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SportsTuesday - January 18, 2000 - The Michigan Daily - 3E

Women pound No. 13 Illinois

Dy Raphael Gcodstein
Daily Sports Wtr
CHAMPAIGN - The basket never
looked so big for the Michigan women's
basketball team. The Wolverines shot 55
percent from the f eld while holding No.
13 Illinois to 37 percent in an 86-69
blowout win.
The win moved the Wolverines into
econd place, one game in the loss col-
umn behind No. 4 Penn State.
Michigan jumped out to a 7-1 lead to
open the game. Illinois clawed back to
take a 27-26 lead with just under five
minutes left in the first half. But from
there, Michigan dominated, going on a
13-4 run to end the half and taking a 39-
31 halftime lead.
What made the run improbable was
the fact that Michigan's entire starting
ontcourt was on the bench. Alison
Tiller and Raina Goodlow were in foul
trouble and Stacey Thomas struggled,
committing three early turnovers. But
LeeAnn Bies, Heather Oesterle and
Kenisha Walker came off the bench to
score eight, seven and six first-half
points, respectively.

Bies finished with 16 points and 12
"Bies came in and we did not have
anyone that could handle her," Illinois
coach Theresa Grentz said in the Fighting
Illini's unusually brief press conference,
which included no Illini players.
Michigan coach Sue Guevara was less
curt with the media.
"We're making a little noise in the Big
Ten," Guevara said. "This team really
loves a challenge. I think this team would
like to play the No. 12 team every night."
Illinois is ranked 12th in the coaches
poll, and the Wolverines beat then-No. 12
Purdue, 74-67 in their previous game.
To start the second half, Michigan
played 29 seconds of tenacious defense,
only to have all-Big Ten forward Tauja
Catchings -older sister of all-American
candidate Tamika of Tennessee - grab a
loose ball, turn around and swish a 14-
foot jumper.
The Wolverines responded by turning
to their best player, Thomas. Thomas
sparked a 20-8 run, by nailing a 17-foot
jumper from the wing, intercepting a pass
and taking it coast to coast for a layup,

hitting a jumper from just inside the 3-
point line and then drilling a 3-pointer
from the right arc.
"I just had to be aggressive and know
the shots will come," Thomas said.
Thomas finished the day with 14
points, on six-for-eight shooting in only
20 minutes, 15 fewer than the all-
American candidate averages.
When Thomas wasn't scoring, sopho-
more shooting guard Alayne Ingram was.
Ingram scorched the Illini defense for
19 points, making eight of her 14 shots.
"Illinois played a zone against us,"
Ingram said. "But I found a lot of holes in
it and it was easy to penetrate it and either
take it in or kick it out"
And when she kicked it out, Raina
Goodlow was usually the one she passed
it to. Goodlow finished the game with a
season-high 17 points, on seven-for-nine
shooting in just 24 minutes.
The win marked the second time this
Big Ten season that every player got in
the boxscore - the other being a 77-53
road victory at Minnesota. Sophomore
walk-on Susana Jara and junior forward
Katie Dykhouse played the last minute of

Thomas 20 6-8 0-0 1-7 1 3 14
Goodlow 24 7-9 2.2 1-6 0 3 17
Miller 15 1-4 0-0 0-2 1 5 2
Thorius_ 38 0-7 0-0 0-5 7 3 0
Ingram 39 8-14 0-0 0-3 5 0 19
Jara 1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Walker 22 4-4 0-0 1-3 0 1 8
Oesterle' 7 2-2 2-2 0-0 1 0 7
Robinson 1 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 0 1
Kipping 12 0-0 2-3 2-4 0 3 2
Biues 20 26 12-14 fi12 1j 2 16
Totals 200 30-55 19-23 It-47 16 20 86
FG%: .545. FT%: ..826. 3-point FG: 7-17, .412 (ngram
3.7, Thomas 2-3, Goodlow 1-2, Oesterle I1, Thorius 0-
4). Blocks: 4 (Bies, Goodlow, Ingram, Miller) Steals: 6
(ngram 2, Bies, dipping, Thomas, Walker). Turnovers:
21 (Thomas 5, G oodow 3, Thorn-s 3, Ingram 2,
Kippng 2, Walker 2, Bies, Jara, Miller, Oesterie).
TechnIalFouls. none.
C~thns 35 9-17 5-6 4-6 1 3 23
Blauser 36 5-11 45 2-5 .1 4 14
Martin 14 0-5 0-0 2-4 1 1 0
Hunter 36 3-10 0-0 1-5 2 3 6
Curtin 27 6-13 3-5 2-2 4 3 15
Faulkner 23 2-7 00 0-0 4 0 5
Wilson 11 1-3 2-4 1-1 1 2 4
Hagberg 7 1-6 0-0 2-2 1 2 2
Vana 11 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 0
Totals 200 27-74 14-2014-30 15 19 69
FG :.365. FT%: -700 3-point G: 1-12, 083 (Faulkner
1-4, Curtin 0-3, Hunter 0-3, Catchings 0-2). Blocks: 3
(Blauser 2, Hunter), Steals: 6 (Hunter 3, Catchings 2,
Faulkner). Turnovers: 10 (Hunter 3, Catchings 2, Curtin
2, Hagberg, Martin, Wilson). Technical Fouls: none.
Michigan ......... 39 47-86
Illinois...:.31 38-69
At: Assembly Hal, Champaign
the game.
"That game was pretty embarrassing,"
Grentz said.

T. J.
Teeing Off
An open letter to Craw ford:
Feel at homne inz Ann Arbor

Irom wins over elite, many valuable lessons

By Dena Beth Krischer
Daily Sports Writer
CHAMPAIGN - Following its
destruction of No. 12 Purdue last
Saturday, the Michigan women's basket-
ball team taught No. 13 Illinois a few
valuable lessons:
Losing can be quite "upsetting."
The unranked Wolverines upset their
second ranked opponent in as many
*mes as they destroyed the Illini in front
of more than 6,000 fans on their home
court, 86-69.
"Michigan played well," a disgruntled
Illinois coach Theresa Grentz said.
Nobody puts Stacey in the corner.
After scoring just two points in a mea-
ger 10-minute first half due to sloppy
play, senior forward Stacey Thomas

scored 12 points and picked another steal
at the start of the second half
"Sitting out makes me so eager to go
out there, be on the floor and make my
presence known," Thomas said of her
Size doesn't matter.
Five-foot-seven sophomore guard
Alayne Ingram scored her 500th career
point and then some, posting 19 for the
U It's not how many points you score,
it's how you score them.
Junior guard Anne Thorius didn't sink
any baskets to follow her 18 against
Purdue, but dished off seven assists in her
38 straight minutes in the backcourt
"Of course it's frustrating to go 0-for-

7," Thorius said. "But as you mature, you
learn to take the frustration out a different
way and do the other little things that we
need to get done to win this game."
® A change can do some good.
Sophomore forward Raina Goodlow
scored a personal season high of 17
points and added six rebounds.
"We had nine days since Purdue,'
Goodlow said. "I couldn't wait to take it
out on somebody else besides each other
in practice."
"Bench" pressing builds strength
and adds character.
Michigan's bench scored a combined
34 of its 86 points.
"I think I've said it all along,"
Michigan coach Sue Guevara said. "One
of the strengths of our team is our depth."

As Yogi Berra once said, "You can
observe a lot by watching.'
Freshman backup center LeeAnn Bics
recorded her third career double-double
with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
"You just have to love freshmen,"
Guevara laughed. "And I think Bies is
really good at watching and coming off
the bench and that's what she did"
Energizer just keeps going and,
going and going.
Senior forward Kenisha Walker, also
known as Instant Energy, was flawless on
the floor, contributing eight points and three
rebounds in her 22 minutes in the game.
For the seniors, it's now or never.
"We want to go out with some memo-
ries," Thomas said. "We want to go out
with a bang"

Unsung diver Castillo
'clutch' 1nM' victory

ear Jamal: What's up, man?
Before I start, I want to tell you
how exciting the Michigan bas-
ketball team has been this season.
Being a senior at this University, I
haven't had much to cheer for as far as
basketball is concerned. Michigan has
only been to the NCAA Tournament
once in my scholastic career, and the
Wolverines lost nearly 20 games last
So when I see the team's record at
11-3 - only one fewer win then they
picked up all of last season - I'm very
happy. Every basketball game I have
been to has been extremely fast-paced,
skillfully played, and entertaining.
And a lot of that has to do with you.
You have been a key part of the
resurgence of basketball at this campus.
In case you didn't know, Crisler Arena
was about as loud as a mice convention
before you set foot on this campus.
Opposing teams would come into this
building with very little fear, as the
crowd didn't seem to care about
Michigan basketball.
Jamal, you have made us care. With
your team-leading 17.1 points per
game, your flashy on-court demeanor,
your knack for making the big shots,
and of course, your color-coordinated
headbands, you have done a lot to re-
establish Michigan basketball as one of
the coolest things around.
Every time I see the team at Crisler
Arena, or on television, grand thoughts
enter my mind. I envision you, LaVell
Blanchard, Kevin Gaines, Gavin
Groninger and company playing in a
domed stadium someday, with a Final
Four or a National Championship as the
This dream isn't just my dream. It is
the dream of all the Maize Ragers that
chant for you at every home game. It is
the dream of the alumni who saw Glen
Rice win a championship and the Fab
Five who came tantalizingly close.
But this dream can't happen without
.lamal Crawford donning the Maize and
I have heard rumors that you are
thinking of leaving Michigan. While I
do realize that the weather sucks - I'm
dressed in four layers of clothing as I
write this letter - there is a lot to like
about Michigan.
First of all, you have a chance to
establish yourself as an icon at this
University - and across the U.S.
Michigan basketball is nationally
known, so you have a chance to make a
name for yourself and get exposed to
Continued from Page 1B
ing two big upsets in sprints where
Stanford expected to dominate.
By the eighth event, the meet seemed
to be slipping away from the Wolverines'
grasp as Stanford led, 71-59, with two
sprint events coming up. Michigan, nor-
mally a pushover in the 100-meter
freestyle, finished 1-2 for the first time
in five years against major competition.
Freshman Garrett Mangieri was fol-
lowed by senior tri-captain Scott Meyer
with times of 50.31 and 51.33, respec-
tively. Freshman Tony Kurth also gave
Michigan points with a fourth place fin-1
ish that suddenly brought the Wolverines
to within 75-74.
Michigan found another pleasant sur-
prise in the next event as freshman Ryan
Earhart placed first in the 200-meter
backstroke with a time of 2:00.40.i

NBA scouts.
Michigan traditionally sells more
merchandise than any other university,
so you have a chance to be a national
player. With that headband of yours, the
name Jamal Crawford could resonate
around this nation.
The name already resonates around
this campus, which is another reason to
stay. Everyone on campus loves you.
I'm sure even the females who don't
give sportswriters the time of day have
a special place for you in their hearts.
Every time you play in Crisler Arena,
students put up signs praising you. You
had your own fan club, the Crawford
Crazies, at your second home game at
Michigan. There have been players who
played four years at Michigan, such as
Travis Conlan, that didn't have a fan
But the Crawford Crazies aren't the
only students on this campus that sup-
port you. I see students at Crisler or
playing pickup at the CCRB or IM
Building wearing their Jamal Crawford
headbands. The Crawford headband is
almost as popular on this campus as
tight black pants.
Speaking of people who wear tight
black pants, you are a potential ladies
man on this campus. You could proba-
bly go into any bar near campus -
when you are 21, of course - and get
the attention of most women.
From the Maize Rage, to sorority
girls, to alumni, people adore you at
this school. You are a part of a
Michigan basketballresurgence which I.
didn't think would happen until after I
graduated from this school.
I thought that my chance of seeing an
NCAA Tournament basketball team
was gone. But thanks to you, Jamal, my
hopes and the hopes of Michigan stu-
dents have shot up dramatically.
You have helped the Maize Rage
become a permanent and influential
fixture on this campus. You have helped
transform Crisler, and this program,
from a bad mother joke into a potential
NCAA darkhorse.
Jamal, you have helped lay the
groundwork for great things for
Michigan basketball. I, and I'm sure
most Michigan basketball fans, would
love to see you stay and reap the
rewards of what you have started here
at Michigan.
Respectfully yours, T.J. Berka
- TI Berka still needs this year s
edition of the Maize Rage t-shirt. If you
have an extra onefor him, e-mail him
at berkat@umich.edu.
Sophomore Jason Mallory's 2:02.83 for
third place, gave the Wolverines their
first lead, 86-82. Going into the final
four events, the Wolverines felt that their
chance for victory relied on the next
three competitions. If the outcome were
left to the final relay, Stanford would
have the edge.
"We didn't save a lot for the last
event," Urbanchek said.
Ann Arbor native and Cardinal junior
Adam Messner celebrated his homecom.
ing by winning the 400-meter freestyle.
But sophomore Tim Siciliano, junior
Chris Thompson and senior tri-captain
Mike McWha finished 2-3-4 to keep the
lead at 95-92 for Michigan. Siciliano had
a first-place finish earlier in the 200 IM.
"As a fan, I was extremely impressed
with (Siciliano's) performance'
Stanford coach Skip Kenney said.
"Those are the kind of swims you need
in a meet like this."

Laura Sadler and the rest of the Michigan women's swimming team had a huge
* against Oakland on Friday. The Wolverines feasted on the Grizzlies, 161-134.
Wom--en sink and

By Job Singer
For the Daily
Carlos Castillo always believed that
he could be a major contributor to the
Michigan swimming and diving team.
But Castillo wasn't exactly penciled in
by his coaches to score a great deal of
points in every meet. In fact, Castillo's
teammate, all-American Josh Trexler,
was one of the few members of the team
not shocked by Castillo's strong perfor-
mance Saturday.
"He has been practicing great all
week, and it was just a matter of time
until he had a performance like this,
Trexler said.
When the No. 9 Michigan men's
swimming and diving team upset No. 2
Stanford, 136-106, Castillo headed a list
of unlikely clutch performers.
"Without Castillo we may not have
won this meet,' Michigan coach John
Urbanchek said. "However, it was a
great team effort."
Castillo rose up from mediocrity to
score more points than he was expected
to score in the one-meter diving and
three-meter diving competitions. His
first performance started a comeback
and his second performance gave
Michigan its first big lead of the meet.
"This was probably his biggest day as
a Wolverine," Urbanchek said. "I am
very proud of Carlos."
Short-distance swimming and diving
hasn't been a strength of Michigan's.
But two freshmen short-distance swim-
mers, Ryan Earhart and Garrett
Mangieri, as well as Castillo, helped
turned the meet around for the

After Stanford jumped out to a 12-
point lead Manigeri, the 1998 prep-
school freestyle champion, gave the
Wolverines a lift by winning 100-meter
freestyle in 50.31 seconds, a one-second
gap over the rest of the field.
Earhart demonstrated the fact that
momentum really does matter in a meet,
as he followed up Manigeri's win, thanks
to a victory in the open 200-meter back-
stroke in a time of 2:00.40. Earhart's win
gave the Wolverines their first lead of the
meet with a 86-82 advantage.
The most critical performance of the
day came from Castillo, the senior two-
time letterwinner who was not an'
expected source of points.
His second-place finish in the one-
meter diving helped cut Michigan's
deficit from 15 to four points, while
starting the comeback that Manigieri
and Earhart helped finish.
But Castillo's day wasn't done. After
Stanford junior Adam Messner, an Ann
Arbor native, brought the Cardinal with-
in three with a 400-meter freestyle vic-
tory, Castillo made sure that Messner's
homecoming wasn't too sweet, as he
went onto to take third in the three-
meter. Castillo's third-place finish
helped Michigan open up a 108-98 lead.
"Castillo did great and really stepped
in up in a big meet," said Trexler, who
won the two events. "He has been prac-
ticing real well."
Castillo credits his concentration for
his performance.
"I just wanted to stay focused and stay
consistent," he said. "Never have I felt
such a part of this team. I feel great hav-
ing really contributed."

By Sam Duwe
and David Roth
Daily Sports Writers
ROCHESTER, Mich. - It was a
merry Crisman for the Michigan
women's swimming team Friday. The
lh-ranked Wolverines, led by the
er-packed paddling of junior All-
American Jennifer Crisman, drowned
Oakland, 161.134, at the Oakland
University Aquatic Center.
Crisman dominated her competition,
tallying top times in both the 50- and
200-yard freestyles - demonstrating
her versatility.
"I don't really swim that event so I
didn't really know what I was doing. I
swam it and it went OK, Crisman
OK was hardly a word to describe her
own performance, nor was it appropriate
for the rest of the Wolverines. This past
meet was held after a tough week of
practice for Michigan.
gI'm pleased with the week we've had
of work," Michigan coach Jim
Richardson said. "It's obvious in a situa-
tion like this who's tired, who's really
tired, and who's really, really tired"
ichardson's philosophy stresses hard
practices throughout the regular season
that will prepare the squad for the Big
Ten and NCAA championships. Instead
of-letting his swimmers rest up before

Friday meet against Oakland,
Richardson drilled Michigan with yet
another week of rigorous workouts, pos-
sibly at the expense of an even more
commanding Michigan victory.
"Everyone swam pretty well consider-
ing how hard we've been working,"
freshman breaststroker Gwen Weingart
said. "We had a really tough training trip
in Florida, so it was really good to come
back and race again."
Weingart was just one of several
impressive freshmen. Luckily, the meet
was held in a water-filled pool, because
fellow first year swimmers Lindsay
Johnson and Erin Abbey both caught
fire. Johnson stroked her way to a top
time in the 1650 with a time of 17:14:05
and Abbey notched a top time in the 200
backstroke (2:03.56).
Johnson led three other freshmen in
the mile race.
"The miles are excellent," Crisman
said. "The freshmen are training amaz-
ingly. Day in and day out they are putting
in more mileage than anyone on the
team. They have a great attitude."
Richardson couldn't have been more
pleased with Michigan's mile times.
"The highlight of the meet were the
miles. Those were four very good
miles," Richardson said. "They were
outstanding, and those four women put
in a great week of training"

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