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NCAA MEN'S WISCONSIN 61, NCAA WOMEN'S The Michigan women's gymnastics team begins its
BASKETBALL (12) Texas 45 BASKETBALL 1999-2000 season with the Maize and Blue intrasq
(2) Arizona 78, (14) Indiana 73, (2 Tennessee 92, Cliff Keen A at p
(6) Connecticut 69 MIsSOURI 6MEMPHISy65e ensa 5 .
(5) Michigan State 66, (19) MARYLAND 76, (14) N. CAROUNA 74,
(4) Kansas 54 Winthrop 65 (OT) Georgia Southern 55
(7) North Carolina 91, (22) KENTUCKY 86, CREIGHTON 55,
BUFFALO 67 N.C. - Asheville 41 (15) Kansas 54 Wednesday
(9) SYRACUSE 86, (23) Purdue 86, (20) ILLINOIS 80, 0Dcmbr 8, J999
Alba 46 ILUINOIS STATE 75 Illinois State 58

Blue win streak
halted at seven

By Dona Both Kilchr
Daily SportsWriter
Everything just seemed to be falling
into place too perfectly.
For 2:51 last night, the undefeated
Michigan women's basketball team held
Vanderbilt in the palm of its hand.
The Wolverines were showing that no,
their 7-0 start was hardly a fluke.
Sophomore forward Raina Goodlow
started her first game since returning
from a dislocated patella, suffered in the
first exhibition game of the season, and
delivered a quick lay-up at 47 seconds
into the game on Michigan's first pos-
session.
Senior forward Stacey Thomas made
all of her first four shots and had two
early steals.
,Michigan's defense stayed tough and
did what it needed to do to prevent
Vanderbilt's 6-foot-6 Chantelle
Anderson scoring like she has against,
the smaller teams the Commodores have
facg so far this season. The Wolverines
as a, whole were getting good looks,
holding onto the ball and staying out of
foultrouble.
As if somebody spoke too soon,
Michigan loosened its grip, and the
Commodores went on a rampage less
than five minutes into the game.
Vanderbilt decreased the Wolverines'
lead from eight points, to four points, to
one point - tying the score, taking the
lead and eventually stealing the game
right from under Michigan's nose.
-After the Commodores arose from the
dead, Michigan's entire game went
downhill and the Wolverines turned over
their undefeated record to Vanderbilt,
losing 76-60.
There was no big comeback in the
second half for Michigan like there was
in last Tuesday's game against
Providence.
"The first five minutes of the second
half is very important and we didn't
come out and play aggressively and try
to take over the game," Michigan guard
Alayne Ingram said. "They capitalized
on our turnovers and they came out with
the win."
The Wolverines couldn't make their
shots - landing just 31 percent during
the second half.

Michigan traded in points for
turnovers, turning the ball over to
Vanderbilt 20 times - 13 times in the
first half alone.
"We hurt our own selves on the offen-
sive end," said Ingram, who scored 18 of
the 29 points in the second half.
Ingram gave Michigan chances tog
come back, making both of her 3-point-
ers look easy with less than 2:45 to go in
the game. The shots decreased
Vanderbilt's lead to 10 - the closest the
Wolverines would get in the second half.
Nonetheless, the Wolverines couldn't
move the ball up the floor without losing
their balance, or their possession.
"This is probably their first experi-
ence against a team of our size,".
Vanderbilt coach Jim Foster said.
Despite two 5-5 guards, Ashley Smith
and Ashley McElhiney, the
Commodores still had at least four or
five inches on the Wolverines at every
other position.
The lack of size had Michigan hitting
the floor and fighting for the ball more
often than it was hitting the basket.
"They were pretty tough," Thomas
said. "They take up a lot of space down,
there. It was very physical. Diving to the
floor, it was who ever was tougher was
going to get it. We just have to step up.
We've been to the weight room, we've
practiced and we're pretty physical our-
selves."
Was Michigan just not ready for this?
"No, we knew exactly what we were
going to get," Michigan coach Sue
Guevara said. "I just thought we were
going to do a better job of scoring
against their zone."
The Wolverines lost their quick step
and their handle on the basketball -
possibly due to fatigue from playing
three games in five days or possibly
because Vanderbilt was bigger. Or it
could have just as easily been the strain
on maintaining their undefeated record.
"To be pretty honest with you, I
thought we played pretty tired," Guevara
said. "I thought we looked tired and we
had a lot of short shots and that is always
an indicator of tired legs. It didn't matter
who I put in. We had trouble rebounding
the basketball, grabbing the basketball
and getting off of our feet"

Kent tests Blue
stamina tonight
at Crisler Arena
Can 5-0 'M' concentrate wit
Duke on horizon Saturday?
By David Den Herder-
Daily Sports Writer
He was so quick to respond, and so confident, thsat
was almost convincing.
"What do you think about being 5-0, coach?" askedr
reporter in one of Crisler
Arena's back-hall nooks.
Not even a smile. TONIGHT
"I think it's insignificant,"
Ellerbe said. "We have got an Who:
awful lot of basketball to Michigan vs. Kent
learn. It's just very early in Where:
the season to even think Crisler Arena
about the record or any- C een
thing. When: 7:30 p.
Well, maybe this is the The latest:
hottest start for Michigan in Michigan is unbeaten
three years, but from all and looking for its
appearances, Ellerbe isn't sixtitwin of the sea
yet amused, and trying his
hardest to keep the hype T
machine on the ground. HISTORY
"We're more concerne d BOOK .
about how we play," Ellerbe .-.-.....-...--.-
said. "It's repetition, we've Michigan has never
just got to keep working." lost to Kent although
The problem is, Michigan
more or less invented the in the lastmatchup
modern college basketball (13 years ago, minus
hype machine - and they one day), Kent came
did it with this Saturday's the closest to a victory
opponent - Duke. - within 12, 73-61 at.
The other problem? While Crisler Arena. Other
mouths in Ann Arbor water 1986 newsmakers:
over the Blue Devils, Josh
Asselin and his band of U Space Shuttle
flashy frosh still have busi- Challenger explodes
ness to take care of.
Kent returns to Crisler
Arena tonight for the first Cntra
time since 1986, and is still Cotra
looking for its first victory ;'. scandal
over the Wolverines.^ breaks
But the Mid-American
Conference has come a long
way from the mid '80s. So Mets win World
has Kent. Series over Red Sox
"They were a tournament
team last year. We weren't," * p G beomes
Ellerbe said. "They've got a
low post game and a perime- single great-
ter game, and they'll throw est Navy
some pressure at us, so we're recruiting
concerned about this game." tool of
Ellerbe's concern is legiti- all time.
mate. With the backcourt of
Andrew Mitchell and Kyem
Murray, Kent has a good
shot at taking the MAC and an automatic NCAA
Tournament berth. That in itself is no easy task - the
conference fielded two teams in last year's Tournament.
And so, Ellerbe is trying - trying - to play down the
hype. The players seem to share his perspective, at least
in the hallways of Crisler Arena.
"We have to worry about Kent," says Jamal Crawfo
"Duke is Saturday. We have a game Wednesday."
Will they display such perspective on the court?
, (
- *1

Allison Miller could do no utter than a single basket against a superior Vanderbilt team. The sloppy
shooting that has characterized the Wolverines so far this season finally caught up with them last night.
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By Arun Gopal
Daily Sports Writer
What a shame. Things were going so well,
weren't they?
By losing to Vanderbilt 76-60 yesterday, the
Michigan women's basketball team saw its
seven-game winning streak, a school record for
season starts, come to an abrupt halt.
Instead of building momentum heading into a
pivotal Louisiana road trip, the Wolverines suf-
fered a disappointing home loss against a team
they felt they were capable of defeating. While
7-1 certainly isn't shabby by any means, 8-0
would feel a lot nicer heading into games at No.
22 Louisiana State and No. 3 Louisiana Tech
this weekend..
"Vanderbilt did a nice job against us in their
zone," Michigan coach Sue Guevara said. "We
really had trouble scoring from the perimeter."
Part of the reason for Vanderbilt's decisive
victory was its decided edge in the post. While
Michigan's starting forwards, Ruth Kipping and
Alison Miller, scored a meager three points
between them, the Commodores got 16 points
from forward Zuzana Klimesova and 20 from 6-
foot-5 freshman center Chantelle Anderson.
"We didn't have an answer for their inside

game," Guevara said. "We were fronting and
doubling, but they were still able to get it
inside.
"We were pressuring the passer, but
(Anderson) was just too big. This is as big a
team as we've seen this year."
The Wolverines also had a terrible time hold-
ing onto the basketball - committing 13
turnovers in the first half. Even though they
were able to cut that number to seven in the sec-
ond stanza it was already too much to recover
from.
"We were doing a decent job against their
zone early, but then they woke up," Guevara
said. "The giveaways were unforced, and I think
it's because we're trying to do something quick-
ly.
"One of our main focuses has to be the
turnovers," guard Stacey Thomas added.
"We've been talking about it in practice, and we
just can't have that, especially playing some of
the better teams like Vanderbilt."
One of the Wolverines' strengths so far this
season has been their depth. Strong reserves
like LeeAnn Bies, Kenisha Walker, and Heather
Oesterle allowed Guevara to substitute players
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the other young
Wolverines say
they haven't
looked past
tonight's
matchup with
Kent.
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