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6B-.--The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - February 1, 1999

Poor attendance at
games hurts program

'Wisconsin stomps 'M.

By Uma Subranmian
Daily SportsWriter
It's no secret that Michigan Stadium is
hallowed ground in Ann Arbor. Nor is it
any secret that the revenue sports such as
football, men's bas-
ketball, and hockey-------------
will get their fans to Basketball
crowd into the are-
nas to watch them Commeary
play: ---------
But there is another side to the sports
world that, in reality, very few students
ever witness in the short time they are
here. And in that unfamiliar alley, other
student-athletes go about their daily lives
with the realization that the tremendous
efforts they put in to excel at theirrespec-
tive sports may forever go unnoticed due
totlie fact that they don't play a "major"
sport.
Case in point: the Michigan women's
basketball team.
These Wolverines come to Crisler
Arena nearly every day and practice for
the same three hours that the men's team
does. Yet on game day, for all their
efforts, an average of only 1,129 people
- idcluding the team - showed up.
They play with-the same intensity, no
doubt-about that.
The interesting thing is that this trend
only seems to occur here.
In venues like Purdue's Mackey
Arena, it is nearly impossible to get a
ticket. Purdue is the No. 2 team in the
country, of course they're going to get
fans;-right?
So, what does that say about Michigan
fans in general? If nothing else, it points
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out their fair-weather tendencies.
OK, so maybe now you're saying to
yourself, 'So what? Why should I trek all
the way to Crisler?'The answer: to watch
Michigan guard Stacey Thomas - one
of the most talented and explosive play-
ers to have ever graced the court with the
block "M" - play the game.
Heading into overtime against Ohio
State on Friday, the Wolverines had been
through an up-and-down 40 minutes and
watched a 16-point lead disappear. They
looked spent. But, after winning the
opening tip in the extra period, Michigan
went on a scoring spree, recording 19
points in just five minutes.
It was one of the most exciting games
played in Crisler this year - men's or
women's.
Perhaps Ohio State coach Beth Burns
put it best.
"The one thing I would tell Michigan
fans is that they've got a good thing
going on and they're missing it," Burns
said. "You've got some women out here
working hard and playing good basket-
ball, and there needs to be ... some fans in
here.
"We get plenty of fans in Columbus.
Football's more important there too"
In women's basketball, the explosive-
ness customary to the men's game isn't
there. But it is basketball in its purest
form - heavily dependent on shooting.
"I really appreciate the support we
(have gotten), but noise makes a differ-
ence to those kids," Guevara said. "Ohio
State gets that every game, and that's
something we need to have. I'll do what-
ever it takes, (and I will) take any sug-
gestions."
History has to start sometime. The
Michigan women's basketball team is on
its way to establishing itself as one of the
winningest programs at this university.
Perhaps two Fridays from now, you'll
witness history itself when the
Wolverines face Illinois at home.

BADGERS
Continued from Page 18
have an inside-outside game."
Yesterday's dreary showing came on
the heels of perhaps the team's biggest
win of the season.
In knocking off Ohio State, Friday's
win did more than simply deliver
Guevara and her squad their fourth vic-
tory in as many tries.
The overtime thriller marked the
Wolverines' first win over a ranked
opponent, and the second time in as
many home games that Michigan need-
ed an extra frame to finish off its oppo-
nent.
"We played a very good basketball
team, and it took us an extra five min-
utes;" Guevara said.
Paced by the Michigan backcourt,
Guevara's team opened up a 10-point
lead on the strength of Alayne Ingram
and Thomas. Thomas collected three
steals in the first stanza to finish with
five on the day.
"Stacey was playing relaxed and she

was having fun,' Guevara said ofthefr-
ward who finished with 26 points t-idad
all scorers. "She was just a lot of fin to
watch"
Friday's second half saw Michigan's
gritty offense continue its relentless
attack. But it also marked the emergenee
of an Ohio State frontcourt, led
Marrita Porter, who torched Mich"
for 18 points and set off a secondhal f
comeback that brought the Buckeyes
back into contention.
"We made some adjustments in how9
we were defending them on the perile-
ter and then we were double and triple-
teaming them inside, Guevara said.
Michigan's ability to regroup~ and
remain patient kept Ohio State at bay as
Michigan refused to go quietly into -he
night.
And neither did its fans. Boosted
the suddenly boisterous Michigan fitj-
ful, Guevara's squad hung with th4 f3-
Buckeyes before using overtime to-dis-
mantle Ohio State, who came into the
game leading the series 32-3.
mra's squd

DANA LINNANE/Daily
Wisconsin frustrated Anne Thorlus and the Michigan women's basketball team in
the second half yesterday at Crisier Arena.
Weekend shows two skd

By Stephanie Offen
Daily Sports Writer
What a difference two days make.
The Michigan women's basketball
team showed two totally different sides
of itself this weekend.
Friday against Ohio State, the No.
19 team in the nation, the Wolverines
looked unstoppable.
They shot almost 50 percent from
the field, with three players in double
figures. They also dominated the
Buckeyes on the boards.
But yesterday, Michigan seemed
easy to stop. Wisconsin came into
'Crisler Arena looking for their first
'road conference win in over a year, and
lit was not given much of a challenge.
The Badgers faced a Michigan team
that shot under 30 percent for the
game, with only one player, sopho-
more Anne Thorius, in double figures.
"It was a very frustrating after-
noon," Michigan coach Sue Guevara
said. "In the first half we had some
wide open shots, we had lay-ups and
wide open threes, and short jumpers

that did not fall.
"At halftime we were only shooting
29 percent. Thank goodness Wisconsin
was only shooting 28. And we thought
we couldn't shoot any worse."
But it was the Badgers, and not
Michigan, who stepped up in the sec-
ond half. They raised their dismal 28
percent shooting to almost 50 percent
from the field.
The most dramatic change that
occurred from Friday to yesterday was
the production of two of the team's
leading scorers.
Stacey Thomas and Alayne Ingram
scored 26 and 22 points respectively
on Friday against the Buckeyes.
Thomas played all 45 minutes in the
overtime victory and added 10
rebounds, while Ingram went 8-for-13
from the floor.
Two days later both players were
almost nonexistent. Thomas only
played for 28 minutes, contributing
only six points and three rebounds.
Ingram also struggled from the floor
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behind the 3-point arc.
"Its always frustrating to not be able
to score;' Thorius said. "We had good
looks at the basket but we just couldn't
finish them."
A NEW FACE: Friday against Ohio
State, the Wolverines welcomed a new
player to their squad.
Walk-on Suzanna Jara has been
with the team most of the season in
practice, but was just made eligible on
Thursday.
Guevara said that Jara was activat-
ed for depth, which has been some-
thing the Wolverines have been lack-
ing lately.
The loss of Mandy Stowe, and what
seems to be a continuous line of
injuries to the Michigan roster, has
made the Wolverines very thin off the
bench.
Jara played a minute in each of the I
weekend games. She added two
WISCONSIN (70)
FG FT RES
MIN M-A M-A 0-T A F PTS
Sims 25 5-10 5-7 2-9 3 3 15
Moore 34 7-14 3-4 3-4 2 2 18
Stomski 32 5-11 0-3 1-6 2 3 10
Paulus 33 1-8 3-4 2-7 7 2 5
Pate 24 1-4 2-2 1-3 0 1 4
Kiongland 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Black 20 46 00 0-0 1 1 12
Jirovec 2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Konieczny 14 1-1 1-1 0-0 0 3 3
Wiersma 14 1-2 1-1 1-5 0 2 3
Totals 200 25-57 15-2214-40 15 17 70
FG%: 439. FT.: .682. 3-poInt FG: 5-12.,.417
(Black 4-5, Moore 1-2, Pate 0-1, Kongland 0-1,
Paulus 0-3). Blocks: 6 (Wiersma 3, Moore,
Stomski, Paulus). Steals: 11 (Moore 5, Pate 3,
Sims, Stomski, Paulus). Turnovers: 14 (Stomski 5,
Moore 3, Black 2, Wiersma 2. Paulus, Jirovec).
Technical Fouls: none.
MICHIGAN (46)
FG FT REB
MIN M-A MA O-T A F PTS
Thomas 28 3-8 0-0 1.3 0 3 6
Kipping 15 1-3 0-0 2-4 0 3 2
Miller 32 3-4 3-4 4-5 0 4 9
Thorius 32 4-8 5-6 0-6 4 3 14
Ingram 29 1-10 0-0 1-1 2 1 2
Walker 12 0-3 1-2 1-2 0 2 1
Goodlow 20 2-6 2-2 1-2 0 2 6
Lemire 29 2-12 1-2 1-6 5 2 6
Dykhouse 2 00 00 0-0000
Jara 1 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 1 0
Totals 200 16-54 12-1616-36 11 21 46
FG%: .296. FT%: .750, 3-point FG: 2-12, .167
(Thorius 1-1, Lemire 1-5, Goodlow 0-1, Ingram 0-5).
Blocks: 5 (Goodlow 3, Miller, Kipping). Steals: 7
(Miller 3, Thorius 2, Thomas. Lemire). Turnovers:
20 (Ingram 5, Miller 4, Lemire 3, Thorius 3,
Thomas 2, Kipping, Goodlow, Jara). Technical
Fouls: none.
Wisconsin........................22 48 - 70
Michigan.........................24 22 - 46
At: Crisler Arena
Attendance: 1,697

DANA LINNANE/Daily
Wisconsin dumped Katie Dykhouse and
Michigan yesterday, 7046.
rebounds in yesterday's game against
Wisconsin.
OHIO STATE (71)
FQ FT REB
MIN M-A M.A O-T A F'PTS
Porter 42 8-14 2-2 3-10 0 5 18
Shenk 14 2-7 0-0 0-0 0 0 6
Bogott 15 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0
Lewis 42 4-11 0-0 1-3 8 10
Barker 30 1-6 0-0 2-5 1 2' 2
Moua 27 5-6 1-2 1-1 2 3..,11
Brown 23 3.7 0.0 1-3 1 4 6
Ingham 3 1-1 0.0 0-0 0 1
Jones 25 7-14 1.1 2-3 1 4
Fusetti 4 0.0 0-0 0-0 0 J,.
Totals 225 31-66 45 8-29 1313 7
FG%: .470. FT%: .800 3-point FG: 5-11, .455
(Shenk 2-4, Lewis 2-5, Jones 1-2). Blocks:1
(Fusetti). Steals: 7 (Lewis 2, Brown 2, Shenk,
Barker, Moua). Turnovers: 18 (Jones 5, Porter 3,
Shenk 3. Lewis 3, Moua 2, Barker, Brown).
Technical Fouls: none.
MICHIGAN (85)
FO FTRES
MIN U-A U-A O-T A F PTS
Thomas 45 11-19 3-5 3-10 2 1 26
Kipping 23 1-3 0-0 1-2 0 3-% 2
Miller 32 3-8 4-7 9-15 0 310
Thorius 30 2-7 5-6 1-2 3 -2.
Ingram 38 8-13 4-4 1-2 1 0
Walker 22 3-5 1-2 2-2 0 1 -
Goodlow 11 1.1 0-0 0-0 0 1-.
Lemire 22 2-7 2-4 0-1 3 0'7
Dykhouse 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 01.0
Jara 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals 225 31. 3 19-281940 9 11 85
FG%:g.492. FT%:.679.3.point FG: 4-10, .400
(Ingram 2-4, Lemire 1-2, Thomas 1-2). Blocks: '4
Thomas 3, Ingram) Steals: 10 (Thomas 5, Ingram
2, Aipping, Thorius, Lemire). Turnovers: 18 (Thorius
6. Miller 3, Ingram 3, Kipping 2, Thomas, Lemnire;
Goodlow, Walker) Technical Pouls: none.
Ohio State...............26 40 5471
Michigan ................40 26 19-85
At: Crisler Arena
Attendance: 1,527

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