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JANUARY 12, 2001
Good Bies! 20-point
half gives Blue upset
On the road again:
'M' faces No. 7 Illinois
By Jeff Phillips
Daily Sports Writer
After three consecutive Big Ten loss-
es, the Michigan women's basketball
team (2-3 Big Ten, 9-6 overall) got the
monkey off its back with a 71-62 vic-
tory over No. 13 Penn State (3-2, 11-
5). The Wolverines scored the first bas-
ket of the game and never looked back.
"We played with a lot of enthusiasm
and a lot of energy," Michigan coach
S u e
Guevara r& PENN STATE 62
really saw M:rCIGAN 71
that on the
defensive end and really saw it
Penn State's two leading scorers,
k freshman Kelly Mazzante and senior
Lisa Shepherd kept up their averages
by scoring 17 and 20 points, respec-
tively. But no one else followed their
lead. The Wolverines held Penn State's
explosive offense - averaging 82.9
points per game - to just 33 percent
shooting from the field.
Michigan had struggled in its previ-
ous three games, losing by double dig-
its and failing to break 60 points, but
finally came to life, shooting 50 per-
The Wolverines were led by LeeAnn
Bies who had her best game of the sea-
son with 21 points and 11 rebounds,
but scored 20 points and grabbed nine
rebounds in the first half.
-4 was getting a lot of easy looks,"
Bies said. "I was catching and convert-
ing (my shots)"
Defensively in the second half, the
BIG TEN STANDINGS
Team W L WL
Purdue 4 0 14 3
Indiana 4 1 13 3
Wisconsin 3 1 8 5
Illinois 3 1 8 8
Penn State 3 2 11 5
Michigan State 2 2 8 7
Iowa 2 2 7 7
Michigan 2 3 9 6
Ohio State 1 4 11 4
Minnesota 0 4 7 8
Northwestern 0 5 4 10
MICHIGAN 71, Penn State 62
Wisconsin 72, MICHIGAN STATE 56
Illinois 75, OHIo STATE 73
INDIANA 92, Minnesota 64
Nittany Lions keyed in on Bies, but
failed to stop her supporting cast. Bies
was helped by a strong performance
from junior guard Alayne Ingram.
Ingram came into the game in a bit of
shooting slump, but gave Michigan 14
points on 7-of-10 shooting.
"Alayne had a really good second
half and I was just a decoy," Bies said.
Penn State attempted to step up its
defensive intensity by implementing a
full-court press, but the Wolverines
took it in stride.
"We knew they were going to come
out and press us, that's the Penn State
style," point guard Anne Thorius said.
"I thought we did a great job keeping
The Nittany Lions got to within five
points after two quick steals five min-
Michigan's Anne Thorius, Raina Goodlow and LeeAnn Bies celebrate their upset
of No. 13 Penn State. Bies led the Wolverines with 21 points and 11 rebounds.
By Dan Williams
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan's 70-64 victory last
Tuesday against Indiana shattered a
shackle that has seemingly imprisoned
the team all season. Prior to the win
over the Hoosiers, Michigan hadn't
beaten a team within the top 150 of the
Ratings Percentage Index.
If the Wolverines (1-1 Big Ten, 7-6
overall) are truly about to bust out of
the confinements of mediocrity, they
will have to break the road chains that
have weighed so heavily.
With an 0-5 record away from
Crisler - with the scores of all five
losses separated by double digits -
the team travels to Champaign
Saturday to play No. 7 Illinois (2-1,
Michigan does benefit from facing
another opponent with little time to
prepare - Indiana and now Illinois
both had two days off prior to their
games with the Wolverines. But
against Indiana, Michigan faced a
team exhausted from an emotional
win over Michigan State. Illinois is
likely to be angry after falling to
Iowa, 78-62, for its first Big Ten loss
of the season.
The road is decidedly
uphill, but Michigan, the TOM
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looked unsure of how to
win, hopes the Indiana Ten, 7 6 ov
victory will bear new Iiiinois (2-1
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confidence," sophomore WADI.-Tv
Gavin Groninger said.
Above all else, Michigan demon-
strated a proficiency in the paint
against the Hoosiers that had been
absent for much of the season.
The Wolverines' triad in the post -
Josh Moore, Josh Asselin and Chris
Young - combined for 32 points on
In earlier contests, Michigan's
interior game seemed to vanish
BIG TEN STANDINGS
Team W L W L
Purdue 3 0 11 3
Iowa 2 0 13 2
Michigan State 2 1 13 1
Illinois 2 1 12 4
Minnesota 1 1 13 2
Michigan 1 1 7 6
Penn State 1 2 10 3
Wisconsin 1 2 10 3
Ohio State 0 2 10 5
Indiana 1 2 10 7
Northwestern 0 3 7 8
Iowa 78, Illinois 62
Iowa at Purdue, 2:30 p.m.
Wisconsin at Michigan State, 4:30 p.m.
Northwestern at Penn State, 8 p.m.
Michigan at Illinois, 8 p.m.
against top competition.
"We just play a lot better when our
big guys touch the basketball,"
Michigan coach Brian Ellerbe sai*
"Every night it's important for us. Its
no secret, we have to pound it In
utes into the second half, but that was
as close as they would come.
Michigan traded baskets with Penn
State and slowly built upon its lead
after missed Penn State free throws. A
three-point play by Raina Goodlow
with six minutes left gave Michigan a
13-point lead and put away the Nittany
After Penn State's Maren Walseth
again missed a second free throw,
Ingram hit back-to-back fade-away
jumpers to give Michigan its biggest
lead of 70-54.
The first half of the game was
owned by Bies. She got the first basket
of the half and a buzzer-beater to end
it. The sophomore dominated the Penn
State defense with 9-of-12 shooting,
including a rare 3-pointer - just her
second of the season.
"I can't say enough about LeeAnn
Bies," Thorius said. "She was out-
igan (1-1 Big'
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ing a combined 33
points for the Fighting
ilini, will not be intimi-
dated by Michigan's
Intensity shows up against ranked opponent
By Benjamin Singer
Daldy Sports Writer
Before the Michigan women's basketball team's first
practice of the week, coach Sue Guevara showed her
team a packaged tape of its season's highlights.
Michigan saw itself playing tough defense, making
good shots and getting excited.
If the Wolverines want to see another highlight reel.
they just need to pop in a tape of last night's 71-62 win
over Penn State.
From the opening tipoff to the final minutes,
Michigan had newfound intensity and enthusiasm.
Michigan had energy to the end. Ahead 70-54 with
1:20 left, Raina Goodlow chased down a long rebound
as she crashed into press row. She tapped it over to
Alayne Ingram before she went out of bounds.
Stephanie Gandy continued Michigan's string of hus-
tle when she aggressively grabbed her fourth offensive
rebound after her own miss later in that possession.
"I don't think we gave up one time out there,"
LeeAnn Bies said.
"It was good to see us be aggressive and to go after
it," Guevara said. "It gets to the point where I'm tired
of talking about this stuff. Somebody
just show me. Just do it. That's what SUN
we got tonight." CRISLER
A lack of hustle and effort have Who: Michigan
been season-long concerns for Ten, 9-6, overa
Michigan - especially during its State (1-4, 11
three-game losing streak. But last when: 2 p.m.
night, Michigan didn't play tired, it Latest: Michig
played tired of losing. broken its thre
Penn State coach Rene Portland was Ten losing stre
well aware of Guevara publicly try to start as
chastising her team for not playing against the Bu
with heart. "When you challenge a
team, they respond," she said.
Despite Michigan's recent poor shooting perfor-
mance, Guevara prepared for Penn State by concen-
trating on defense.
"We really wanted to make a statement with our
defense today," Bies said.
The defensive effort helped out the offense that was
Illinois' trio should
make it more difficult for Michigan'to
get such strong low positioning in the
post. Defending the paint without suc-
cumbing to foul trouble will be a diffi-
cult task for the Wolverines.
Illinois has beaten Michigan 45 oW
68 times in Champaign.
In the last meeting between the two
teams, Michigan bested the Fighting
Illini in Ann Arbor, 95-91 in overtime.
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streak of W's
neglected in practice. Rebounds and
steals led to transition points and easy
layups that had been missing in recent
Michigan games. In the past three losses,
Michigan shot just over 30 percent while
its opponents shot over 50 percent. Last
night, that was reversed.
In the past, Guevara criticized her team
for playing soft and not attacking. But the
Nittany Lions faced Wolverines like mili-
tarv missiles - they were locked in on
the basketball: seek-and-destroy.
"You're in war," Guevara said of the
Blood boils as icers
mentality for a basketball game.
forced four held balls. Ingram
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By Joe Smith
Dly Sports Writer
Michigan captain Geoff Koch said that
every hockey game between the
Wolverines and Ohio State is a war.
In this weekend's matchup, the
Buckeyes will dress 10 freshmen as
they take on No. 8 Michigan for a two-
game series in the Schottenstein Center.
But the youngest team in the CCHA
will be going into battle without its gen-
Ohio State senior captain Andre
Signoretti is still academically ineligible
and will not suit up this weekend.
Signoretti has already missed the past
four games, all Ohio State losses, after
finding out his fall semester grades were
not up to par.
"It's upsetting that he's put himself in
Who: Michigan (9-3-1 CCHA, 15-5-3 overall)
vs. Ohio State (7-6-1,10-9-1)
When: 7:35 p.m. tonight, 7:35 p.m. tomorrow
TV: FOX Sports Net (tomorrow only)
CCHA Standings: CCHA
Team W L T PTS
Michigan State 9 1 3 21
Western Michigan 9 2 2 20
Michigan 9 3 1 19
16 1 4
16 3 2
that situation,' Ohio State coach John
"The, responsibility now falls on his
shoulders, as he's well aware of. He's t k-
ing the proper steps to get back - but-he
has to live with that. It was definitely sur-
prising for it to happen to a senior.
"Disappointing. That's what it is."
Signoretti met with his professors to
discuss the situation this week and a
hearing for an appeal was held on
Tuesday, but it appears that his reinstate-
ment was declined and the 24-year old
criminology major may not play the rest
of this season.
"It's very tough, Ohio State defense- A
man Jason Crain said. "He's our captain
and a great leader. It'll hurt on defense a
lot but other guys just have to step up2"
Not only does Signoretti log a ton0
minutes and rank as one of their top five
scorers, but he's also the CCHA leader for
defenseman in plus-minus with a plus-13.
His leadership has been priceless for the
fifth-place Buckeyes as they've proved
the critics wrong and become one of the
surprise teams of the CCHA. They were
picked to finish 10th by the coaches~ and
media before the season.
But Signoretti's absence couldn't h
come at a worse time for an Ohio StaTe
team that is reeling from a five-game los-
ing streak. Four of the defeats have been
by one goal, including three games
against fifth-ranked Western Michigan.
"A lot of the freshmen have pro-
gressed," Markell said. "But we have to
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