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12 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 29, 2000

Blanchard
goes 0-7 In
second half
WAKE FOREST
Continued from Page 11
he was just trying to do whatever he
could do to win the game," Michigan
junior Chris Young said.
As Wake Forest's lead grew,
Blanchard's shots became increasing-
ly wild.
He punctuated the dismal perfor-
mance with a late 3-point attempt
that sailed well over the rim as
Michigan scrambled to remain com-
petitive.
Blanchard finished the night 0-3
from behind the arc. He also missed
four key free throws down the stretch.
Michigan coach Brian Ellerbe said
Blanchard was "overzealous."
"LaVell is a scorer - he's used to
scoring all his life," Ellerbe said.
"When the ball is not going down, it
definitely has an effect on him.
"Good players help their teams win
in more than one way - defense,
rebounding and maybe creating situa-
tions for someone else."
At 2-2, Michigan enters a pivotal
OFFICIATING
Continued from Page 11
decide it," Michigan assistant captain
Scott Matzka said. "Rather than to slow
it down because it plays into our game
more to get out there and skate."
Nearly half of the Wolverines' goals
have- come at even strength, and the
team boasts only a 24 percent power-
play efficiency.
But the light officiating was not lim-
ited to Michigan's game on Saturday, as
the four games in.the College Hockey
Showcase were called in the same fash-
ion.
In the two other matchups that didn't
feature the Wolverines, the referees
swallowed their whistles once again -
calling a combined 20 penalties for 38
minutes in the box.
Not bad for games between sonic of
the top teams in the country - No. 1
Michigan State, then-No. 2 Minnesota
and then-No. 12 Wisconsin.

Wake Forest (71)
FG FT REB
MIN M-A MA O-T A F PTS
Howard 31 3-6 0-0 0-4 4 4
Songasla 29 5-14 3-4 2-6 4 4 13
Shoemaker 36 4-5 2-2 2.13 1 3 10
Hicks 18 2-3 1-1 0-3 1 1 6
O'Kelley 33 7-15 32 1-1 1 2 19
Murray 10 0-0 0-0 . 1-2 2. 2 0
Scott 15, S-S 2-2 0-1 1 4 12
Dawson 28 2-11 1-2 0-2 0 2 5
Totals 200 28-59 12-15 6-33 14 22 71
FG%: .475 FT% 00. 3-point FG: 3-12,.250 (O'Kelley
2-5, Hicks 1-1, Dawson 0-4, Soneala 0-1, Howard 0-1).
Blocks: 4 (Scott 2, Shoemaker, H-oward). Steals: 6
(Howard 2, Hicks 2 Sorgaila. O'Kelley). Turnovers: 8
(Dawson 2, O'Kelley 2, Howard 2, Songaila, Murray).
Technical fouls: none.
MICHIGAN (60)
FG FT REB
MIN. M-A M-A 04T A F PTS
Blanchard 38 3-13 7-11 5-8 3 3 13
Young 33 4-8 2-4 7-13 2 4 10
Moore 10 2-7 0-1 1-2 0 4 4
Queen 31 3-9 0-0 0-2 2 2 8
Robinson 34 6-19 0-2 2-7 1 2 12
!ones 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Searight 11 0-3 1-2 0-2 1 1 1
Groninger 11 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 0 0
Asselin 30 5-7 2-3 5-11 1' 3 12
Totals 200 23-66 12-23 23-49 11 19 60
FGOIo D348. FT% h.522.3-point FG: 2-17 118 (Queen
2-8, Blanchard 0-3, Robinson 0-5, Sear ht 0-1). Blocks
3 (Young 2, Asselin 1) Steals: 1 (Queen Turnovers: 13
(Asselin 3, Blanchard 2, Searight 2, Robinson 2, Queen
2, Moore, Young). Technical fouls: none.
Wake Forest. ......29 42 - 71
Michigan.a..32 28a 60
i d At: Crisier Arena
s Attendance: 9,767
three-game stretch, including
rnatchups with No. 13 Maryland and
No. I Duke, thirsting for a hero's per-
formance from Blanchard to carry
them. If not through prolific scoring,
Michigan needs poise and leadership
that was absent from the sophomore's
game yesterday.
But Michigan State coach Ron
Mason said he's "sticking to his guns,
having a different position on the lais-
sez faire approach to officiating. He
supports a more stern method that will
improve the gane as a whole.
"I think a penalty is a penalty"
Mason said. "Referees have to call
them. or how else are teams going to
learng r .
Mason uses the NHL as an example,
whichie says contains better hocy
because of its tight officiating.
"In the NHL the players are learning,
and it's a better game because of it,"
Mason said.
The strength of the Spar-tans earlier
on this season was their execution on
the power play, which niay be a reason
for Mason singing a different tune and
wanting special teams to play an
enlarged role.
Even with the limited penalty calls,
Michigan State's special teams still
proved to be a major factor in its games

Lineup changes challenged Blue

SEASON WRAP
By Rhonda Gilmer
Daily Sports Writer
After a year full of challenges and
changes, the Michigan women's cross
country team concluded its season. It
brought many victories and a couple
disappointing finishes, but the team
never lost hope and the drive to suc-
ceed.
The Wolverines saw the birth of
their leader this season.
In the opener, Sept. 9 at the Miami
Invitational, Katie Jazwinski proved
herself a team leader by winning the
meet.
Jazwinski went on to win the next
two meets - the Spiked Shoe
Invitational on Sept. 16 and the
William and Mary Invitational Sept.
23.
"My goal is to win every race that I
run," Jazwinski said.
In all three cases, the Wolverines
also brought home team titles. By
showing strength and consistency up
front, Jazwinski led through her
actions rather than words.
"The successful ones have the
same coping skills no matter the level
Lettin' them play
The light officiating at the WCHA confer-
ence venues served as a nice reprieve
for the Wolverines, who are accustomed
to the nit-picking of the CCHA referees.
Here's some results from the two styles
over a four-game period.

the meet or the conditions," Michigan
coach Mike McGuire said.
As the season progressed, the
schedule got tougher. And the
Wolverines responded against the
stronger opponents. Michigan defeat-
ed virtually all of the teams it ran
against, falling just short of national
powerhouses Stanford and
Wisconsin.
"No other Big Ten team beat us all
year other than Wisconsin," McGuire
said.
Due to nagging injuries, the
Wolverines were forced to change up
their lineup. Senior Lisa Ouellet --
who was counted on for her experi-
ence this season - fell out of the
lineup with injury at the beginning of
the year.
"If Lisa Ouellet would have been
healthy the whole season she would
have been able to contribute more,"
Jazwinski said.
In spite of these setbacks, the
Wolverines kept pace toward their
goal.
"Our goal was top 10 at nationals,
and up till nationals we had not run
our best race yet," Jazwinski said.
"We were hoping at nationals we
would run our best race, but unfortu-
nately we didn't."

Even though the Wolverines didn't
run their best race at the NCAA
championships, finishing 14th was an
acceptable result.
"Competing at nationals we had
some girls running we wouldn't have
thought of sending at the beginning
of the season," senior Katie Ryan
said.
"But because they stepped up we
saw a changeup in the lineup,"
On the bright side, since it had to
use so many different runners,
Michigan was able to lay a founda-
tion for success for next season.
"By running inexperienced runners
it gave some people an opportunity,"
McGuire said. "They got tested in
meets, providing tremendous experi-
ence for them."
The Wolverines are losing many
seniors who will be difficult to
replace - including Jazwinski.
"She was pretty resilient all season,
and has done the work through four
years of investment of time since she
walked in the door," McGuire said.
Also departing are Julie Froud,
Ouellet, Katy Radkewich and Erin
White. Ryan will return next season.
"Our sport is unique because
everyone has gotten better since they
got here," McGuire said.

Hrovat may redshirt;
Smith likely at 184

Citrus Bowl narrows
list: Tigers or Tenn.
Monday, Tennessee Athletic
Director Doug Dickey accepted a pro-
visional invitation for the Volunteers
to head to the Citrus Bowl if Auburn is
victorious over Florida in the SEC
championship game on Dec. 2.
If Auburn wins, the Tigers will head
to the Sugar Bowl, and Florida will
most likely play Ohio State in the
Outback Bowl on Jan. 1.
The Citrus Bowl selection commit-
tee eliminated Florida because the
Gators played in the Citrus Bowl twice
in the past three years.
The Volunteers were also appealing
to the selection committee since they
finished their season yith six-straight
wins and have have a strong fan base.
- Staff reports
Gaines planning to
transfer to Houston
Former Michigan basketball point
guard Kevin Gaines told the Las Vegas
Review-Journal that he will transfer to
Houston at the end of winter semester.
Gaines was dismissed from the
Michigan basketball team at the begin-
ning of the fall term following a Labor
Day incident in which he was charged
with driving under the influence in
Taylor.
Gaines was sentenced to one-year's
probation and given a $750 fie.
- Sta reports
Blue recruit named
Miss Basketball
Michigan's recruit Tabitha Pool of
Huron High School in Ann Arbor was
named Miss Basketball of Michigan.
The 6-foot-I Pool only played 13
games after tearing her ACL. But to her
surprise she was still rewarded with the
honor. Pool is the first Miss Basketball
to go to Michigan.
"I think when she tore her ACL it dev-
astated her for awhile," Michigan coach
Sue Guevara said. "This is onereward she
didn't think she was going to get."
After her injury, Pool worried if she
would still be recruited by Division I
schools. But Michigan's offer was still
on the table.
"With the type of surgeries that we
have today, kids come back stronger,
Guevara said. "She'll be ready."
Before injuring herself, she averaged
21.6 points, 17.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists
and 6.0 steals.
- Ben Singer
Women's swimming
signs All-American
Amy McCullough of Mercy High
School (Farmington Hills) signed a
National Letter of Intent with the
Michigan women's swimming and diving
team. An All-American and state cham-
pion in both the 200-yard and 500 yard
freestyles, McCullough will make an
immediate impact at the Big Ten level.
"She is a rare talent," Michigan coach
Jim Richardson said. "She is fast at 100
yards, and just as fast at 1,650. She was
one Blue Chip prospect we really were
hoping to land. We will be glad to have
her at Michigan."
- Steve Jackson

CCHA P
Michigan vs. Ferris State 32
Michigan at Ferris State 34
Michigan at Bowling Green 28
Michigan at Bowling Green 18
TOTALS= 112

Min.
114
142
28
64
348
30
14
22
16
82

By Jeb Singer
Daily Spors Writer

WCHA
Michigan at Wisconsin
Michigan at Minnesota
MSU at Wisconsin
MSU at Minnesota

15
7,
11
8

TOTALS= 41

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as the Spartans won their game against
Minnesota on a power play goal and
netted two goals in their two chances
with the man advantage against
Wisconsin.
While this past weekend provided a
break for Michigan in terms of officiat-
ing, the Wolverines will be back in the
grind once again this weekend as they
face conference-rival Northern
Michigan on the road. Players like
Michigan defenseman Jeff Jillson know
what to expect and what they have to do
to keep these games from getting out of
hand.
"It's up to the players to keep their
cool and you know the officiating does-
n't effect the outcome of the game -
the players do," Jillson said.

During his career as a wrestler at
Michigan, coach Joe McFarland was
always ready to go toe to toe with any-
body. McFarland doesn't wrestle any-
more, but the message he gives to his
wrestlers is the same mantra he swore bv.
"The Big Ten is going to be tough at
every weight, every week," McFarland
said. As a result, Michigan is looking to
be strong at every weight, every week
this season.
But that might be tough with the
impressive list of Wolverines that may
redshirt this season. It includes Chris
Rodrigues, a three-time high school
national champion and Ryan Bertin, a
prep All-American.
But the biggest name on that list is
junior Andy Hrovat, the eighth place fin-
isher at the, NCAA championships two
years ago. After failing to place at the
NCAAs last season, the hope is that
Hrovat will be able to win the champi-
onship his last two years if he takes the
year offto train and compete on his own.
With sophomore Kyle Smith starting
at 184 pounds for Hrovat, the
Wolverines don't expect to be giving up
a lot.
"I have a lot of confidence in Kyle,"
McFarland said. "I think that if he contin-
ues to work on his intensity for the entire
seven minutes he'll be tough to beat."
Smith - a three-time state champion
in high school - has the talent to fill
Hrovat's shoes. Experience may be his
only limiting factor.
"It's Kyle's spot right now," Hrovat
said. "If he wins and keeps winning,
which he should, than it is his spot. (The
coaches) are not even going to think
about putting me in."

THIS WEEKEND
STATELINE, NEVADA
Who: No. 7 Michigan at the Cliff Keen
Invitational
When: Dec. 1-2, all day
The latest: Michigan has competed in the
invitational since 1983.
If Smith does not perform up to
expectations, Hrovat will likely be
pulled out of a redshirt season for a sec-
ond straight year.
Last season started off similarly for
Michigan, with Smith starting and
Hrovat sitting out. But Smith injured his
knee forcing Hrovat to wrestle.
"I learned from last year when Kyle
got hurt in the first week and I wasn't
ready to go," Hrovat said. "This year I'm
training so that if McFarland needs me
the week before Big Tens I'll be in the
physical shape to wrestle."
This vear, Hrovat's main goals
include winning the U.S. Open freestyle
tournament in March and improving his
skills in the top and bottom positions.
"I feel like I can take anybody down
on any given day; Hrovat said. "I feel
real confident on my feet. It's my top
and bottom that I struggle at. A lot of it
is mental. Sometimes I want to take a
break down there."
The season begins with the Cliff Keen
Invitational this weekend in Nevada.
''m pushing to be an All-American
and a finalist in the NCAAs," Smith
said. "I'm going to push everyone as far
as they can go and I'm going to go a lit-
tle bit further than them."
If Smith answers the high expecta-
tions, Michigan has a good chance to
improve on both its fifth-place Big Ten
finish and its 13th place NCAA finish
of a season ago.

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When the Bruins (6-5) and Badgers
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By Benjamin Singer
AhV Sports Wnite
Michigan came back from Hawaii
with a new look.
The difference is in the starting line-
up. Coach Sue Guevara sat down veter-
an post players Heather Oesterle and
LeeAnn Bies in exchange for freshmen
Stephanie Gandy and Jennifer Smith in
the final two games of the Wahine
Classic. She made the switch after the
Wolverines dropped their second-
straight game, a 78-67 loss to Arkansas.
"It wasn't a lack of energy by Heather
or Bies," Guevara said. "By inserting
Gandy and Smitty in the lineup, we
inserted more quickness."
Michigan was looking to spark some
speed into its game after struggling
against the press in its losses to
Washington and Arkansas. Smith and
Gandy give Michigan more mobility on
both offense and defense.
"I thought with that lineup we came
out faster with more energy," Guevara
said. "We were able to pressure the other
team defensively and we were able to
get out and run more."
From day one, Guevara was confident
in Gandy's defense and ability to get up
and down the court. But a lack of cre-

said. "In the first couple of games I just
stood around and ran a set offense. (In
Hawaii) I took initiative to take a ball
in.
Gandy was rewarded for her 4-for-6
performance in the loss to Arkansas by
starting against Northern Illinois and
Stephen F. Austin. She responded by
shooting 62 percent from the floor in
those two games for 30 points including
the game-high of 17 over Stephen F.
Austin. She also led the Wolverines with
33 minutes in both games.
Gandv doesn't know exactly why she
wasn't producing before, but she knows
what motivated her for this trip.
"It was real simple," Gandy said.
"Coach said if I don't produce, then I
won't play."
Although Smith started against
Northern Illinois, she did not see as sig-
nificant playing time until the Stephen
F. Austin matchup. For the first four
games, she averaged just 12 minutes. In
30 minutes in her second start, she con-
tributed seven points on 3-of-5 shooting.
Unlike Gandy at small forward, Smith
is in a three-player rotation with two
proven players for two positions.
- "We have three people for two posi-
tions and those three are getting a lot of
time," Guevara said. "They're working

NCAA basketball
Yesterday's results
No. 12 Wake Forest 71, MICHIGAN 60
No. 1 Duke 78, No. 9 Illinois 77
No. 16 CONNECTICUT 88, Brown 78
No. 25 ARKANSAS 88, Centenary 54
No. 18 Utah 93, Cardinal Stritch 47
No. 20 SYRACUSE 73, Colgate 65
CLEMSON 57, Northwestern 44
Georgia Tech at Iowa, inc.
Today's games
No. 7 N. Carolina at No. 4 Mich. St.
No. 6 Maryland at No. 18 Wisconsin
Purdue at No. 25 Virginia
No. 16 Cincinnati at Dayton
Gonzaga at No. 1 Arizona
Minnesota at Florida State
NHL
Yesterday's results
BOSTON 3, Pittsburgh 1
NY RANGERS 7, Los Angeles 6
OTTAWA 3, Buffalo 1
NASHVILLE 6, Calgary 1
Anaheim at Vancouver, inc.
Minnesota at San Jose, inc.
Today's games
Detroit at Atlanta
Calgary at Dallas

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