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The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - December 8, 1997 - 7B

johns on the move,
Walker set to return

By Tracy Sandier
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan center Pollyanna Johns has
been on the move of late.
g Not only did she move up two spots
Ehe Wolverines' all-time scoring list,
but sJe also moved up one spot on
Michigan's all-time rebound list.
F Going into this weekend's Duke
Classic Tournament,
Johns had 868 career
.points, which placed
het 14th on the
Wolverines' list.
But Johns broke 14Ce 44
into the No. 12 spot
*h a 13-point per-
formance against
Florida A&M on
Saturday and a 20-
point showing on Sunday.
Adding to her weekend of records,
Johns is No. 5 on the career rebound
list. As the weekend's play began, Johns
was sixth with 608 rebounds and need-
ed two more to move up.
She accomplished that goal by grab-
10 rebounds in Saturday's game
and 11 more yesterday.
POST-GRADUATION BASH: Last night
the Wolverines played Duke in the final
game of the tournament, dropping the
championship game to the host Blue
Devils, 64-63.
The game featured a competition
between two former classmates who are
now opposing coaches.
Michigan coach Sue Guevara and
ke coach Gail Goestenkors both
duated from Saginaw Valley State.
Adding to the relationship ties,

Guevara was once an assistant at her
alma mater, while Goestenkors played
there. The two coaches are still friends
today.
"Am I happy I lost to my best friend?
No," Guevara said. "I knew it was
going to be a chess match, but I had fun
tonight."
TOURNEY LEADERS: Since Guevara
took over as coach at Michigan, the
Wolverines are 9-3 in tournament play.
Their most recent tally came with
Saturday's victory over Florida A&M.
Earlier this season, the Wolverines
were victorious at the Michigan State
Felpausch tournament, when they beat
the Spartans in the championship game.
Over Thanksgiving, the Wolverines
participated in the Florida International
Tournament.
They lost a heartbreaker to Florida
International, 69-67, when the Golden
Panthers' Gergana Branzova hit a
jumper to end the game.
The Wolverines won the consolation
game, 104-72, over Furman University,
marking the Wolverines' third-highest
point total ever.
This most recent tournament in
Raleigh-Durham marks the
Wolverines' third tournament this sea-
son.
WALKER'S RETURN: Sophomore
Kenisha Walker, who has been side-
lined all season with a knee injury,
could return as early as late next week.
The forward will have tests done on
her knee Dec. 18, and could be cleared
to play then.
- Daily Sports Writer Josh
Kleinbaum contributed to this report.

BLUE DEVIL
Continued from Page 1B
utes left.
"We make one free throw here or there, we win the
game," Guevara said. "We're there. We're where we
want to be. We just need to make some free throws."
The Wolverines got no help from their bench, literal-
ly. All 63 points were scored by starters. The bench
added only one assist and five rebounds, while turning
the ball over three times.
Despite trailing by 12 at the half, 37-25, the
Wolverines battled back, largely due to a 9-0 run mid-
way through the second half. ,
Trailing by 10, Lemire hit a layup with less than 14
minutes to go in the game. Forty seconds later, after
Browne committed an offensive foul, Lemire added a

3-pointer. cutting the Duke lead to five.
Stacey Thomas then converted on a three-point play
after being fouled on a driving layup, and Pollyanna
Johns added a free throw to cut the Blue Devils' lead to
one.
duke responded with a run of its own, as Michele
VanGorp hit a layup with less than five minutes left to
put the Devils up eight.
But Thomas wouldn't let the Wolverines roll over.
The sophomore guard scored six points in the final five
minutes - a 3-pointer from the top of the key and a
three-point play - and added a steal, setting the stage
for the final two minutes. Guevara found several posi-
tives in the loss to Duke, the highest-ranked team the
Wolverines have played all season.
First and foremost was the emergence of Stacey
Thomas, last year's Big Ten freshman of the year.

Thomas had contributed very little going into the game.
But yesterday, Thomas added four rebounds. three
assists and two steals to her 19 points.
"Stacev Thomas came out to play tonight.' Giuevara
said. "Stacey played very confident. She didn't hesitate
getting her shot off."
Guevara also noted that a game like this will go miles
in preparing the Wolverines for the rigors of the Big Ten
schedule.
"I really, really think we can play with anyone in the
country," Guevara said. "This will get us ready for the
Big Ten schedule. We have to play teams like Duke to
be ready for teams like Illinois, Iowa and Purdue:'
The Blue Devils had a very balanced attack, with
five players scoring in double digits. Nicole Erickson
scored 16 points, and Lauren Rice added 10 points and
nine rebounds.

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