, like
Sloan helped do for paralyzed Boston
University hockey player Travis Roy.
Another hockey player will have to
organize the trips to the hospital.
But Sloan isn't the only guy doing
good things around campus. There are
lots of athletes that visit sick children,
there are other sports and teams with
players that help in the community.
And when all is said and done -
whether he has a future in pro hockey
or not - Blake Sloan's departure from
Michigan will say less about body
checks and slapshots than it will about
reading books and talking to little kids.






?artys People Poll presents \

Catherine DiGiacinto and the Wolverines had trouble scoring at Indiana, shooting 29 percent from the field.
cagers hot and cold
After big victory, Michigan couldn't find the hoop

stay No. 1
The Associated Press
The Connecticut women insist
that going undefeated isn't their
goal. Maybe that's why they still are.
Connecticut, the only unbeaten
NCAA Division I team, remained
the overwhelming choice for N1 I
Monday in The Associated Press
women's basketball poll - the
Huskies' seventh straight week on
And with one blowout victof
after another, it's starting to look
more and more like 1995, when
UConn was ranked No. 1 and won
the national title with a 35-0 record.
"I don't think theie's any feeling
that we're trying to remain undefeat-
ed," said coach Geno Auriemmia,
whose team is 20-0 and winning by
an average margin of 28 points.
"I don't think we approach it tA
way at all. It's not important to
that we finish undefeated. What is
important is playing basketball very
well and going back to the Final
Four and having a chance to win
another national championship.
That's what motivates us."
Old Dominion, Stanford and
Louisiana Tech followd
Connecticut in a top four that was
unchanged from last week. Alr 25
teams from a week ago stayed in t*
poll, even though two of them,
Wisconsin and Clemson, lost twice.
Connecticut, which has won 40 of
its last 41 games, received 37 of 41
first-place votes from a national
media panel and had 1,021 points
39 more than Old Dominion.
Old Dominion (19-1), which has
won 18 in a row, received three first-
place votes and Stanford (21-1) b
one. Stanford, which has lost onlyW
Old Dominion, had 949 points and
Louisiana Tech (19-2) stayed at No.
4 with 881.
North. Carolina (19-), which
started the season 23rd, continued its
climb by moving up one spot to
fifth. Georgia went from seventh to
sixth and Alabama fell two places to
seventh after losing to LSU.
Texas, Tennessee and Virginia
completed the Top Ten, w
Tennessee staying the same an
Texas and Virginia swapping places.
Virginia fell because of a loss to
North Carolina.
LSU moved up three places to
11th - the Tigers' highest ranking
since they were eighth at the end of
the 1990-91 season. Kansas- was
12th and Florida 13th, followed by
Texas Tech, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt,
Arkansas, Illinois, Clemson a@
Stephen F. Austin, Western
Kentucky, Wisconsin, Michigan
State and North Carolina State held
the final five spots.
Because of Connecticut's success
in 1995, being undefeated is nothing
new for veterans Kara Wolters,'Carla
Berube and Nykesha safes.
Auriemma said that's one reason
they're handling it so well.
"They are really good at lettiq
the other kids know that, hey, there's
no pressure. There's nothing to think

about other than playing the next
game," Auriemma said.
"We understand from last season
that a loss doesn't kill you. That'sthe
biggest lesson you learn. If you lose
a game, so what? Last year, we lost
our very first one (to Louisiana
Tech) and we ended up in the Fi;
Four. They're not afraid to lose.-They
just go out and play."
The Huskies certainly looked
relaxed in their last game, a 968
victory at Providence on Sunday.
Four players scored in double fig-
ures and Connecticut had assists on
32 of its 42 baskets while shooting
54 percent.
"There are times in the course of
games where we've really exedu
well and done a lot of good thineg
Auriemma said. "Yesterday was-one
of them."
Illinois' jump from 25th to 18th
was the biggest in the poll. The Illini
beat Iowa and Penn State to 'take
over first place in the Big Ten. Notre
Dame, still unbeaten in the Big East,
jumped four places to 15th.
Wisconsin lost to Michigan State
and Northwestern and fell sev
places to 23rd for the biggest dro
Clemson lost to a pair of ranked
teams, Virginia and Texas, and fell
just two places to 19th.





By Richard Shin
Daily Sports Writer
After dominating the Hawkeyes in
Iowa City, the Michigan women's bas-
ketball team might have expected a good
game at Indiana.
Instead, Michigan was seeing red.
The Hoosiers held Michigan to 29.2
percent shooting from the field, includ-
ing a paltry nine for 42 in the second half
in Michigan's 73-56
loss. It marked the
worst shooting per-
formance from the
field for the
Wolverines this sea- J'f e4 .4
son, who defeated
Iowa the week before
by shooting a blister-
ing 60.4 percent.
The stark contrast
was nothing new to the Wolverines, who
have an impressive 10-0 mark when
scoring more than 75 points, and are 2-7
when scoring under 75 points a game.
Against Indiana, leading scorers
Pollyanna Johns and Ann Lemire could
only manage nine points between them.
The loss also dropped the
Wolverines to eighth place at 4-6, four-
and-a-half games behind league-lead-
ing Illinois. Michigan also fell to 12-7
overall, which is Michigan's highest
win total since 1989-90, when the
Wolverines won 20 games.

TwO FOR THREE: With two 3-pointers
against Indiana, Michigan senior guard
Amy Johnson tied fellow senior guard
Jennifer Kiefer for first place on
Michigan's all-time 3-point field goals
made, with 98.
Kiefer still leads the team in 3-point
field goal percentage, hitting 37 percent
of her attempts this season. For her career,
Kiefer has connected on 98 of 244 from
long range, an impressive 40 percent.
Johnson has only attempted 26 treys
in limited action and has connected on 5
of them, and has hit on just under 30 per-
cent for her career.
As a team, Michigan has hit 70 of 235
attempts -29.8 percent - in 19 games.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME: In four confer-
ence home games this season, Michigan
has drawn 9,954 fans for an average of
2,489. While the growing crowds at
Crisler give the Wolverines a reason to
be happy, the mark is still almost one-
third of the 8,714 fans that Wisconsin
draws each game. Wisconsin is third in
the nation in average attendance.
Michigan State dropped a game on the
road and dropped out of first-place, los-
ing to Iowa by 20 points. Wisconsin has
also faced similar problems on the road,
dropping consecutive games against
Michigan State and Northwestern over
the weekend.
The Spartans are 9-1 at home and 16-
4 overall, while the Badgers are 7-2 at

home, and 14-5 overall.
Collectively, the Big Ten is tops in the
nation in average attendance, drawing an
average of nearly 3,639 people in 142
games. The Southwest conference is a
distant second, with a 2,883 people-per-
game average.
comes to rebounds, Michigan is truly a
leader and the best. The Wolverines lead
the Big Ten, grabbing an average of 44
rebounds each game. The dominance on
the boards is due to the efforts of Johns,
who is currently third in the league at
10.61 rebounds per game, and freshman
guard Stacey Thomas, who grabs 6.53
rebounds per contest, good for 11th in
the conference.
In Michigan's win over Iowa last
week, the Wolverines outrebounded the
Hawkeyes, 36 to 29.
"We asked the players to give 100 per-
cent, and each player did that today,"
Michigan coach Sue Guevara said. "We
executed well offensively. When we exe-
cute well, we get high percentage shots."
Michigan has shut down its oppo-
nents' rebounding attempts, holding
them to 38 rebounds per game, for a
plus-6.0 rebounding margin.
The Wolverines have needed each and
every rebound, however, because they
are ninth in the league in field-goal per-
centage, hitting 42.2 percent of their
shots from the field.

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