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12 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 5, 1999

Michigan women to
fire away at Cannon

Captain leads Wildcats .

By Arun Gopal
For the Daily
The No. 5 Michigan women's
track and field team will face its
biggest challenge of the season, so
far, at the Cannon IV Classic today
and tomorrow in Indianapolis.
The Cannon Classic is one of the
top intercollegiate meets year after
year. Among the schools participat-
ing will be Texas, Wisconsin, Illinois
and Tennessee.
"This is almost as big as NCAAs
for us," Michigan coach James
Henry said. "It would be great for us
if we win as many events as we've
been doing."
After giving several athletes last
week off in Ypsilanti, the Wolverines
will have their entire team compet-
ing in Indianapolis.
One of the athletes who rested last
week was senior Nicole Forrester,
who will be competing in the high
jump at the Cannon Classic.
"I will be participating this week,"
Forrester said. "My goal is to jump
higher than 6-foot-4, and to beat
Erin Aldrich from Texas."
Aldrich won the NCAA champi-
onship in the high jump last year, in
just her first year of competition. At
last year's Cannon, she tied the
national collegiate indoor record,
with a jump of 6-5 1/2. This year,
Forrester holds the highest mark in
the country, a half-inch ahead of
Aldrich.
The Longhorns, the defending
national indoor and outdoor champi-
ons, are currently second in the
nation behind Louisiana State.
Along with Aldrich, Texas has one

of the more dominant runners in the
country in senior all-America
Suziann Reid. Reid, the defending
national indoor and outdoor champi-
on in the 400 meters, has not lost a
race in that event since 1997.
No. 11 Wisconsin is led by senior
Jenelle Deatherage, who qualified
for the NCAA finals with a personal-
best time of 4:43.90 in the mile.
The Badgers' distance medley
relay team, deemed "one of the best
in the nation" by Henry, has also
qualified for NCAAs with a time of
11:17.35.
With four returning all-
Americans, Illinois has one of the
top groups of sprinters in the coun-
try.
The Illini also have Stacy Ann
Grant, a senior high jumper who fin-
ished in the top five nationally, both
indoors and outdoors, in her event in
1997.
No. 21 Tennessee is also strong in
the sprinting events. Senior Kelli
White has garnered nine all-America
accolades during her time as a
Volunteer, and four other runners
have won all-America recognition in
the relays.
Two top teams who have partici-
pated in the Cannon in recent years
will not be in Indianapolis this year.
And although top-ranked Louisiana
State and No. 9 Arkansas will be
competing elsewhere this weekend,
Michigan's task remains formidable.
"All of the competitors will be as
good as us," Henry said. "We need
stiff competition to see where we are
as a team. We will need to cone
from behind in some events."

ESCHMEYER
Continued from Page 11
Michigan's big man walked dejected
toward his bench with only two
points to show for his outing.
Eschmeyer's presence was felt on the
other end of the court as well. His occu-
pancy in the middle forced Michigan
into many bad shots and rendered its
interior game ineffective.
"Whenever we tried to cut through
the lane, we would bump into him.
He was always causing havoc defen-
sively," Young said.
Eschmeyer's play in the middle
wasn't restricted to the paint area.
Halfway through the second half,
with Northwestern pulling away,
Northwester senior guard Danny
Allouche committed a defensive foul
on the perimeter.
Allouche didn't agree with the call
and headed toward the referee to

argue his case, but Eschmeyer would
have none of it.
He would not let a technical foul
stop his team's momentum, calming
Allouche down, and acting like the
leader that a captain is supposed to
be.
As if the night wasn't complete
enough for the sixth-year big ma*
he accomplished a couple of person-
al goals on the night. Eschmeyer
scored his 1,000th Big Ten point dur-
ing the game.
"It's a great thing, but it doesn't
put anything in the win column,"
Eschmeyer said.
He also went 15 for 19 from the
foul line, and was proud of the
accomplishment.
"That was my mission for today,"
he said. "I let the rest of the te,
down if I walk up there and miss
shots "
Spoken like a true captain.

!RANKER EY/'Ihe a&yNort
Michigan guard Robbie Reid was blocked all night by both the Northwestern
defense and the Welsh-Ryan Arena crowd. He finished with six points.

Purdue ends recent skid, tops Iowa 90-75

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WEST LAFAYETTE (AP) - An
eight-day break was just what the
slumping Purdue Boilermakers need-
ed.
"It showed what hard work does.
The kids worked very hard for the
past eight days,' Purdue coach Gene
Keady said after his 18th-ranked
Boilermakers withstood a second-
half rally by No. 14 Iowa for a 90-75
victory yesterday night. "It was great
for our confidence, which had been a
little shaky."
Carson Cunningham scored 23
points and Jaraan Cornell had 22 for
Purdue, which had lost three of its
previous four conference games.
"We think we are capable of play-
ing like that. We just need everyone
to come out and play with the intensi-
ty that they did," Cunningham said.
Purdue built a 23-point lead in the
first half, but the Hawkeyes cut the
deficit to seven twice in the second
half before Cornell helped the
Boilermakers pull away with 12
points in the final 10 minutes.
"We knew they were going to make
a run, but we were confident we
could hold them off," Purdue forward
Brian Cardinal said.
J.R. Koch led Iowa (6-4 Big Ten,
15-5 overall) with 20 points. Dean
Oliver added 15, including 9-of-10
from the foul line.
"Purdue came out ready to roll.
They were very aggressive," Iowa
coach Tom Davis said. "They had a

number of players step up, they have
really good depth."
Purdue (4-4, 16-6) forced 12
turnovers in the first 10 minutes and
broke the game open with a 17-1 run.
During one stretch, Iowa went more
than five minutes without a field
goal.
"Our biggest problem tonight was
the fouls," Davis said. "We sent them
to the line 36 times, just way too
many times."
The Boilermakers, who scored
only 50 points in a loss to
Northwestern last Wednesday, made
17 of their first 23 shots, with many
coming on fast-break layups after
turnovers. Purdue shot 60 percent in
the first half and led 52-38 at the
break.
The Boilermakers shot 57 percent
for the game, matching their best
mark of the season.
"We came out and showed a lot of
intensity at the start," Cardinal said.
"We knew we weren't playing to our
potential and worked on some things
to get us going during our layoff. We
capitalized on a lot of things that
forced them into turnovers."
After Iowa closed to 65-58 midway
through the second half, Purdue's
Alan Eldridge blocked an attempted
layup by Jacob Jaacks and Cornell
followed with a 3-pointer for Purdue.
Cunningham and Cornell scored
17 of Purdue's final 20 points in the
final 6:45 of the game.

AP PHOTO
No. 18 Purdue broke out of a recent slump by jumping out to a 23-point lead in
the first half against No. 14 Iowa yesterday night. The Boilermakers survived two
Iowa runs to win at Mackey Arena, 90-75.

Blue endures rocky road

BLOWOUT
Continued from Page 11

"He's definitely a lot stronger than
I am," Young said.
And since Eschmeyer has been
wearing purple since Young was in
junior high, he had a bit of an advan-
tage.
"That's just unfair, for Chris and

Esch," O'Neill said. "If Esch had
played as a frosh against a six-year
guy, the same thing would have hap-
pened.
"Chris will be a guy who, when
he's a senior, will dominate some
people, too."
But that day, like the day when
Michigan might be on the rise again,
instead of rebuilding, seems a long
way off right now.

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Elderly Eschmeyer
Northwestern center Evan
Eschmeyer returned for a sixth
season, after a career plagued
with injuries. And it's paid off for
the "old man."
With his 29 points yesterday
night against Michigan,
Eschmeyer surpassed the 1,000
point mark in Big Ten play.
Who says college is just four
years long?
MICHIGAN (34
MIN *-A M-A O-T A F PTA
Asselin 23 1-6 4-4 3-10 0 5°6
Smith 32 5-12 0.3 1-6 3 2 10
Vignier 27 1-5 0-0 3-6 0 5 2
Reid 32 3410 0-0 0-3 1 2 6
Bullock 29 2-11 4-4 0-0 1 0 8
Jones 17 0-4 2-4 0-2 0 1 2
Taylor 6 0-4 0-0 3-4 0 1 0
Oliver 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Young 24 0-1 0-0 1-3 0 4 0
Totals 200 125410-15 1437 s 20 34
FG%: .222. FT%: .667. 3-point FG: 0-11, .000 (Reid
0-4, Smith 0-3, Jones 0-2, Bullock 0-1, Taylor 0-1).
Blocks: 3 (Asselin, Smith, Bullock) Steals: 4
(Bullock 2, Smith, Reid). Turnovers: 9 (Reid 3,
Asselin 2, Bullock 2, Jones, Taylor). Technical
Fouls: none.
NORTHWESTERN (58)
FQ FT RES
MIN *-A M-A O-T A F PTS
Hardy 27 3-6 0-0 0-3 1 1 6
E. Eschmeyer 27 7-11 15-19 5-15 2 4 29
Bonner 29 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Wink 20 1-7 0-0 0-1 1 2 3
Newman 30 3-6 0-0 0-1 2 0 9
Harmsen 7 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 0
Kammrath 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Allouche 13 1-2 1-2 0-2 3 2 4
Lepore 24 1-5 2-2 0-5 4 3 5
Molnar 19 1-3 0-0 0-2 1 3 2
J. Eschmeyer 2 0.1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Totals 200 17.43 18-23 6.36 14 17
FG%: .395. FT%: .783. 3-point FG: 6-18, .333.
(Newman 3-5, Wink 1-6, Lepore 1-5, Allouche 1
Blocks: 6 (Hardy 2, E. Eschmeyer 2, Harmsen,
Molnar). Steals: 3 (E. Eschmeyer, Bonner,
Allouche). Turnovers: 10 (E. Eschmeyer 5, Hardy 2,
Newman 2, Lepore). Technical Fouls: none.
Michigan....................22 12 - 34
Northwestern...............30 28 - 58
At: Welsh-Ryan Arena
Attendance: 6,017

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