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The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - January 13, 1997 - 78

4LLINI,
Continued from Page 1B
half. But a 3-pointer from Lemire and
two free throws from Catherine
DiGiacinto gave the Wolverines a 42-40
lead at the break.
Michigan opened the second half
with an 8-0 run to extend their advan-
tgge to 10. Illinois did manage to take
hold of the lead briefly at the 13:00
° ark. But Michigan quickly recovered
d went ahead for good, 67-65, on a
b iucket by Stacey Thomas at 10:14, and
the Wolverines eventually pushed their
lead back to nine.
The Illini were able to make the game
close with the help of three Michigan
turnovers in the final two minutes.
The Wolverines finished with 20
turnovers, but this was offset by their 56-
3t rebounding advantage. Michigan had
0 offensive rebounds, most of which
Wsulted in second-chance points.
"I was extremely pleased with our
(Torts on the boards," Guevara said.
Rebounding is effort and position, and
tonight we had both"
DiGiacinto had eight boards to go
-with her 12 points in a solid perfor-
mance off the bench. Johns had 16
points for her ninth double-double of the
-season, and Tiffany Willard tossed in 14.
Thomas contributed 15 points, while
.tlso holding Illinois' Ashley Berggren,
who averages 19 points per game, to a
quiet 13. Alicia Sheeler had 22 points
and 14 rebounds for the Illini.
Friday, Michigan lost to Purdue, 66-
44, in West Lafayette. The Wolverines
trailed 29-24 at the half, but shot only 23
percent from the field in the second half.
The only Wolverines to score in dou-
-ble-digits were Johns and Lemire, who
finished with 13 and 10 points respec-
'vely.
ILLINOIS (87)
FG FT REB
MIN M!A M-A 0-T A F PTS
Parker 27 4-9 0-0 0-1 5 2 10
Reinking 21 1-9 0 0 0-2 0 3 3
Berggren 35 4-11 4-4 2.3 3 1 13
Vasey 13 2-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 4
Sheeler 35 10-16 1-2 4-14 1 1 22
Dill 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Catchings 23 5-16 4-5 2-4 3 3 14
Henderson 12 4-6 3-3 0-0 2 2 11
Coleman 5 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 0 0
eonhardt 26 4-7 2-5 0-1 0 4 10
Totals 200 34-78 14.199-31 1517 87
FG%: ,436. FT0/: .73 7. 3-point FG: 5-14,
.357 (Parker 2-4, Berggren 1-1, Sheeler 1-
-3, Reinking 1-5, Coleman 0-1). Blocks: 6
(t.eonhardt 2, Sheeler 2, Vasey, Berggren).
Steals: 4 (Catchings 2, Parker, Sheeler).
- Tgrnovers: 12 (Reinking 3, Bergg-en 3,
Parker 2, Catchings 2, Henderson,
Sheeler). Technical Fouls: none.

Women cagers beat
Illini on the rebound

By Richard Shin
Daily Sports Writer
After scoring a total of 44 points in a 22-point
loss to Purdue on Friday, the Michigan women's
basketball team scored 44 points against Illinois
yesterday - in the first half.
The effect of the scoring outburst was a 93-87
victory over an Illinois team that had won its past
five games, including a 100-81 decision over No.
10 Arkansas.
The cause was Michigan's dominant rebound-
ing edge.
In the first half, Michigan used second-chance
baskets to establish an early 10-point lead.
Michigan limited Illinois to 13 first-half
rebounds while grabbing 32.
The Wolverines only led by two at halftime,
mostly because Illinois shot 50 percent from the
field in the half. For the game, Michigan outre-
bounded Illinois, 56-31, including a 20-9 edge on
the offensive boards.
When Illinois coach Theresa Grentz was asked
what made the difference in the game, she simply
responded, "rebounding."
In Friday's loss to the Boilermakers, Michigan
was outrebounded for only the second time this
season, by a 40-34 margin. And because
Michigan only shot I of 13 from behind the arc
and 33.3 percent from the field in the game, sec-
ond chance baskets became much more impor-
tant.
"We had major problems rebounding (against
Purdue)," Michigan coach Sue Guevara said.
"We gave up too many offensive rebounds.
"Illinois has gotten a lot of offensive rebounds
against other teams."
With two towering centers - 6-foot-5 Stacey
Leonhardt, and 6-3 Alicia Sheeler- that is not a
big surprise. But against the Wolverines, the Illini
did not take advantage of their size in the middle.
While Sheeler managed to grab 14 rebounds,
Michigan's trio of Pollyanna Johns, Catherine
DiGiacinto and Ann Lemire were able to neutral-
ize Leonhardt and grab 31 boards.
"This Michigan team today boxed out."
Guevara said. "Illinois was getting only one shot

"It was called the
relentless pursuit of
getting the ball"
- Sue Guevara
Michigan women's basketball coach
at the basket for a while, and we were getting
four.
"It was called the relentless pursuit of getting
the ball."
Against Illinois, the relentless pursuit:paid div-
idends for the Wolverines, as it has all season. It
is obvious that the Wolverines take crashing the
boards seriously.
Entering yesterday's game, Johns ranked sec-
ond in the Big Ten in rebounds per game, averag-
ing 10.23, while Stacey Thomas was No. 12 with
6.54.
Michigan as a team ranked first in the confer-
ence in rebounding, averaging a little over 44
rebounds per game. Michigan also ranks first in
rebounding margin, averaging seven more
rebounds than its opponents.
"A goal was to box out," DiGiacinto said. "I
feel that even if I don't get the rebound, as long
as the (person I boxed out) didn't get the rebound
either, I feel like I accomplished something.
"The (Illinois) players were big in there today."
But what the Wolverines lacked in size, they
made up in quickness. Michigan's guards
accounted for 20 rebounds, including eight from
Lemire, who also led the team in scoring. After
Michigan's rebounding difficulties against
Purdue, the Wolverines all looked to re-establish
their rebounding prowess.
"We talked a lot about the rebounding and
crashing the boards," Lemire said. "That made a
big difference."
For Michigan, rebounding helped erase memo-
ries of its worst loss of the season and gave the
Wolverines a big conference victory at home.

JEANNIE SERVAAS/DaiIy
Sophomore guard Ann Lemire and the Michigan women's basketball team improved their record to 11-3
overall and 3-2 in the Big Ten with a win over first-place Illinois at Crisler Arena yesterday. Lemire led all
scorers with 26 points on 10-of-13 shooting. She also grabbed eight rebounds and had five assists.

Michigan women's basketball can't get any respect

MICHIGAN (93)

By Sharat Raju
Daily Sports Writer
Rodney Dangerfield, Aretha Franklin
and the Michigan women's basketball
team have one thing in common.
They get no respect.
"(Michigan has) a better attitude than
before,' Illinois coach Theresa Grentz

MIN
Tomas 34
(efer 28
Lemire 37
Johns 29
Wilard 24
M~rray 17
Franklin 4
Walker 1
Shellman 3
.Pglits 3
DiGiacinto 20
otals 200:

FG FT REB
MA M-A 0-T A F PTS
6-14 3-6 2-6 5 5 15
2-3 3-4 0-3 4 0 8
10-13 4-5 1-8 5 1 26
6-16 4-C 8-15 1 1 16
6-11 1-2 4-5 1 4 14
1-5 0-0 1-3 0 3 2
0-1 0-0 0-0 2 0 0
0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0
5-10 2-2 2-8 0 2 12
36-7317-2520-561818 93

said. "I see more
support."
Here are the
facts:

T h
Wolverines
11-3 overall
3-2 in the
Ten.

e
are
and
Big

games in a row this season.
The Wolverines almost upset then-No.
1 Stanford, losing by only three points.
The Wolverines most recently defeat-
ed the first-place lllini,*who had previ-
ously beat No. 10 Arkansas and No. 16
Wisconsin.
Their counterparts, the gangly gentle-
men in the extra-long shorts, currently
own an 11-4, 2-2 record.
The difference between the two
squads, besides the obvious gender dis-
tinctions?
The n en's team is ranked No. 16
while the women's team is unranked in
the national polls.
Why'? It all comes down to respect.
In the 24 years that the team has exist-
ed, it is 216-379. a .363 winning percent-
age.
The team has never had a player
selected to the All-Big Ten first team, let
alone the All-America team. It has only
had one NCAA tournament victory ever.
But this season is different,

Michigan's "interim" coach Sue
Guevara's first season looks like it
shouldn't be her last.
If it were up to the coaches around the
league, Guevara would be the coach for
next season and probably a few more
down the line.
"Their players are playing better,
they're playing together," Grentz said.
"I said a year ago that they have some
very good players. I think Sue
(Guevara) has done a terrific job of
putting them together and giving them
a cause.
The players would probably agree.
"Last year, more things were up in the
air." power forward Catherine
DiGiacinto said. "I really don't like to
dwell on the past. This is just a whole
new situation entirely."'
"We're all on the same page, with our
coaches as well," small forward Molly-
Murray said. "I believe all attitudes and
preconceived notions of the past years
have been eliminated."

So what will it take for the women's
team to get some respect?
Probably an entire season of solid bas-
ketball, traversing through the treacher-
ous Big Ten season. A solid season for
the Wolverines would mean finishing
within the top four or five in the confer-
ence.
It's a shame because this team and its
"resiliency," as Guevara put it, is filled
with gainers who deserve serious con-
sideration as a top-20 team.
They have shown that they're the best
basketball team at this school and that
they can play with anyone on any given
day.
When asked whether Michigan
should be ranked, Guevara laughed and
simply said that she doesn't-worry about
the rankings.
"I let that kind of stuff take care of
itself," Guevara said. "I know the media
knows everything about basketball and
the polls, so that's for you guys to take
care of."

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FG%: .493. FT%: .680, 3-point FG: 4-10,
400 (Lemire 2-2, Kiefer 1-2, Willard 1-3,
Thomas 0-1, Murray 0-2). Blocks: 4
Thomas 2, Murray, Lemire). Steals: 6
(Murray 2, Thomas, Kiefer, Lemire, Johns).
Turnovers: 20 (Lemire 6, Thomas 3'
DiGiac into 3, Kiefer 2, Johns 2, Murray,
Franklin, Walker, Shellman). Technical
Fouls: none.
Illinois...........42 45 - 87
Michigan.....44 49-93
At: Crisler Arena. A: 2,903

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Wolverines have

already won more games this season
than all of last year. With four more vic-
tories, they will have won as many
games this season as the past two sea-
sons combined.
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