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The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 6, 199871

Purdue is boiling over with
payback for Blue in mind

By Andy Latack
Daily pois Wrter
Four times this season, the Purdue
women's basketball team has welcomed
a Big Ten foe to Mackey Arena. Each
time, the Boilermakers have sent their
opponent packing with a loss.
M ichigan (6-5 Big Ten, 14-6 overall)
hopes to break that trend Saturday, but
don't count on Purdue to be a gracious
host -- considering what -----
happened the last time the Tomorrow'
two teams met. Vo: Vichii
On Jan. 9, the Where: Mack
Boilermakers visited the When:7:30
Wolverines at Crisler Notables: Th
Arena. Ranked 23rd in the wil try toexa
nation at the time, the the W"lverinc
Boilermakers had put SS. Michigar
together the beginning of a
opponent his
pretty solid season. Sitting beating then-r
at 2-1 in the Big Ten, 67-59
Purdue's only loss was to
No. 12 Illinois in hostile Huff Hall. After
finishing the previous year locked in a
three-way tie atop the Big Ten standings,
the Boilermakers hoped for a victory
over Michigan to again establish them-
selves as a contender.
The Wolverines had other ideas.
Harassing Purdue guard Stephanie
White, the Boilermakers' leading scorer,
to an uncharacteristically poor 8-of-23
shooting performance, Michigan used a
strong inside-outside game to post a 67-
59 victory. It was Michigan's first victo-

ry over a ranked opponent all year .
Purdue (7-3, 14-6) will definitely have
revenge on its mind when the
Wolverines come calling on Sunday.
"They're going to be out to prove the
first game was a fluke," Michigan coach
Sue Guevara said. Purdue coach
"Carolyn (Peck) thought they didn't play
very hard last time."
Despite their lackluster performance

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at Crisler, the
Boilermakers didn't let
the loss slow them down.
Since that game, they
went on a tear, winning
five of their next six Big
Ten games, including key
road victories against con-
ference heavyweights
Iowa and Penn 'State.
Purdue sits tied with the
Hawkeyes for second
place in the Big Ten, but

her team's chance to play in front of the
raucous fans, who show up in confer-
ence-leading numbers to supports the
'" don't think our kids are afraid fthe
crowd," Guevara said. *t's not going to
be anything brand new"
The fans aren't the only reason Purdue
is a dangerous team. White is ths sec-
ond-leading scorer in the Big Ten, aver-
aging 20.5 points per game.
Her backcourt mate, Ukari Figgi is
also among the conference's sdorxpg
Despite her team's success against
White and Figgs (they were just a cjn-
bined 14-for-40 from the field on Janr),
Guevara is concerned about the duo.
"White and Figgs are going to get
their points, one way or another,'
Guevara said. "We just need to make
those points difficult by contesting shots
and switching on defense.
In putting the clamp on White and
Figgs, the Wolverines need to make sure
they don't neglect the rest of Purdue's
lineup. Combining for just 23 points in
their last meeting, the Boileriakers
don't have the most balanced scoring
attack - yet Guevara realizes the need
to contain other players as well as
Purdue's potent backcourt.
"Our defense on the other three play-
ers will be key," Guevara said. -If.we
keep them all below their average, we're
doing a darn good job."

not for long. Iowa and Purdue will meet
in West Lafayette tonight - the winner
gaining sole possession of second place.
"I'm just hoping they use up all their
energy against Iowa," Guevara said.
"That's going to be a tough game for
It is likely to be even tougher for the
Hawkeyes, who, after already losing at
home to Purdue, probably are not anx-
ious to enter the frenzied confines of
Mackey Arena.
Guevara, on the other hand, welcomes

Enthusiastic defense will be key for Michigan guard Ann Lemire and the rest of the Wolverines if Michigan wants to upend
Purdue tomorrow night at raucous Mackey Arena.

Tar Heels to Devils in biowout

CHAPEL HILL, (AP) -- Antawn Jamison
zgot North Carolina the lead and Ed Cota made
sure it didn't get away.
Jamison scored 23 of his 35 points in the
first half as the second-ranked Tar Heels took
a 16-point halftime lead, and Cota came up big
down the stretch when No. 1 Duke closed
within four points.
North Carolina won the showdown of the
nation's top two teams, 97-73, last night, the
sixth time in as many appearances it has won
a No. I vs. No. 2 matchup.
The Tar Heels (9-1 Atlantic Coast
Conference, 23-1 overall) seemed to have
things under control as Jamison went 9-of-11
from the field in the first half, and North
Carolina opened a 50-34 lead.
It was 64-44 with 14:45 to play when Duke
(9-1, 20-1) made the run it seemed most of
the record crowd of 22,050 at the Smith
Center had been anticipating. The Blue Devils
went on a 25-9 burst to get within 73-69 with
5:48 left.
The last six points of the run came on a play

when North Carolina's Makhtar Ndiaye fouled
out and was charged with a technical for slam-
ming the ball to the floor. The four free throws
and Trajan Langdon's jumper on the ensuing
possession had Duke right back in it.
Enter Cota, who finished with 12 points and
12 assists.
The sophomore point guard scored six
points and had two assists on the next six pos-
sessions as the Tar Heels, looking almost as
exhausted as the Blue Devils, started a 24-4
run to close the game, including the final 18 of
the game.
The 1-2 matchup was yet another first for
rookie North Carolina coach Bill Guthridge
- and Dean Smith couldn't have done much
It was the ninth North Carolina victory in
the past 10 meetings with its biggest and clos-
est rival, just 12 miles away, and it tied the
teams at the top of the ACC standings.
The Tar Heels and Blue Devils will play
again Feb. 28 at Duke in the final regular-sea-
son game for both teams.

Duke was trying to match the best start in
school history and its best in the league since
It was the first time Duke trailed at halftime
all season. The Blue Devils' average lead at
the half had been 19.6 points.
Jamison, who entered the game averaging
22.3 points, finished 14-for-20 from the field,
making him 49-for-69 in his five games
against Duke. He also grabbed II rebounds.
Jamison scored I I straight points for North
Carolina in the first half, as it turned a 37-31
lead into a 48-34 ad ointage.
Vince Carter and Shammond Williams each
had 17 points for North Carolina.
Roshown McLeod and Chris Carrawell led
Duke, which had won 11 straight since losing
to Michigan. with 19 points each. Trajan
Langdon had 12.
North Carolina's victory gave No. 2 teams a
13-19 record in 1-2 matchups. It was the third
straight victory for the lower-ranked team in
the rivalry, including North Carolina's 89-78
victory over Duke in Chapel Hill in 1994.

North Carolina's Antawn Jamison got up for the game against Duke yesterday. The forward had 35
points and 11 rebounds in the Tar Heels' 97-73 victory over the Blue Devils.

Eschemeyer stopped;
Wink paces 'Cats

By James Goldstein
Daily Sports Writer
All week long, the talk heading into
yesterday's game against Northwestern
was that Michigan needed to contain
Wildcats center Evan Eschmeyer, the
Big Ten's leading scorer and rebounder.
At 21.9 points and 11.4 rebounds per

game, the 6-foot-I I

center has torn up
the Big Ten.
Eschmeyer got off
to a solid start,
scoring 10 points
in the first half,

But in the second stanza, he was shut
down by the Wolverines' interior
defense, which held him to just one
field goal in the half. Eschmeyer fouled
out of the game with 1:31 left, finishing
with just 15 points. On any normal
night, that would spell trouble for the
But the shooting of freshman guard
Sean Wink saved Northwestern last
Wink poured in a team-high 18 points
on 7-for-12 shooting, including 3 of 5
from the 3-point line. When the
Wildcats were leading early in the sec-
ond half, Wink drained 3-pointers to
frustrate Michigan. And when Michigan
regained the lead late in the game, the
Wolverines weren't able to put the vic-
tory away - once again because of
Wink's clutch shooting.
Harmsen 16 2-4 0-0 0-4 1 4 4
Branch 35 0-2 0-0 0-2 5 1 0
Eschmeyer 36 6-9 3-7 2-8 5 5 15
Bonner 40 3.7 3.4 0-2 2 1 11
Wink 37 7-12 1-1 0-2 2 3 18
Harris 8 1-3 2-6 1-1 0 4 4
Pomeday 9 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 6
Molnar 19 3-4 3-6 1-4 1 3 9
Totals 200 2444 12-24 5-27 16 23 67
FG%: .545 FT%: .500. 3-point FG: 7-13, .500 (Wink 3-5,

"I'm glad Sean Wink didn't listen to
me when I told him last spring not to
come," Northwestern coach Kevin
O'Neill said. "But he's played great bas-
ketball. We made every play at the end
of the game for him, and he responded."
DOWN AT THE HALF: Including yes-
terday's game, the Wolverines have
come back from halftime deficits three
times to win the game. The last time
Michigan defeated a team after trailing
at the half was against Duke on Dec. 13,
when the Wolverines came back from
11 points down to beat the top-ranked
Blue Devils, 81-73, at Crisler Arena.
The other second-half comeback
occurred on Dec. 3 against Florida
International, also at Crisler. Michigan
trailed by one going into halftime but
overcame the deficit to beat the Golden
Panthers 71-62.
Yesterday, the Wolverines were down,
34-27, at halftime.
NEXT up: The Wolverines have little
time to rest, before Michigan heads to
Minneapolis for a matchup with
Minnesota tomorrow afternoon.
The second meeting between the two
teams will be televised on CBS at 1 p.m.
On Jan. 20, the Wolverines held the
Gophers to an anemic 15 points in the
first half en route to Michigan's 65-57
victory at Crisler.
The last time the Wolverines won in
Williams Arena was Jan. 20, 1993, when
Michigan beat the Gophers 80-73.


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