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SportsMonday - November 29, 1999 - The Michigan Daily - 7B

Euevara looks for positives in poor offensive showing

y Raphael Goodstein
aily Sports Writer
Ten minutes into the Michigan women's basket-
all game with Holy Cross, Michigan had made
hree shots, missed countless routine jumpers and
Iad-six points.
"Is there anybody who can hit a shot?"
higan women's basketball coach Sue Guevara
ondered.' But it was like, 'I can't panic. It's 6-2"
In favor of Michigan.
Half way through the first half.
If you told me we were going to hold them to
ix points in the first 10 minutes, I'd figure we'd be
p 14-6," Holy Cross coach Bill Gibbons said.
Just how ugly was the first half? Consider:
f Holy Cross shot 26 percent from the field,
opped by Michigan's 39 percent.
M The Crusaders and Wolverines both had 12
j overs.
On 3-point attempts, the two teams combined
o make just four out of 16.
Both teams then caught fire, comparatively. The
econd part of the half, Michigan outscored Holy
ross 24-14 to take a 30-16 halftime lead.
"The key to the game was our lack of offense
arly," Gibbons said. "By missing shots early, that
gave us a lack of confidence in our offense and dug
' big hole for us."
Guevara: "I just asked my team, 'Where is the
that was in Colorado? Did we lose it in the
ntains?"'"
This hardly resembled the Wolverines that won
>n the road to open their season at Colorado State
md Colorado
"You know they (the Wolverines) can shoot,"
uevara said of her first-half thoughts. "It's like,

'We're gonna get going. It's just a matter of when."'
In the second half, the Wolverines did get going,
paced by freshman Infini Robinson's 10 second
half points. Michigan outscored Holy Cross 41-39
in the second half and won 71-55.
"Infini Robinson came in, and God this kid
needed that game, Guevara said. "She hit her first
field goal of her short career. She ends up with 10
points, perfect from the floor (3-for-3, including
two 3-pointers), perfect from the free-throw line
(2-for-2). She needed this game for her confi-
dence."
This was by far Robinson's best game in her
four-game Michigan career. In her previous three
games, she was 0-for-8 from the field.
Michigan must now regroup before hosting 1-3
Providence tomorrow night.
"We want to run, and you know when you run
you are going to have a lot of turnovers,"G uevara
said. "But its the same type of turnovers that we
keep making."
This weekend, the Wolverines will fly to
Houston for the Gene Hackerman Rice
Invitational. The three teams they will face are
New Mexico, Rice and Massachusetts.
The Wolverines will not get away with "sloppy"
play at the Invitational, all four teams there com-
peted in last year's WNIT.
"I would rather look for positives in an ugly win,
than in a loss," Guevara said after the Wolverines
low scoring win. "I'm glad we're winning, but
when I walked into the lockerroom after this game,
there wasn't anybody in there jumping for joy or
smiling or anything like that. This team is a smart
team. They will watch the tape and make some
adjustments."

CINCINNATI (59)
F FT REB
MIN M-A M-A O-T A F PTS
Wilder 33 4-8 13 26 2 3 9
Holley 24 818 11 14 1 3 17
Slaise 21 1-12 00 12 2 1 2
Merriweather 20 1-2 00 1-2 222
Roberson 3 9 22 13 5 34
Dozier 4 2-4 0-0 00 0 1-6
Groerer 14 01 4-4 36 3 0 4
Sharp 14 141 0-0 141 0 0 ,2
F'oumey 4 00 00 01 0 0 0
Perry 25 3-9 2-4 14 0 2 11
Dunlap 5 00 00 0-. 00 2
Totals 200 2266 10-1413-3115 15 59
FGx:.333. FT%: .714. 3-po nt FG: 5-22, .227
jPerry 3-8, Dozier 2-4, Slaise 0-4, Roberson 0-4,
Wilder 0-2). Blocks: 1 (Holley). Steals: 9 (Wilder
3, Slaise 2, Perr 2, Roberson, Dozier). Turnovrs:
14 (Wilder 4, Roberson 3. Slaise 2, Holley,
Merriweather, Groeber, Dunlop). Technical Foos
none.
MICHIGAN (67)
FeFT RER
MIN M-A M-A 0-T A IF.P"
Thomas 28 412 00 2.9 1 1 9
Kipping 15 1-2 0-0 0-3 0 3 2
Miller 16 2-2 2-2 1-6 0 1 6
Thoius 30 2-6 11 0-2 4 1 5
Ingram 33 7-10 7-8 41 1 0 22
1a%~ 2 00 0001 0 0 0
Walker 14 2-3 3-4 0-3 0 1 7
Oesterle 14 1-2 00 1-4 2 4 2
Robinson 10 0-1 2-2 0-0 0 2 2
Goodlow 17 2-5 -0 1-5 0 1 4
Dykhouse 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Bies 19 3-5 2-2 3-5 1 0,.%8
Totals 200 2448 17.19 842 8 14 67
FG%: .500. FT%: .895. 3-point FG 2-5. .400.
(Thomas 12, Ingram 1-2, Robinson 01). Blocks: 7
(Thomas 2, Bies, Kipping, Thorius, Oesterle,'
Goodlow). Steals: 6 (Thomas 2, Bies 2, Thonus,
Oesterle). Turnovers: 23 (Ingram 5, Qesterle 4,
Thomas 3, Thorius 3, Kipping 2, Miller 2, Walker 2,
Robinson 2). Technical Fouls: none.
Cincinnati....... ......26 33 - 59
Michigan.............34 33 -67
At: Crisler Arena
Attendance: 1,016

DANA LINNANE/Daily
"Is there anyone who can hit a shot?" said Michigan coach Sue Guevara after the Wolverines shot 41
percent against the Crusaders. The Wolverines improved their record to 4-0 with a 71-55 victory.

Blue struggles for offense against
zone in 'ugly' home victories

CRUSADERS
Continued from Page 1B
produce against the Providence zone,
Guevara could turn to the bench.
Against Cincinnati, reserves Kenisha
Walker and LeeAnn Bies combined
for 15 points and eight rebounds.
The offense could get its biggest lift
from Goodlow's return. She lost her
starting spot when she injured her knee
in the first exhibition game. In her first
prominent appearances since then, she
scored 10 points and had six rebounds
acainst Iloly Cross in 18 m inutcs.
"She is still a little bit rusty offen-
sitiel. ."' GuCvar isaid. "But she did a
nice job of drivink to the basket rmlit
the high post, and she ;got some
rebounds for us."
Senior co-catain Stacey Thomas
shone as another bright spot for the
Wolverines, turning in her usual solid
performance. Using her 3-point shot to
spread Holy Cross's zone, Thomas
dribbled through the Crusaders for

bit," Holy Cross coach Bill Gibbons
said. "We knew (Ingram) and
(Thorius) could shoot the three, but we
didn't know (Thomas) could shoot it
that way. She did a great job of open-
ing up our zone by hitting that three
because she is such a great penetrator."
While Michigan struggled in its past
two games, the defense has been solid,
holding both opponents under 60
points. The Wolverines shut down their
opponents by stopping their leading
scorers and forcing other players to
step up their scoring.
Agiainst Cincinnati, the Michigan
'D' held senior sharpshooter Madinah
Slaise (19.7 ppg last year) to two
points and a 1-for-12 perfornmance. On
Saturday, the Wolverines hounded
Holy Cross's Anne Kinne, denying her
open looks at the basket and holding
her to 11 points. She hit four of 12
shots, including just two of nine from

beyond the arc.
"(Kinne) is our best scorer,"
Gibbons said. "She had 24 the last
game but did not have a good game
offensively (tonight). You've got to
give a lot of credit to (Michigan)
because they did a great job on her
defensively."
Schedule
Tomorrow vs. Providence, Crisler
Arena, 7 p.m.
Saturday at Gene Hackerman Rice
Invitational (Houston) vs. New
Mexico State.
Sunday championship or consolation
game vs. Massachusetts or Rice.

HOLY CROSS 5)
MIN MA WA -T A F PTS
Rothemich 34 4-8 6.6 1-7 1 3 14
Abraham 24 3-6 00 1-1 1 2 ,:7
OKeefe 24 6-10 1-1 02 0 4 -43
Jutras 35 2-6 00 2-3 5 1 5
Kinne 31 4-12 12 0.1 4 3 11
Paukert 23 1-7 00 1-3 3 0 3
Grace 7 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0.: 0
O'connor o0 0 0000 00
Zawadzkas 22 0-4 24 2-4 0 3 2
Totals 200 20-53 10-13 8-26 14 1G -
FG%: .377. F1'%: .769. 3-point FG: 5-16, .313
(Kinne 2-9, Jutras 1-3, Abraham 1-2, Paukert 1-2).
Blocks: 1 (Abraham) Steals: 12 (Kinne 4,
Rothemich 2, Jutras 2, Paukert 2, Abraham.
O'Keefe). Turnovers: 20 (Kinne 6, Rothemich 4,
Zawadzkas 4, Jutras 2, Abraham, O'Keefe,
Paukert, O'Connor), Technical Fouls: Kinne.
MICHIGAN (714~ RE
FT REB
MIN M-A M-A O-T A F PTS
Thomas 32 7-17 0-0 4-7 2 0 s17
Ripping 20 1-2 0-0 3-7 0 1_2
Miller 18 2-6 1-1 0-0 0 2 '5
Thorius 25 1-6 00 3-7 2 2 .2
Ingram 36 5-16 2-2 0.2 5 0 13
Jara 1 00 0-0-0 000
Walker 12 2-4 0-0 1-4 0 2 4
Oesterle 16 1-4 4-4 0-3 0 0 6
Robinson 9 3-3 2-2 0-1 1 0 -10
Goodlow 18 4-5 2-3 3-6 0 0 10
Dykhouse 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Bies 11 0-0 2-2 1-1 0 3° 2
Totals 200 26.63 13.1420461010 71
FG%: .413. FT%: .929. 3-point FG: 6-19, .316r_._
(Thomas 3-9, Robinson 2-2, Ingram 1-6, Thorius 0-
2). Blocks: 1(Miller). Steals: 10 (Thomas 3,
Ingram 3, Miller 2, Walker 2). Turnovers: 23
(Ingram 6. Oesterle 5, Thomas 3. Miller 2, Thorius
2, Walker 2. Kipping, Robinson, Goodlow).
Technical Fouls: none.
Holy Cross............ 16 39 - 55
Michigan....................30 41- 71
At: Crisler Arena
Attendance: 881
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DANA UNNANE/Daily
Ruth Kipping and the Wolverines struggled to get the ball inside against Holy
Cross's defensive zone. Michigan hopes to rebound against Providence tomorrow.

easy layups.
"Thomas opened up our zone a little

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