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6B - The Michigan Daily - SportsTuesday - January 16, 2001

Woman's $10,000
shot called off

By David Roth
Daily Sports Writer
If a heated two-point contest didn't
;give fans enough to talk about at half-
time of the Michigan-Ohio State
women's basketball game, a close call
denying fan Judy Mercy $10,000 cer-
tainly did.
Mercy, a middle school volleyball
coach in Clinton, was one of three par-
ticipants selected for the Hot Shot
Challenge, sponsored by Busch's gro-
cery chain and Mountain Dew.
The contest challenged participants to
shoot from five different spots on the
floor. Each basket made within the allot-
ted 30 seconds earned prizes.
After missing three times from the
baseline 15 feet away, Mercy managed
to sink four in a row from within the arc.
For the final shot, she heaved the ball
from three-point range, granny-style in
desperation, just as the buzzer rang.
"Normally I wouldn't shoot like that,
but I knew my time was limited," Mercy
said. "I threw it up and hoped it went in."
Somehow, the miracle shot found its
way to the net and swished through.
"I thought that was wonderful '
Michigan athletic director Bill Martin
said. "It was great excitement. That last
shot was phenomenal - the way she
threw it with two hands."
"I thought I won and I was excited,"
Mercy said. "I looked at the Pepsi guy
and he's got his hands up. Then I looked
over at the one guy and he just said 'no."'
The "one guy" was former Michigan
running back and current Michigan
assistant marketing director Jamie
Morris, who waved the shot off, much to
the dismay of Mercy and the 2,701 in
attendance Crisler Arena.
"She had the ball in her hands when
the buzzer rang," Morris said. "It's like
the NBA. If you shoot the ball and it's in

the air and the buzzer goes off, and it
goes in, it counts. If you don't shoot the
ball and it's in your hands, the referee
comes out and waves off the play."
After the initial confusion, Mercy
realized the call was final.
"My stomach dropped and then I
heard the crowd booing," Mercy said.
Pepsi, not the Michigan athletic
department, pays the money, there was
no reason for Morris to call off her shot.
"If that ball would have been released
before the horn blew, I would have been
over there loving her and hugging her,"
Morris said.
To ensure the call was the right one,
Mercy's shot was reviewed on video tape.
"I was a little worried myself as to did
she or didn't she win it,' Martin said.
"But they have a video camera with a
clock in it and they punch it when she
starts and she didn't complete the last
one in time."
But Mercy didn't make the first four
shots for nothing. Prizes include season
tickets to men's and women's basketball
games next year, a Mountain Dew jack-
et, a Michigan windbreaker, $35 to
Busch's and a case of Pepsi.
"I appreciate what I got from the dif-
ferent sponsors, but I'd be lying if I was
to say I still wasn't disappointed," Mercy
said. "To me, the disappointing part was
that there was confusion - some people
saying yes and some people saying no."
The thought of having S 10,000 won't
leave Mercy's mind anytime soon.
"I didn't sleep very good last night
and I'm still questioning myself," Mercy
said. "I just wish that last shot didn't go
in and I wouldn't feel as bad as I do. I
would have been overjoyed with making
the first four.
"I keep replaying that in my mind. I
am hoping someone will call and say
they changed their mind. You never
know."

BRAD QUINN/Daily
Post players Raina Goodlow, Jennifer Smith, Katie Dykhouse and coach Sue Guevara look on as the Wolverines cannot stop hot-shooting Ohio State in the second half.
Seomnd stglfshooting hurts Michigan
Women's hoops struggles with turnovers, 3-pointers, preventing any late comeback

By Benjamin Singer
yaily Sports Writer
No matter how close the score looked
in the final eight minutes, the reality was
that the Michigan women's basketball
team never put a scare into Ohio State as
the Buckeyes won, 76-68, at Crisler
Arena this past Sunday.
Ohio State (2-4 Big Ten, 12-4 overall)
entered the game limited to a seven-play-
er rotation. The Buckeyes dressed just
six players in their last game, a 75-73
loss to Illinois, but nine were ready to
play for the Michigan game. Two new
players joined the team Saturday to fill
the vacancies left by five serious injuries,
four of which were season-ending. But

coach Beth Burns was not anxious to use
the newcomers, keeping Ohio State with
a shallow bench.
"We have been hit with more in the
last three weeks than some people can
(be) in a lifetime," Burns said. "I just
can't say enough about the toughest
group of human beings I've ever been
around."
The Wolverines (2-4, 9-7) wanted to
tire out the Buckeyes, but when they
tried to set a fast pace by running the
court, they often lost the ball. They
ended the game with 20 turnovers, 12
coming from guards Alayne Ingram and
Anne Thorius.
The momentum tipped over to Ohio
State when a 10-2 run put the Buckeyes

up 60-55 with 7:21 remaining. The surge
was helped in large part by back-to-back
Ohio State steals on careless Michigan
passing. Jamie Lewis hit two of her four
3-pointers to cap the run.
The Wolverines had no way to answer
the challenge as Ingram kept launching
3-point attempts that did not fall, finish-
ing 0-for-5 from behind the arc. The best
Michigan could do was trade baskets by
passing inside, as it had done for most of
the game.
While moving along two points at a
time, Michigan couldn't muster up
enough defensive stands to help close
the gap. Not only were Lewis and her 20
points a threat from'the outside, but Ohio
State forward Courtney Coleman broke

her career-high in points for the second-
straight game with 23 points on 9-of-I I
shooting.
Both teams shot over 50 percent in the
first half, but just Ohio State maintained
its average in the second. After the break,
Michigan shot just 39 percent.
The Buckeyes moved clead@
through the lane, both with Coleman's
posting-up and the dribble penetration
of guards Lauren Shenk and Tomeka
Brown.
"We were running a defense that we
ran the other night against Penn State,"
Michigan coach Sue Guevara said. "The
only problem was when the ball dic go
down on the block, we didn't get quite
the help" from the post players.

BIG TEN STANDINGS

Conference
Team W L
Purdue 5 0
llinois 4 1
Indiana 4 2
Penn State 4 2
Iowa 3 2
Wisconsin 3 2
Michigan State 2 3
,i4Ichigan 2 4
Ohio State 2 4
4Minnesota 0 4
Northwestern 0 5

Overall
WL
15 3
9 8
15 3
12 5
8 7
8 6
8 8
9 7
12 4
7 8
4 11

SUNDAY'S GAME
Ohio State (76)
FG FT REB
MIN MA M-A O-T A F PTS
Shackeford 20 2-6 2-3 0-2 2 4 6
Coleman 38 9-11 5-8 4-6 1 4 23
Brown 28 68 12 1-2 1 1 13
Lewis 40 5-11 6-8 0-3 8 2 20
Shenk 40 3-10 3-4 0-4 2 2 10
Stanhope 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Reynolds 29 2-2 0-0 23 0 2 4
Totals 200 27-48 17-25 8-22 14 15 76
FG%:.563. FT :.680 3-point FG: 5-12, 417 (Lewis 4-
9, Shenk 1-3). Blocks: 4 (Shackleford 2, Brown, Shienk).
Steals: 12 (Coleman 4, Lewis 4, Stanhope 2, Shackleford,
Reynolds). Turnovers: 12 (Coleman 4, Shackleford 2,
Brown 2, Shenk 2, Stanhope, Reynolds). Technical fouls:
none.
MICHIGAN (68)
FG FT REB
MIN M-A M-A O-T A F PTS
Goodlow 29 4-9 22 612 4 3 10
Gandy 30 67 4-6 23 0 4 16
Bies 27 8-11 24 7-8 3 3 18
Thorius 29 2-4 2-2 2-4 2 0 7
Ingram 33 3-12 00 0-1 8 4 6
Leary S 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 0 0
Schumacher 4 0-1 00 0-0 0 0 0
Oesterle 25 3-6 0-0 2-5 2 2 7
Smith 18 2-9 0-0 0-1 1 2 4
Totals 200 28-60 10-1421-38 16 18 68
FGo: .4671 FT% .714. 3-point FG: 2-11 182 (Thorus 1-
2, Oesteide 1-3, Leary 0-1, Ingram 0-5). Blocks: 6 (ies 3,
Goodlow 2, Oestere). Steals: 4 (Gandy, Bies, Ingram,
Oestere). Turnovers: 20 (Thorius 7, Ingram 5, Goodlow
3, Bies 2, Oesterle 2, Smith). Technical fouls: none.
Ohio State........36 40 -76
Michigan........ .38 30 - 68

WILL THE REAL WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM PLEASE STAND UP?

Nov. 17, 2000 MICHIGAN 69, Louisiana Tech 66
DR. JEKYLL: Michigan started with an upset
over No. 8 Louisiana Tech.
Nov. 19, 2000 Washington 73, MICHIGAN 60
Nov. 24, 2000 Arkansas 78, Michigan 67
MR. HYDE: Michigan got hit with unexpected
losses to weak teams, dropping it to 1-2.
Dec. 28, 2000 Michigan 68, ILINOIs 57
DR. JEKYLL: Michigan's Big Ten season began
with an upset win in Champaign over a team
picked to finish higher in the standings.
Dec. 30, 2000 Purdue 65, MICHIGAN 54
Jan. 4, 2001 Wisconsin 85, MICHIGAN 52

Jan. 7, 2001 IowA 79, Michigan 58
MR. HYDE: A loss to No. 8 Purdue at home
was disappointing, but losing the next two
games to unranked teams by a total of 54
points was a lot harder to swallow,
Jan. 11, 2001 MICHIGAN 71, Penn State 62
DR. JEKYLL: Intense defense and sharp shoot-
ing made Michigan feel it was back on
track with its upset over No. 13 Penn State.
Jan. 14, 2001 Ohio State 76, MICHIGAN 68
MR. HYDE: Michigan hit its shots in the first
half but then suffered from the same old 3-
point shooting problems on its way to
another conference loss.

Sunday's results:
Ohio State 76, MICHIGAN 68
I6wA 74, Wisconsin 68
Illinois 79, MICHIGAN STATE 59
PENN STATE 89, Indiana 68
PURDUE 94, Northwestern 37
Tomorrow's game:
Iowa at Ohio State, 7 p.m.
Thursday "s games:
Michigan at Northwestern, 7 p.m.
Michigan State at Purdue, 7 p.m.
Minnesota at Wisconsin, 7 p.m.

JESSICA JOHNSON/Daily
Dr. Jekyll nabs another win for Blue.

Troubling pattern rears ugly head again.

At Crisier Arena
Attendance: 2,712
Taekwondo is a Korean Martial Art.
Taekwondo became a Medal Sport
for the first time at the 2000 Games in
Sydney, Australia.
Han Won Lee, the head coach of the
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got his start with Mr. Chong here at U of M!
Learn Taekwondo
at The University of Michigan

By Jeff Phillips
Daily Sports Writer

There is almost a formula to the play
of the Michigan women's basketball
team - with every big win comes an
even bigger letdown. This past weekend
was no exception.
On Thursday,
the Wolverines BASKETBALL
defeated No. 13 Commentary
Penn State 71-62. __
They were hitting
on all cylinders. They made the Nittany
Lions look like nothing special.
Michigan was in control the entire
game. The Wolverines were hitting their
shots, getting key rebounds and keeping
their composure. They showed that they
could belong in the Big Ten's elite.
Compared to Penn State, Michigan's

Sunday game against Ohio State looked
like a gimme.
The Buckeyes were absolutely deci-
mated by injuries, losing five of their
players, four to season-ending injuries.
Against Michigan, they dressed nine
players, two of whom went to Ohio State
to play a sport other than basketball.
Entering the game, Ohio State had just
one win in its five Big Ten games. The
Wolverines fell 76-68. In the final 10
minutes of the game, they did not look
like the team that could conquer the
world.
The situation was the same at the
beginning of the year. In its first home
game, Michigan defeated No. 8
Louisiana Tech. It turned around and lost
the next game to Washington, also at
home.
Two weeks ago, the Wolverines start-

ed the Big Ten season with a win at
Illinois. Making the win more special
was the Illini's upset victory over then-
No. 14 Auburn. The Wolverines returned
home and lost to No. 8 Purdue 65-54.
The loss was disappointing, but excus-
able. The Wolverines just needed to
bounce back in their next game.
They didn't.
A rough 85-52 home loss to Wisconsin
sent Michigan reeling. It went to Iowa
and lost again, by 21 points. With their
backs to the wall, the Wolverines got a
much-needed win, but are now back
where they started. Michigan is now 2-4
in the Big Ten and is facing three consec-
utive games on the road.
Michigan coach Sue Guevara feels
that this pattern is one that cannot be
taken lightly.
"It concerns me very much, but I

hope it concerns my players more."
Guevara said.
Where do they go from here?
Guevara feels that Michigan may reed
to do some soul-searching.
"I know they won't quit," Gueyara
said. "We just have to get enough people
on this team to get the job done eye
time they set foot on the court."
Michigan has proven it has the talent
to play with the nation's elite, but hasyet
to prove that it belongs. The Wolverines
have 10 more Big Ten games, including
away games at Purdue, Ohio State, Penn
State and Indiana. Their schedule is
treacherous but not impossible.
This September, Guevara said that her
team was NCAA Tournament worthy.
Where should this team be play
in March? It depends on which one
shows up.

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By Albert Kim
Daily Sports Writer
It was a learning experience for
the young Wolverines this weekend
as they competed in the Big Ten
Singles Championships held at the
Varsity Tennis Center. The senior-
less men's tennis team was lead by
junior Henry Beam and freshman
Anthony Jackson, both of whom fin-
ished with 2-1 records. But the
home-court advantage proved to be a
non-factor as neither could advance
past the round of 16.
"We did some good things. We did
some other things that I didn't like,
but that's to be expected in the first
competition we've had in a couple
months," Michigan coach Mark
Mees said.

expect him to have a really good sea-
son."
In the 7-9 player draw, the
Wolverines didn't fare as well in the
early rounds, but sent two players to
the consolation semifinals - sopho-
mores Chris Rolf and Jeremy
Edelson. But neither could advance
to the finals.
Rolf suffered an inflamed elbow in
his semifinal match against Alex
Muresan of Illinois, the eventual
consolation bracket champion, and
was forced to retire early in the sec-
ond set. Junior Greg Novak suffered
a similar injury. But both injuries are
not believed to be serious, and nei-
ther player is expected to miss any
matches.
"No matter how hard you practice,
it's just not the same when you play

BIG TEN PERFORMANCES
Main Draw
.No. 4 Henry Beam (2-1) 0
lost in round of 16
Anthony Jackson (2-1)
lost in round of 16
Danny McCain (2-2)
lost in consolation third round
Greg Novak (2-2)
lost in consolation third round
Ben Cox (1-2)
lost in consolation second round
Chris Shaya (0-2)
lost in consolation first round W
7-8-9 Players Draw
Chris Rolf (3-2)
lost in consolation semifinals
Jeremy Edelson (-2)
lost in consolation semifinals
Brett Bapdinet (1-2)

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