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BASKETBALL
MiNNESOTA 62,
(23) Purdue 48
Arizona State at
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(7) Arizona at
CALIFORNIA, inc.
(9) Cincinnati at,
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Washington State at,
(15) UCLA, inc.
(21) NEW MEXICO at
BYU, inc.
WOMEN'S NCAA
BASKETBALL
(3) Louisiana Tech 96,
SOUTH ALABAMA 41

(4) Colorado State at,
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Tracking wM' swimmers
The Michigan men's swimming and diving team sprint-
ed out to first place after one day of the Big Ten cham-
pionships in Bloomington. The fast start was keyed by
Michigan's performance in the 500-yard freestyle,
where the Wolverines took spots No. 1, 2, 3, 4 ana 6.
Friday
February 26, 1999

M' track seeks
extra qualifiers
By Arun opal
Daily Sports Writer
;. With a second consecutive Big Ten Indoor title firmly in
jand, the Michigan women's track and field team has turned
attention to the final meet of the year - the NCAA
Championships in Indianapolis on March 5-6.
"Currently, we have eight people who have qualified for
NCAAs," Michigan coach James Henry said. "The four
members of the distance medley relay, two of our distance
runners, and two jumpers are in at this point."
It is important to note that only two of these eight athletes
are automatically qualified for NCAAs.
Senior high jumper Nicole Forrester and junior long
jumper Brandi Bentley are in, but the other six are only pro-
sionally qualified, which means their berths in Indianapolis
are not guaranteed.
In an attempt to get several additional athletes automati-
cally qualified, the Wolverines will send some members to
Notre Dame this weekend for a "last-chance" qualifier at the
Alex Wilson Invitational.
"The DMR needs to run faster' Michigan distance coach
Mike McGuire said. "We're also going to try to qualify Angie
Stanifer and Adrienne Hunter in the 800 meters, Michelle
Slater and Katie McGregor in the mile and McGregor and
Katie Clifford in the 3000.
"If everyone runs as fast as they are capable of running, we
uld have nine or 10 people in Indianapolis."
For all of these athletes, the next week and a half will be
marked by a short rest, followed by a resumption of hard
training.
"We're trying to taper off just a little" Henry said. "We
want to get people refocused and get their legs under them.
We'll resume tougher workouts in the next few days.

Two Michigan State hockey
players await arraignment

LOU IS BROWN/Daily
Heather Burcar and Angle Stanifer (front) are just two of sev
eral Wolverines who will look to qualify for the NCAA champi-
onships at Notre Dame this weekend.
"Injurywise, we're in good shape. McGregor has been hurt
this year, and she's not quite in top form yet. She's still been
very competitive. We'll get her into some running this week."
While stressing the need for improvement, McGuire
remained optimistic about the team's outlook for NCAAs.
"Right now we have to get some things done," McGuire
said. "We've got no excuses if we don't make it in some of
these events. We could win the DMR at NCAAs, but we've
got work to do to get there.
"This team is more prepared now than they were three
weeks ago. We should be able to put up some worthy times to
qualify in some of these events. I'm confident that these girls
can do it."

By Mark Francescutti
Daily Sports Writer
Two Michigan State hockey players
will face arraignment on misdemeanor
charges soon, Captain Thomas Wibert of
the East Lansing Police said yesterday.
Senior forward Bryan Adams and
senior defenseman Jeff Kozakowski
have not yet been served warrants -
meaning they haven't officially been
notified to turn themselves in - but
they will have an arraignment hearing
as soon as the attorneys in the case set a
date.
The warrant charges Kozakowski on
three counts - assatilt and battery,
malicious destruction of property and
illegal entry.
According to the warrant, Adams
will be charged on two counts - mali-
cious destruction of property and illegal
entry.
Kozakowski could face a penalty of
90 days in jail and a $500 fine for the
assault and battery charges. He and
Adams also face 90 days in jail and a
$100 fine for the other two charges.
The warrants stem from a Sept. 18,
1998 incident in which the East
Lansing Police received a 911 call
around 3:30 a.m.
Wibert said officers responded to the
complaint at the 500 block of M.A.C.

Avenue in East Lansing. The caller said
a group of subjects had broken into the
residence through the back door and
started to assault people and destroy the
furniture inside.
- Lamps, a cof-
fee table and
other furniture
were damaged,
Wibert said.
Michigan State
Y coach Ron
Mason said in a
press conference
Adams yesterday that the
actions of his
players were in
response to an
assault against
one of their team-
mates.
"What really
happened was
that our players
responded to one
of their team-
Kozakowski mates who had
been badly beaten
up and sent to the hospital," Mason
said.
Wibert said the original assault in
question was also investigated.
"We investigated it, but we were

unable to identify the subject involved,"
Wibert said.
Neither Wibert nor Michigan State
officials would release the name of the
player whose alleged assault led to the
crimes.
Wibert added that many of the sub-
jects were intoxicated.
"It was apparent that both sides were
drinking," Wibert said. "The level of
intoxication was a factor in not more
suspects being identified."
Witnesses could not pinpoint the
exact number of subjects, but did esti-
mate that around 12 to 15 people fled
the scene, Wibert said.
Witness identifications led to the
charges against the two players.
In response to the warrants,
Kozakowski and Adams hired an attor-
ney on campus, who will discuss an
arraignment date with prosecutors.
Mason said no further punitive action
inside the Michigan State hockey pro-
gram will be taken against the players.
"First of all, this incident occurred in
September before our season started,
and I dealt with it at this time," Mason
said. "There will be nothing further done
internally to the players in question"
Mason also said he understands that
Kozakowski and Adams intend to enter
not-guilty pleas.

Women hunting for 'magic
8' at Big Ten tournament

Sy Stephanie Offen
Daily Sports Writer
18 wins. That's the "magic number" that
Michigan women's basketball coach Sue
Guevara put in the minds of her team on the
first day of the season.
Now, Guevara must remind her team of
again as they head to Indianapolis this
fekend for the Big Ten Tournament.
In order to receive a bid to the NCAA
Tournament, Guevara believes that the
Wolverines will need 18 wins. Right now
they are two short.
For Guevara's squad, it all comes down to
this weekend. The Wolverines finished the
regular season with a record of 16-10,
receiving a No. 6 seed in the Big Ten
Tournament.
W ichigan was just edged out of a first-round
bye, and will face the No. i1 seed, Minnesota,
tomorrow in the first round. But the Wolverines
are right where they want to be.
"I'm glad for the Big Ten Tournament,"
Guevara said. "For our team right now we
know are backs are up against the wall and
we know we are facing a very hungry and
aggressive Minnesota team.
"I think that we are a better team when
we are on the hunt instead of being hunted."
'The Wolverines should beware of the
ouflage and rifles of the fierce
ophers. Minnesota defeated Michigan
earlier this year, one of only two wins it had

all season.
If Michigan happens to come up with a
victory tomorrow, the team will face the
No. 3 seed Illinois tomorrow.
The Fighting Illini disrupted the
Wolverines' nine-game winning streak ear-
lier in the season, beating them in overtime.
But the Wolverines have already tasted
revenge. Anne Thorius contributed a last-sec-
ond shot to defeat Illinois 81-79 on Feb. 12.
The Wolverines ended their regular sea-
son with a much needed home victory
against Indiana, opening the door just a lit-
tle bit more on the NCAA Tournament.
"It's a good confidence builder to go out
with a win on your home court," freshman
Alayne Ingram said. "You need to let them
(the fans) see the Wolverines they wanted to
see, the team that ran and the team that
came out on top. That is what is going to
help us keep our intensity up."
And the magic number 18 will be reached
if the Wolverines are able to keep up that
intensity this weekend.
But the real team to beat in the Big Ten
Tournament will be Purdue. The Boilermakers
have caught the attention of the nation by earn-
ing the No. 1 ranking. Michigan came close to
defeating the Boilermakers in West Lafayette
earlier in the season, and will look to pull out
an upset victory.
"It's been a long time since we've had a
team ranked No. 1," Guevara said. "It gives

Pairing them up
The Big Ten tournament begins tomorrow in
Indianapolis. Michigan coach Sue Guevara
feels her team needs two victories to merit
NCAA consideration. Michigan is a candidate
for the WHIT if it fails to make thie NCAA
fildh.
Here are the pairings for the tournament:
Game 1: No. S Iowa vs. No. 9 Northwestern
Game 2: No. 7 Michigan St. vs. No. 10
indiana
Game 3:No.6 Michigan vs. No. 11
Minnesota
Game 4: No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 5
Wisconsin
Game 5: No. 1 Purdue vs. Game 1 winner
Game 6: No. 2 Penn State vs. Game 2 winner
Game 7: No. 3 Illinois vs. Game 3 winner.
Game 8: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner
Game 9. Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner
Game 10: Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner
the conference respect. If Purdue can get a
national championship, it is a major reflec-
tion on the rest of the conference."
But before the Wolverines begin to hunt
the feared Boilermakers, they need to focus
on the games at hand.
Michigan has proven that it can beat any-
one this season, with an almost-upset of
Purdue and huge wins over ranked teams,
Ohio State and Illinois.
"It's been kind of like a Jekyll and Hyde,"
Guevara said. "We need to play from the tip
and we need to have balanced scoring and
defense. I want some consistency for 40
minutes"
And for the women's basketball team, the
magic number of 18 is just 80 minutes of
consistent play away.

'M' hockey wraps up home
schedule against Miami

By David Den Herder
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan hockey team will wrap up its
home schedule this weekend in a two-game series
with Miami, beginning tonight at Yost Ice Arena.
The Wolverines return to Yost after a tough road
campaign that resulted in two ties with Western
Michigan and a loss to
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"We're moving up
right now - if we get a good start Friday night,
hopefully that will carry us through the game and
give us more confidence as we go"
Although the Wolverines have shown streaks of
impressive play, they have not been able to notch a
victory in the last eight attempts. Even so, Hayes
is confident that Michigan (14-7-5 CCHA, 17-9-6
overall) can maintair its poise.

"You have to play desperately, you have to want
to win -,that's the beauty of it," Hayes said. "You
play with emotion, you play with passion - we're
desperate, but not to the point where we're tenta-
tive. We're going to be aggressive."
The last time Michigan faced Miami (8-14-4,
10-17-5) was in a close game on the road. It was a
Sean Ritchlin goal with 24 seconds to go that gave
the Wolverines the victory, but the RedHawks
played them tight the entire game.
And Michigan coach Red Berenson said that
should be no surprise.
"Everybody plays us, because they're as good as
we are," Berenson said. "Everybody is rolling -
or trying to get rolling--- and if there's a hot team
in the league right now besides Michigan State, it's
Miami."
The RedHawks have won three in a row, in their
own stretch of close games, including a 2-1 over-
time decision over Ferris State this past Saturday.
Miami forwards Jason Deskins and Mark
Shalawylo combine for 44 goals and 65 points on
the season, while the Miami penalty kill is ranked
above Michigan's at 86.2 percent.
"Both games will be close," Berenson said of
Michigan's final home weekend. "Right now
Miami has the momentum, but that doesn't mean
we can't take it away from them."
Saturday night, the regular season home finale
for the Wolverines, will also recognize the team's
seniors in a pregame ceremony. Tickets are still
available.

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