Wednesday, December 1, 1999 - The Michigan Daily - 11
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'M' hoopsters struggle in post
the champion of the Big East or the ACC. Both of those
champions - Virginia Tech and Florida State will play for
the national title in the Sugar Bowl, conveniently delayed
by the NFL playoffs until Jan. 4.
Regardless, Michigan, which hasn't been to the Orange
Bowl since it became the first Big Ten team to dare go to a
game other than the Rose Bowl in 1976.
Expect to see them back sooner than 2022. With the
WS' current level of success (save for the occasional
squawking from Tulane or Marshall), combined with the
level Lloyd Carr seems to have found for his program, an
at-large bid could pass this way frequently. In the beat-em-
up Big Ten, titles can be won in the weirdest of ways (ask
Wisconsin or Northwestern). But a team with an alumni
and fan base like Michigan's will always catch the BCS's
Money, if you haven't noticed by now, is the plasma of
the bowl system. This isn't to say that bowls are corrupt.
aey just run on money. And money will keep the confer-
es, who support the BCS, happy.
- Rick Freeman can be reached via e-mail at
By Michael Kern
Daily Sports Writer
With 13:28 to go in the first half of
its 79-66 victory over Providence last
night, the Michigan women's basket-
ball team found itself in a precarious
situation. Both starting post players,
Alison Miller and Ruth Kipping, were
riding the bench with two fouls.
Three and a half minutes later,
Michigan was behind 25-14 to a team
that won just five games last season.
"They sat because we have a rule
that if you pick up two fouls in the first
half you sit," Michigan coach Sue
Guevara said. "For us, that is good
because we have people that can come
in and pick up the slack."
Following a performance in which
they combined for just ten shots in two
games last week, Miller and Kipping
struggled early against the Friars. In
the first four minutes, Miller had her
shot blocked three times and was
forced into two jump balls before
drawing two fouls and a seat on the
bench for the remainder of the first
"This whole game was frustrating
for me," Miller said. "But after I picked
up two fouls, we were lucky enough
that we had post players come in off the
bench who could play at a high level."
Kipping followed an offensive
charge on a fast break with a foul
inside on defense that also earned her
bench time for the final 13 minutes of
the first half.
"I forgot I got the first (offensive)
foul," Kipping said. "I wouldn't have
gone for a block if I had remembered."
Had it not been for sophomore Raina
Goodlow "picking up the slack" and
contributing 10 first half points off the
bench, the Wolverines may have found
themselves with a huge deficit at the
half. Even with a late half surge,
Michigan was still down three at the
Fortunately for the Wolverines,
Miller and Kipping made the necessary
adjustments at halftime. After a one-
for-five performance with just three
rebounds in the first half, Miller fin-
ished the game 5-for-1I from the field,
with 10 points and I1 rebounds. She
also twice sunk key shots to give
Michigan the lead in the second half.
"We talked about how (the post play-
ers) were being doubled teamed and
that they needed to reverse-pivot,"
Guevara said. "Once they reverse-piv-
oted, they could see where their partner
was and get the ball to them inside."
FO FT REB
MIN M-A M-A O-T A F PTS
Gombotz 35 3.12 23 0 0 2 8
Roberts 26 38 00 1 1 2 6
Cummings 27 04 00 15 4 4 0
Vozab 40 513 0-0 14 3 0 12
Minas 21 44 12 13 2 4 11
T o-%]s 12 3-7 0O00 0007
Dreschsler 5 11 0 0-0 G 0 1 2
Spoon 5 1-1 00 03 022
Feerurg 9 13 22 G3 0 1 7
Tropany 20 58 22 16 0 4 13
Totals 200 26-62 7.9 6,36 10 20 66
FG%: -419, FT%: .778. 3-point FG: 7.17. .412
inds 2. Vozat- 25. "reebug 1:2. Thpparv 11
Thomas 1-4, Gombotz 02. Roberts 01). Blocks: 7
(oberts 6. Trippany) Steals: 7 (Cummings 2.
Trippany 2, Gornbotz, Roberts, Vozab). Turnovers:
22 (Cummings 6, Gomootz. 4, Robertis 4, Tripony
3. Freeburg 2, Vozab, Hinds, Thomas}. Technical
10 FT RES
MIN M-A MA 4T A F PTS
Thomas 35 414 7-12 612 3 2 17
Kipping 17 36 0-0 01 0 4 6
Miller 24 511 02 611 1 4 10
Thorius 36 4.7 00 1-6 3 0 10
ingram 32 2-11 2-2 16 7 0 6
Walker 10 4-5 11 2-3 0 0 9
Oesterle 16 0-4 1-2 1-7 2 1 1
Robinson 2 01 0-0 O00 0 0
Goodlow 17 5-11 2-4 1.1 1 0 14
Bies 11 1-5 45 23 1 0 6
Totals 200 28-75 17-2823.53 18 11 79
FG%:.373.FT%: .607. 3-point FG: 6-18 333.
(Thomas 2.6, Thonus 2-4, Goodlow 2-3, Ingram 0-
3. Oesterie 0-1, Robinson 0-l). Blocks: 1(ies).
Steals: 10 (Thomas 4. Goodlow 2. Kipping, Miller,
ingram, Oesterie). Turnovers: 17 (Miller 4, Bies 3,
Thomas 2, Kipping 2. Oesterle 2. Thorius, ingram,
Walker. Goodlow), Technical Fouls: none.
Providence.................35 31 -66
Michigan .............32 47 - 79
At Crisler Arena
Freshman LeeAnn Bies powers her way to the hoop during
MIchigan's 79-66 victory over Providence last night.
Williams to coach Citrus Bowl
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cord of 34-24-1 in his five years,
earned S697,330 per year at Michigan
State. His new job will reportedly pay
him in excess of SI million dollars a year
after radio, TV and internet incentives.
In his absence, the Spartans must now
regroup and find way to win the season's
"A lot of people are going to count us
out and say that we're not the same
m," sixth-year senior Amp Campbell
said. "We've been proving people wrong
all year. We've got to show our character
right now. We've lost Coach Saban, but
we've got to pick up where we left off."
Spartan basketball coach Tom Izzo
also made an appearance. Izzo voiced
his support and reminded the team that it
is the players, and not the coaches who
win the games.
"Remember that the players play the
e,"Izzo said. "And the coaches wear
Msuit. The basketball team is behind
you. You guys have inspired me and my
team. We come in as a team and watch
you guys every weekend. I haven't
missed one home game in 17 years. You
better believe my ass is flying down to
Orlando to be with you guys for the
After all was said and done, the play-
ers filed out one-by-one - each taking
his turn to congratulate Williams on the
job with a hand shake and a hug.
"I'm really happy for him," Michigan
State wide receiver Plaxico Burress said.
"He's a really energetic person who likes
his job. I'm happy for him and his fami-
ly from a personal standpoint because I
think he deserves it."
No one is exactly sure how this group
of Spartans will react without Saban
roaming the sidelines when they next
take the field. but the players seem to
understand his decision.
"I wasn't really upset to see him go,"
Burress said. "It's a good move for him.
I mean I was upset, and it's going to be
weird not seeing him hollering and
screaming on the sideline, but I think
Coach Williams will pick up the slack.
We're just going to have to work really
hard in practice up until the game."
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