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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, January, 14, 1997 - 11

Love affair with Crisler for
Michigan women cagers

By Pranay Reddy
Daily Sports Writer
"All you need is love."
Who knew the Beatles were such big
fans of Michigan women's basketball?
Chances are they weren't, but they
were dead on about this yearls drastic
turnaround for the Wolverines.
With an 11-3 record, including a 3-2
mark in the Big Ten, Michigan is off to its
best start ever - all because of love.
At least that's what Michigan coach
Sue Guevara would have you think.
"I love my team - I love these play-
ers," she said Sunday, after topping
Illinois 93-87. "If there is one thing I love
about them it is that they are resilient.
They bounce back.
"They listen to what our coaching staff
is telling them, and they try and make a
And this year's squad has shown more
bounce than any team under former
coach Trish Roberts.
The 1996-97 version of the Wolverines
have won almost half as many games
Roberts' did in five years.
AP Women's Poll
The new Associated Press top 25
women's college basketball poll
with results through Jan. 1.2, First*
place votes in parentheses.
Team Record
1. Connecticut (37) 14-0 1
2. Old Dominion (2) 13-1 2
3. Stanford (1) 16-1 3
4. Georgia 11-2 5
'5. Alabama (1) 13-2 6
6. Louisiana Tech 14-2 4
7. Vanderbilt 12.2 8
8. Virginia 11-3 13
9. Tennessee 11-6 9
10. North Carolina 12-1 16
11. Kansas 12-2 15
12. Clemson 12-2 20
13. Arkansas 12-3 10
14. Texas Tech 9-4 7
15. North Carolina State 11-5 11
16. Texas 8-3 12
17. Louisiana State 13-0 22
18. Western Kentucky 10-3 19
19. Duke 11-4 14
20. Wisconsin '10-3 17
21. Notre Dame 13-4 21
22t. Auburn 10-4 18
22t. Stephen F. Austin 13-2 23
24. Florida 12-4 25

But don't remind Michigan's
Catherine DiGiacinto.
"Last year was just a lot of up-in-the-
air stuff" the senior forward said. "I real-
ly don't like to dwell on the past.
"Focusing on the present is really
working well for us."
And the present is Guevara and assis-
tants Yvette Harris, Yulonda Wimbish
and Eileen Shea. The foursome have
come in and instilled a winning edge in
the Wolverines, according to Michigan's
Molly Murray.
"I believe all attitudes or preconceived
notions from the past few years have
been eliminated," Murray said. "I really
think that has to do with the attitude of
the coaching staff, and it rubs off on us."
Even Michigan's losses have been rea-
sons to celebrate.
On Dec. 1, the Wolverines dropped a
77-74 contest to then-No. 1 Stanford.
Thought by many to be an aberration at
the time, it was actually a sign of good
things to come.
Illinois' coach Theresa Grentz,
Michigan's most recent victim, definitely
sees something that was missing in last
year's Wolverines - confidence.
"When there's no confidence before,
anything looks better," Grentz said, when
asked about the difference in Michigan
this year. "Two times nothing is nothing.
"They are a unit, and they look like a

team, and that's a credit to their head
For the most part, the Wolverines do
credit their coach.
But they are also quick to point out the
effect the home crowds have had.
"I don't know if you can imagine the
effect the people that come to our games
have on us," DiGiacinto said. "To pump
your hands and hear everyone cheer is
"The people have to know how much
we appreciate them coming to our
Sunday's crowd of 2,903 was the
largest this season for Michigan, and it
finally looks as if there will be an actual
home-court advantage for the Wolverines
this year.
"In the past (the home crowd) hasn't;
really been all that large," Murray said,,
"so we never really knew what it was like
to have a couple thousand people cheer-
ing behind us.
"Now, when we're at home, it's our,
court, and good things seem to happen
Who knew shiny happy people would '
be such a big deal?
"When you walk in through that tun-'
nel," Guevara said, "and you see both
sides of the arena full of people, and you'
hear 'The Victors' playing - I'll tell you
what, I get tingles."

After playing 11 of its first 13 games on the road, Michigan and Catherine DiGiacinto returned home to the friendly confines of
Crisler Arena on Sunday. A 93-87 win over Illinois improved the Wolverines' record to 11-3, their best start in school history.
Debate heats up at NCAA conference

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The
,CAA's Division I schools voted yester-
day to let athletes hold part-time jobs, a
revolutionary step that triggered more
than an hour of bitter, confused debate.
The move is a radical departure for the
NCAA, which earlier in the day put the
finishing touches on a vast new restruc-
turing plan..
The debate on the part-time job mea-
sure took on a Keystone Kops appear-
ance when the session was adjourned
hile experts huddled on what effect it
ould have on NCAA bylaws.
"Can we take a break for 15 minutes
tq get answers to questions," one dele-
gate asked from the floor.
"What questions?" responded Bob
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after meeting Catrabone, the wrestler
* very friendly and upbeat. It's obvious
to all who meet him, even opponents.
"Jeff's very, very personable," Bahr
said. "Before matches, he will go out
and introduce himself to opposing
coaches. He knows everyone on the
opposing team. He's like the ambas-
sador of good will. It says a lot about
Michigan wrestling.'
"From an athletic standpoint, coaches
ride a rollercoaster. We have a great win
'Mere and we lose tight matches. Some
|ys we're drained. Everytime I see him,
he has a smile on his face."
This positive attitude is pretty much a
Catrabone trait.
"It's in my family" Catrabone said.
"My whole family's always got an
upbeat attitude, and I've been brought
up that way. We're always trying to keep
a smile on our faces day after day"
As a wrestler, Catrabone has very few
,eaknesses.- According to Bahr,
atrabone is strong in all three wrestling
positions - top, bottom and feet.
"He's versatile in his wrestling, and
he wrestles with control," Bahr said.
"He knows what he's doing; he doesn't
make many mistakes"
The position where Catrabone feels
that he makes the least amount of mis-
takes is in the top position.
"My greatest strength would probably
be on the top position'" Catrabone said.
a 'm a pinner. I like to get people on
their back and pin them. I like to end the
match as soon as possible."
As strong as he is in the top position,
Catrabone knows that that one position
will not be enough to beat the best.
"I feel (my wrestling) on my feet is
getting stronger and in order to be able
to compete with the top wrestlers in the
country, I have to be real good on my
t, and that's where I've been working
l~ot" Catrabone said.
In terms of weaknesses, Catrabone
gets a bit too intense during matches,
causing him to sometimes shut down his
offense and take less chances than he
would normally do, according to Bahr.
Catrabone agrees with his coach, but

Sweazy of Texas Tech, who chaired the
"The questions you can't answer,".
came the reply.
As finally approved by' a 169-150
vote, the measure lets Division I athletes
hold part-time jobs whenever they want
during the academic year.
But they can earn only the difference
between the value of their scholarship
and the full cost of attendance at their
school, which can vary greatly from one
institution to the next.
For example, if a scholarship at
Oklahoma is valued at $15,000 per year
and the cost of attendance for an out-of-
state student is set at $18,000, an out-of-
state player could earn up to $3,000.

Letting athletes work during the acad-
emic year is a big step for NCAA
schools, which have always feared that it
would invite cheating as well as create an
administrative nightmare.
"Do you really want to start keeping
time cards for your student-athletes at
McDonalds?" asked one delegate.
Alabama President Andrew Sorensen
spoke on the fear of abuse. Similar pro-
posals were defeated at other conven-
tions because delegates were concerned
that rivals might inflate earnings in
order to attract top prospects. Another
argument against the idea was that
some schools would gain an advantage
because their locations would provide
more job opportunities.
USA Today/CNN Poll
The new USA Today/CNN coaches
top 25 men's college basketball poll
with results through Jan. 12. First-
place votes in parentheses.
Team Record Pvs.
1. Kansas (28) 16-0 1
2. Wake Forest (2) 12-0 2
3. Clemson 14-1 5
4. Kentucky 14-2 3
5. Iowa State 11-1 4
6. Cincinnati.11-2 6
.7. Arizona 10-2 8
8. Minnesota 15-1. 11
9. Utah 10-2 10
10, Louisville 1341 1
11. Xavier (Ohio) 11-1 13
12. Maryland 14-1 17
13. Duke 11-4 9
14. New Mexico 1.2 18
15. Villanova 12.3 7.
16, Indiana 14-3 15
17. Stanford 1.-2 22
18. Michigan 1J.41 4
19. Boston College 10-2 23
20. Texas -4 19
21 North Carolina 9-4 12
22. Oregon 10-2 20
23. Texas Tech 10-3 21
24. Georgia 11-2 25
25. Mississippi 11-3 -

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18. Michigan 11-4 14
19. Boston College 10-2 23.
20. Mississippi 11-3 -
21. Georgia 12-2 24
22. North Carolina 9-4 13
23. Texas 8-4 22
24. Oregon 10-2 17
25. Texas Tech 10-3 20

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