The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - November 19, 2001- 7B
Blue wins as Bies,
Pool play like Titans
Eighth career shutout
gives Tasch 'M' record
By Chris Burke
Daily Sports Writer
DETROIT - In its season opening
game on Friday night against No. 6
Louisiana Tech, Michigan had no
answer for All-America candidate,
center Ayana Walker. Walker scored
32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
The 17th-ranked Wolverines turned
the ball over 25 times and fell behind
by as much as 19 points (65-46) in
the second half.
Yesterday against Detroit (0-1), the
Wolverines turned to its own star in
the paint to turn things around. Junior
center LeeAnn Bies went 10-11 from
the free throw line en route to her
game-high 24 points and 11
Despite another 25 turnovers and
an abysmal shooting performance
that resulted in a 28.6 percent field
goal clip in the first half, the Wolver-
ines held off the Titans' upset attempt
for a 67-52 win. The win included a
school record-tying 30 free throws
made by Michigan.
When the dust settled on the week-
end, the Wolverines had notched their
first win - but also had determined
that they were a long way from play-
ing to their full potential.
Leader and best
With yesterday's 67-52 win over
Detroit, coach Sue Guevara recorded
her 94th win as Michigan's women's
basketball coach. The victory broke
the record held by former coach Bud
VanDewege for the most wins by a
coach in the history of the program.
Guevara's other milestone wins:
"I'm going to hope that this was
due to jet lag and having two games
in three days," Bies said. "I'm going
to hope that's what it is because we're
a better team than this.
"It was very important to get a win.
We're 1-1 and hopefully we can get
on a little streak here - even though
it's an ugly win, it's still a win and
we're going to take it."
Bies was one of the lone bright
spots in the loss to Louisiana Tech
with 23 points and seven rebounds.
She was also forced to carry the
struggling Wolverines through the
majority of the game against Detroit
With 12:22 remaining in the second
half against Detroit, Bies had scored
19 of Michigan's 34 points in the
"We knew she was going to be
tough," Detroit guard Molly Peter-
man said. "She's strong inside and we
knew that we weren't really going to
stop her but we were going to do
what we could to contain her. Obvi-
ously she came up big for them."
The Wolverines appeared to have
their minds still in Louisiana early
against Detroit. The Titans pulled ahead
12-2 before Michigan responded.
"I think the fact that we played
Louisiana Tech Friday night, got up at
5:00 Saturday morning, practiced
Saturday and came out today at 4:00,
I think that's why we started so slow
- It's still not an excuse," Guevara
said. "Anytime you have two games,
and you have 25 turnovers each
game, that's not progress."
A 10-0 run by the Wolverines tied
the game, and the two teams went
back and forth from that point.
The game began to swing in
Michigan's favor midway through the
second half. Freshman Tabitha Pool,
who had turned the ball over four
times in five minutes to begin the
game, hit a jumper with 11:15 to go.
By Blake Fillion
Daily Sports Writer
KENT, Ohio - Some of the first
words to exit Maryland field hockey
coach Missy Mehorg's mouth at yester-
day's press conference were, "Their
goalie was outstanding."
Michigan goalie Maureen Tasch
stopped 11 shots in Michigan's 2-0 vic-
tory over Maryland to help Michigan
field hockey win its first national cham-
pionship in school history. By shutting
out the Terrapins, Tasch set a new
Michigan record for shutouts in a sea-
son with eight.
"The game comes down to executing
in the clutch and our goaltender did,"
Michigan coach Marcia Pankratz said.
With just 11:35 remaining in the sec-
ond half, Michigan forward April Fron-
zoni was given a yellow card and was
kicked off the field for at least five min-
utes. During this period, the Wolverines
played one person short and Maryland
increased its pressure. But Tasch and
the Wolverines remained composed and
denied the Terrapins on several corner
Tasch's shutout marked just the fifth
time that there has been a shutout in the
history of the NCAA Tournament and
the first since North Carolina shut out
Princeton in the 1996 championship
"The last couple of weeks we've
made accomplishments little by little
and I've kept saying that nothing could
be better," Tasch said. " I mean, obvi-
ously, nothing could be better then this."
The defensive unit, led by Tasch, was
not facing a passive offense; rather, they
were up against the nation's top-ranked
offense, averaged 4.6 goals per game.
Heading into the semifinals, Maryland
had scored 13 goals versus Fairfield and
Syracuse. The Terrapins' offensive
tenacity was evident in their 3-2 victory
over Wake Forest, one of the top defen-
sive teams in the nation, in the national
Maryland continued its aggressive
Michigan dominated Detroit under the basket en route to a 67-52 victory.
After Michigan's 20th turnover led
to a layup by Detroit's Randee Henri
and a 37-36 lead for the Titans, Pool
proceeded to score 11 points in the
next five minutes, as Michigan ran off
a 19-8 run to grab a 53-43 lead that it
would not relinquish for the rest of the
game. Pool finished with 15 points.
Friday's game against Louisiana
Tech was almost an exact opposite of
the Wolverines' win over Detroit.
Michigan came out and held the lead
for the majority of the first half, lead-
ing 30-25 at one point.
But the Lady Techsters came back
and took a 41-35 lead into halftime,
before putting the Wolverines away in
the second half.
Against Detroit, it was the Wolver-
ines who were able to shake off some
early game rust. Despite the struggle,
Michigan had enough to prevent
Detroit from sending the nationally-
ranked Wolverines to an 0-2 start.
"We were hoping that they'd be
tired and maybe even underestimate us
a little bit," Peterman said. "We knew
we were going to have to play real
good to compete and to win and we
fell short at a stretch ---- we just didn't
convert enough to overcome Pool and
LESLIE WARD/ Daily
Goalie Maureen Tasch was flawless as
Michigan won the national title.
play in the finals against the Wolver-
ines. The Terrapins out-cornered the
Wolverines 10-4 and controlled the
tempo for the majority of the game, but
because of Michigan's stellar defensive
play and intensity, Maryland couldn't
"The last twenty minutes they really
had us on our heels," forward Jessica
Rose said. "They were pressing hard
and (Tasch) and Stephanie (Johnson)
were great back there. Everyone
"I think we play hard and well togeth-
er, and our corner defense was just
amazing today," Pankratz said.
In corner defense the Wolverines
were able to break up several scoring
chances with exceptional plays by Rose.
When the ball successfully passed
through Michigan's stingy defense,
Tasch was always in position to make
the sprawling save to keep the Terrapins
scoreless and frustrated.
"I thought at this level, so late in the
season, (shutouts) weren't going to hap-
pen anymore," Tasch said. "I thought I
was done with those, but this was the
3/ 17/ 01
F'osh makes second half count in win
Ms. Basketball scores 15 in second half; Practice Player of the Year Jara gets into the action
By Jim Weber
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan coach Sue Guevara said
the difference in Tabitha Pool's play in
Sunday's two halves was like night
"We just need it to be day from the
beginning," Guevara added.
For one half
against Detroit BASKETBALL
Mercy, the fresh- Notebook
man was lost in
She turned the ball over four times
in five minutes and her only contribu-
tion was a rebound. She looked con-
fused and timid on the floor.
But midway through the second
half, Pool happily shook her head
after hitting a 3-pointer and dribbling
between her legs.
After Michigan fell behind 37-36
with 10:30 left in the second half,
Pool scored 11 of the team's next 17
points to stretch the lead to 53-43 and
put the game out of reach.
The sun had risen on her game and
she was lighting up the Titans.
"Free throws and Tabitha's three-
minute stretch where she hit four
buckets straight, that is what hurt us,"
Detroit guard Molly Peterman said.
WORN-OUT WOLVERINES: Pool's fresh
legs off the bench were even more
critical because of Michigan's physi-
cal condition in the second half. Gue-
vara said guard Alayne Ingram was
playing on a "bum ankle" and was
drained after playing 37 minutes two
nights earlier against Louisiana Tech.
Center LeeAnn Bies needed Pool's
help more than anyone. She took a
physical pounding from the Lady
Techsters and got hacked throughout
"She's tired," Guevara said. "She
got the snot kicked out of her at
Louisiana Tech. She got beat up
SPANISH-SPEAKING SURPRISE: It is no
wonder Susana Jara was last year's
Michigan Practice Player of the Year
- she's never satisfied.
With Ingram at less than 100 per-
cent, Jara saw 12 minutes of action at
the point after averaging only four
minutes a game last season. Although
she didn't score in the game, Guevara
was impressed by the play of the sen-
ior from Ecuador.
"She is steady," Guevara said. "She
knows the offenses, she knows how to
run them, she knows how to get peo-
ple the ball. She deserves a nod
because she did a really nice job."
Jara was the only player without a
turnover and played strong defense.
But she wasn't particularly impressed
with her performance, despite the
praise from her coach.
"I need to make more things hap-
pen," Jara said. "I didn't make a lot of
turnovers but I didn't make any
points. I need to produce more."
And her defense?
"I really need to improve more on
that, too," Jara said.
MICHIGAN (6G F R
MIN M-A M-A - A F PTS
Goodlow 30 2-5 4-7 1-8 1 1 8
Gandy 23 1-8 3-5 0-1 3 3 5
Bies 33 7-11 10-11 4-11 3 4 24
Oesterle 20 04 2-2-3.6 1 1 2
Ingram 33 2-9 5-6 1-6 2 2 9
Pool 20 57 44 1-6 1 1 15
Jara 12 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0
Smith 29 1-5 2-2 2-7 0 0 4
Totals 200 184930-3713-47 12 10
FG%: .367. FT%: .811. 3-point FG: 1-5, .20 (Pool 1-
1. Candy 0-1, Oesterle 0-1,lngrarn 0-2). Blocks: 5
(Bies 2, Goodlow, Gandy. Ingram). Steals: 12
(Ingram 4. Goodlow 2, Bies 2, Smith 2, Oesterle,
Jara). Turnovers: 25 (Pool 5. Goodlow 4, Bies 4,
Ingram 4, Gandy 3, Smith 3. Oesterle 2). Technical
FG FT REB
MIN M-A M-A O-T A F PTS
Wild 16 1-5 0-0 1-2 1 5 2
Henry 33 4-12 0-0 3-5 2 2 8
Anaejionu 28 2-6 0-0 0-4 1 4 4
James 39 5-20 0-2 1-5 7 3 20
Peterman 23 6-10 1-2 5-5 1 2 12
McGee 5 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 14
Harakas 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 3
Kyryzek 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
Winters 4 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Savaili 15 2-6 0-0 0-2 0 2 0
Williamson 9 1-2 1-1 2-2 0 1 5
Bortz 15 0.1 1-2 0-1 0 2 3
Crum 8 010-00-2031
Team 0 0-0 3-2 0-0 0 0 0
Totals 200 22-67 3-7 13-32 13 24 52
FG%: .328. FT%:.429. 3-point FG: 5-24 208
(Jlames 2-12, Savaili 1-3, McGee 1-2, Peterman 1-
1, Henry 0-1, Harakas 0-1, Winters 0-1, Crum 0-1).
Blocks: 1 (Crum) Steals: 13 (James 5, Wild 2,
Anaejionu 2, Peterman 2, Bortz, Crum). Turnovers:
19 (James 5. Peterman 3, Wild 2. Henry 2, Anae-
jiou 2, Savaili 2. Winters, Bartz, Crum). Technical
Close but no cigar
For the first time in school history, a Michigan women's team has won a national
championship. Though field hockey was the first to do it, many other women's
teams have come close over the past six years.
1995 swimming & diving, second: The Wolverines kept it close to the very end, as
the final relay decided the national championship. Stanford won the relay and beat
Michigan by 19 points.
1995 gymnastics, TIedsecond: With four All-Americans, the Wolverines had their
highest finish ever as they tied Alabama with 196.425 points.
1999 gymnastics, second: A first-place finish in the uneven bars was not enough for
the Wolverines, who finished .300 points behind champion Georgia.
1999 field hockey, second: After winning seven straight, including two games over
the No. 2 and No. 3 teams in nation, Michigan fell one goal short to Maryland.,
2001 rowing, second: Even though Michigan won the individual national champi-
onship, it could not keep its lead from the first day of the three day tournament and
was five points back of Washington when the tournament was over.
Susana Jara played 12 minutes in
Michigan's win over Detroit yesterday.
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Moral victory not enough for Wolverines
By Charles Paradis
Daily Sports Writer
At this point in the season, the Michi-
gan volleyball team (8-10 Big Ten, 12-
13 overall) will not settle for moral
victories of any sort. Back to back loss-
es at No. 14 Penn State on Friday and
No. 9 Ohio State on Saturday did noth-
ing to help the Wolverines in their cam-
paign to make the playoffs.
"As a competitive player or competi-
tive coach you're never happy when you
lose," coach Mark Rosen said. "You
never want to settle for moral victories."
After a grueling, back and forth, five-
game match against Penn State on Fri-
day, Michigan traveled to Ohio State to
exact revenge on the Buckeyes. Earlier
this season, Ohio State played spoiler to
Michigan's perfect record at home. This
weekend was the Wolverines' opportu-
nity for payback.
But for Michigan to defeat the Buck-
eyes, it would have had to play better
than it did in the first game.
"In the first game we came out and
struggled early," Rosen said.
The Wolverines were only able to
score six kills in the first game, which
did to us when we played in (Ann
Arbor)," Rosen said. "If you make a
mistake they jump all over you."
The Buckeyes quickly took the lead
and finished off the Wolverines 30-25.
The third game was almost a mirror
of the second. After the intermission, it
was the Wolverines who were able to
break out of a tie to win the game. One
of the keys to Michigan's success was
its ability to limit its errors to three for
the game. The greatly-reduced errors
and the much-improved offensive attack
sparked the Wolverines to a 30-26 vic-
tory in game three.
After the game-three loss, the Buck-
eyes entered game four with renewed
focus, and desire. Ohio State quickly
jumped out to an early 5-1 lead that the
Wolverines were unable to overcome.
"You can't comeback from that,
against a team like Ohio State," Rosen
The fourth game saw the Wolverines
again held under 20 points as the Buck-
eyes surged to a 30-19 victory. The dis-
appointment of the 3-1 loss to the
Buckeyes eclipsed any happiness over a
moral victory the team might have
"It is hard to be happy when you
don't win," Rosen said. "I do think we
played better on the road this weekend
than we have in the past."
The Wolverines played Penn State on
Friday night in a marathon five-game
match. The teams traded games back
and forth in an evenly matched compe-
tition. In the fifth game though, the Nit-
tany Lions senior captain, Katie
Schumacher stepped up big for Penn
"The biggest difference in the fifth
game was Katie Schumacher," Rosen
said. "She took over the game."
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