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MARCH 20, 2001

Irish insurmountable

Women fall to Notre Dame,

could use a little
r..* By David Horn
Daily Sports Writer
NoNOTRE DAME Two days after St. Patrick's Day,
Notre Dame didn't need any luck to finish off the
underdog Wolverines by a count of 88-54 last night in
the second round of the Midwest regional.
i :; There was nothing lucky about Notre Dame's All-
>'< America center Ruth Riley's 21 points, a game-high -
'j. or Michigan's29.7-percent shooting in the second half.
Senior captain Anne Thorius' decorated Michigan
career came to an end at the hands of the second-ranked
Fighting Irish. But in her finale, Thorius played all but
two minutes against Notre Dame.
The Wolverines exit the NCAA Tournament after an
impressive run to the postseason and first-round victory
over Virginia, but showed last night that they are yet a
few years and a few players away from being a national
"Let's just give Notre Dame a great deal of credit,"
Michigan coach Sue Guevara said. "They just had too
much, too quickly, and we just didn't have enough. I
think that you try so throw everything that you possibly
can, and they responded to everything we threw at
r:1;r Michigan started the game wel before a hostile Joyce
- MRORIE MARSMHLL/Dail Center crowd of 9,597 - much as they did against Big
Michigan coach Sue Guevera (left) didn't have many reasons to smile yesterday as Ten champion Purdue in West Lafayette. Sophomore
the Wolverines fell to the second-ranked Fighting Irish on the road, 88-54. LeeAnn Bies was busy as a bee, matched against the 6-
Thori"us finishes granld caireer on down note
By Benjamin Singer and missed opportunities." country. Anyone who looks back on the
Daily Sports Writer The unquestioned leader of the team could Wolverines' history will dismiss this game for
not rise up against the almighty Fighting Irish. what it is - an understandable loss.
NOTRE DAME - This was not a story- She could not lift her teammates or herself, And anyone who looks back and remem-
book ending. With 37 seconds left on the with one of her poorer outings of the year. bers Thorius will recognize what she has truly
clock, senior Anne Thorius - her career at The 32.9 shooting percentage for Michigan meant to the Michigan program.
Michigan already effectively over with Notre was in part due to her 2-for-9 performance, "She's had some very good games for us
Dame leading 86-54 - was called for a dou- mustering just five points. Although she can and she's been a great building block for us,"
ble-dribble. smile at her six assists, her seven turnovers Michigan coach Sue Guevara said. "I feel bad
When she slammed the ball down on the didn't help the Wolverines' ball control. for her. We got drilled and sometimes that's
court in knowing-frustration, it was an excla- "If you have to look at it from the positive the last thing you remember - and you can't
mation point on a disappointing game for the side, I had the opportunity to play my last think about that. Think about all the good
Wolverines. game at Michigan against the number-one things that you've accomplished"
"I don't think that is something that shuld team in the country," she said. Before the point guard traveled to Michigan
happen considering how long I've played," But this loss will not be her legacy. from her home of Horsholm, Denmark, the
Thorius said. "It just kind of concludes what Michigan came in as heavy underdogs Wolverines finished eighth or lower in the Big
happened in the entire game - our turnovers going into the home of the No. 2 team in the See SENIOR, Page 12

luck for future
foot-4 Riley. The Irish's biggest gun was held to a quiet
10 points in the first half, but as Thorius and other
Wolverines collapsed to help Bies, Notre Dame's long
threats wore loft wide open.
Guards Alicia Ratay and Jeneka Joyce each shot 3-5
from behind the arc in the first half, and combined to
shoot 50 percent on the night.
"Double teaming is something I have faced a lot this
year," Riley said. "I did not expect them to triple team
me with all the talented players we have on the court:
The Wolverines were as cold as the Irish were hot in
the first frame, as their starters shot a combined 10-29
from the field. Bies did not convert a field goal all
"I knew it would be tough (to be defended by Riley),
and I got a lot of good shots that just didn't fall," Bies
But despite the poor shooting in the half and the
overwhelming Notre Dame offense, Michigan found
itself down just 13 with 12 seconds left before halftime.
A last-second three by Joyce upped the count to 16,
ominously foreshadowing the next half.
"At that point, I didn't think we wore playing very
smart' Guevara said. "You can't leave people like Jane-
ka Joyce and Alicia Ratay open. You have to make it
very difficult for them to get a shot off. That was kind
of a 'gotcha' right there."
Michigan has rebounded from poor first halves before.
See IRISH, Page 12

Andy Hilbert is one of the finalsts for
the Hobey Baker as a scoring leader
stars ke to
NCAA fte
By Joe Smith
Daily Sports Editor
There are not many secrets to solv-
ing the Michigan hockey team.
Its top scorers, sophomores-Mike
Cammalleri and Andy Hilbert, rank in
the top six in the nation in scoring,
while accounting for 30 percenr of the
Wolverines' offensive output.
Simply stated, as Hilbert and C&
malleri go, so goes Michigan.
"You know that they're a big part of
our team," Michigan coach-Red
Berenson said. "And you know that
everybody else knows that too."
Many coaches around the CCHA
insist that the key to stopping Michi-
gan consists of shutting down its two
main stars. Such a containment can be
accomplished by simply beatin them
up in an attempt to get them off r
games. Most coaches send' gri y
checking lines to shadow Hilbert and
Cammalleri's every stride.
"You just have to work hard and be
See STARS, Page31l

One final drive for the road for senior Anne Thorius, who
played her final game in a Michigan uniform yesterday.



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