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FRIDAY
NOVEMBER 30, 2001

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65-49; post
dominates
By Charles Paradis
Daily Sports Writer
After four road games to start the
season, the Michigan women's basket-
ball team finally played its home
opener last night. The defenses dictat-
ed the pace at the beginning of the
game. But Marquette could not con-
trol the high-powered offense of the
16th-ranked Wolverines for the full 40
minutes, falling 65-49.
After a
close first ( MARQUETTE 49
half, the
Wolverines MICHIGAN 65
ran away
from the Golden Eagles early in the
second half behind the play of Alayne
Ingram. On the Wolverines first pos-
session of the second half, Ingram
tied the school record for career 3-
pointers, hitting her 134th bomb from
the corner with just seconds remain-
ing on the shot clock.
Immediately following her record-
tying basket, Ingram intercepted an
errant Marquette pass and was fouled
as she drove to the basket. Ingram's
inspired play kicked off a 20-4 run by
the Wolverines to start the second
half. Michigan's offensive prowess
continued throughout the second half,
and Marquette was unable to find any
answers. Ingram single-handedly
seized the momentum for the Wolver-
ines at the beginning of the second
half, and they never relinquished it.
"I thought it was really important
for me to get everybody going so we
can play with some excitement, some
intensity," Ingram said.
After Ingram's heroics, Michigan's
three big post players - Jennifer
Smith, LeeAnn Bies and Raina Good-
low - took over the game. Their play
in the paint was instrumental in secur-
ing the Wolverines' victory.
While Michigan (4-1) was able to
score almost at will against the Gold-
en Eagles in the second half, this was
not the case early on in the game.
Neither team had success offensively
in the first half. Zone defenses by
each team dictated a slow-paced first
half. Both teams struggled from the
floor and could not get off good shots.
Marquette (2-3) tried to break down

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Bernard Robinson's punchout

By Steve Jackson
Daily Sports Writer
As the Bowling Green fans stormed the court after
Wednesday night's 65-59 win over Michigan, a violent
tempest was raging inside sophomore guard Bernard
Robinson.
After missing a shot that could have tied the game in
the final minute and posting a mere nine points in his
team's second consecutive road loss against a Mid-
American Conference opponent, Robinson released his
frustrations on an unlikely victim: The window to a fire
extinguisher door.
As Michigan walked to the lockerroom, Robinson
punched through the glass plate, causing two lacerations
on the bottom of his right hand.
"I just got caught up in the emotion of the game," a
somber and bandaged Robinson said yesterday. "It was
the just the first thing I saw"
. Robinson was given a few stitches and will wear a

protective wrap on his right (non-shooting) hand. He
should be physically able to play, if Michigan coach
Tommy Amaker allows him to.
Amaker, who had not spoken to Robinson about the
incident prior to yesterday's practice, did not announce
any disciplinary actions at yesterday's press conference.
He did, however, leave open the possibility of benching
or suspending Robinson for tomorrow's game against
Boston College.
"We haven't made that decision yet," Amaker said.
"We are just trying to find out his well-being at this
point. We never give out our lineups or talk about those
things because we don't know until the night before the
game.
Amaker also apologized to the Bowling Green coach-
ing staff and assured them that Robinson would person-
ally take care of all the expenses that resulted from his
action.
Neither Robinson nor Amaker could provide a good
dollar estimate for the damage.

Eagles' guards trouble for Michigan
By David Horn LaVell Blanchard said after Wednes- one of the country's elite guards.
Daily Sports Writer day's loss. "Everything starts with Bell,'

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MARJORIE MARSHALL/daily
Tabitha Pool dribbles the ball upcourt in yesterday's home opener for the Wolverines.
The freshman guard played 31 minutes and scored four points against Marquette.

the Michigan zone with outside
shooting, but the Golden Eagles failed
to convert a single 3-pointer on their
nine attempts. Despite out-shooting
Marquette, who shot just 29 percent
from the field in the first half, the
Wolverines were not able to pull away
from the Golden Eagles, as the teams
went into the lockerroom with Michi-
gan leading 25-24. While the defense
for the Wolverines was solid, the
offense was not clicking.
"Defensively, we did a good job,"
coach Sue Guevara said. "If we can
just put our offense and our defense
all together, then I'll be an even hap-
pier camper."
Playing through an injury suffered
in practice, Goodlow was the Wolver-
ines' brightest star on offense in the

Marquette hits glass;
Ingram ties record

By Jim Weber
Daily Sports Writer

The janitors at Crisler Arena were
worried last night, and for good reason.
On Tuesday, Michigan head coach
Sue Guevara said she would break
something if Marquette had 17 offen-
sive rebounds - the team's season
average. Marquette came within two of
the mark, leaving the lockerroom intact
- but with an unhappy Guevara.
"They only had 15 (offensive)
rebounds as opposed to 17, so it is still a
matter of we need to put a body on
someone, Guevara said.
The Golden Eagles crashed the
boards hardest in the first half, record-
ing eight offensive boards to keep them
within one point of Michigan at the
break.
"It's a philosophy of the program,"
coach Terri Mitchell said. "We don't run
box-out drills. We just say, 'Go get the
ball.'"
But Michigan started the second half
with a 20-4 run, outhustling the smaller
Marquette team.
"We showed (good offensive
rebounding) for 30 minutes, but for the
first 10 minutes of the second half, I
apologize," Mitchell said.
Guevara looked to the post players to
carry the team in the second half, and
they responded. LeeAnn Bies, Raina
Goodlow and Jennifer Smith recorded
11 rebounds and 22 of the team's 40

second half points.
"Those are the three we challenged at
halftime," Guevara said. "We said this
game is going to be won in the post,
offensively and defensively."
UGLY TIE: Alayne Ingram has dreamed
of breaking the Michigan career 3-point
record since she arrived in Ann Arbor,
not tying it. With a 3-pointer 50 seconds
into the second half, Ingram tied Molly
Murray's (1995-1998) career record of
134 triples. But Ingram was unable to
hit another basket from behind the arc,
disappointing the senior guard.
"To be tied for the 3-point record -
it's not fin," Ingram said. "I would have
loved to break it at home so the fans
could stand up and cheer, but it will be
a little sweeter getting it against Notre
Dame because they did beat us last year
in the tournament."
Considering her five 3-pointers
against Syracuse last Sunday, Ingram's
coach is convinced that Ingram will
break Murray's mark in the next game.
"She has been shooting the ball very
well, so she will break that record on
Sunday," Guevara said. "So I hope
everyone that was here tonight goes on
Sunday so they can see her do that."
Murray, who currently works as
Michigan's director of operations,
knows she won't share the record for
long and thinks that Ingram could set
the new record at 170 or 175 by the end
of the season.
Ingram didn't shoot well last night,

first half, recording eight of Michi-
gan's 25 points.
"A lot of my play comes from the
high post, and because they were dou-
bling down on them (Bies and Smith)
in the low post and they were guard-
ing penetration pretty well, it was just
my time to step up, " Goodlow said.
And step up she did. Goodlow was
tied with Marquette's Rachel Klug for
a game-high 15 points and shot a
team-high 70 percent from the floor.
Smith and Goodlow played an excel-
lent high-low game in the paint to the
dismay of the Golden Eagles.
Guevara stressed the importance of
the post game at halftime.
"We said this game is going to be
won in the post, offensively and
defensively," Guevara said.
LAST NIGHT'S GAME
Marquette (49)
FG FT REB
MIN M-A M-A 0-T A F PTS
Weaver 24 0-8 0-0 0-2 1 1 0
Seffern 23 1-4 3-4 4-6 0 3 5
Zawodny 19 1-5 0-2 2-5 0 1 2
Johnson 33 2-7 0-0 0-6 2 1 5
Alsdurf 24 4-15 3-4 1-3 1 2 13
Kug 29 7-8 0-0 2-4 0 2 14
Schwerman 14 1-3 2-2 0-2 0 0 4
O'Grady 13 1-4 0-0 0-2 1 1 2
Bogott 6 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 0 2
Gales 7 0-3 0-0 1-2 2 1 0
Juedes 4 0-1 2-2 2-2 0 0 2
Stieber 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals 200 1860 10.141541 7 12 49
FG%:.300. FT%:.714. 3-point FG: 3-22, 136 (Als-
derf 2-9, Johnson 1-5, Gales 0-3, Weaver 0-3,
O'Grady 0-2). Blocks: 5 (Bogott, Schwerman, Klug,
Zawodny, Seffern). Steals: 5 (Alsderf 3, Weaver,
Juedes). Turnovers: 17 (Klug 4, Alsderf 3, Zawodny
3, Johnson 2, Schwerman 2, O'Grady, Gales,
Juedes). Technical fouls: none.
MICHIGAN (65)
FG FT REB
MIN M-A M-A 0-T A F PTS
Pool 31 1-6 2-2 0-5 0 0 4
Goodlow 24 7-10 1-2 1-4 2 2 15
Bies 29 4-6 3-3 3-12 1 2 11
Jara 16 0-1 0-0 0-3 1 1 0
Ingram 34 3-11 1-2 0-2 6 1 8
Gandy 27 4-10 4-6 2-5 2 1 12
Smith 22 5-10 0-0 2-5 2 2 10
Oesterle 10 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 3
Mason 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0
Hauser-Price 2 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2
McPhilamy 2 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 1 0
Totals 200 26-59 11-151040 14 12 65
FG%: .441. FT%: .733. 3-point FG: 2-8, .250 (Ingram
1-4, Oesterle 1-2, Jara 0-1, Gandy 0-1). Blocks: 1
(Bies). Steals: 9 (Gandy 2, Bies 2, Pool 2, Goodlow,
Jara, Ingram). Turnovers: 13 (Pool 3, Goodlow 2,
Jara 2, Bies, Ingram, Gandy, Oesterle, McPhilamy,
team). Technical Fouls: none.
Marquette ..................24 25 - 49
Michigan....................25 40 - 65
At: Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor
Attendance: 1,136
going 1-4 from behind the arc and 3-11
from the field, but she ignited the team
with a 3-pointer and a steal to start the
second half. Ingram recorded six assists
and consistently penetrated the Mar-
quette defense in the second half.

Tomorrow's home game against
Boston College was supposed to be
the season's first "real" test for Michi-
gan basketball. Many were excited by
this maturing team and its new coach,
and were eager to see how it matched
up against one of the nation's top pro-
grams. But Michigan is reeling from
two straight road losses to MAC
teams, and is disheartened by
Wednesday's dramatic loss at Bowling
Green, and the ensuing physical frus-
trations exhibited.
It will be difficult for the Wolver-
ines to change their negative momen-
tum against the fifteenth-ranked
Eagles.
"Our team has to improve," junior

and learning how to win
- being in tough situa-
tions and fighting
through," said coach
Tommy Amaker.
Michigan has shown
little in the way of tough-
ness in its two losses,
and now faces an oppo-
nent that is bigger, quick-
er and more talented than
any it has faced this sea-
son.

CRISLER.
Who: Michigan
No. 15 Boston C
When: 2:30 p.mr
TV: CBS
Latest: This is t
two straight Sa
big-time basket
Crisler Arena. C
to town next w

"We are a team right now that (is) Amaker said. "We're going to have
still searching for some consistency, our hands full with him."

The Eagles are led by junior guard
Troy Bell, who has won his share of
Big East conference honors, and has
been recognized nationally as being

The unfortunate irony
is that where the Wolver-
ARENA ines are lacking for talent
the most this season is at
(22) vs. the point guard position.
College (40 Fifth-year senior Mike
n. Gotfredson has been
the first in starting, but five-foot-
turdays of seven sophomore Avery
ball at Queen has been playing
Duke comes more minutes. Their
eekend. defensive assignment
tomorrow will be to keep
Bell's scoring under control. The six-
foot-one junior has averaged 18.2
points per game so far this season.
See EAGLES, Page 10
Michigan point
guard Avery Queen
had little trouble
against Fairfield's
backcourt, but All-
American Troy Bell
and Ryan Sidney of
Boston College wili
be very difficult for
the Wolverines to
match up with on
the defensive end
this weekend.
DANNY MOLOSHOK/Daily

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