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8B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - February 21, 2000

Breslin highlights
Crisler shortcomings

By Arun Gopal
Daily Sports Writer
Seven thousand, seven hundred and
That's the number of fans who flocked
to the Breslin Center yesterday to watch
the Michigan-Michigan State women's
basketball game. The figure broke a
Michigan State record for women's bas-
ketball single-game attendance
Those who have been to a women's
game at Crisler Arena know that
Michigan draws nowhere near that many
fans. For example, a nationally televised
contest against defending national cham-
pion Purdue drew only 2,106 people.
Though the crowd was boisterous at
times, it wasn't near as electric as the
atmosphere in East Lansing yesterday.
Aided by a strong contingent from the
Izzone, the noise inside the Breslin
Center reached deafening levels several
times. Ironically, some of the loudest
cheering came during officials' time-
outs when the Spartan cheerleaders
tossed out free Rice Krispies Treats and
stuffed Keebler Elves to the crowd.
"The Izzone came out today for
Coach Langeland's last game,"
Michigan State sophomore Jenny
Depger said. "The crowds are like this

especially for men's games, but we try to
keep all of our teams really supported."
As Depger noted, a big reason for the
record-setting crowd was that this was
the final game at the Breslin Center for
retiring Michigan State head coach
Karen Langeland, who has been at the
Spartan helm for 24 years.
"We're here sponsoring these kids from
the Lansing school district in the Junior
Izzone, to support Karen Langeland in
her final game," Spartan junior Jared
Folsom, also an Izzone member, said. "I
think it's really great that a lot of students
were able to come out for the game. It's a
tribute to the coach."
Aside from the fact that the Breslin
Center has a larger seating capacity than
Crisler Arena, the seating arrangement at
Breslin Center is far superior than what
is available to Michigan fans.
The Izzone is given the best seats in
the arena - right on the floor, directly
behind press row. As a result, when the
students get into the game, the noise
level is astounding.
Contrast that with Crisler Arena,
where some members of the Maize Rage
are forced to sit in the upper deck, and
it's no wonder why Michigan State bas-
ketball teams had won 41 consecutive
home games (26 for the men, 15 for the

Thomas 36 8-15 1-3 4-8 1 S 18
Goodlow 14 2-5 0-0 0-3 1 4
Miller 37 2.5 0-1 2-7 0 3 4
Thorius 44 7-15 5-6 3-5 4 3 21
Ingram 48 6-18 5-7 0-1 5 1 19
Oesterle 2 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Bies 40 10-18 0-0: 4-4 1 1 24
Totals 250 35-80 15-21 18-38 12 17 90
FC%:A38.FTW .714.3-point FG: S-15,333. (Thorius 2-
3 Ingram 2-5, Thomas 1-6, Goodlow 0-1. Blocks: 1
Nonus) Steals 8 (Miller 3, Ingram 2, Thomas, Walker,
.Bies) Turnovers: 12 Thorius 3, Thomas 2, Goodlow, Miller,
Ingram) Technca Fouls: none.
Cummings 41 5-6 1-2 2-8 1 4 11
Rasmussen 45 8-15 6-6 3-15 2 1 22
Skelly 31 4-4 4-5 0-7 1 4 12
M. Reese 48 10-23 2-2 1-2 3 1 25
V. Reese 34 1-3 2-2 1-1 7 4 14
Pung 4 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Recker 6 1-1 0-0 1-2 1 0 3
Salsdheder 21 3-6 0-0 0-1 2 3 6
Johnson 20 1-4 2-2 0-1 2 1 4
Totals 250 33-64 17-1910-4019 18 87
FG%:.516. FT%:.895.3-point FG. 4-16,.250.(M. Reese
3-11, Recker 1-1, Pung 0-2, Rasmussen 0-1, Salscheider 0-
1) Btocks: 6 (Rasmussen 2, Johnson 2, Skely, V Reese)
Steals: 5 V. Reese 2 Skelly, M. Reese) Turovers: 23
(Skelly 6, M~r. Reese 4, V Reese 4, Cummings 3.
Rasmussen 3, Pung. Recker, Johnson) Technical Fouts:
Michigan... ...33 37 10 10 -90
Michigan State,... .40 30 10 7 - 87
At Breslin Center
Attendance: 7,733
women) until the Michigan women tri-
umphed in yesterday's double-overtime
thriller. This home-court advantage was
not lost on the Wolverines.
"The crowd was awesome, Michigan
forward Raina Goodlow said. "We don't
get a lot of fans at Crisler. Hopefully, that
will change now."

Continued from Page 11B
More impressively, the Wolverines did it without cap-
tain and leading scorer Stacey Thomas for the remaining
14:55 as she fouled out of the game with 4:55 left in reg-
"I'm so proud of them' Thomas said. "I've been saying
all year, so many different people have been stepping up.
They do a great job. They do all of the little things and I'm
so happy for them that they were able to come out and per-
form and show that."
In place of Thomas was six-foot senior Kenisha Walker,
who stole the ball to assist freshman center LeeAnn Bies in
her layup that tied the game with 1:29 in the second over-
Walker would also have the game-winning block to stop
the Spartans' final desperation three-point shot at the buzzer.
Walker scored no points for the game, but that's not why
she was there.
"Kenisha does those kinds of things," Guevara said. "You
can look at the stats and you're not going to see the deflec-
tions, you're not going to see the defense. She loves that
role, and I love that she accepts it and that she does it."
Bies, on the other hand, would add a career-high 24 points
to the game - something Guevara marvels about every sin-
gle time the freshman sets her feet on the court.
"I don't know of another freshman in the conference that's
better than the one that's standing right here," Guevara said
of Bies. "There's no other freshman who has an impact on
their team the way that Bies does here."
Sophomore guard Alayne Ingram had another impeccable
game as she added 19 points and five assists to defeat her
biggest rival in her hometown.
"This is probably one of the biggest games I've had so
far," Ingram said. "Not scoring wise, but as a team. To come
out as a team and beat Michigan State - at Michigan State
- in front of everybody who knows who I am, this is where
I'm from. This means so much to me."

It took two overtime periods, but Alayne Ingrams and the
Michigan basketball finally fended off the Spartans.

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