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November 30, 1998 - SportsMonday - The Michigan Daily - 3E

Men's basketball returns from Maui
Invitational with questions answered

JIM
ROSE

By Rick Freeman
DAy Sports Writer
Zgesides the side benefits of a
Thanksgiving break trip to Hawai'i
(read: Ingrid Ellerbe's Thanksgiving
feast), the Michigan men's basketball
team learned a little something on their
trip.
First, the Wolverines learned that
November in Hawaii is a touch more
mild than November in Michigan. But
from a bas--
k e t b a l Hoe again
point of
view, they What: Michigan vs.
learned that Towson State
they might When: 7:30 p.m.
not be as Where: Crisler Arena
bad as Notable: Last season,
everyone the Wolverines needed
thought. a Robbie Reid 3-pointer
But they in the final minute to
a 1 s o seal the victory over
learned that the Tigers.
they've got
a lot of work to do if they want to keep
playing basketball in March. And a good
test will be tonight's game against defen-
sively tough Towson.
"We've answered some questions
about what we could and couldn't do,'
Michigan coach Brian Ellerbe said. "We
answered some questions about our-
selves."
-One of those questions was 'Why
aren't these guys playing a zone
defense?'
One of the best answers for that, and
one the Wolverines would probably
rather have left undiscovered, was Utah's
Jeremy Killion. On Wednesday, He
chowed down on Michigan's zone as if it
were stuffing and mashed potatoes.

"One thing about a zone;" Michigan
guard Louis Bullock said, "if you play it
for the course of a game, you'll give up
open shots."
Killion sank six of those shots, all 3-
pointers, and his 18 points helped the
Utes sink Michigan, 71-56.
"That guy did a great job," Bullock
said.
Bullock said that of Killion, but he
could have said it about Michigan's Leon
Jones. The freshman guard's 33 points in
the tournament answered any questions
about his play this season.
The Wolverines also answered ques-
tions as to their ability to play on the
same level as top-25 teams.
After beating No. 22 Clemson,
Michigan stayed with No. 19 Syracuse
and No. 18 Utah before succumbing in
the closing minutes of each. And while
they were losses, the games showed that
Michigan is not the tomato can it
seemed to be after losing to Ball State
and Florida International.
But playing a zone defense, and play-
ing it for three games in three days, is tir-
ing. And when only about seven players
are logging serious minutes, any team
would be hard-pressed to hang with top-
notch opponents.
"Defensive fatigue caught up with
us," Ellerbe said.
And so did Utah and Syracuse.
Michigan held a seven-point lead on the
Utes, and found themselves within four
of the Orangemen at one point. But
down the stretch, the Wolverines found
themselves outplayed.
"Our offense helped their defense,"
Ellerbe said.
Towson's defense might not need the
help tonight.

MARGARET MYERS/Daily
The Michigan frontcourt wasn't productive over the three-game Maul invitational
last week, as the guards were called upon to provide much of the scoring.
Blue storms Mexico
wIth two victories

e e
Rdose Parade konorsfinest of
Mio an falL ~ports teams
HONOLULU - In the past week, I've been faced with some agonizing
decisions: swimming pool vs. ocean, towel dry vs. air dry, Coppertone vs.
baby oil. But chaise longues, I've discovered, are conducive to thinking.
Because there are just a couple weeks left in the fall semester, and because most
of the traditional - and even the not-so-traditional - fall sports have finished
their seasons, it's a good time to step back, survey the landscape, and look at the
big picture. The time is right, then, to hand out some awards.
This is not an exhaustive list, mind you. Some people win Oscars, some win
ESPYs. But in Ann Arbor, fall-semester athletes are now eligible for a very elite SOt
of awards designed specifically for them - Roses.
That's right. I'm giving out Roses (appropriate, don't you think'?). They're decid
ed in good-old, undemocratic, I-get-to-decide fashion, and there are very few rules
about who is or is not eligible. In many cases, a Rose can be awarded for superior
athletic achievement; other times, the requirements are less strenuous. Without fur-
ther ado, here it is: The fall '98 edition of The Rose Parade.
Best Performance By a WoundedAthlete: Rob Billington, Michigan table tennis
team. Billington not only took second place in two separate flights at the Davision
November Open (a U.S.A. Table Tennis-sanctioned event) he "played better than
ever," team vice president Sungill Kim says, "despite torn ligaments in his ankle."
Runner-up: John Mortimer. His entire career, he was one of Michigan's best
men's cross country runners. The fact that his final few weeks were slowed by
injury is a shame, but it does nothing to diminish his status as one of this fall's best
Biggest Fall Flop: Crisler Vision. It seemed like a terrific idea at the time. But
then, it seemed like a terrific team at the time, too.
Best Athlete: Katie McGregor. An individual national championship served as a
fitting finale to the career of the athlete that Michigan women's cross country
coach Mike McGuire called the best runner he's ever coached.
McGregor was great from the day she came to Ann Arbor, but what ultimately
separates her from the pack (pun intended) is the fact that sl- continied to improv
year by year. Although she'll tell you the team is always the most important thing,
the fact is that she ended her collegiate cross country career with her crowning
achievement - a feat often spoken of, but rarely achieved in athletics.
Most Passionate Team: Men's crew. (See related categories: Most Likely To
Complain, Most Likely To Suffer From A Debilitating Chip On The Shoulder and
Most Likely To Start Their Own Newspaper.) In the past couple years, much has
been made of the status of rowing as a collegiate sport - on this campus and
around the country. Many people, including crew officers and coaches, believe the
Michigan crew program suffers unfairly on campus from negative publicity. Others
think the men's rowers should give everyone a break and stop getting so angry
every time somebody says "Men's soccer."
Say what you will. After hearing the arguments of those involved, this much I
can say: If there's another group of athletes on this campus more committed to its
sport, I haven't seen it. Not only is the men's crew team one of the best in the coun
try, but it's also one of the most disadvantaged. Strike One is its club status; Strike
Two is the fact that rowing is simply not - despite what team members would
have you believe - recognized in the Midwest as a major athletic event.
Despite all of this, Michigan's men's crew team is a hard-working, successful
and driven group. We all would do well to learn something from their persistence
and drive (if not their tactful and unbiased views).
Club Sport Still Most Deserving of Varsity Status: Men's soccer. No explanation
necessary on this one.
Best Performance By a Tournament Team: Women's soccer. In each year of
Amber Berendowsky's career, Michigan's program has risen to another level. Think;
it's a coincidence? I don't.
Best name: Greg Giovanazzi. Michigan's volleyball coach is a clear winner.
Tough to compete with this one.n.
Best story: The Oppenlander family. Michigan's waterskiing club would be just
another waterskiing club were it not for this story. Lauren and Ricci are team
members, but that's not what's interesting. The best part is their western Michigan
home - their father loves waterskiing so much that he had a waterskiing lake built
in his own backyard. Now that's hard to top.
Classiest Coach: (tie) Giovanazzi and Marcia Pankratz
Michigan's volleyball and field hockey coaches are two truly nice people - win
or lose. You can't help but root for their teams.
- Jim Rose can be reached via e-mail at jwse@umich.edt
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WARREN ZINN/Daily
The Michigan women's basketball team, seen here at Crisler Arena, swept the
Tomeo Cancun de Basquetbol this weekend.
SCPPIN STATEJ49L RALABAMA-BIRMINGHAM (55)
MIN M-A MA OT A F PTS MIN M-A M-A -T A F PS
Brooks 30 7-14 3-4 3-10 1 ,17 Thrash 12 1-3 00 0 03 2
Stewart 9 0-4 00 2-3 00 0 Brown 28 4110 1-11 124
Allen 14 2-10 2-2 0.2 1 1 6 carter 6 1-2 0-0 2-2 0 3 2
Ritchie 19 0. 4-8 0.0 1 1 4 F. Jackson 31 5-16 14 2-3 2 2 12
..Mitchell 36 6-17 1-2 3-6 2 213 Jeter 36 00 000-3 3 30
Jones 16 1-5 00 00 0 2 2 Stallings 8 01 00 00 0 1 0
.Williams 10 1.6 0-0 1-2 0 22 Bailey 4 1-1 0-0 0000 2
".Dockery 7 0 0-000050 0.Jackson 26 61144 1-61317
S~cott 1302 0-0 1-2 0 12 Holland 32 2-8 00 04 114
Schley 13 0.2 0-01-2 0 00 Robinson 6 0-" 220.1 0 12
y Waugh 16 241-20-0035 Rhodes 10 0 00 1-30 0 0
Nur 9 0.3 0.201 0 10 Brown 1 00 0-0 0-0 02 0
Webb 8 0-2 0-2 1-2 0 4 0 Totals 200 21-57 11-1711-44 8 21 55
Totals 200 19-71 11-221541 5 29 49 FG%: .368. FT%: .647. 3-point FG: 2-15, .133 F.
FG%: .268. FT%: .500. 3-point FG: 0-12, .000 Jackson 1-5, D. Jackson 1-4, Holland 0-4, Brown 0-
(Allen 0.1, Nuir 0.1, Scott 0.1, Mitchell 0.2. Jones 1). Blocks: 6 (D. Jackson 3, Brown 2, F. Jackson).
4 03, Williams 0-4). Blocks: 1 (Stewart). Steals: 6 Steals: 4 (Holland 2, D. Jackson, Brown).
-(Dockery 2. Mitchell 2, Jones, Williams). Turnovers: 20 (D- Jackson 4, F. Jackson 3, Brown
Turnovers: 32 (Mitchell 5, Scott 5, Jones 4, 3, Thrash 3, Jeter 2, Holland 2, Bailey, Robinson.
Ritchie 4, Brooks 3, Williams 3, Allen 2, Dockery Rhodes). Technical Fouls: 0.
2, Waugh 2, Schley, Webb). Technical Fouls: 0. MICHIGAN (7M (1014)
FG Fr REB MIN -A M-A 0 A F PTS
MIN M-1 -A 0 AT F PTS Thomas 26 715 1-1 2-5 02 15

SWEEP
Continued from Page 16
Michigan, which earned the 104-49
victory.
Michigan jumped out to an early
lead, and led 53-30 at halftime. The
Wolverines shot an impressive 56.4
percent from the field in this first
half, and started the second half off
just as impressively. They began the
half with a 12-0 run which put the
game virtually out of reach of the
Eagles.
Five players scored in double dig-
its for Michigan, with freshman
Raina Goodlow leading all scorers.
Goodlow scored a career-high 18
points in just 18 minutes of action.
Heather Oesterle and Mandy
Stowe also contributed 12 points
each, and Ruth Kipping rounded out
the double-digit scorers with 10
points. Kipping also had 10 rebounds
and recorded her first career double-
double.
This was Michigan's first 100-
point game in just under a year, and
ranks third in most points scored in
the program's history.
RECRUITING BEAT: The
Wolverines have already received two
letters of intent for the early signing
period of the 1999-2000 season.
LeeAnn Bies, a 6-3 center from
Lakeview, and In'fini Robinson, a 5-
9 guard from Detroit, will be wel-
comed additions to the already young

Michigan squad.
Bies attended Lakeview High
School, where she led her basketball
team to a 26-1 record and a Class B
state quarterfinal appearance.
"The best thing about LecAnn is
that she's a blue-collar worker,"
Michigan coach Sue Guevara said in
a released statement. "She's a post
player who works, works, works, even
when she doesn't have the ball. At 6-
3, 180, she gives us the size we need
and she's not afraid of contact. With
her, Ruth (Kipping) and Raina
(Goodlow), that's a good front line."
And with play like the Wolverines
saw out of Kipping and Goodlow this
weekend, there will be a lot expected
out of Bies.
Robinson was named a USA
Today, Street & Smith's and WBCA
All-American. She has recorded 24
triple-doubles and 10 quadruple-dou-
bles in her career.
"Infini is a perimeter player vho
can shoot the three from NBA range,"
Guevara said in the release. "She's
quick and she's got decent size for a
guard. We're fortunate to have her on
our team. She reminds me of Alayne
Ingram."

Thomas 21 7-12 2-4 5-11 6 3 16
-~Miller 20 2-6 0-0 2-3 0 1 4
Goodlow 18 9-13 0.0 1-2 0 2 18
Thorius 20 1-4 2-2 0.2 3 4 5
Ingram 27 3-7 3-4 0-4 3 2 9
'~Walker 12 4-4 1-2 1-2 2 3 9
Oesterle 21 3-9 5-5 2-4 5 1 12
Lemire 20 3.7 3-4 2-5 3 0 9
Kipping 17 5-10 0-1 2-10 0 2 10
Dykhouse 9 0.2 0.2 1-1 0 1 0
SStowe 15 4,5 4-7 2-7 0 1 12
Totals 200 47-79 20311960 22 20 104
F6%: .519. FT6: .645. 3-ont FG: 2-9,-222.
(Thorius 1-3, Oesterle 1-2, Ingram 0-2, Lemire 0.2).
Blocks: none. Steals: 17 (Thomas 4, Walker 4,
Oesterle 3, Miller 2, Thorius, Ingram, Lemire,
Kipping). Turnovers: 24 (Lemire 4, Walker 4$
Ingram 3, Oesterle 3, Thorius 3, Kipping 2, Stowe
2, Thomas 2, Miller). Technical Fouls: 0.
Coppin State ...........30 19 -49
m: Michigan ...............53 51- 104
At: Cancun, Mexico
Attendance: 103

Miller 24 1-5 5-6 3-6 2 3 7
Good*ow 16 2-4 2-2 3-5 0 3 6
Thorius '37 4-12 4-4 0.5 2 4 13
Ingram 25 4-11 2-2 0-2 1 0 11
Walker 12 0-2 0-0 1-4 0 2 0
Oesterle 13 1-5 0-0 1-3 0 0 2
Lemire 23 5-10 3-4 1-5 0 2 13
Kipping 16 2-6 1-2 1-3 0 2 5
Stowe 8 01 1-2 0-0 0 0 1
Totals 200 26-71 19-2315.44 518 73
FG%: .366. FT%: .826. 3-pint FG: 2-13,-154.
(Ingram 1-5, Thorius 1-4,Oesterle 0-2, Miller 0:1,
Lemire 0.1). Blocks: 2 (Goodlow, Thomas). Steals:
9 (Miller 3, Thomas 2, Lemire, Oesterle, Stowe,
Walker). Turnovers: 9 (Goodlow 2, Kipping 2,
Thorius, Thomas, Walker, Ingram, Oesterle).
Technical Fouls: 0.
Alabama-Birmigham .........29 26 -55
Michigan ...........36 37 - 73
At: Cancun, Mexico
Attendance: 138

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