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The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 7, 1997 -11

IWrestlers
packing
their bags
*again
By Tracy Sandler
Daily Sports Writer
On the road again ... .
After traveling last week to both East
Lansing and Columbus, the No. 11
Michigan wrestlers, who are riding a
three-game winning streak, will be pack-
ing their bags again to travel to
loomington to face the Hoosiers
night and Purdue tomorrow evening.
The last two wins have come against
archrivals Michigan State and Ohio
State. The team has been practicing hard
all week to keep momentum flowing
both emotionally and physically.
"I think we've had several good days
of practice this week," Michigan coach
Dale Bahr said. "Hopefully, the kids are
getting up psy-
4ologically. The Hit the
'st couple of road
meets have been
the best two that Who: Michgan
we've wrestled all VS. Indiana and
year. We want that Purdue
to continue." When Tonight
Head to head tomorrow
against the Bloomitnton
Hoosiers, the and West
Wolverines match
up well, according
' Bahr. Indiana
has the country's
No. 2 wrestler at
142 pounds, but their only other All-
American is 177-pounder Mike Powell,
who has been out for the last several
weeks with a shoulder injury. If Powell
does not wrestle, Michigan's Joe DeGain
will face B. Aaron Del Mar.
The Boilermakers pose more of a
,reat to Michigan.
"They have their best kids in the lower
weight classes,' Bahr said. "We have to
win at least one of those matches. I'm
more afraid of Purdue than Indiana."
Close wins and wins in the lower
weight classes, once burdens for the
Wolverines, have been the key contribu-
tors to Michigan's recent success.
"This weekend will be challenging,"
150-pounder Bill Lacure said. "They're
two Big Ten teams, and they're both pret-
* good. I'm hoping guys that have
pulled out close wins know that they are
right where they need to be and know
that they can go with anyone. I hope they
believe in themselves"
As well as the Wolverines have been
wrestling, they know they need to be
careful at this time of year
"I told the guys that the last 10 days of
January and the first 1I days of February
when a lot of teams have the tough-
time;' Bahr said. "Teams seem to
either start going up and getting better to
get ready for the Big Tens or go the other
way.'
The Wolverines are not only aware of
what they need to do, but they are also
aware of the need for improvement.
"I think there's always room for
improvement;" Michigan heavyweight
Airron Richardson said. "You never, or
rarely, wrestle a perfect match. Even
ough we beat a team like Ohio State,
veryone can use improvements in indi-
vidual matches"

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Few teams have been able to keep Michigan down for long. Bowling Green had it-
tie luck - only Michigan.State has beaten the Wolverines this year.
Title chase s
toig ht B for

By Dan Stillman
Daily Sports Writer
Miami (Ohio) is fading, Bowling
Green never got going in the first place
and Michigan State can barely field a
team.
There is one team, however, that still
poses a major threat to the Michigan
hockey team's CCHA title hopes.
That team - second-place Lake
Superior State - visits the Joe Louis
Arena tonight at 7:30 p.m., hoping to
beat Michigan for the first time this sea-
son and chip away at the Wolverines'
three-point lead in the conference stand-
ings.
Tomorrow night, an intrastate battle
between Michigan and Michigan State
will complete the weekend of College
Hockey at the Joe with a 7 o'clock start.
Michigan senior captain Brendan
Morrison will continue his chase this
weekend for the school-record in career
points and assists. He needs seven points
to break Denny Felsner's record of 261
(1988-92), and two assists to break Brian
Wiseman's all-time assist mark of 164
('90-'94).
Points may be hard to come by against
No. 7 Lake Superior (14-5-3 CCHA, 18-
9-4 overall). The series history between
the two has been a hotly contested one.
Lake Superior is the only CCHA team
with an all-time winning record against
the Wolverines.
The Lakers are at a disadvantage in
catching No. 1 Michigan (16-1-2, 25-1-
3), as the Wolverines have three games
in hand on them.
But Lake Superior has two more shots
at the Wolverines after tonight.

Michigan has already defeated the
Lakers twice this season, but neither
counted as a conference game. The most
recent was a 5-4 thriller on Dec. 28, in
the finals of the Great Lakes Invitational,
also at Joe Louis.
The Wolverines won that game only
after surrendering a two-goal lead in the
third period. Lake Superior tied the
game with 1:28 left in regulation, but
Michigan left wing Matt Herr's goal
with 52 seconds remaining was the
game-winner.
"We were lucky to win," Michigan
coach Red Berenson said. "We didn't
prove that we were a better team"
Lake Superior first-year coach Scott
Borek said that he hopes his team has
matured since that game.
"When the puck was dropped after we
tied it, we were still feeling pretty good
about the last goal, not thinking about
the next goal," Borek said.
After a slow start, the Lakers showed
signs of maturing during a midseason
10-game winning streak. Since then,
they are 6-4-3, including six games with
the Spartans and Redskins, as well the
GLI loss to the Wolverines.
"We had 12 new players and a new
coaching staff," Borek said. "Our slow
start is attributed to just getting to know
each other"
Michigan, a veteran team, comes into
the game playing its best hockey of the
season after a stretch of defensive prob-
lems.
"It's a game of momentum and it's a
season of momentum," Berenson said. "I
think we're earning confidence and
we're earning some momentum"'

By Kevin Kasiborski
Daily Sports Writer
Resilient.
Michigan women's basketball
coach Sue Guevara has used that
word on multiple occasions this year
to describe her team,
This weekend, the coach may get a
chance to say it again, as the
Wolverines try to bounce back from
one of their worst efforts of the sea-
son.
This past Sunday, Michigan shot
only 29 percent from the field in a 73-
56 loss to Indiana.
"I was disappointed with our defen-
sive breakdown the most," Guevara
said. "Sometimes shooters go into a
slump. Unfortunately, we had all the
shooters in a slump."
The Michigan shooters have been
inconsistent throughout the season.
Against Iowa on Jan. 26, the
Wolverines were filling it up, shoot-
ing 60.4 percent from the field.
But in their next game against the
Hoosiers, that percentage was cut in
half, as Michigan made only nine
field goals in the second half.
This weekend, Michigan (4-6 Big
Ten, 12-7 overall) is traveling to Penn
State to face the Nittany Lions on
Friday before returning to take on
Purdue in Crisler Arena on Sunday.
Perennial power Penn State (4-6,
11-9) is having a down year by its
standards. Three starters are gone
from last year's Big Ten tournament
champions.
"We are more experienced inside
than Penn State," Guevara said. "We
are going to try and get Tiffany
Willard going inside."
If Willard has early success in the
post, that will help center Pollyanna
Johns get open. When the
Wolverines' outside shooters were fir-
ing up bricks against Indiana, the
H-oosiers were able to double team
Johns on every sequence, neutralizing
Michigan's most dangerous offensive
weapon.
Michigan sophomore guard Ann
Lemire, who sat out the first half
against Indiana because of a violation
of team rules, will again not start but
should play on Friday. She had been
carrying a large chunk of the offen-
sive load' before going scoreless
against the Hoosiers.
Before last Sunday, Michigan's
worst shooting percentage this season
had been in a 66-44 loss at Purdue on
Jan. 10.
First-year coach Nell Fortner has
the Boilers (7-3, 11-8) winning
despite taking over a team with only
three letterwinners returning from

last year."Purdue is going to try and
slow the ball game down," Guevara
said. "They only have seven players
and I know they don't want to run a
lot. I thought when we played at
Purdue we were scared."
After facing Penn State on Sunday,
Michigan will get to play four of its
last five games at home. But Guevara
isn't looking that far ahead.
"I'm not going to go away from
what I have been preaching all sea-
son," she said. "And that is take it one
game at a time.
"I don't think we have peaked yet. I
am still waiting to see this team on all
cylinders. We have had games with
two or three people contributing. I am
waiting to see five.".

Opponent
Ohio State
Minnesota
NOrRTHWESTERN
Purdue
ILLINOIS
INDIANA
Michigan St.
WISCONSIN
lowa
Indiana

FG Pct.
.373
.419
.493
.333
.493
.333
.415
.484
.604
.292

Hot and cold
Much like a Michigan winter, the
Wolverines shooting percentage has
been scorching one day, and frigid
the next.

Home games in CAPS

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Result
L, 78-55
W, 82-62
W, 97-90
L, 66-44
W, 93-87
L, 7159
L, 76-67
L, 7772.
W, 75-3
L, 73-56

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The University of Michigan
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Friday, February 7
Concert Band
Kevin Sedatole, conductor
*Music by Turina, Grainger, Holst and Hindemith
Hill Auditorium, 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 8
Contemporary Directions Ensemble
eThe Music of John Harbison
H. Robert Reynolds, conductor
Hill Auditorium, 8 p.m.
Monday, February 10
Composers Forum
Britten Recital Hall, E. V. Moore Bldg., 8 p.m.
Tuesday, February 11
University Philharmonia Orchestra
Pier Calabria, Jerry Blackstone, Annunziata Tomaro,
conductors
Concerto winner Catherine McKeever, contralto
UM Men's Glee Club
* Haydn: Symphony No. 80
" Brahms: Alto Rhapsody
" Schubert: Symphony No. 9 "The Great"
Hill Auditorium, 8p.m.
Thursday, February 13
Music Engineering Seminar Series:
"Advanced Programming Techniques for Algorhythmic
Composition" by Mikhail Malt, IRCAM, Paris
2044 E.V. Moore Bldg., 4:10p.m.
Thursday, February 13 - Sunday, February 16
Theatre & Drama Production
Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel
Directed by Kim Rubinstein
Mendelssohn Theatre, Thur. - Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m.
Tickets: $18-$7 (313-764-0450)
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