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88 The Michigan Daily - January 10, 2000 - SportsMonday

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Continued from Page 18
perimeter defense was stifling. Purdue's
starting guards, Kelly Komara (who
fouled out) and Shinika Parks, shot a
combined 3-for-12 (0-for-6 from 3-
point land), committed nine turnovers
and were unable to consistently break
down the Michigan guards.
"The way I was feeling this morning,
I didn't know how much I was going to
play," Thorius said. "I wasn't going
exactly for a big game or anything. I was
just going out there to contribute as
much as I could."
"My trainer did a great job getting her
ready," Guevara added. "Anne came
prepared, and she did what she had to
do."
On a day when Michigan got clutch
scoring performances from several
unlikely sources (Thorius, Kenisha
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Walker), the Wolverines' biggest star
was a player known for her defense.
Senior co-captain Stacy Thozaas
carved out a place in history when she
broke the Big Ten's all-time record for
steals. Thomas set the mark with 5:1:5 to
play in the first half, and at the next
stoppage of play, the record was
announced to the Crisler Arena crowd,
which gave Thomas a standing ovation.
"Whoever I have to guard, I wanmna
stop them," Thomas said. "It's kind of
fun to frustrate my opponents.
"The record just goes to show that; I
do take a lot of pride in my defense.. I
didn't expect into come so soon, bit I
guess all of the hard work paid off."
One ray of sunshine in Purdue's droa-
ry day was the performance of forwaird
Katie Douglas. With the Boilermakars
constantly behind in the second half, the
hyper-intense all-American put the
Purdue offense on her back and carried
it.
Douglas poured in 30 points, 21 Of
them in the second half, before fouling
out. She hit big shot after big shot and
brought the Boilermakers within ore
point, at 53-52, with 7:18 left.
Despite Douglas' best efforts, it wats
not meant to be for Purdue. Turnovers
and an inability to find a third scorer to
take the pressure off of Douglas and
Cooper doomed the Boilermakers and
gave Michigan a huge victory.
"We just beat the No. 12 team in the
country," Miller said. "This gives us a
lot of confidence going into the rest of
the Big Ten schedule.
"We came off a disappointing loss on.
Thursday, so we were looking for some-
thing to pick us back up. This was a
great win."

Purdue doesn't feel
at home on CBS

0

By Arun Gopal and
Dena Beth Krischer
Daily Sports Writers
Although CBS is widely known as
the Columbia Broadcasting System,
residents of West Lafayette refer to it as
the Choking Boilermakers' Show.
The first-ever televised women's col-
lege basketball regular-season game
was on Jan. 5, 1991 when CBS broad-
cast live Purdue's 75-65 loss to No. 7
Auburn.
Since falling to Michigan on
Saturday, the defending national
champs are now 0-6 when being broad-
cast on CBS.
The Boilermakers can't blame stage
fright for Saturday's loss, since they
post a 41-17 record while playing live
on any other national or regional televi-
sion station.
They can't blame the 2,106 in atten-
dance at Crisler since they average
about 9,700 per game at their own
Mackey Arena.
They can't blame being being away
from home since they're 5-2 on the
road, losing only to No. 2 Tennessee
and No. 4 Louisiana Tech.
They can't blame their post game
since 10 out of the 14 times center
Camille Cooper took a shot, she scored
from directly under the basket.
They can't blame their forward Katie
Douglas, who scored 30 of the

Boilermakers' 67 points against
Michigan.
Purdue can, however, blame its
bench - or lack there of.
In Saturday's match-up, three of the
Boilermakers' starters and their bench
scored a combined 11 points.
As in five field goals and one free
throw.
Purdue's bench has only scored a
combined 139 of its 804 points this
season.
The Boilermakers are relying on two
players - Cooper and Douglas, who
have scored 224 and 158 points respec-
tively - nearly 48 percent of Purdue's
total points so far this season.
The conference-season has only just
begun, but already Purdue is showing
signs that its depth is meak.
So unless their bench provides more
for the Boilermakers, their "Still the
One" motto is, by no means, a reality.
NEW SCRIPT: In winning 10 of its
first 14 games, the Michigan women's
basketball team displayed a glaring
weakness: post play.
Michigan's perimeter trio of Stacy
Thomas, Alayne Ingram, and Anne
Thorius more than held their own
against some of the nation's top teams.
Unfortunately, the Wolverines' com-
mittee of low-post players struggled to
make a name for themselves while
being dominated night in and night out.

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Vanderbilt's Chantelle Anderson (20
points) and Indiana's Jill Chapman (29
points) are just two of the players to put
up huge numbers against Michigan's
post defense. However, on Saturday
against Purdue the script started to
change a little.
While Boilermaker center Camille
Cooper stepped nicely into a starring
role with her 26-point outing,
Michigan's forwards finally decided to
grab some of the spotlight for them-
selves.
Alison Miller (12 points, seven

rebounds) and Raina Goodlow (10
points) gave the Wolverines a much-
needed presence down low to comple-
ment the perimeter exploits of Anne
Thorius, Alayne Ingram, and Stacy
Thomas. Add in the solid efforts of
reserves LeeAnn Bies and Ruth
Kipping and Michigan had a 74-67 win
over the defending national champion
Boilermakers.
"We had a pretty good inside-outside
attack," Guevara said. "We had contri-
butions from kids off the bench in the
post."

Thonus is glorious,
gives Thomas rest

By Raphael Goodstein
Daily Sports Writer
With nine minutes left in the
Michigan women's basketball team's
74-67 win over Purdue, senior forward
Stacey Thomas went to the bench. At
the time, Michigan held a four-point
lead.
It seemed likely that after Michigan's
all-America candi-
date caught her
breath, she would
be back in the
game. But five min-
utes later, she was
still on the bench
and Michigan's lead
was still four.;
Why did
Michigan coach
Sue Guevara feel so ThorIus
confident Saturday
without Thomas? Because junior point
guard Anne Thorius was playing the
way she did last year, when she aver-
aged 11 points per game and had the
third highest assist total in school histo-
ry.
This season, Thorius averages only
6.4 points per game. Guevara benched
her for a game three weeks ago. She
then bruised her quadricep in practice,
causing her to miss Michigan's 77-72
loss at Indiana Thursday night.
But Saturday, Thorius finally per-
formed to expectations.
"I know I haven't been playing my
best basketball this year," Thorius said.
"But I'm going to contribute in every
way that I can."
Thorius's contributions came when it

mattered most - at the end, with
Thomas, the team's go-to player, on the
bench.
"She's a very good ball handler, she's
smart and she can hit her free throws;'
Guevara said of her late-game strategy.4
"We wanted the ball in her hands or in
Stacey's hands."
When Thorius had the ball, she did
not disappoint Guevara.
Consider:
Purdue had boiled Michigan's lead
to one, when Thorius calmly hit an open
3-pointer.
With Michigan's lead at four and
Thomas still on the bench, Thorius drib-
bled right, did a spin move to lose
Purdue's Kelly Komara, and kissed a
left-handed layup off the backboard.
After Purdue trimmed the
Wolverines' lead to four, again, Thorius
drove to the hoop where she spotted an
open Alison Miller for a layup.
From there, Thorius nailed all four of
her remaining free throws to ensure the
win.
"I had to beat my man to the basket
and then either take it all the way or pass
it off to one of the shooters," Thorius
said.
She did both, to the tune of 18 points,
five rebounds and four assists.
On defense, Thorius helped hold her
defensive assignments, Kelly Komara
and Shinika Parks, to 3-for-12 shooting.
Komara and Parks also totaled nine
turnovers, and only six assists.
"I just want to distribute the ball and
play tough defense" Thorius said. "I
take pride in my defense. I don't want
my man to score."

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