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10 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 4, 2000

DisGrentzled coach hates defeat

By, Dina Beth Krischer
Daily Sports Writcr
Illinois coach Theresa Grentz doesn't lose.
In her 26 years as a head coach, she has made a
name for herself nationally in women's basketball.
Sle co-founded the Women's Basketball
Coaches Association.
As a coach, she holds three gold medals, one sil-
ver and one bronze medal in selected U.S. tourna-
ments.
She's captured nine different coach-of-the-year
awards.
At Immaculata College, her alma mater, Grentz
was a three-time All-American with an equal num-
ber of AIAW national championships.
She just doesn't lose.
Weld, to be more accurate, she just hates to lose,
w41ich goes for most people with a competitive
bone in their body. Nobody likes to lose.
Only to her, it's personal, as though somebody
has taken her throne right out from under her
while she's still sitting on it.
It hurts, and after Michigan upset Illinois for the
second time this season, Grentz has got the bruise
to prove it.
When Michigan stole the lead with a 10-point
explosion at the start of the second half to put the
Wolverines up by four, Grentz abruptly called a
time out.
Michigan fans went wild, masking the outraged,
husky "Come AWN!" by Grentz. What had been a

four-point lead in Illinois' favor going into the half
had turned into a nightmare.
Illinois had been in control of the situation - it
had been winning.
Grentz had been winning.
Illinois is her team. Those 13 women who don
orange and blue are her children. She adopted
them for four, sometimes five years out of their
lives to help point them in the right direction, be it
basketball or life in itself.
She's the closest thing to a mother that her play-
ers have got. When she fails to provide on the
court, she fails as a parent, as a guardian - as
somebody who thrives for the success of those she
raises.
And during a meager post game press confer-
ence, she made that very apparent.
Grentz stayed relatively calm during her terse,
flat opening statement.
"We ran into a dry spell in the second half and
just couldn't get the offense going."
With that, she raised her head high and her eyes
searched the room for the first question.
One man, not realizing the consequences of his
inquiry, went forth with a question that he hoped
would not offend the losing party.
"What are you guys, in journalism up here?"
Grentz snapped. "I get that question every time,
that's the same question."
She rolled her eyes a little, "I think that we came
out of what we needed to do because we were right
there, everything was fine."

A slight glare, "It just did not happen."
After a few questions for Grentz's star forward
Tauja Catchings and a few more brief statements
from Grentz, the next victim proceeded with cau-
tion - Obviously not enough.
"What does the team emphasize in practice or
what does the team..."
"The most important thing that this team needs
is to play well as a team," Grentz bluntly inter-
rupted.
"They have to play well as a team. If you look at
your system, you'll find that."
That was her final answer.
Losing to the No. I team in the conference Penn
State? Okay, that's Illinois' freebie.
A loss to defending national champs Purdue?
Not a freebie, but cause for concern.
But two consecutive upsets by underdog
Michigan?
Inexcusable.
Maybe for the first time in her career, Grentz
knows how it feels to really lose.
Michigan didn't just steal the game, her throne
and her pride right out from under Grentz.
Michigan coach Sue Guevara and her
Wolverines now reside in the one place Grentz had
at least a little comfort going into last night's game
- second place in the Big Ten,
Grentz? Out of the polls and fighting for the
race.
It's not personal, Ms. Grentz.
It's business.

ILLINOIS (59)
FG FT REB
MIN MA M-A 4TI A F PIS
Catchings 35 5-15 4-4 4-11 1 3 14
Blauser 31 6-9 4-5 '1-7: 1 4 16T
Martin 21 1-5 0-0 1-2 1 1 2-
Hunter 22 1-3 2-2 1-2 1 2 4
Curtin 39 5-i5 4-4 0-4 1 4 14
Faulkner 19 1-4 0-0 0-2 1 2 3
Wilson 11 0-2 2-2 2-4 0 2 2
Hagberg 17 11A4 2-2 3-3 0 2 4
vana 5 0-0 0-0 1-2 1 1 0
Totats 200 20-57 18-191341 7 21 59
FG%: .351. FT%: .947 3-pointFG:1-12,,083. (Faulkner
1-4, Curtin 0-5, Hunter 0-1, Martin 0-1, Catchings0-1).
Blocks: 3 ( Biauser 2, Wilson). Steals: 9 (Curtin 3,
Hunter 2, Blauser 2, Catchings, Faulkner). Turnovers: 21
(Huter6, lauer , Naggerg3, Wilson 2, Faulkner 2,
Curtn, Martin, Catchngs
Technical Fouls: none.
MICHIGAN (70)
FG FT REB
MIN M-A M-A O-T A F PTS
Thomas 36 8-16 3-9 1-9 4 0 20
Goodlow 29 5.8 1-2 3-8 0 4 11
Miller 21 2-4 0-1 2-3 0 3 4
Thorus 35 7-11 7-7 0-1 2 4 23
nram 38 3-14 0-0 1-1 2 1 6'
Wale 12 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 01
Oestede 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Bies 25 0-3 6-6 1-6 0 3 6
Totals 200 25-57 17-2512-37 8 17 70
FG%: .439. FT%:.680. 3-point FG;.3-12,.250. (Thorius
2.2, Thomas 1-4, Ingram 0-4, Goodlow 0-2). Blocks: 2
(Thomas, Goodlow) Steals: 7 (Thomas 4, Thorius,
Ingram, Oesterle). Turnovers: 16 (Thomas 5, Bies 3,
Ingram 3, Ingram 2, Oesterle, Thorius, Miller). Technical
Fouls: none.

I"linois...-.. ......33
Michigan.........29

26 -59
41 -70

Attendance: 1,054
Upcoming 'M' Schedule
Sunday, Feb. 6 at OhioState, 4 p.m.

Softball team sixth=
in preseason poll
Michigan's softball tet i aked
sixth in the USA Today'National
Fastpitch Coaches Association presea-
son poll.
No. 17 Michigan State and No. 25
Iowa join the Wolverines as Big Ten's_
representatives in the poll. UCLA, thd
defending national champion, received
25 first place votes, and will start the
year No. I.
No. 2 Washington and No. 3 Fresno
State garnered the other two No. I
votes.
Also ahead of Michigan are Arizona
and Southern Mississippi, occupying
the fourth and fifth spots.
Michigan will open its season
against No. 21 Stanford on February
17, at the Campbell/Cartier Classic, a
San Diego State.
Log on to MichiganDaily.com for
the complete preseeason Top 25.
®$PORTS BRIEFS
Rodman signs pact
with Mavericks
DALLAS (AP) - Denni
Rodman finally signed with the
Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, and
to show his dedication, he's making
a huge sacrifice.
He's not going to the Pro Bowl.
Instead of partying in Hawaii,
Rodman will be sweating his way
back into playing shape after nearly
a year-long absence from the NBA.
He'll make his. Mavs debut at home
next Wednesday against Seattle. -
Incoming team owner Mare
Cuban said he's not sure whether
Rodman will travel with the team for
road games tomorrow against the
Los Angeles Clippers or Sunday
against the Vancouver Grizzlies.
"If anything, I might take him tA
L.A. just to get him with his trainer
because he's getting that serious"
said Cuban, who personally pursued
the NBA's most eligible free agen,
since shortly after agreeing to bu
the team in early January.
Clippers fire second-
year coach Ford
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Chris Ford
was fired as coach of the Los Angeles
Clippers yesterday, following humiliat-
ing losses to Golden State and Phoenixs
by a total of 77 points.
Ford was in the second year of a
three-year contract with the Clippers.
Assistant Jim Todd replaced him on an,
interim hasis

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