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6B - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday, March 9, 1998

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Quotable:
"I'd like to apologize for being so late (to the
press conference). Usually, we come in second
because the winning team comes in first"
Michigan coach Sue Guevara
after the lolverines won their
first-ever Big Ten Tournament game

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NCAA UPDATE:
M M chigan received its secondever NCAA
tornament invitation yesterday. The 10th-
seeced Wolverines face No.7 seed UCLA in
the frst round in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Mar.
12. See the full bracket on page 2B. Look
for more coverage in tomorrow's Daily.

Lemire

Player of the Week
Ann Lemire
The junior guard scored 34 points in the Big Ten Tournament last
weekend. In the semi-final loss to Penn State, Lemire went 4-for-6
from 3-point range on the way to a 22-point performance. In the
quarterfinal victory over Wisconsin, she had 12 points, seven
assists and five rebounds.

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By Andy Latack
Daily Sports Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - As the starting
lineups were announced, the Michigan
bench kept a nervous eye on the tunnel
- leading to the court.
With the announcer about to call
80's Retro! Pollyanna Johns' name, the all-Big Ten
Drink specials all night. center was nowhere to be found.
Suddenly, Johns raced onto the court,
not even breaking stride as she joined
College Night. $1.50 longnecks her fellow starters and her name boomed
& pitchers all night. from the PA system.
No cover w/student ID 21+ Unfortunately for Michigan, when the
game began, it seemed almost as if Johns
had never joined her teammates on the
Ann Arbor's Biggest and Best-court. Held to sin-
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" Commentary season, Johns was
" ----------------------plagued by foul
trouble and was virtually a non-factor in
the Wolverines' overtime loss.
But the Wolverines have plenty to be
proud of. According to the powers that
the nation's largest be, Michigan needed a first-rousd victo-
nt assessments serving over ry in the Big Ten Tournament to secure a
rams. bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Scenter in Ann Arbor for The Wolverines got that win over No.
e currently seeking people 24 Wisconsin the night before. Much
i responses to open-ended like the loss to Penn State, Johns was
e from an accredited college held in check, going scoreless for the
in reading, writing, science first 17 minutes of the game and finish-
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quired. For more information But the Wolverines refused to buckle,
I www.ncs.com. picking up the slack for Johns. In
arguably the biggest game of Sue
shifts available late Guevara's two-year tenure as Michigan's
ing scoach, Michigan held off the Badgers
and secured its first-ever Big Ten
oriented, professional work Tournament win and an NCAA berth.
The Wolverines effort against Penn
State was even more remarkable, as
Johns, Anne Thorius and Stacey Thomas
ns available all got into foul trouble midway through

the second half. With the three starters on
the bench, Ann Lemire and Molly
Murray were amazing, with Lemire knif-
ing through the Penn State defense for
layups and Murray spotting up for out-
side jumpers. The two refused to let Penn
State open up a lead, combining to shoot
9 for 14 from behind the 3-point arc.
In the end, their valiant effort would
fall just short against the Lions, who had
upset No. 13 Illinois the day before.
But when the Wolverines think about
their performance in the conference
tournament, they should realize this -
they can be a very dangerous team in the
NCAA Tournament.
If they can harness all their talent at
the same time - and that is a very big
'if' - Michigan has the ability to play
with any team in the country.
Guevara has maintained this all year,
almost to the point of cliche.
"When we get all our cylinders going
at the same time, we're a tough team to
beat," Guevara said, echoing her feeling
after almost every Michigan game. "We
had four kids in double figures, yet our
leading scorer had just six points,"
That is exactly the kind of balanced
attack that helps a team in the NCAA
Tournament. With the unpredictability of
the Big Dance, such versatility is a must.
The Wolverines are on the way to their
second-ever NCAA Tournament, and
they go there with the ability to surprise
a team or two. With four players averag-
ing double figures, the Wolverines have
proven they can spread the ball around.
And last weekend, they proved they
can play without Johns at her best.
All of this serves notice to Michigan's
first-round opponent. UCLA, watch out.
Because even if the Bruins manage to
shut down Johns, the Wolverines have
the talent to burn them elsewhere.

MALLoRY S.E FLoYs/Oay
Michigan freshman point guard Anne Thor/us looks to pass as Penn State's Jamie
Parsons defends in last Sunday's 87-81 overtime loss in the Big Ten tournament.

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The Wolverines matoide quite a rtun in a
frenzied final 30 secoTds of regulation to
force overtime and appeared to have Ithe
momentum headiig into the extra stanza.
With 27.3 seconds lel in regulation,
Andrea Garner hit a jump shot over
Johns, giving the Lions a 73-70 lead.
With II seconds remaining. Murray
missed a 3-pointer to tie, hot Stacey
Thomas got the rebounidl and tipped the
ball to Lemire. Lemire hit the game-tying
3-pointer with fi seconds to play.
But the Lions weren't dotse. After a
timeout with 3.1 seconds lolt Garner got
open off the inbound pas for a iwo-foot
jumper, but it clanged oft the rim. Clara
Carter rebounded the hall and put up a
shot at the buzer, but Johns swatted it
away, forcing tlse game into overtime.
Murray led the Wolveriacs with a sea-
son-high 25 points and was named to the
All-Tlournunent tmiii. Lemire added 22
as the Io ga.mrds made up for a lacklus-
ter performsitsce by Johns, who finished
the game with just six points. Garner led
tihe Lions witlh 25 points and six
rebounds.ri tnd htelens Darling added 20.
The W'N1crines displayed one of their
hotter ol~oissive rforiaeesa--s -they
shot 54 peicint from the floor and 5(1

percent from beyond 3-point arc - but
they struggled defensively.
Michigan often failed to box out, an
was outrebounded, 36-35, including 18
Penn State offensive boards. The
Wolverines couldn't stop Garner in the
low post, especially with Johns out much
of the game with foul trouble.
"Any time you shoot (that well), you
should win the ball game,"Guevara said.
"The problem is that we didn't play
defense on the other end."
Despite the loss, the tournament wasq
success for Michigan.
The Wolverines won their first-ever
Big Ten Tournament game in the quarter-
final match, a 79-70 victory over sixth-
seeded Wisconsin (9-7, 21-9) on Feb. 28.
Thorius led Michigan in perhaps har
best game of the year, scoring a careet-
high 23 points and getting six assists.
Kenisha Walker added quality minutos
off the bench, scoring a career-high 12
points. LaTonya Sims led the Badge"
with 23 points and seven rebounds.
The Wolverines used a 16-4 run mid-
way through the second half to take a 67-
56 lead, then held off a late Wisconsin
surge to secure the win. The Badgers nar-
rowed the gap to five with 30 seconds to
play, but Thorius scored the last four
points and stole the ball once to give the
Wolverines the nine-point victory.

Sights and Sounds from Indy
Ugliest unfforms: Minnesota. Black and maroon uniforms with yellow stripes seem
more appropriate for a Taco Bell employee than a basketball player.
Best cheer: "We've got subs!" Chanted by the Wisconsin band during their first-
round victory over the Golden Gophers, who dressed just seven players. The
Gophers suspended their other seven players, including all five starters.
Best individual taunt: "No, no, seriously, No. 22 is a girl" Yelled by a Michigan
band member loud enough for most of the RCA Dome to hear as Wisconsin's
Ann Klappertch, who wears jersey No. 22, shot a free throw in Michigan's quar-
terfinal victory over the Badgers.
Most insightful quote: "If we play well, we'll do well." Stated by Michigan guard
Ann Lemire after the Wolverines' semifinal loss to Penn State.
Most vicious play: Iowa's Tangela Smith set a bone-crunching pick on Purdue's
Stephanie White, complete with an elbow to the face, in a semifinal matchup.
White left the game, but returned several minutes later. No foul was called.

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