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10 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, December 4, 2001

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Guevara finds
chemistry with
Jara, and Ingram
By Charles Paradis
Daily Sports Writer
The backcourt duo of Susana Jara and Alayne Ingram
provide a potent one-two punch for the Michigan women's
basketball team, orchestrating its fast paced offense. Since
starting both Jara and Ingram, the Wolverines are on a
three -game winning streak, including Sunday's defeat of
defending national champion Notre Dame.
At the beginning of the season, coach Sue Guevara
made a personnel switch, moving Alayne Ingram - her
most prolific backcourt scorer - from shooting guard to
the point. The senior captain was thrust into a role she has
not played since high school.
Ingram enjoyed some success at the point, but produced
nothing near what she had last season. Her role at the
point suffered a blow when she was benched for the
Wolverines' game against New Hampshire because shei
violated an unspecified team rule. This allowed Susana
Jara, a walk-on for Michigan four years ago, to play as the
starting point guard. She recorded four assists and five
steals against the Wildcats.
When Ingram returned to the starting lineup against
Syracuse, Jara again started at the point and Ingram start-
ed at shooting guard. Back in her former position, Ingram
lit up the Orangewomen with five 3-pointers, and Jara
once again ran the offense smoothly with six assists and
just one turnover.
The Wolverines have found an effective strategy to
incorporate Ingram as both shooting guard and point
guard.
"(The Fighting Irish) were looking for me to shoot the
ball because Susana Jara started out at the point and that's
how I get most of my shots," Ingram said. "So when I
took over the point they were really focused on me shoot-
ing."
This system worked perfectly against Notre Dame on
Sunday as Ingram burned the Fighting Irish with 22
points including three-of-five from behind the arc. Jara
had a team-high five assists and committed turnovers
against the Irish led an offense that shot 68 percent from
the field in the first half. Ingram also ran the point effec-
tively in the second half against Notre Dame.
"I like the way coach (Guevara) was starting me off at
the two, letting me get going so I would be able to hit a
couple of shots, and then putting me at the (point) to con-
tinue running the offense," Ingram said.

Dynamic duo
Michigan's backcourt features a pair of players that
complement each other. For the first three games, the
Jara did not start as Michigan's point guard. Since her
addition to the starting lineup both she and Ingram have
enjoyed improved success in scoring and in assist to
turnover ratio.

First three games:
Alayne Ingram
Susana Jara
Last three games:
Alayne Ingram
Susana Jara

Points
22
5
Points
55
10

Assists Turnovers
5 8
5 3
Assists Turnovers
13 9
12 3

YOUTH
Continued from Page 9
sweep of Ferris State.
Junior Mike Cammalleri was named the CCHA
Offensive Player of the Week after picking up three
goals and two assists for a five-point weekend.
Cammalleri scored twice Friday night at Ferris State,
including the game-winning goal of the Wolverines' 5-4
win with just 1:41 remaining in the third period. He
then added a goal and assist in Saturday's game.
Freshman center Dwight Helminen was honored with
the CCHA Rookie of the Week award.
Helminen notched a powerplay goal in each of the
Wolverines' victories and added an assist in Saturday
night's game to cap a three-point weekend.
"(Dwight's) been a good two-way player - he's really
helped us on penalty killing and he's done a good job on

the powerplay," Berenson said. "He's taking advantage
of his chances - the one thing Dwight brings is speed
to every game and his speed has really helped put him
in position for some of the goals that he has scored."
It was the third-consecutive week that a Wolverine
has received one of the CCHA's weekly awards.
Sophomore defenseman Mike Komisarek was given
Defensive Player of the Week honors on Nov. 26, and
forward Eric Nystrom received the CCHA Rookie of the
Week award on Nov. 19.
HIGH PRAISE: The NHL Entry Draft's preliminary
ranking of college hockey players includes three of
Michigan's freshmen.
Nystrom leads the way for the Wolverines, as he is
ranked No. 4 out of all U.S. collegiate players.
Forward Jason Ryznar joins Nystrom in the top ten,
with a No. 7 ranking, while Helminen is positioned as
the 23rd best prospect.

Ingram is a triple threat for the Michigan offense when
she does get going. Teams have to honor her outside shot,
her ability to create on the dribble and her vision to get
other players the ball. To Notre Dame's dismay, Ingram
was able to do all three.
"We had to stop (Ingram) from the 3-point line," said
Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw. "She was really the
primary person we were going to guard from the 3-point
line. She had some nice drives and I thought she played
really well."
Since Jara and Ingram have been playing together, the
two have combined for 24 assists and just 12 turnovers.
The backcourt duo led Michigan to double-digit blowouts
last weekend.

Rose Bowl dream still alive for the
Huskers thanks to computer nerds

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Associated Press
Nebraska is on the verge of its great-
est comeback ever thanks to the Bowl
Championship Series standings.
The Cornhuskers, all but out of the
national title chase after a 62-36 loss to
Colorado on Nov. 23, would play No. 1
Miami in the BCS championship game
if Louisiana State beats Tennessee on
Saturday.
The BCS standings confirmed as
much yesterday, ranking Miami first,
Tennessee second and Nebraska third
- ahead of fourth-place Colorado, the
team it lost to by 26 points - and
fifth-place Oregon.
Expect Huskers fans everywhere to
learn the words to "Tiger Rag" and
tune in when Louisiana State (8-3)
plays Tennessee (10-1) for the South-
eastern Conference title on the final
night of the regular season.
The Volunteers, favored by seven
points, can prevent what is certain to
create a huge controversy by winning
and moving on to play the Hurricanes
at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
Miami (11-0) has 2.50 points in the
BCS rankings, Tennessee (10-1) 4.79
points, Nebraska (11-1) 8.39 points,
Colorado (10-2) 9.88 points and Pac-

Hurricane warning
With its win over Virginia Tech on Sat-
urday, Miami (Fla.) clinched a spot in
the Rose Bowl. Should Tennessee beat
Louisiana State in the SEC Champi-
onship this weekend, the Volunteers
would join Miami (Fla.).
Rank Team Points Loss-
es
1. Miami (Fla.) 2.50 0
2. Tennessee 4.79 1
3. Nebraska 8.39 1
4. Colorado 9.88 2
5. Oregon 10.44 1
6. Florida 14.65 2
7. Texas 19.22 2
8. Illinois 20.69 1
9. Stanford 21.64 2
10. Maryland 22.25 1
11. Oklahoma 22.79 2
12. Brigham Young 25.95 0
13. Wash. State 27.04 2
14. Washington 36.73 3
15. S. Carolina 37.15 3
10 champion Oregon (10-1) has 10.44
points.
BCS officials must be hoping for a
Volunteers' victory to avoid trying to
explain how a team can play. for'a

'. ~
MARJORIE MARSHALL/Daily
Alayne Ingram has been joined by Susana Jara to provide a
1-2 punch In the backcourt that drives opponents crazy.

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national title even though it couldn't
even win its own division of the Big 12
Conference.
Jerry Palm, who runs a Web site that
closely monitors the BCS standings,
says Oregon will have the biggest beef.
"The reaction if Nebraska gets in
will be bad," Palm said. "It's hard to
understand how a team that doesn't
qualify for a conference title gets to
play for a national title. Oregon has a
stronger argument since Colorado has
two losses and that's tough to over-
come. But that's kind of the way it
goes in the BCS."
A Louisiana State win also creates
the possibility of split national champi-
ons. If Oregon wins its BCS game and
Nebraska beats Miami in the Rose
Bowl, the Ducks could be voted No. 1
in the final Associated Press poll.
The Associated Press voters cast
their final Top 25 ballots following the
Rose Bowl, and all I-A team are eligi-
ble to finish No. 1. Not so in the USA
Today/ESPN coaches poll, which auto-
matically crowns the Rose Bowl win-
ner its national champion.
The BCS standings, set up to deter-
mine which teams play in a title game,
use a formula that incorporates the
Associated Press media and coaches'
polls, eight computers, strength of
schedule, won-lost record and bonus
points for big wins.
The BCS aligns six major confer-
ence champions with four big bowl
games, the Rose, Sugar, Fiesta and
Orange. Two at-large teams are then
selected to fill out the field.
Nebraska moved into contention fol-
lowing a series of upsets on Saturday.
Florida and Texas, second and third in
last week's BCS standings, fell out of
contention with losses. That allowed
the Huskers to improve fromi fourth to
third and the Vols from sixth to second.
Miami's 2.50-point breakdown was:
one point for poll average, one point
for computer average, .60 for strength
of schedule, zero for won-loss record
and a . bonus point deduction for a
65-7 win over Washington on Nov. 24.
The Hurricanes clinched a Rose Bowl
spot with a 26-24 win over Virginia
Tech on Saturday.
The bonus award - new this season
- is based on a sliding scale from 1.5
points for beating a first-place team
down to . for a win over the 15th-
place team. The bonus is awarded after
the other elements are calculated.
Tennessee (4.79) had 2 points for
poll average, 2.83 points for computer
average, .16 for strength of schedule,
one for won-loss record and a 1.2 point
bonus deduction for beating sixth-
place Florida 34-32 on Saturday.
The final BCS standings will be
released Dec. 9.
Rewarding itself
The Michigan football team announced
its annual awards yesterday.
® Bo Schembecher Award
Awarded to the team's Most
Valuable Player
Marquise Walker
Roger Zatkoff Award
Awarded to the Wolverines' top line-
backer
Larry Foote

Hugh H. Rader Jr. Memorial
Award
Awarded to Michigan's top offen-
sive lineman
Kurt Anderson'
Special Teams Player of the
Year Award
Awarded to ... yeah ...
Hayden Epstein
Dick Katcher Award
Aarded tn the team's ton defen-

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