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,6B - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - February 17, 1997

BASKETBALL

MICHIGAN (65)
<,. FG FT RB
MIN M-A M-AO0-A FPTS
Shellman 13 2-3 0-0 1-1 2 1 4
Willard 20 5-9 2-3 2-2 0 3 12
Jbhns 30 10-19 0-3 4-13 0 3 20
Thomas 21 2-4 0-1 1-2 1 3 4
Kiefer 22 0-2 0-0 0-2 3 1 0
Murray 8 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0
'Fe"nklin 12 5-9 0-0 1-1 2 2 12
Walker 21 1-3 0-0 1-2 1 3 2
Lemire 21 0-5 2-2 2-3 3 0 2
Jqhnson 23 2-8 2-2 0-1 3 2 7
Poglits 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
DGiacinto 7 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2
eTtals 200 28-65 61114321521 65
FG%: .431. FT%: .545. 3-pint FG: 3-12,
.250 (Franklin 2-3, Johnson 1-4, Shellman
0-1, Thomas 0-1, Murray 0-1, Kiefer 0-2).
BAocks: 3 (Johns 2, Willard). Steals: 11
(Lemire 4, Willard 2, Walker 2, Kiefer,
F(anklin, Johnson). Turnovers: 21 (Kiefer 4,
Johns 3, Walker 3, Shellman 2, Willard 2,
Frnklin 2, Lemire 2, Thomas, Murray,
DGiacinto).Technical Fouls: none.
NORTHWESTERN (104)
FG FT REB
MIN M-A M-A0-T A F PTS
P)vjak 30 11-16 7-7 4-9 4 1 33
Chawansky33 49 0-0 2-5 8 3 9
H'annaford 27 6-11 5-6 3-7 0 1 17
DeWall 29 0-3 2-2 0-2 7 3 2
Ratay 32 7-18 4-4 0-1 5 1 20
McGarrigle 7 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 3
Byington 6 1-1 0-1 0-0 2 1 2
Schock 5 3-4 2-2 1-2 0 0 8
Wrenn 3 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 1 0
Giblin 20 3-6 2-2 3-5 0 1 8
Berki 8 0-0 2-20-3012
Totals 200 36-7024-2618-462614104
FG%:..514. FT%: ..923. 3-point FG: 8-19,
.421(Divjak 4-7, Ratay 2-7, McGarrigle 1-
1, Chawansky 1-4). Blocks: 2 (DeWall,
Berki). Steals: 9 (Chawansky 3, Hannaford
'Divjak, DeWall, Ratay, Berki). Turnovers:
2(DeWall 3, Byington 3, Divjak 2,
hawansky, Ratay, McGarrigle, Berki).
hnical Fouls: none.
Michigan.............28 37 - 65
Northwestern. A53 51 - 104
At: Welsh-Ryan Arena.
A: 2,379.
PENN STATE (59)
FG FT REB
MIN M-A MA 0-T A F PTS
Hall 17 2-7 1-2 2-2 0 1 5
Potthoff 27 512 6-7 5-11 0 5 16
Garner 31 3-12 0-0 4-4 0 4 6
Darling 31 3-6 2-5 1-4 2 5 8
Longworth 30 412 0-0 2-4 3 4 12
Brewer 18 1-4 0-1 4-6 0 5 2
Parsons 22 1-3 0-2 0-0 2 1 2
Graby 5 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2
Portland 8 1-5 0-0 0-1 0 1 2
Wicks 11 2-3 0-2 1-1 0 1 4
Totals 200 23-64 91919-35 7 29 59
FG%: .359. FT%: .474. 3-point FG: 4-13,
.308 (Longworth 4-8, Hall 0-1, Parsons 0-2,
Portland 0-2). Blocks: 0. Steals: 6
(Potthoff 3, Graby, Longworth, Garner).
Turnovers: 19 (Darling 7, Longworth 4,
Brewer 2, Parsons 2, Portland 2, Hall,
Wicks).Technical Fouls: none.
MICHIGAN (98)
FG FT REB
MIN M-A M-A 0-T A F PTS
Shellman 12 0-2 0-2 0-1 2 3 0
Willard 26 3-6 2-6 2-6 3 2 8
Johns 18 8-9 4-4 2-9 1 4 20
Thomas 31 8-9 0-1 3-8 2 1 16
Kiefer 13 3-4 1-2 0-0 1 2 8
Murray 17 1-6 2-2 1-1 1 0 4
Franklin 10 1-1 4-4 0-1 2 2 7
Walker 19 2-4 2-3 2-8 1 3 6
6eire 19 1-6 2-2 0-2 3 0 4
-ihn son 13 5-6 1-1 0-1 0 0 12
oglits 4 0-1 000-021 0
DiGiacinto 9 2-2 5-7 2-3 0 2 9
Ross 4 0-0 3-4 2-2 0 0 3
ikorski 5 0-0 1-2 0-1 0 0 1
otals 200 34-56274014441820 98
G%: ..607. FT%: ..675. 3-point FG: 3-12,
.250 (Franklin 1-1, Kiefer 1-2, Johnson 1-2,
emire 1-2, Shellman 0-2, Murray 0-3).
locks: 0. Steals: 14 (Thomas 5, Murray 2,
ranklin, Walker, Lemire, Johnson, Johns,
illard, DiGiacinto). Turnovers: 15 (Kiefer
3 Thomas 2, Johns 2, Shellman 2, Walker,
emire, Johnson, Poglits, Willard,
iGiac in to). Technical Fouls: none.

Northwestern blows M
out of the Windy City,

By Richard Shin
Daily Sports Writer
"'EVANSTON - The contrasts could
not have been any starker for the
Michigan's women's basketball team
^ w this weekend.
After handing Penn State its worst
Big Ten loss ever Friday, the Wolverines
>E were savaged yesterday by the Wildcats.
Against Northwestern, Michigan (5-
9, 13-10) went scoreless for the first six
minutes of the second half on its way to
a 104-65 loss to the Wildcats.
The loss represented the first time
Michigan has allowed an opponent to
score 100 points since 1993-94 and by
the most points the Wolverines have
given up this season.
The loss came after the Wolverines
had put a similar pasting on Penn State
on Friday. Michigan simply pounded the
Nittany Lions, 98-59.
But on the road at Northwestern,
Michigan was outhustled, outrebound-
^ i ed, and outshot, losing for the seventh
time in nine games.
Michigan coach Sue Guevara was
befuddled by her team's inconsistency.
"I wish I understood what happened
in the 48 hours between now and when
JULLY PARK/Daily we played Penn State," Guevara said.
The difficulty Michigan point guard Jennifer Kiefer had grabbing this loose ball typi- "(Michigan) was just a totally different
fled the Wolverines' performance against Northwestern yesterday. team."
Blue frosh Thomas has
simp11 le name, fashy am

The Wildcats hit eight of 19 from
behind the 3-point line, and made 92
percent of their free-throw attempts.
Michigan shot 43 percent from the field,
but only went to the charity stripe I I
times to the Wildcats' 26.
Northwestern forward Kristina
Divjak led the Wildcats with a career-
high 33 points on 11-of-16 shooting,
and three Wildcats scored in double dig-
its.
"(Divjak) was in a zone tonight,"
Guevara said. "We were in the twilight
zone."
Center Pollyanna Johns led Michigan
with 20 points, while forward Tiffany
Willard added 12. Guards Akisha
Franklin and Amy Johnson came off the
bench to provide much-needed offense,
contributing 12 and seven points,
respectively. After scoring 16 against the
Nittany Lions, guard Stacey Thomas
was held to four points by the Wildcats.
The debacle at Evanston was a vivid
counterpoint to Friday's contest, when
the Wolverines played nearly flawlessly.
Thomas had five of Michigan's 14 steals
- increasing her conference-leading
total - as the Wolverines forced 19
turnovers.
Michigan led by as many as 41 points
in the closing minutes of the second
half. The Nittany Lions put on a mason-

lichigan =
104-65
ry clinic, bricking their way to x2.6
shooting percentage in the first:l5lf
However, Penn State was down by' ly
10 at the half, but the Wolverines-;nt
on a 24-4 run to open the second iane.
With 13 minutes to play, Michigan-'
the game well in hand, leading 58.2.
Johns scored I1 points during & run
to lead Michigan, aided by Penn ~8tie's
turnovers.
Michigan shot 83 percent fronm the
field in the second half, led by John 20
points.
For the game, the Wolverines .hot
60.7 percent from the field, and Nvat to
the line 40 times. Michigan .. out
rebounded Penn State, 44-35, and h
Lions forward Angie Potthoff tW
points.
Guevara was extremely pleased with
the performance of her team Friday
night, especially on defense.
"You saw a Michigan team running
on all of its cylinders tonight;" Guevara
said Friday. "Defensively, I think we
caused a lot of havoc."
But yesterday, the tables were turned
against Michigan, and it.,
Northwestern coach Don Perrelli'stuP
to be pleased.
"Defensively, we did a great job"
Perrelli said. "They got some easy shots,
but we did a great job defensively."

By Sharat Raju
Daily Sports Writer
EVANSTON - Stacey Thomas
needs a nickname.
The Glove. The Thief. The Real Deal.
Something ... .
Nearly every great basketball player
has a catchy nickname. And Thomas is
certainly developing into a great player.
Thomas, the Michigan women's bas-
ketball team's freshman phenom, is a
huge reason for the team's success.
"I get so hyped up emotionally, but I
probably don't show it," Thomas said. "I
play aggressive. I go out there and the
crowd gets me revved up. It's great, I
have fun."
The Microwave. The Worm.
Anything ... .
She probably is not the best player in
the conference - that distinction likely
belongs to Wisconsin's Keisha
Anderson. Thomas may not even be the
best player on her own team - center
Pollyanna Johns might have earned that
label.
But, the 5-foot-1 small
forward/shooting guard is only a fresh-
man. A true freshman. Thomas certainly
hasn't been playing like one.
The Flint native has been making the
rest of the conference look silly. Her
explosive first step has left countless
would-be defenders in her wake, provid-
ing her with lay-ups or clear looks at the
hoop.
Consider: Thomas is second in the
conference in steals with 2.8 per game,

seventh in field-goal percentage at 51
percent, ninth in rebounding with 6.8 per
game and 14th in scoring, at 13.6 points
per game. She has led the Wolverines in
scoring seven times.
The Big Hurt. The Wizard.
Something ... .
This past weekend, she put on a defen-
sive clinic. On Friday, Thomas keyed a
huge Michigan second half. She either
stole a ball or caused a turnover on four
consecutive possessions - prompting
the band to begin a "Sta-cey Thom-as"
cheer. Throughout the game, she picked
off five passes, most of which led to
either her own fast-break lay-ups or
opportunities for her teammates.
"I was concerned about not only her
shooting or her penetration, but also her
defense," Northwestern coach Don
Perrelli said of defending Thomas.
On Sunday, Thomas fell into foul trou-
ble early, forcing her to sit the bench.
Only having her for 21 minutes visibly
hurt her team. Absent were the six steals
leading to easy scores, as against Penn
State on Friday.
The Franchise. Stacey "Slash"
Thomas. The Fab Frosh. Anything ... .
But Friday's performance was not a
unique one for Thomas. Throughout the
season she has answered the call, often
guarding the opposition's premier scor-
ing threat - such as Northwestern's
Michele Ratay, yesterday. Keep in mind,
Thomas is still only a freshman.
And as a freshman she isn't perfect.
Her outside shot isn't great, and her free-

throw shooting (54 percent) could
improve.
Still, Thomas represents the future of
Michigan women's basketball. She might
not receive Big Ten Player of the Year
honors or even be selected to the All-Big
Ten first team this year. However, she
should be a lock for Freshman of the
Year.
She has the potential to reach the level
of a nationally recognized force.
Maybe Air Thomas. Wait, that's been
taken ... . How about Flash Thomas?
That sounds pretty good.
Whatever you call her, chances are
you will probably be hearing Stacey
Thomas mentioned more in the near
future.

JULLY PARK/lD y
Michigan fresh.
man Stacey
Thomas has
shown spring like
this the entire-
season. Her play
has been one-of
the bright spots
of the 1996-97
campaign for the
Wolverines.

M) tourney prospects slim
Michigan effectively out of the running for NCAA bid

Penn State..........24 35 - 59
Michigan......34 64 - 98
At: Crisler Arena.
A: 2,628.

I

By Sharat Raju
Daily Sports Writer
EVANSTON - In a disappointing
loss to Northwestern, the Michigan
women's basketball team may have
ended its chances for an NCAA tourna-
ment berth.
Sounds disappointing. It surely will be
for Michigan coach Sue Guevara and her
players if they aren't selected for the
tournament.
Not making the post-season tourna-
ment will most likely be disappointing
for those seniors departing - Amy
Johnson, Catherine DiGiacinto, Silver
Shellman and Mekisha Ross. They have
been through the dark times - B.G.,
"Before Guevara." They finally have
tasted the sweet nectar of victory, only to
have their cup taken away.
But this should be kept in perspective.
For the first time in years, the NCAA

tournament has been mentioned in the
same breath as Michigan women's bas-
ketball. And Guevara should receive a
great deal of credit for that.
"Sue has done an outstanding job,"
Northwestern
coach Don1
Perrelli said. "I
guess I can call
her a player's
coach. I don't
know how she's
done it - she
has the same
players as pre-
vious years"
Every single
opposing coach, during post-game con-.
ferences, has mentioned that Guevara
has done a fantastic job with this team,
and that the Wolverines are more enthu-
siastic than before. Throughout the sea-

son, the Wolverines have been playing
with more fire and more confidence
than in recent memory. Except for a cou-
ple of games - specifically bei*
crushed at Indiana, then at Northwestern
yesterday - the Wolverines have been
in a position to win each game.
Perhaps the bad vibes that have sur-
rounded the program in the past still fol-
low the Wolverines. In so many games
they have had bounces not go their way,
or had an opposing player suddenly enter
a zone and have career games against
Michigan. Such things happen in sports,
but it seemed more often than not to ha
pen to the Wolverines this season.
Consequently, a sizable losing streak
- dropping seven of nine - was too
much to overcome for Michigan.
But what cannot be overlooked is what
Guevara has done for this program and
its future. She has brought a winning
frame of mind to the Wolverines. No
longer will they settle for being cellar
dwellers or sure victories for other teams.
Michigan has determined players wl
are hungry for success, having sample
some earlier this season. Wolverines
were still diving all over the place, fight-
ing for loose balls, even though they
were down by 50 points to the Wildcats.
But, most important, they have a
coach who won't give up just because of
one devastating loss.
"The mindset now is to win the last
two games at home;' Guevara said. "Our
goal is to finish 15-10 overall, 7-9 in th*
Big Ten."
Two games still remain for the
Wolverines, along with the Big Ten tour-
nament. The season isn't over, not just
yet. With the conference tournament,
anything is still liable to happen.

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