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SA ---"he Michigan oai y-Thursday, January 25, 2001

Defensive spark returns for Blue

By Benjamin Singer
Daily Sports Writer
Freshman Stephanie Gandy sat out
with an ankle sprain during the
Michigan women's basketball team's
two-game winning streak. Don't take
that as proof that the Wolverines are
better off without her.
"Oh, coach." Michigan coach Sue
Guevara said _
Gandy told her TONIGHT
on the bus after a BR~SLIN CLTi
win over Ohio Who: Michigan (44Big
State last Sunday. 11-7 overall) vs. Michiga
"1 guess you State(24,8-9)
don't need me.," when8 p.m.
"Yeah right, Latest:Michigan will finis
Gandy. Right," up its three game road.
Guevara replied. stretch in East Lansing.
With Michigan looking to extend itstwo
already feeling game winning streak,
good about its
back-to-back conference road wins,
it may be further encouraged by the
return of Gandy for tonight's game at1
Michigan State.+
Gandy participated in some drills
at Tuesday's practice for the firstI
time since suffering her injury last

week. Her exact status for the
Michigan State game is unclear,
although it is likely she will see some
minutes.
"I'm just going to wait and go day-
to-day and see how she feels, kind of
like Raina (Goodlow)," Guevara said,
referring to her power forward who
missed the game at Northwestern.
"We went day-to-day with Raina and
those couple extra days where
she didn't do anything,I think,
is why she was ready to go
Ten against Ohio State."
The timing of Gandy's
injury is personally frustrat-
ing. Always noted for her
m defense, Gandy was just redis-
covering the offensive touch
that helped earn her the start-
ing small forward position ear-
lier in the year. She scored 16
points on 6-of-7 shooting in a
76-68 home loss to Ohio State.
"I think she was starting to be a lit-
tle bit more comfortable offensivelv,"
Guevara said. "It was starting to
click. I'm hoping that will happen
this week."
Although Gandy missed her

opportunity to light up the Buckeyes
again in Columbus, she was more
disappointed that she couldn't help
avenge the earlier loss.
"I really wanted to play Ohio State
again," Gandy said. "They beat us on
our home court and I was looking for
revenge.
"I felt bad that I couldn't help out
the team, but we won anyway, so
that's a plus. I just cheered for the
team, that's all I could do."
She also missed golden opportuni-
ties on both ends of the court against
Northwestern. As the Wolverines
romped to an 83-41 victory, Gandy
could have taken advantage of the
careless Wildcats with her defensive
intensity.
"I said, Boy, you would get your-
self a slew of steals,"' Guevara said.
But just as Gandy went down,
everyone else began to rise up. The
rest of the Wolverines did their best
to replace Gandy by bettering their
own individual efforts.
"The team knew since I was out,
they had to pick up their defense
tremendously, which they did,"
Gandy said.

BRANDON SEDLOFF/Day
With Stephanie Gandy out of the lineup, Infini Robinson and the rest of the
Wolverines were forced to step up their defensive intensity.

'M' taking Gophers to the mat

By Nathan Linsley
Daily Sports Writer

tiebreaker. This weekend, the Wolverines
must raise their level of wrestling even
further, as they travel to No. 2 Minnesota
for a dual meet on Friday and then to No.
10 Michigan State on Sunday.

Last season, th? Michigan , restling
team did not fare well against top-five
competition. The team lost
26-9 to Ilinois and 32-6 to THIS_
Minnesota in dual-meet - N
action. EAST I
This season, thi1s ae
different. No. 7 Michigan Who: Michig
will probably move up to Minnesota(I
No. 6 later this week in the Michigan St
polls after finishing fifth When 7t3Q
out of !6 teams at ;he
National Duals. More imporoantly, the
Wolverines have shown the ability to
stay with the top teams in the count( v.
"We saw that we were able to compete
with those teams" Michigan coach Joe
McFarland said. "Now we have to beat
them."
Last weekend, Michigan lost to No 3
Iowa by two and No. 4 Iowa State by six
before beating No. 6 Oklahoma ini a

WEEKEND
EARPO.S,
LANSING
an(302-1) at
11-1) and
ate (3-1)
p.m. Friday, 1
between the

Minnesota will likely
ascend to No. I n the
new rankings after win-
ning the National Duals
championship meet,
avenging an earlier loss
to Oklahoma State.
"You could see
m p r o v e m e n t s
(Minnesota) made
first dual with Oklahoma

play against, or wrestle against in our case,
the number one team in the country - if
you can't get fired up for that, then some-
thing is wrong,' McFarland said.
One of the prime matchups this week-
end will be at heavyweight, where
Michigan's No. 4 Matt Brink will take
on No. 8 Garret Lowney. Lownev was a
bronze medalist at the Sydney Olympics
in the 213-pound class.
Brink will need to utilize his size
advantage - he weighs around 270
pounds - to win against the undefeated
Lowney.
On Sunday, Michigan will try to
defeat Michigan State for the second
time this season. The Wolverines won
22-12 earlier in Ann Arbor.
McFarland hopes the confidence the
team gained from the National Duals
will carry over for this weekend.
"I think we showed the guys that we
can go with these teams," he said. "I
don't think we're going to Minnesota
any different."

State, and they were able to pull an upset
this past weekend," McFarland said.
"That's what we need to do."
Minnesota boasts a solid lineup, fea-
tuing six of 10 wrestlers ranked in the
top five for their respective weight class-
es, and no wrestler ranked lower than
14th.
"Any time you get an opportunity to

Lions hire third
coach in past year
PONTIAC (AP) - Mairty
Mornhinweg got the head coaching
job he wanted. It just wasn't theotie
many people expected.
The Detroit Lions hired the San
Francisco offensive coordinator yes-
terday to replace Gary Moeller.
Mornhinweg, rumored to be headed
to the Cleveland Browns for months,
reached an agreement with Detroit
following a final interview Tuesday,
Lions president Matt Millen con-
firmed.
"It's not like I just met Marty two
days ago," Millen said last night. "I've
known Marty for a while."
The 38-year-old Mornhinweg was
one of five coaches considered for.the
job since Matt Millen became pr*
dent of the Lions this month
Moeller, who took over in midsca-
son for Bobby Ross, was fired to
make way for Mornhinweg. Moeller's
assistants also were fired but could be
considered for rehiring.
"I don't like to see people get hurt,
but it's a business," Millen said.
Mornhinweg agreed to a five-year
deal, said a football source speaki
on condition of anonymi
ESPN.com said thedeal was worth 5
ililllioil.
Millen had planned to interview
Baltimore Ravens defensive coordi-
nlator Marvin Lewishafter the Super
Bowl. lieI already had interviewed
Moeller. Others considered wre
Herman Edwards, who was hired list
week to coach the New York Jets, aAd
Denver Broncos offensive coordinator
Gary Kubiak, who chose not to be
candidate for the job.
Mornhinweg is the latest Mike
Holmgren protege to get a head
coaching job.
Division Ill hoops
game finally resolved
HOLLAND (AP) - Talk about a
long game. It took three days *
Olivet to beat Kalamazoo. B h
The game was Saturday. But the
win wasn't announced by the NCAA
until Tuesday, when the official
score of 70-69 was recorded.
The ruling gave the win back to
the Division Ill Comets after an offi-
cial used a video from a camcorder-
located in the bleachers to determite
whether Kevin Bairds'bshot at tie
end of thle game had been rleasc
before the finalh rs.
Originally, Bairds' shat was wavd
off. But after a review, referee Dante
Favors ruled the shot beat the buzzer
and Kalamazoo won 7 1-70.
SOlivet protested the ruling on
Sunday through Sheila Wallace-
Kovalchik, commissioner of the
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletc
Conference.
Benitez to be arrestei
on assault charge
NEW YORK (AP) - New Yrk
Mets pitcher Armando Benitez is to
surrender next week on a third-
degree assault charge filed by his
former girlfriend, New York City
Police said yesterday.
Benitez is to be arrested when he
surrenders on Monday at the109
Precinct in Flushing, Quens, sM
Lt. John Shatinsky, who heads the
precinct's detective squad. Benitez is
to be accompanied by his lawyer.
Third-degree assault is a misde-
meanor.

Mets senior vice president Dayid
Howard said Benitez's surrendering
was an expected step and declined
additional comment.
Stacey O'Neill, Benitez's forn@
girlfriend, filed a complaint at the
precinct on Jan. 3, alleging that
Benitez punched her and left . her
neck with a scar from a scratch.dn
Oct. 18, an off-day between the NL
championship series and the World
Series. She said he attacked her at
their Queens home.
In the police report, O'Neill said
shedid not alert police at the time
because she was afraid of Benitez.

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TOM FELOKAMP/Daily
Christine Nolan and the Wolverines will need to find ways to answer the questions that
are hurting the team right now, namely, how long they'll be without Jennifer Duprez.
uprez forced to miss
next match versus Yale

By Seth Klempner
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's tennis team
has had a week of questions and
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first match of the season? IHow would
Kavitha ipirneni play in her first col-
legiate match and on her birthday?
low long would Jennifer Duprez be
out with an injured knee?
After a weekend of play, most of
thfese questiois iave been answered.
The team started off shaky, but was
able to sweep Bowling Green, 7-0.
Tipirneni looked more like a sea-
soned veteran than an untested fresh-
man. The normally high-strung and
intense freshman was relaxed and
appeared to be enjoying herself.
But the status of Duprez's knee
injury rem ains up in the air. She went to
the doctor on Tuesday, but was referred
to . another for a second diagnoses.
Duprez did not play in last weeks
match and will not play this weekend
against Yale.
Regardless of the prognoses, the
Wolverines know life will go on and
injuries are a part of the game that all
teams must adjust to.
"A good team can overcome injuries,
and if you can't, you don't deserve to
do well,"Michigan coach Bitsy Ritt
said.
While this may seem harsh, this
sink-or-swim attitude is necessary.
Duprez amassed a 10-7 dual record in
the No. 4 and 5 singles spots last year
and was expected to be a member of
the top doubles pair this year as well
as possibly occupying the No. 3 sin-
gles spot.
If she is lost for the year, there will be
a major void in the team that will
require several players to assert them-
selves and take advantage of their
opportunity.
"All of us need to step up with the
loss of Duprez," said Tipirneni.
The team has several players who
will be asked to step up and fill this role
,, 1 O1i-ht Coich R tt feels her

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NCAA basketball a
Yesterday's results
Top 25
No. 3 Michigan State 74, NoRV4WESTERN 5
No. 5 NoRm CAROUNA, 88, No. 13 Virginia=81
No. 14 Florida 65, AUBURN 63
No. 2 DUKE 85, No. 9 Wake Forest 62
OKLAHOMA 75, No. 20 Texas 68
Arizona State at No. 12 ARIZoNA, inc.
NBA
Yesterday's results
CLEVELAND 94, Chicago 86
Phoenix 106, DEmorr 73
MiAMI 103, Toronto83
RE rrr R1. New York 67.

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