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6B - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, February 9, 1998


Big Ten standings
Team Conf. Overall
Illinois 9-2 15-6
Purdue 7-3 14-6
Iowa 7-3 10-9
.Penn State 7-4 13-8
Wisconsin 6-5 17-6
Michigan 6-5 14-7
Ohio State 6-5 13-7
Indiana 6-5 15-9
Michigan State 3-7 14-7
Northwestern 1-10 6-17
Minnesota 1-10 4-17
Yesterday's scores
(home team in CAPS)
Michigan 62, PURDUE 60
Michigan State 74, OHIO STATE 72
INDIANA 58, Penn State 55
Illinois 75, MINNESOTA 67

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By Andy Latack
Daily Sports Writer
WEST LAFAYETTE - It does not take a great coaching
mind to figure out how to stop the Purdue women's basketball
team. One glance at any Boilermaker box score and it becomes
obvious - contain Stephanie White and Ukari Figgs.
Noticing this is the easy part. Actually doing it is something
completely different. Just ask one of the many Big Ten teams
the backcourt duo has burned.
----------------- Averaging 20.7 and 14.4 points per
Basketball game, respectively, White and Figgs are
among the conference's leading scorers.
rommentaly White is second in Big Ten scoring.
----------------- Like her peers, Michigan coach Sue
Guevara realizes the importance of shutting down the two -
and just how unrealistic that ideal is will be.
"You know those two are going to get their points," Guevara
said. "We just try to make it hard for them to get the ball, and,
once they get it, we just had to make sure we contested their
And Guevara is right - White and Figgs will get their
points. But against Michigan yesterday, they had to take a lot
of shots to get them. Using pesky defense and switching on
every screen, Michigan ensured that Purdue's potent backcourt
didn't get too many open looks at the basket. Figgs did reach
her average of 14 points per game, and White's 15 weren't far
from her usual 21.
But, with White shooting an icy 5-of-20 from the floor, and
Figgs barely better at 6-of-16, Michigan's stingy defense
evoked memories of the Wolverines' Jan. 9 victory over the
Boilermakers at Crisler, when the Wolverines limited the duo
to 14-of-40 from the floor.
"I think we were getting pretty good looks," Figgs said of the

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duo's shooting performance. "They switched defenses on us
the second half, but for the most part our shots just weren't,
White gave the Wolverines' defense credit for containing
them, and also noted the importance of a balanced offense. *-
"When the other team is playing a triangle-and-two, there
are a lot of open shots for other people," White said of the,
Wolverines' defense, which played White and Figgs man-to
man and the rest of the team in a zone. "If they knock there:
down, you can't stop us. If they don't, well, you saw what hap.
pened today."
Despite constant hassling by Michigan's defensive schemer
White and Figgs had moments yesterday when it was clear why
the two are always on the tip of opposing coaches' tongues.
Michigan was enjoying its biggest lead of the game, 53-45,
with 6:24 left. Figgs picked up two quick fouls, silencing the
home crowd. Just as quick, she single-handedly spurred a furi-
ous Boilermaker comeback with two layups.
When the dust settled, the Wolverines were frantically cling-
ing to a one-point lead.
White also led a comeback of her own earlier in the second
half. After Michigan jumped out to an early 33-29 lead in th
second frame, White put on a dazzling move, spinning arou
Michigan's Molly Murray, drawing the foul and sinking the
layup. White hit the free throw and dished out an assist in each
of the Boilermakers' next possessions to put Purdue up 38-37.
It would be the Boilermakers' last lead. When it counted in
the final three minutes of the game, Figgs was held scoreless
and White was held to just a pair of free throws.
"We knew that the key to stopping Purdue is to put as much
pressure as you can on White and Figgs, and make everyone
else shoot the basketball," Guevara said.
It worked in the first meeting, and it worked again yesterd
S Michiganheld Purdue's two leaing
S scorers. Stephanie White and Figgs,
e 1B in check. The two combined for 29
7-5, 14-8) for the points, several below their combined
ason. average of 35. Although the
8-0 very quickly Boilermakers pulled down 16 offen-
vhittled away at it, sive rebounds, they managed to shoot
a time," Guevara only 37 percent from the floor, far
to get out of here. below their 47-percent season aver=
ig, long time since age.

Michigan guard Ann Lemire and the Wolverines used stifling defense against
Purdue in yesterday's two-point victory. The Wolverines shut down two of the con-
ference's leading scores, Stephanie White and Ukari Figgs.



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Michigan defeated then-No. 23
Purdue on Jan. 9 at Crisler Arena,
breaking a 22-game losing streak to
the Boilermakers. The streak dated
back to the a 1985-86 campaign.
On Sunday, the Wolverines used a
balanced scoring attack and stifling
defense to mark their return to the
Big Ten race. Four Michigan players
scored in double figures, and guard
Stacey Thomas led all scorers with 16
points. Thomas made 4 of 8 from the
charity stripe, including several cru-
cial free throws down the stretch.
The Wolverines led by four at half-
time, but it took the Boilermakers just
1:09 to tie the score at 29. The lead
then changed hands several times
before Michigan took a 53-45 lead
with 6:42 remaining in the game.
"We knew that Purdue had to have
the basketball so they were going to
do everything they could to get it,"
Guevara said. "We had to grab it, we
had to pivot, and we had to come
make the pass and we knew that they
had to foul."
On the defensive end of the floor,

The Wolverines had much m
success from the field, making
The Wolverines had much mc
success from the field, making
percent of their shots.
Michigan relied heavily on peneti
tion and the inside game, two aspe<
that had been lacking in recent loss
But Michigan again struggled to hc
onto the ball, giving up 23 turnove
including 13 in the first half.
"I thought we guarded them"
better than we did" in Ann Ar
Figgs said. "They were just hittii
some tough shots. Stacey Thom
was hitting some tough shots goi
into the lane and you just can't gua
Michigan center Pollyanna Joh
contributed 13 points and
rebounds, but it was Michigar
guards that shouldered the bulk of t
scoring responsibilities. Ak
Franklin scored 10 points on40
The victory moves Michigan inte
tie for fourth place in the Big Tenju
a half-game behind third-pla
Indiana. The Wolverines will need
finish in the top five spots to recei'
a bye in the first round of the Big"T



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