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10 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, January 19, 2000

After big victories, women strive for top 25

By Raphael Goodstein
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's basketball
team (4-1 Big Ten, 12-4 overall) was not
ranked in the most recent top 25 poll, but
maybe they should be.
In their last two games, the
Wolverines have defeated No. 19 Purdue
74-67, and embarrassed No. 12 Illinois
86-69. Yet even though both teams have
worse overall and Big Ten records, both
are ranked ahead of the Wolverines.

The argument for a ranking is also
helped by the fact that the Wolverines
have not padded their record by playing
a soft schedule.
The Wolverines have played the 22nd-
toughest schedule, according to the RPI.
The index rates Michigan No. 21.
What does all of this mean to
Michigan coach Sue Guevara?
"I don't worry about that. I'll leave
that up to (the media)," Guevara said.
"We want to be ranked at the end of the

season."'
INSIDE IMPROVEMENTS Though the
Wolverines' perimeter play carried the
team through the non-conference por-
tion of the season, the Wolverines' post
players finally carried Michigan this
weekend.
Led by freshman center LeeAnn Bies
and junior power forward Raina
Goodlow, Michigan's lowpost scored 64
of the Wolverines' 86 points and shot a
combined 67 percent from the field.
Bies tallied 16 points, 12 rebounds, and
12-for-14 at the free throw line while
Goodlow totaled 17 points on seven-for-
nine shooting from the field.
The showing was impressive consid-
ering Michigan's front court outplayed
Illinois' front court, which includes two
all-American candidates, seniors Susan
Blauser and Tauja Catchings.
The duo average about 30 points per
game for the Illini, and finished
Monday's game with 37. But the duo did
not help the Fighting Illini when they
needed it most.

After the Illini came back from a
seven-point deficit to take a one-point
lead with five minutes left in the first
half, Michigan responded by going on a
31-14 run that carried over into the see-
ond half.
'During the decisive run, the duo only
totaled four points while Michigan's
interior players dominated the post.
NEW BALANCE At Michigan's media
day, Guevara said that she hoped eight
different players would average 10-
points or more.
Though only three different
Wolverines average 10-points or more,
four different Wolverines scored in dou-
ble-figure totals against Illinois.
Also, four other Michigan players are
averaging between seven and nine
points.
Michigan's depth was apparent during
its win, when Guevara could shuffle
players in and out while Illinois' Theresa
Grentz could only watch her players tire.
"One of the strengths of our team is
our depth," Guevara said.

MARTELLI
Continued from Page 9
frustrating. I got caught.
(Cunningham) just capitalized on
one big mistake I made."
Martelli's toughest weekend is
likely behind him. He's not feeling
sorry for himself, and with some
hard work, better days are probably
on the horizon.
"I know I could compete with that
caliber of opponent," Martelli said,
"I'm still excited because it was only
the beginning for me."
The main task this week for
Martelli is getting settled in at his
new weight. A number of changes
had to be made. Besides increased
weight lifting, he has added extra
nuts, chicken, protein bars and red
meat to his diet.
But opponents can't keep throwing

top five opponents at him forever.
Martelli is likely to face
Northwestern's ninth ranked senior,
Mark Bybee Friday, followed by a
match against unranked Michigan
State freshman John Wechter
Sunday. He expects improved results
as the season progresses.
"I want to qualify for the national
tournament and place in the Big
Ten's," Martelli said.
And McFarland's faith in his
young wrestler remains unscathed.
He realizes the predicament Martelli
was placed into, and he recognizes a
grappler with potential.
"Everybody knows he's pretty
tough," McFarland said. "He's going
through an adjustment period, but
he's had a great attitude about the
whole thing. I know he has given
everything he has. I'm going to sup-
port him all the way through this."

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PRACTICE
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Crawford was unhappy at Michigan
and was seriously considering trans-
ferring to Washington at season's
end.
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"I'm staying, and it's not even a
question," Crawford said.
Ellerbe said Monday that
Crawford has never come to him
with notions of transferring.
"He's never said one thing about
transferring," Ellerbe said. "The
kid's here in heart, mind, body and
soul"
Ellerbe would not comment on
Crawford's status for the
Northwestern game tonight at 8 p.m.
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listed on pre-game media notes as a
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