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The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 21, 1997 - 11

Michigan Sports Roundup:
Cellar dwellers visit 'M' women at right time

By Kevin Kasiborski
Daily Sports Writer
What is the best thing that could hap-
pen to a team following a 39-point loss
on the road?
Probably a pair of home games against
the two worst teams in the conference.
This is the scenario the Michigan
women's basketball team will play out
this weekend as it tries to recover from a
104-65 loss to Northwestern last Sunday.
Michigan (5-9 Big Ten, 13-10 overall)
will face Big Ten cellar-dweller
Minnesota today before facing 10th-
ranked Ohio State on Sunday in the sea-
HAWKEYES
Continued from Page 10
ity stripe, and despite the close final
score, the outcome was never really in
doubt.
The Hawkeyes shot 28 free throws in
the second half, connecting on 15.
The 51.7-percent mark from the line
was surpassed by Iowa's shocking 59.2
percent from the field, by far the best
shooting performance against the
Wolverines this season.
Woolridge led all scorers with 25
points, while Bullock totaled 23.
Woolridge said his squad's fast start
was the key to victory in what he said was
the Hawkeyes' best game of the season.
"We got a couple of good runs going,'
he said. "That really helped us get a
good start."
Iowa coach Tom Davis said scoring
off the bench also played a major role
for the Hawkeyes, especially after
receiving very little of it in their unsuc-
cessful trip to Ann Arbor in January.
"Compared to our first game up there
when we had no bench points, tonight
was certainly different," Davis said.
"Our bench played much better, and
that was the difference in the game."
The Wolverines next head to West
Lafayette on Sunday to take on Purdue.

son finale. The Gophers (1-13, 3-21) have
been hit hard by injuries this season, los-
ing three players - Cheri Stafford,
Swantreca Taylor and Sarah Schieber -
for the year prior to the start of the season.
The Buckeyes (3-11, 11-13) enjoy a
30-2 all-time series advantage over
Michigan, including a 78-55 drubbing of
the Wolverines on Dec. 28.
One win this weekend would give
Michigan more conference wins (six)
than it had the previous four years com-
bined (five). Regardless, it will finish
with a record on the positive side of.500
for the first time in seven years.
IOWA (80)
FO FT REB
MIN M-A M-A O-T A F PTS
Bowen 33 3-5 4-7 1-4 0 4 10
Moore 24 2-5 1-2 3-4 4 3 5
Rucker 24 3-6 0-0 1-5 2 5 6
Woolridge 33 8-12 7-14 0-3 8 3 25
McCausl'd 25 2-6 0-0 1-2 1 2 5
Luehrsmann22 4-6 1-2 2-9 1 3 11
Koch 20 6-8 0-2 1-4 2 0 14
Simmons 17 1-1 2-2 0-3 0 2 4
Robinson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Bauer 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
totals 200 29.4915-299-34 1822 80
FG%: .592. FT%: .517. 3-point FG: 7-14,
.500 (Luehrsmann 2-2, Koch 2-3, Woolridge
2-4, McCausland 1-4, Bowen 0-1). Blocks:
6 (Bowen 3, Rucker 2, Simmons). Steals:
12 (Bowen 4, Woolridge 3, Moore 2,
Luehrsmann 2, Simmons).

Women's track
No more regular-season Michigan
women's track meets in which team
scores aren't kept. No more preparation
- the Big Tens start tomorrow in
Champaign.
Finally, the results will count. And,
once the dust settles, Michigan coach
James Henry thinks the outcome could
very well count in Michigan's favor.
"When the chips fall, we will have a
chance to be out there towards a cham-
pionship," Henry said.
Henry said he knows that the odds are
not in MichiganM favor - Wisconsin is
heavily favored-- but he thinks that the
Wolverines have yet to show their true
capabilities this season.
"We're going to need an outstanding
day in order to win a championship," he
said."
- Chris Farah

Men's track
In just one week's time, the Michigan
men's track team has had to reconstruct
its frame of mind.
Last week, the Wolverines sent only
half the squad to Ypsilanti for the EMU
Invitational. This week, the entire team
will travel to Iowa City.
Iowa City is the sight for this year's
Big Ten Indoor Championships. The
two-day event, starting tomorrow, is the
biggest event so far this season.
Last year, Michigan finished sixth, 86
points behind first-place Wisconsin.
Junior Don McLaughlin and senior
Scott MacDonald hold the two lowest
times in the Big Ten mile this season. If
McLaughlin or MacDonald come out
on top, it will mark the fifth-consecutive
year a Wolverine has been victorious in
the mile.
- Chad Kujala

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Grand Opening
, CHAMPIONS A

MARK FRIEDMAN/Daily
This weekend's games against Lake Superior will be the last regular-season action
at Yost ice Arena for Warren Luhning and eight other Michigan seniors.
Sen1ors' careers at YoSt
'hit e r weekend

IMICHIGAN

Taylor
Ward
Traylor
Bullock
Conlan
Hughes
Baston
Streets
Oliver
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MIN
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25
34
37
28
20
8
2
200

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6-9 0-0 2-2 0 4 12
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4-10 4-117-14 0 3 12
6-12 7-9 0-5 2 2 23
1-3 0-0 1-1 5 5 2
5-12 3-5 1-1 3 4 14
2-6 1-2 2-4 0 3 5
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ly Sports Writer
When studying the schedule at the
beginning of the season, this weekend
looked like it could decide the CCHA
regular-season title.
The Michigan hockey team will host
Lake Superior - probably the
Wolverines' biggest nemesis in recent
years - at 7 p.m. today and tomorrow at
Yost Ice Arena.
I But the Wolverines have built a com-
rtable seven-point lead over the Lakers
(15-7-3 CCHA, 19-11-4 overall) and
Miami (Ohio) (16-6-1,22-9-1) and need
only one point this weekend to clinch a
portion of the conference title.
So the Wolverines (19-2-2, 28-2-3)
will be focusing more on preparing for
the other title that's on their mind - the
NCAA crown.
"We're not really talking about win-
ing the CCHA title," defenseman
arold Schock said. "I think it was pret-
ty clear a couple weeks ago that we were
going to do it.
"The important thing is for us to worry
about how we're playing these last two
weeks of the season going into the play-
offs. The momentum we could gain or
lose here could be the difference between
having a great and a good season."
Michigan has only given up 10 goals
hits last eight games, but it still wants to
olidify its defense.
"I think we've got to get back to good
defensive hockey" center John Madden
said. "We're not going to be blowing
teams out, 8-0, 8-1 or 6-1. It's going to
be 3-2 hockey games, 2-1 hockey
games.
"That's our goal --not to give up too
many goals, and I think the rest will take
care of itself."
Madden will move back to center this

weekend between Greg Crozier and
Warren Luhning. With Bill Muckalt
returning from the dislocated shoulder
he suffered Jan. 27, Michigan coach Red
Berenson was able to restore the lines he
had at the beginning of the season.
Berenson said he also wants to see
improvement in team discipline.
"You get into the playoffs and disci-
pline becomes really important,"he said.
"Teams will stop at nothing to win a
game. We're the second-most penalized
team in the league."
Saturday's game will be the last regular
season game at Yost for Michigan's nine-
member senior class. And although they
already know they'll be back in Yost for
the first round of the CCHA playoffs, the
seniors expect it to be an emotional night.
"(In our first three years), you
watched the seniors go out on senior
night and come back in teary-eyed - it
never seems like it's going to happen (for
us)" Schock said. "Especially with the
tightness of our class, it's going to be
very sentimental."
To say that this senior class has been
successful would be like saying Wayne
Gretzky has some talent.
The Wolverines are on the verge of
winning a fourth-straight CCHA title
and will be the odds-on favorites to win
their third CCHA tournament and sec-
ond national championship.
"They may have been the most suc-
cessful class in my tenure here,"
Berenson said. "We didn't know this
class would be the dominating class
they've been."
These seniors also may have been
Michigan's most confident incoming
class ever.
When asked if he expected to win four
CCHA titles when he came in as a fresh-
man, Madden simply replied, "Yeah."

FG%: .466. FT%: .556. 3-point FG: 6-14,
.429 (Bullock 4-5, Ward 1-3, Hughes 1-4,
Conlan 0-2). Blocks: 4 (Ward, Traylor,
Bullock, Streets). Steals: 12 (Taylor 4,
Traylor 3, Bullock 2, Hughes 2, Conlan).
Michigan.....29 46-75
Iowa ...................44 36-80
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