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FRIDAY
FEBRUARY 16, 2001

10"

52-point second half
rockets Blue to upset

Stretch run begins
versus Irish, Spartans

By David Roth
Daily Sports Writer

Down 20, the weathervane was firm-
ly pointed south, but a gust of Jennifer
Smith dominance in the second half led
the Michigan women's basketball team
to a 80-78 upset over No. 25 Iowa.
The Wolverines' effort shadowed that
of Smith, meaning a slothful start but a
beastly
finish.
Smith ge IowA 78
"turned the c MH N
ball over f MICHIGAN 80
the first
three times she touched it," Michigan
-coach Sue Guevara said. "She' could
have come on the bench and gone in the
dumps but she didn't."
A combination of Michigan's butter-
finger ball handling and Iowa making
easy shots deep in the paint led to a 14-
0 run that put the Hawkeyes up 25-7.
It was nothing that intra-team oral
abuse couldn't solve.
"People were yelling at each other in
the floor, but not in a bad way," said
Michigan's Anne Thorius, who recorded
her 500th career assist. "Everyone got
into it, and it was really intense. People
were getting excited."
Being senior day and fan appreciation
day, the Crisler crowd wouldn't let
Michigan hibernate.
"They were screaming and yelling
and on their feet and we feel their sup-
port and it really lifts us," Thorius said.
With Michigan carving into Iowa's
lead with a 10-0 run before half-time,
the Wolverines felt their 40-28 deficit
wasn't unmanageable.
"Neither did Iowa.
If you have a lead, that doesn't mean
anything," Iowa's Jennie Lillis said.
"'You've got to keep going with your
gamne"
In the second session, Michigan's 55-
Percent shooting chipped into Iowa's
lead.
After cutting the deficit to 68-67, a
hustle play by Stephanie Gandy resulted
in an acrobatic save to keep the ball
inb-ounds. Somehow, Gandy found
Smith alone, and a layup gave Michigan
its first lead since 16:42 remained in the
first half.
"That (save) was not expected,"
Sm ith said. "That was awesome,
though."

It was fitting that Smith scored the
basket that gave Michigan the lead
because she was having a career night
that resulted in a personal-high of 26
points.
"She had her way in there in whatev-
er she wanted to do," Iowa coach Lisa
Bluder said.
Smith said her confidence snow-
balled as the game went on.
"Once I start going, I can really stick
with it," Smith said. "It's just a matter of
keeping posting up and making my
shots."
Smith exposed the weakness of Iowa
center Randi Peterson, who made a bet-
ter dwarf than a giant.
Smith "is six-foot-five, and Randy is
six foot. She's going to be in position to
shoot over her," Lillis said.
Smith was just one of four Michigan
players to score 14 points or more on
the night. Stephanie Gandy also added
nine.
"We're never going to win a game let-
ting up 52 points in the second half,"
Bluder said.
YESTERDAY'S GAME
Iowa (78)
FG FT REB
MIN M-A M-A 0-T A F PTS
Lilis 34 8-11 67 6-10 2 3 22
Peterson 30 5.8 0.0 11 2 3 10
Meder 26 38 2-2 0-2 1 2 11
Magner 36 1-7 2-2 0-4 9' 3 5
Consuegra 38 6-10 2-3 1-5 8 2 14
Watson 6 1.3 0-0 3-3 0 0 2
Berdo 20 39 0-1 0-2 1 2 8
Bullock 10 3-5 0-0 0-3 0 1 6
Totals 200 30.61 12-1512-32 23 16 78
FG%: .492. FT%: .800. 3-point FG: 6-19,.316
(Meder 3-6, Berdo 2-7, Magner 1-5, Consuegra 0.
1). Blocks: 6 (Berdo 2, Lillis 2, Consuegra,
Magner). Steals: 9 (Consuegra 3, Peterson 2,
Berdo, Bullock, Llls, Magner). Turnovers: 15
(consuegra 6, Meder 2, Peterson 2, Watson 2,
Berdo, Bullock, Magner). Technical fouls: none.

By Jon Schwartz
Daily Sports Editor
Turn back the pages of your mind to
Nov. 2 of last year and Jan. 25 of this
year.
On each of those-
days, the same
thoughts were going YOST ARENA/ JC
through the minds of Vho No.5 Michigan
the Michigan hockey overall) vs. Notre Dan
players - two days Michigan vs. No.1 M
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at Michigan, more from Crisler Arena toJ
intense than in any 5:30 p.m. on Saturda
other sport. ' Both $6. Tickets can bepu
teams are near the Michigan Ticket Offic
top of the national ccNA Stand;gs: (co
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always extremely I.Michigan State
competitive and the 2. Michigan
implications are
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Grrr! Jennifer Smith's early frustration turned into a career night, as the freshman
overcame early turnovers to have a career night and help Michigan beat Iowa.
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from the Wolverines yesterday
echoed those stated before the previ-
ous two meetings.
"The State game is going to be huge,
one of the biggest games of the year," said
defenseman Andy Burnes, getting ready
for his third meeting with the Spartans.
"This game against State is going to be a
huge stepping stone for the team."
Of course, there's one pesky detail
that must be worked out before the two
teams can take the Joe Louis Arena ice
- Notre Dame.
On paper, the Fighting Irish should
not weigh too heavily on the
Wolverines' minds. After all, Notre
Dame sits at the bottom of the CCHA,
and in the teams' previous meeting,
Michigan prevailed in a 9-0 laugher.
But in reality, the Wolverines have had
trouble this season against the less-intim-
idating teams, while playing exceptional-
ly well against the tougher ones, the 1-0
loss and the subsequent 4-3 win over
Michigan State being perfect examples.
Also, Michigan has blown out a lot of
teams this season, only to lose to them the
next time (see the 8-0 drubbing of
Alaska-Fairbanks in November and the
next night's 5-2 loss to the Nanooks.)

Notre Dame is "going to come put
and play tougher against us," defense-
man Mike Roemensky said. "After the
Notre Dame game, we really have to
concentrate hard and fast about
Michigan State."
There's a lot to co
centrate on.
Louis ARENA Even though the
5&2 CCHA, 21-84 Wolverines put four
(5-144, 821-5); goals past Michigan
igan State (17-3-3, State goalie Ryan
Miller when the teams
nd Saturday played on Jan. 27, he
;ponsored by the
rtment, is vailable is still the best netmin-
e Louis Arena at der in the league and is
The round-trip fee is a force to be reckon*
hased at the with. In addition,
since Michigan is five
rence games only) points behind- the
W L T PTS Spartans in the CCHA
173- 3 3 standings going into
1560-2 32 the weekend, the
Wolverines need -.0
take both remaining games againt
Michigan State if they have any hope of
winning the regular-season title.
"We're really looking forward to this
weekend and 'rebounding from la*
weekend," captain GeoffKoch said. "We
all made a conscious effort to really step
our game up for the last five games of
the season and it starts (tonight)"
Koch's classmates don't have much
longer to kick it into gear. Tonight is
senior night, and after the game, the
nine-member class will be honored on
the Yost ice.
"Everything is put in perspective"
Koch said. "It goes by so quickly yoiW
four years here. Senior night you're really
feeling that, that weight where it's bearing
down on you. You've got to make every
game count and every shift count"
USCHO POLL
As of Feb. 12, 2001
From www.uscho.com
Team Record PVS
1. Michigan State (40) 24-3-4
2. Boston College 21-7-1
3. North Dakota 20-5-7 3
4. M innesota 22-7-2 6
5. Michigan 21-8-4 5

MICHIGAN (80)

FT REB

By Michael Kern
Daily Sports Editor

MIN M-A M-A 0-T A F PTS
Gandy 33 2-8 44 2-6 4 4 9
Smith 31 9-12 8-8 4-8 1 3 26
Bies 11 0-1 2-2 0-1 1 1 2
Thorius 37 5.9 3-4 1-3 7 3 15
Ingram 40 6.15 0-1 0-2 21 1 14
Oesterle 22 0-4 0-0 0-5 2 1 0
Goodlow 22 6-8 2-2 1-2 1 4 14
Totals 200 28-57 19-2111-32 18 17 80
FG%: .491. FT%: .905. 3-point FG: 5-14,.-357
(Thorius 2-4, Ingram 2-7, Gandy 1-2, Oesterle 0-1).
Blocks: 4 Steals: 11 (Goodlow 3, Ingram 3, Thorius
2, Bies, Gandy, Oesterle). Turnovers: 14 (Thorius 4,
Smith 3, Goodlow 2, Oesterle 2, Bies, Gandy,
Ingram). Technical Fouls: none.

The Michigan men's basketball team
has been inconsistent this season, to say
the least. A four game winning streak is
followed by a 20 point loss at Purdue.
Another double-digit loss at Ohio State
occurs in the same week as Michigan's
most exciting win of the year - a 70-69
thriller at then-No. 14 Iowa.
Wednesday night, the Michigan wave
crested once again, as it blew the 24th-
ranked Hawkeyes right out of Crisler
Arena in the first half, only to let them
sneak back into the game and almost

Iowa...............................40
Michigan...........................28

38 3- 78
52 - 80

At: Crisler Arena
Attendance: 1,706

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CRISLER ARENA
Who: Michigan (4-8 Big Ten, 10-13 over-
all) vs. Minnesota (4-8, 16-9)
When: 12:17 p.m.
Latest: Michigan must win all of their
remaining home games in order to qualify
for the NIT tournament.
steal away the Wolverines' 95-85 victo-
ry. Michigan (4-8 Big Ten, 10-13 over-
all) shot 60 percent in the first half and
scored 50 points but returned with a
much more human 9-for-20 shooting
performance in the second 20 minutes.
The question for the Wolverines has
become how to maintain a high level of
, play on a regular basis.
"If I knew, I would coach,' junior for-
ward Chris Young said. "But I don't
know how you get someone to get that
type of energy going."
With the second of four-straight
I home games at Crisler Arena tomorrow
against Minnesota (4-8, 16-9),
Michigan will get its chance to put
together back-to-back Big Ten wins for
the first time this season.
Depleted by NCAA sanctions and
injuries, Minnesota will dress just eight
scholarship players for tomorrow's
game. The Gophers began the season
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By Naweed Sikora
Daily Sports Writer
Nobody is happier to be in Ann Arbor
this weekend than the Michigan
women's gymnastics team. After three
consecutive weekends away from home
- during which the team compiled a 2-
2 record - the Wolverines will host
Southeast Missouri State on Saturday
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Who: No. 8 Michigan vs. Southeast
Missouri State
When: 7:30 p.m.
Latest: The Wolverines face the Otahkians
in their first home meet in almost a month.
"It is an awesome feeling to,, be
home;' Michigan coach Bev Plocki
said. "We learned a lot from the trip and
we really got a lot out of it."
The home meet might be just what
ithe Wolverines need to get back in the
win column. After winning four consec-
utive meets early in the season,
Michigan suffered its firstgsetback
Florida two weekends ago-
Wolverines lost to the Gators by almost
two full points.
Then, last weekend, the Wolverines trav-
eledto Georgia where they suffered a heart-
breaking loss even though they had their
best score of the season. Despite leading
most of the evening, Michigan faltered on
thebeam initsfinalevent tolosethemeet
to the Bulldogs by only .05 of a point.
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