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16A The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 28, 1999

'M' looks to return to Tournament

TOURNEY
Continued from Page 11A
summer playing with the Danish
national team. The experience proved
to be valuable for the junior, as she
dabbled at shooting guard. But don't
look for Thorius' assist average to
dip.
"I want to see how far I can go
with my assists," Thorius said. "I'd
like to see if I could break the
Michigan record."
Vonnie Thompson's 1988 total,
156, still stands as Michigan's single-
season record. Last season, Thorius

dished out 145 assists.
But ultimately, if the Wolverines
are to compete for a Big Ten title,
they need Thomas to play like a Big
Ten player of the year candidate.
"I want to get the Big Ten steals
record, and at least make first-team
all-Big Ten, and hopefully be the Big
Ten player of the year," Thomas said.
During her first two years,
Thomas' Michigan statistics
remained consistent. She averaged
12.9 points per game as a freshman,
and her point total dipped to 11.7
points per game as a sophomore.
Then, last year, her average jumped

3.2 points per game to 14.9.
With Guevara asking Thomas to
shoot the ball more, look for another
increase in her point total
"I told Stacey, 'Shoot the ball
whenever you can,"' Guevara said.
"If she wants to go to the next level,
she needs to score. Part of that is
making layups and free throws. Then,
her scoring will go up. She's been
shooting the ball well in practice."
If the Wolverines are to reach their
goal of having the best year in
Michigan's history, they will need
her to continue her to stay hot all
year.

if the Michigan
women's
basketball team
wants to
compete for a Big
Ten title, they'll
need forward
Stacey Thomas
to play like the
Big Ten player of
the year.
KIMITSU YOGACHI/Qady

YANKEES
Continued from Page 11IA
and holding both hands high to
acknowledge the ovation.
Mariano Rivera, who had two
saves and a win in the Series, was
selected MVP.
"1 wasn't thinking about it," he
said. "It just happens."
The Yankees finished off a week
in which they simply overwhelmed
the club that had best record in the
majors, and accomplished a lot more
along the way they:
- Became baseball's first repeat '
champion since Toronto in 1992-93.
- Posted the first set of consecu-
tive Series sweeps since the Yankees
in 1938-39. New York beat San
Diego four straight last year.
- Completed an incredible run in
which they won 18 of' 19 postseason
games. The only loss came when
Clemens was beaten by Pedro
Martinez at Fenway Park 11 days
earlier.
- Overcame a year of adversity.
from manager Joe Torre's prostate
cancer in spring training to the death
of outfielder Paul O'Neill's father
early Wednesday. Scott Brosius and
Luis Sojo also lost their fathers, Hall'
of Famers Joe DiMaggio and Catfish
Hunter died and Darryl Strawberry 0
was beset by health and legal prob-

lems.
- And, in the last game of the
20th century, their all-century team
pitcher ended all debate about
which club was most dominant this
decade.
"We are a good team and we don't
rest on our laurels," Torre said.
"From 1996 to the end of the centu-
ry - wvow.
For Atlanta, the loss was its
record-tying eighth straight in the
Series, a string that began in 1996
against the Yankees.

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