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The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - October 16, 2000 - 3

'Added depth to help 'M' hoops

DAVID
DEN HERDER

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By Dan Williams
Daily Sports Writer
Weary of answering questions surrounding one of the
most tumultuous offseasons in history, the Michigan men's
basketball team seemed relieved that most of the talk
returned to on-the-court expectations for the upcoming
season at Friday's basketball media day.
While coach Brian Ellerbe and his players acknowl-
edged issuesof the last nine months, including the Jamal
Crawford saga, Kevin Gaines's dismissal from the pro-
gram and the transfers of Brandon Smith and Leland
Anderson, the team spoke mostly of optimism. The
Wolverines assembled a diverse lineup, considering the
major personnel losses, for the 2000-01 season.
The foci for Michigan will be highly touted sophomore
swingman LaVell Blanchard, who led the team in scoring
a year ago, and steadily improving senior leader Josh
Asselin.
"The strengths of our basketball team are going to be
LaVell Blanchard and Josh Asselin," Ellerbe said.
But the key to a potential run at an NCAA tournament
berth is likely the success of four freshmen, differing
greatly in size but all beaming with athletic potential.
Literally at the center of the strong recruiting class is
mammoth 7-2, 295-pound center Josh Moore. His team-
mates were careful not to create immediately oversized

expectations for the green big man. Moore himself would-
n't project to far into his role in the upcoming year, but he
was careful to illustrate that he was a team player.
"Whatever it takes to win, I'll do," Moore said. "If I get
20 and we lose I'll be unhappy. If I get four and we win,
that might be as happy as you'll ever see me after the
game. I'm here to enhance what we can do."
On the other end of the scale, Michigan's point guard
spot will most likely be manned by a freshman for the sec-
ond straight year. Two short speedy newcomers, Avery
Queen and Maurice Searight, are expected to compete for
the starting point job.
With those five as well as freshman swingman Bernard
Robinson, junior Leon Jones and junior Chris Young,
Ellerbe has size options that will allow him to use a vari-
ety of strategies.
Potential exists for a twin towers lineup with Asselin and
Moore or a fast-paced lineup featuring Searight and
Queen. Plus the versatility of Blanchard and Robinson
may allow Michigan to further exploit matchup advan-
tages.
"I'd like to see (Moore and Asselin) play together an
awful lot," Ellerbe said. "I'd also like to see bigger wings
with LaVell and Bernard."
Ellerbe maintains that starting positions will be earned
over the next few weeks of practice. He hopes for the team
to run eight-deep.

A.D Careful
what you wish for

Confession number two: I am
apparently oblivious to cur-
rent events. This little "reno-
vation" they're pulling on, oh, ALL of
central campus? I had no idea what
was going on until some guy in a yel-
low hard hat broke out the brick and
mortar in the middle of the Fish
Bowl.
Clearly, the majority of people real-
ized sometime last winter that this
would be taking place. I must have
missed the Higher Ed Note in The
Daily that read: "U. Michigan to turn

Michigan's tallest and shortest players go back to
back. On the left is Josh Moore (34), who stands
7-foot-2. Avery Queen (1), stands 5-7.

ife after Thomas
begins for M' women

By Benjamin Singer
Daily Sports Writer
Following the winningest season in
Michigan women's basketball history,
the Wolverines have to prove them-
selves again to the NCAA to regain
respect.
Michigan set school records with
22 victories and 13 conference wins.
finishing second in the Big Ten.
Michigan cracked the top 25 for the
first time in its history and ended the
year ranked No. 25.
But now last year's star, Stacey
Thomas, has graduated. As she left,
so did the country's expectations for
Michigan.
"I'm over it," Michigan coach Sue
Guevara told reporters last Friday at
Media Day about Michigan's absence
from the preseason polls. "You talk
about respect - it's hard to earn."
"I think we definitely have the
capability to surprise everyone,"
senior co-captain Anne Thorius said.
The loss of Thomas, last year's Big
Ten Defensive Player of the Year,
means Michigan has to find new ways
o stop other teams from scoring.
Guevara said how the Wolverines will
play defense is "the question of the
year."
"We lost a lot of defense," Guevara
said. "There's not one player who's
going to come in and take Stacey
Thomas's place. It's going to be a
total team effort."
Guevara mentioned she might
employ more zone defense this sea-

son.
Michigan may also find that the
best defense is a good offense.
"I think this team is going to score
a lot of points," Guevara said.
Again, the departure of Thomas
hurts, but unlike the defense, replac-
ing the scoring is likely an easier task.
The junior class returns two
starters in Alavne Ineram and Pni
Goodlow, who averaged 12.4 and 9.6
points per game, respectively.
"I definitely feel like the junior
class is looked up to, and that's a role
we enjoy," Ingram said.
Guevara also praised the juniors,
adding that Heather Oesterle could be
on the verge of a breakout year.
"I almost had to pull her teeth out
to get her to shoot," Guevara said.
"Now she's shooting and scoring."
Michigan has some proven
weapons from other classes. Thorius
needs just 14 assists to become the
Wolverines all-time leader.
Sophomore LeAnn Bies was
named to the Big Ten Coaches All-
Freshman team after averaging 10.1
points per game coming off the bench
last season.
Bies "was a surprise to the rest of
the Big Ten and not to us," Guevara
said.
Guevara mentioned all four freshmen
-- Stephanie Gandy, Jennifer Smith,
Christie Schumacher and Michacla
Leary - as potential contributors.
"I like having these freshmen that
are a big surprise to the Big Ten,"
Guevara said.

Women's basketbal roster
4 Susana Jara Jr G
5 Michaela Leary Fr G
24 Anne Thorius Sr G
30 Heather Oesterle Jr. F
31 Infini Robinson So G
32 Raina Goodlow Jr F
33 Stephanie Gandy Fr F
40 Alayne Ingram Jr G
41 Christie Schumacher Fr F
42 Katie Dykhouse Sr F
44 LeeAnn Bies So C
54 Jennifer Smith Fr C
Coach: Sue Guevara (fifth season)
HOPES
Continued from Page 1B
desperation, the home crowd began to
make some noise, and the young
Wolverines picked up their play and made
one last run at victory.
"We pushed into a three-forward front to
attack more," Rademacher said. "We were
able to get the ball into the box."
With 14 minutes remaining, Kacy Beitel
headed a ball in the box to Amber Wilson.
Wilson buried the scoring chance, bringing
Michigan to within one goal.
Unfortunately for Michigan, the offen-
sive assault came much too late.
Penn State spent much of the game on
the attack with their three-forward front.
Forward Heidi Drummond repeatedly
burned the Michigan defense, eventually
scoring with 13 minutes left in the first
half.
The Lions' second goal came on a mys-
tifying corner kick by Penn State's Bonnie
Young. The banana kick arched high over
the near post, then sharply spun around a
stunned Carissa Stewart and into the net.

In the past...
Since Sue Guevara took over as head
coach, the Michigan women's basketball
program has steadily improved. Here's
their record these past five seasons:,
*1995-'96: 1-15 Big Ten, 7-20 overall
1996-'97: 7-9 Big Ten, 15-11 overall
1997-98: 10-6 Big Ten, 19-11 overall
1998-'99: 8-8 Big Ten, 18-12 overall
1999-'00: 13-3 Big Ten, 22-8 overall
*Trish Roberts' final season at
Michigan
Young "has a very good leg - she is
known for shooting from the outside,"
Stewart said.
Michigan's biggest frustration came
from their inability to attack Penn State's
defense all game. Their primary offensive
weapon, the long ball to forwards Abby
Crumpton and Stephanie Chavez, continu-
ally fizzled.
Penn State's tall defenders headed away
any long pass attempts, and mugged
Crumpton and the diminutive Chavez
whenever they touched the ball.
Penn State's defenders "are big, strong
girls. They're going to win balls in the air;'
Rademacher said.
While Michigan's victory over Ohio
State did not aid their Big Ten hopes, the
Wolverines' NCAA tournament chances
remain afloat.
Michigan can still point to an Oct. 24
matchup against No. 1 Notre Dame as a
chance for vindication and as a boost for
their tournament chances. In addition, the
Wolverines could earn a berth by defend-
ing their Big Ten tournament champi-
onship.

Let's first establish that keeping
University facilities in tip-top shape is
essential and should be supported by
everybody. As Facilities spokes-
woman Diane Brown said, "If we
don't continue to build and renovate
and maintain, we'll fall apart"
After all, thousands of feet stomp
on every square inch of these
University buildings every day for
eight months a year. They're bound to
wear down and technology is bound
to advance.
But what about a facility that is
used only six times a year, for a span
of about three hours? You'd think it
could last for a while.
It's a nice dose of tradition to know
you're standing on the same cement
that has housed every great game you
can remember. Used so infrequently,
there has really been no reason to
overhaul these great rocks of college
football for decades.
I'll never forget the friendly
reminder taped above the press box
sink at Ross-Ade Stadium in West
Lafayette: "Please leave water run-
ning to prevent freezing.
But, for better or worse, it seems
that many of the Midwest's old col-
lege stadiums are reaching face-lift
age. Ohio Stadium in Columbus has
just completed major construction.
Notre Dame Stadium built an entirely
new press box and added thousands
of seats three years ago. Even Purdue
will replace the Ross-Ade press box
at season's end.
And who can forget the renovation
to Michigan Stadium in 1998? The

campus into de-milita-
rized zone for next three
years.
For thlose of you thlat
were prepared for this
fall's jack-hammer fun,
you needn't read on. But
if the fences caught you
off guard, take a knee.

Have you
the Las
renovatic
Michi
Stadiu

University added 5,000 seats to the
Big House and constructed two giant
video boards. Split-season packages
for students are no more, and we are.
all treated to "Memorable Moments"
now during television timeouts.
But here's the big question: Have
you seen the last of renovations to
Michigan Stadium'?
Probably not. First off, the press
box (no, it is not air-conditioned) has
seen better days, and there have been
rumblings for several years that it will
soon be replaced.
Second, when Bill
seen Martin took the full-time
Sof position of athletic director
this sumlmnei; a goal hle
Ofwsto mentioned was to bring
gan. suites to the Big House,
tm Controversial?
Potentially.-
There are few things that can com-
pare to standing in the top row of
seats at Michigan Stadium and look-
ing out over the scape of colorful
autumn trees. The Big House is a
unique and special place. Because no
matter who you are or how much you
paid for that ticket, nobody gets a
seatback, nobody gets an armrest. .
We're all in it together- 110,000 of
us, and no one person in the crowd is
too significant.
I'll never forget my days in the
mlarching band, stopping in front of
the tunnel to play Let's Co Blue
before the game. The best part was
looking up to see some eight-year-old
watching, wide-eyed, his arms draped
over the upper rim of the stadium. It
was one of the 1,001 things that make
college football better than the pros
- and one of the things that makes
Michigan Stadium my favorite place
to be on Saturday aftemoons.
Yes, a stadium renovation is com-
ing in the near future. Whether future
students will look across to rolling
trees and the Ann Arbor skyline, or
rather to big reflective panes of glass..
housing John and Jane VIP, I don't
claim to know.
Will you be as oblivious to a
Michigan Stadium renovation as I
was to the construction on central
camlpus? Probably ilot.
But you knew they were renovating'
two years ago, also.
I'm not a foreman, but I think VIP
suites are a lot harder to reverse than
yellow paint and ugly block letters.
- DavidDen Hereder canbe reached'
atit dden(iunicbe.du.

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