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The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - March 5, 2001- 58

Quote of the weekend
"I think (beating Penn State) was an upset
- it was the third time we upset them this
-Michigan head coach Sue Guevara when asked if she
considered Michigan the favorite against No. 19 Penn State

Michigan 66
Penn State 60

Michigan 55
Purdue 74.

Player of the Tournament
Iowa guard Cara Consuegra
Consuegra averaged 19 points and 5.3 assists in
three games to lead Iowa in its Big Ten
Championship run. She hit 7-of-8 fice thimws to
finish Iowa s scoring and clinch the victory
against Purdue in the Championship game.


Purdue stuj
Continued from Page 18
This isn't the first time Cooper has taken
advantage of the Wolverines' defense. She
scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds
in 'he teams' last meeting on Feb. 4.
'It seems to me like we always have trou-
ble stopping (Cooper)," Goodlow said.
.Jeodlow led Michigan in scoring for the
second-consecutive game with 16.
On Friday, the Wolverines defeated No.
I) Penn State for the third time this season,
A think this was an upset - - it was the
(ird time we upset them this season,"
Guevara said about beating the perennially
ranked Lady Lions. "I know (Penn State)
coach (Rene) Portland made a statement
saying that since we beat them twice, they
were the underdogs, but I'm thinking, 'No.
on't think so.'"
'Much like she did just one week earlier
against Penn State, senior Anne Thorius put
the. game away with a late 3-pointer.
Goodlow starred again for the
V oiverines as she got her second career
double-double with 17 points and 14
rebounds. Michiganalso got some unex-
pected help from Stephanie Gandy, who
made 6-of-9 shots for 12 points.
,andy said she has been working on her
jump shot since most teams play her for the
lve. Her newfound long-range shooting
ught Penn State off-guard.

"We tried something different (defen-
sively) and Gandy really came out of
nowhere," Portland said. "We came in with
Bies as a focus, but we let some other peo-
ple get away."
Bies scored 26 points and grabbed 13,
rebounds against the Nittany Lions on Feb.
Team statistics
Thorius 9-17 4 14 5.5
Goodlow 15-25 9 16.5 0.5
Gandy 6-14 4 7 2
Ingram 9-27 3.5 11.5 3.5
Bies 5-16 7.5 9 0
Robinson 0-3 0 0 0
Smith 1-3 1 2.5 0.5
Dykhouse 0-0 0 0 0
Thorius 62-166 3.2 8.2 5
Goodlow 105-225 4.8 10.5 0.7
Gandy 67-143 4.2 7 1.2
Ingram 109-299 2.3 11.3 4
Bies 120-231 7.2 12.5 0.8
Smith 97-180 4.7 9.5 0.8
Oesterle 67-176 4.8 7 2.6
Robinson 22-61 0.4 3 0.3
Leary 5-36 1.4 1.3 0.8
Jara 1-6 1.2 0.2 0.4
Dykhouse 0-3 0.5 0.5 0

Alayne Ingram and the Wolverines will likely find themselves in the NCAA Tournament despite being unable to
get past Purdue in three tries this season.

'M' tourney fate is out of its hands

Michigan (66) FG F REB
Goodlow 37 8-16 1-2 314 1 4 17
Gandy 32 6-9 01 0-3 2 1 12
Bies 36 410 2-4 3-7 0 4 10
Thorius 40 5-7 23 0-3 9 3 15
Ingram 40 313 22 04 5 1'.8
Robinson 5 0-2 00 00 0 4 0
Smith 10 12 22 01 1 4 4
Totals 200 27-59 9.14 9-35 1817 66
FG%: .458. FT%: .643. 3-point FG: 311. .273.
(Thorius 3-5 Goodlow 0-1, Ingram 0-4 Robinson 0-
1). Blocks: 0. Steals: 6 (Goodlow 3 Bies Thorius
Ingram). Turnovers: 12 (Gady 6. Thorius 2. Smith
2. Goodlow. Bies). Technical fouls: none.
Shepherd 34 4-9 00 2-3 1 2 9
Walseth 25 26 03 33 1 4 4
Barnes 38 514 813411 4 4 18
Mazzante 38 511 12 17 1 2 12
Luke 20 35 0-0-0 1 2
Carr 19 48 00 13 2 2. 8
Brungo 12 -0-2 GO0-0 02 0 0 0
Upshaw 14 01 00 16 1 1 .0
Totals 200 23-56 918 13-38 1117 60
FG%:.415. FT%: .500. 3ont FG: 5-14- 357. (Luke
3-5. Shepherd 1-4, Mazzante 14 Carr 01). Block:
3 (Barnes 2, Upshaw . Steals: 6 Luke 2. Carr 2.
Mazzante, Upshaw). Turnovers: 18 (Shepherd 4,.
Barnes 4 Upshaw 3, Walseth 2. Mazzante 2, Car
2. Luke). Technical fouls: none.
Michigan.......................22 44 -66
Penn State..................24 36 - 60
At: Van Andel Arena. Grand Rapids
Attendance: 2.796
Michigan (55) FG FT REB
Goodlow 39 7-9 2-2 1-4 0 4 16
Gandy 33 05 22 0-5 2 0 2
Bes 30 1-6 6-9 1-8 0 5 8
Thorius 40 4-10 48 1-5 2 2 13
Ingram 40 614 22 03 2 3 15
Robinson 10 0-1 -0 0-0 0 2 0
Dykhouse 1 0-0 0-000 000o'
Smith 7 0-1 12 01 0 2 1
Totals 200 18.46 17.25 631 6 18 55
FG%: .391. FT%-. .680. 3Wont F: 2-9, .222.
(Thorius 14, Ingram 1-4, Robinson 0-1). Blocks: 0.
Steals: 1 (Smith). Turnovers: 6 Goodlow 4 Bes
3. Thorius 3. Ingram 3. Gandy. Robinson, Smith).
Technical fouls: none.
Douglas 37 7-12 2-2 1-5 2 2 18
Hums 19 2-6 46 25 1 4 8
Cooper 35 8-15 0-0 514 1 4 16
Komara 23 2-10 56 13 2 1 1
Valek 22 2-6 0-0 02 4 4 4
Hicks 6 01 0-0 00 0 2 0
Parks 15 1-6 0-0 1-2 1 2 2
Crawford 19 13 01 3-4 0 2 2
Wright 24 4-7 56 4-8 0 1 15
Totals 200 276 162117.441 22 74
FG%:.409. FT%:.762. 3pont FG: 4-17, .235.
rouglas 24, Wright 2-4, Komara 06. Parks 0-3):
locks: 4 (Douglas 2. Cooper 2. Steals:.9
(Crawford 3, Komara 2. Wright 2. Doulas, Cooper).
Turnovers: 8 (Douglas 2, Cooper 2, Vaek 2,.Hicks,
Team). Technical fouls: none.
Michigan ...................21 34 -55
Purdue ..............36 38 - 74
At: Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids
Attendance: 7.781
Thursday's results:
OHIO STATE 52, Michigan State 48
INDIANA 78, Minnesota 56
ILLINOIS 75. Northwestern 60
Friday's results:
Michigan 66, PENN STATE 60
PURDUE 81, Ohio State 61
IOWA 81, Indiana 76
Illinois 80, WISCONSIN 68
Saturday's games:
PURDUE 74, Michigan 55
Iowa 86, Illinois 79
Yesterday's game
Iowa 75, PURDUE 70
Player of the Year
Katie Douglas, Purdue --
Freshman of the Year:
Kelly Mazzante, Penn State
Defensive Player of the Year
Tamara Moore, Wisconsin

By Jeff Phillips
Daily Sports Writer
GRAND RAPIDS - At the beginning of the season,
Michigan coach Sue Guevara believed that her team
needed to get 18 wins in order to make it into the NCAA
Tournament. Now that it is at that plateau at 18-1, she
won't make any promises, but is fairly confident.
"There are a couple things in life that are guaranteed:
You are going to die and you are going to pay taxes - in
the reverse order," Guevara said when asked whether the
18 wins secured a spot in the tournament. "But the prob-
ability (of getting in) is better than what it was when we
came" to the Big Ten Tournament.
At the tournament, the Wolverines defeated No. 19
Penn State for the third time this season, but fell in the
semifinals to No. 8 Purdue.
For Michigan to get a bid, it is likely that five teams
from the Big Ten must be selected. Purdue and Iowa are
in without a doubt. Wisconsin and Penn State, both of
which lost in the first round and have 10 losses apiece,
are in because of a strong conference performance. That
leaves Michigan as the fifth team. Illinois could even
make a case to be selected as the fifth or sixth team after
its win over the Badgers, but 16 losses will probably keep
it out.
In the past two years, only four Big Ten teams have
been selected, but in each of those years, the fifth team
has never been this close.
"I hope that when the committee starts making its
choices and they start looking at these teams that they
look and see that we've (beat Penn State three times) and

that they give us a little respect," Guevara said.
Michigan has five victories over ranked opponents -
including the season opener upset over No. 5 Louisiana
Tech. But losses to unranked opponents and blowout Big
Ten losses may keep it away from the dance.
Penn State coach Rene Portland also believes that the
Big Ten suffers from a lack of respect. In 1999, the
Nittany Lions finished second in the conference, only to
earn a No. 8 seed at the NCAA. The same happened to the
Wolverines last year after finishing second in the Big Ten.
"I've questioned all year the RPI of this league and'we
are going to find out if it really comes back and hurts us,
Portland said. "The lack of scheduling - certainly not of
Michigan - but of the lower teams in our league. They
chose not to schedule to compete, they decided to sched-
ule for confidence. They are the people that really hurt
this league."
The Big Ten is the fourth-rated conference in the RPI
behind the SEC, ACC and Big 12. Portland even believes
that this may lock out the fifth or even fourth team from
the Big Ten.
"If it comes up to bite Michigan or Penn State, or
knocks out a team like Illinois out of the tournament, it is
because of the lower teams in this conference," Portland
Michigan State and Minnesota, at ninth and tenth ;n the
conference each came into conference play with .500
records, only to go 4-12 and 1-15 in Big Ten play, respec-
Michigan now must wait until Sunday, Mar. I1, when
its fate will be decided by the NCAA selection commit-

Michigan's Infini Robinson was one of just three Wolverines to see action off the
bench against the Bollermakers.
Jiench depth exploited
by Bi en opponents

By Benjamin Singer
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan women's basketball team
relied primarily on seven players in
the 2000-01 season, and its bench
t even shallower for the Big Ten
Junior Heather Oesterle suffered a
sprained knee during a rebounding
drill during the Tuesday practice
before the tournament began.
"I got hit on the outside of the
knee and I felt the shift in it,"
Oesterle said. "It's pretty painful."
'Dressed in street clothes, Oesterle
d no hope of playing in Grand
4apids. A doctor will examine her
MRI results on Wednesday before
t'he team determines whether or not
she will be ready for the next stanza
of the postseason.
Often the first player off the bench
as either a small forward or a shoot-
ing. guard, Oesterle played in all 27
games, averaging 23.6 minutes an
Entering the tournament as the
m's third-most consistent threat
orn bevond the arc, shooting 34
percent on 3-pointers, and tied with
Iorward Raina Goodlow as the sec-
ond-leading rebounder with 4.8 a
game., her absence heightened the
other Wolverines' sense of responsi-
"We knew that we were going to
missa her presence todav,"'Anne
'-Qrus said after the 66-60 win over
*nn State in Michigan's first game
of the tournament. "She might not
have been scoring a lot in the past
q4: she'll do the garbage things.
Everyone knew today that they had
to pick up the slack for her."
Most of the burden fell on the
starters, who averaged 37 minutes

had eight players with double-digit
minutes in their games against
Michigan. The Wolverines were
outscored in points off the bench 27-
5 for the tournament.
"They were productive defensive-
ly and offensively and did a nice job
on the boards," Purdue coach Kristy
Curry said of her bench players.
"That definitely was a big boost for
us and their energy and intensity was
Both of Michigan's opponents had
substituted three different players
into the action before Guevara made
-her first personnel move. She put in
guard Infini Robinson at the 1 1:22
mark of the first half against Penn
State and waited even longer with
the Boilermakers when center
Jennifer Smith entered with 9:22 left
before halftime.
"Heather getting hurt was defi-
nitely an issue," Robinson said.
"She's usually a nice perimeter
(player) off the bench, so I did have
to step in and give quality minutes.
But it wasn't too much pressure. I
knew what I had to do and I had to
step in and play for Heather."
But Robinson and Smith com-
bined for just I-of-6 shooting in
their 32 minutes over the two games.
"We didn't really compare bench-
es," Smith said. "We just knew we
had to come out and play and exe-
cute on offense and we didn't do
Robinson had tough matchups in
her outings, going head-to-head with
the co-National Freshman of the
Year in Penn State's Kelly Mazzante
and then the Big Ten Player of the
Year Katie Douglas from Purdue.
Smith was in the low post with an
All-Big Ten Second Team center in
Penn State's Maren Walseth and then
a First Team center in Purdue's

Michigan beat No. 19 Penn
State for the third time this sea-
son by the score of 66-60 in its
first game of the Big Ten
Tournament this past Friday.
Senior guard Anne Thorius hit a
3-pointer with 23 seconds left to
all but clinch the victory for
Michigan. The shot was reminis-
cent of Michigan's regular sea-
son finale, in which Thorius hit
the game-winning 3-pointer to
give the Wolverines the 75-74
lead with six seconds remaining.
The shot capped a late come-
back from 16 points down and
handed the Lady Lions just their
second home loss on the year.
Michigan's first win over Penn
State was in Ann Arbor with a
71-62 score.
The Wolverines used 69-percent
shooting in the second half to
surge past Penn State. Despite
a dismal first-half shooting per-
formance of 27 percent from the
field, Michigan still managed to
enter the lockerroom down just
24-22. After the break,
Stephanie Gandy (5-for-6), Raina
Goodlow (7-for-9) and Thorius (3-
for-3, all 3-pointers) had the hot
hands to lead the Wolverines.

All-Big Ten First Team:
Jill Chapman, Indiana
Lindsey Meder, Iowa
Randi Peterson, Iowa
Kelly Mazzante, Penn State
Camille Cooper, Purdue
Katie Douglas, Purdue
Tamara Moore, Wisconsin
Jessie Stomski, Wisconsin
All-Big Ten Second Team:
Allison Curtin, Illinois
Heather Cassady, Indiana
Cara Consuegra, Iowa
Courtney Coleman, Ohio State
Jamie Lewis, Ohio State
Lisa Shepherd, Penn State
Maren Walseth, Penn State
LaTonya Sims, Wisconsin
Aill-Bik Ten Honorable Mention:


Alayne Ingram (left) holds up three fingers to signify Michigan's third win of the
season over Penn State as Stephanie Gandy and Anne Thorius embrace.

Iowa upsets No. 8 Purdue infinal

Iveta Marcauskaite, Anne O'Neil,
Illinois; LeeAnn Bies, Alayne Ingram,
Anne Thodus, Michigan; Julie Pagel,
Michigan State; Lindsey Whalen,
Minnesota; Shalicia Hurns, Kelly
Komara, Purdue; Nina Smith, Wisconsin
As of Feb. 26, 2001
first-place votes in parentheses
Team Record Pts Pvs
1. Tennessee (36) 28-4 972 1
2. Notre Dame (2) 25-1 927 2
3. Connecticut (1) 24-2 906 3
4. Duke - 24.3 804 7,.
5. Louisiana Tech 25-4 796 6-
6. Georgia 23-5 754 4
7. Oklahoma 23-4 744 .8-
8. Purdue 24-5 706 5:

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) - Cara Consuegra turned 22 on
yesterday. The Iowa guard couldn't have asked for a better
Consuegra scored 17 points - seven on clutch free throws
in the final 37 seconds - and was chosen the Big Ten
Tournament's most valuable player as the No. 23 Hawkeyes
upset No. 8 Purdue 75-70 to win the tournament title.
...--. f-.ordhekm.. ..-d -cnt I evor ha" thet

Douglas, the conference's player of the year for the sec-
ond straight season, had 23 points and hit 9-of-I1Ifree
throws. Cooper had 14 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the
Shalicia Hurns had 13 points and 12 rebounds for Purdue.
Every time Purdue appeared poised to take control of the
game, an Iowa player would hit a basket, grab a rebound or
force a turnover.

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