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The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - Feburary 11, 2002 - 3B

Michigan
Ohio State

75

88

THE DOWN-LOW
GUEVA-RANT:
"L-00000-N-G" - Guevara on
Michigan's chances of making it
to the NCAA Tournament follow-
ing yesterday's loss to Ohio State
KEY STAT:
Michigan tied a season-high with 25
turnovers which led to 30 points for
the Buckeyes.
YoU KNEW IT WAS OVER WHEN:
With 10:13 to go, Tomeka Brown
drove to the basket for a layup,
sparking an 11-5 Ohio State run
that pushed the lead back to 18.
TURNING POINT:
13:03 left in the first half, DiDi
Reynolds, who plauged Michigan in
the teams' first meeting, hit two
conescutive 3-pointers to put Ohio
State up 13-10. This was the last lead
change of the game, and it was never
close after that.
THE DAILY'S MVP:
Michigan forward Stephanie Gandy;
tallied a career-high 29 points inculd-
ing a perfect 10-for-10 from the chari-
ty stripe and pulled down six offensive
boards. Gandy led or tied Michigan in
10 categories. She also broke the
Value City Arena record for the most
points scored by an opponent.
'M' STATS
Through Feb. 10

Duo too
much for
Cagers
By Jim Weber
Daily Sports Writer
COLUMBUS - On Jan. 10, Ohio
State beat Michigan without two of
its best players, Tomeka Brown and
Courtney Coleman. Yesterday, the
duo made up for lost time by each
scoring 21 points and leading the
Buckeyes to an 88-75 victory.
Michigan (4-8 Big Ten, 14-9 over-
all) fell behind by 18 points at half-
time but cut the deficit to 12 after a
jumper by Alayne Ingram midway
through the second half. Ohio State
(6-7, 11-13) immediately responded
with an 11-5 run to push the lead back
to 18 points and put the game away.
Michigan coach Sue Guevara was
frustrated by the "wasted" perform-
ances of Stephanie Gandy and
LeeAnn Bies. Gandy had a career-
high 29 points, and Bies added 18 in
the losing effort.
Michigan jumped out to an early
10-7 edge but the lead was short
lived. Ohio State's DiDi Reynolds,
who had 22 points against Michigan
on Jan. 10, hit two consecutive 3-
pointers to the disbelief of Guevara.
"For DiDi Reynolds to get two 3-
pointers in transition is just unbeliev-
able because we know she can shoot
the ball," Guevara said.
Minutes later, with Michigan trail-
ing by three points, Guevara was
called for a technical foul after an
offensive foul was called on Bies.
Lauren Shenk made both free throws
and started a 15-4 run for the Buck-
eyes, during which Michigan turned
the ball over nine times. The Wolver-
ines finished the half with 15
turnovers, one more than they had in
their last game against Northwestern.
Ohio State' post players, Coleman
and D'wan Shackleford, combined
for 17 points in the first half and out-
played Michigan's Bies and Jennifer
Smith, who both got into trouble
early with two fouls apiece.
"It didn't matter if we went into a
3-2 (zone defense) or a 2-3, they were
able to get the ball inside to Coleman
or (Shackleford)," Guevara said. "It
was more our lack of aggressiveness,

RAPHAEL
GOODSTEIN

Hardaway's departure

cools down Riley 's

Heat

n a season of low points, Tuesday's
loss to the lowly Atlanta Hawks
might have been the lowest for the
Miami Heat. This is quite a statement
considering Miami lost a game 95-56
earlier this season, but Tuesday's loss
was worse because three-straight wins
had instilled confidence in the NBA's
most disappointing team, and just
when it looked as though the Heat
were starting to rally behind coach
and team president

of the season.
Meanwhile Hardaway.and the Dal-
las Mavericks are the third best team
in the NBA, enjoy a 35-14 record and
appear to be a presence for years to
come.
All of this prompted Riley to
recently admit his mistakes to which
Hardaway responded with, "It's too
late. But admitting the mistake is a
good thing. That's a step in the right
direction," and later

DANNY MOLOSHOK/Daily
Stephanie Gandy came up huge on Sunday scoring a career-high 29 points, but Sue
Guevara called her efforts "wasted" after Michigan's 88-75 loss to Ohio State.

Player G
Bies 22
Ingram 21
Smith 22
Gandy 21
Pool 21
Oesterle 19
Mason 20
Jara 19
Hauser-Price 14
McPhilamy 9
Goodlow 5

Min
31.5
37.8
30.8
29.5
24.2
20.6
8.6
15.6
10.0
3.1
26.0

A
1.9
4.8
1.4
1.7
1.7
1.9
0.3
1.7
0.4
0.0
2.4

Reb
8.8
3.3
7.9
4.5
4.3
3.9
2.7
1.6
0.8
0.8
5.6

Pts.
16.3
14.6
13.6
10.7
8.0
42
3.2
1.7
1.1
0.0
8.8

our lack of defense. That, I think, is
most disappointing because we have
been working on it."
Michigan tied a season high with
25 turnovers. Although turnovers
have plagued Michigan all season,
both coaches agreed that Michigan's
problems were a result of Ohio
State's pressure. The turnovers result-
ed in 12 fast-break points for the
Buckeyes in the first half.
"We force turnovers," Ohio State
coach Beth Burns said. "For us, if we
can force turnovers, we do a pretty
good job in numbers. And that was

the story of the first half. We didn't
have to score out of a half-court set
much at all."
Ohio State, which had lost three
straight coming in, shot 53 percent
from the field. After allowing more
than 80 points for the seventh time
this season, Guevara questioned
whether she would stay with the start-
ing lineup she has used the past the
past four games.
"I thought I was going to stay with
this starting lineup, but I'm going to
find the best defensive unit we have
to go against Iowa," Guevara said.

Pat Riley, old habits While it looks,
resurfaced. The low Hardaway will ric
point of the game sunset, Riley isl
was when a frus- a mess that he n
trated Riley was T-d completely clean
up in the first quar-
ter while his team looked lethargic,
uninspired and out of sync.
These attributes might have been
accepted in Portland, but with All Star
Alonzo Mourning manning the mid-
dle, Eddie Jones locking down oppos-
ing teams' best guard, and the team's
success that dated back to the mid
'90s, Miami was supposed to be a
contender in the weak Fastern confer-
ence.
But a pathetic 5-23 start ruined any
hopes Miami fans had of making the
playoffs, let alone making it to the
NBA Finals. And while the squad
rebounded, going on a 13-5 run to
finish the first half of the season with
an almost respectable 18-28 record,
Riley ruined this team before the sea-
son even started when he publicly
embarrassed popular point guard Tim
Hardaway. On a team of stars, the
five-time All Star had been Miami's
go-to player and Riley not only let
Hardaway leave, but the coach pub-
licly made it clear that he thought his
popular point guard wasn't capable of
recovering from a knee injury.
The decision to allow Hardaway to
leave was questioned by many, espe-
cially since most of his teammates
liked him, he had been so successful
as the team's point guard and had suc-
cessfully recovered from prior knee
injuries.
Riley not only let Hardaway leave,
but he also compounded this mistake
when he looked indecisive in his
recovery plan, originally signing
Anthony Carter (not that Anthony
Carter) to a three year, $12 million
contract, only to then sign Rod Strick-
land, a free agent who attracted little
attention from other teams because of
his often childish behavior.
Both have struggled for large parts

as though
de off into the
left to clean up
might never

saying "You made
your own bed, and
now you have to sleep
in it," to Riley and

n.

Jerry Krause, opera-
tion chief of the
Chicago Bulls, another team that con-
sidered signing him.
While it looks as though Hardaway
will ride off into the sunset, Riley is
left to clean up a mess that he might
never completely clean. While some-
times changes are needed to get a
team over the hump, this change
appeared to be made because Riley's
ego got in the way. In today's NBA,
the player typically wins this sort of
battle, as he can simply sign with
another team, in this case Dallas.
Riley was left to not only find a
suitable replacement for Hardaway -
something that he might not ever do
unless he wins the NBA Lottery and
can draft Duke's Jason Williams -
but he was also left to explain to the
rest of his team and the fans the mis-
take he made.
Riley, who was won four NBA
titles with the Los Angeles Lakers
during the 1980s, has yet to win
another title and more and more peo-
ple now believe that he will never win
another ONE.
While he has tried to defend him-
self in response to such criticism,
Tuesday's game showed the stress this
season has taken on the embattled
coach.
Considering Riley's inability live
up to the goals set in Miami - or
New York, another contender he
coached before his stint in Miami -
and the fall of the Heat franchise, it
might be best for everyone if Riley
stepped down after this season and
Miami tried to rebuild. A good place
to start would be finding a competent
point guard.
Raphael Goodstein can be reached at
raphaelg@umich.edu.

Field-goal percentage leader
Bies 121-228 .531
Free-throw percentage leader
* Smith 73-91 .802
3-point percentage leader:
Ingram 42-100 .420

BIG TEN
Team
Purdue
Minnesota
Penn State
Iowa
Wisconsin
Illinois
Ohio State
Indiana
Michigan State
Michigan
Northwestern

STANDINGS
Conference Overall

Ohio State D' prevails over Blue

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6
6
5
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L
2
3
4
5
6
3
7
8
8
8
12

W
20
19
16
15
16
13
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15
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L
3
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By Charles Paradis
Daily Sports Writer

Yesterday's Games:
No. 8 Purdue 79, Indiana 55
No. 22 Minnesota 86, Northwestern 78
Iowa 96, Penn State 81
Ohio State 88, Michigan 75
Thursday's Games:
Michigan at Iowa
No. 8 Purdue at No. 22 Minnesota
Michigan State at Penn State
Northwestern at No. 21 Wisconsin
YESTERDAY'S GAME
MICHIGAN (75)
FG FT REB
MIN M-A M-A O-T A F PTS
Oesterle 28 1-6 0-0 0-5 3 2 2
Smith 26 6-8 1-2 3-9 0 4 13
B ies 36 7-11 4-6 2-6 3 4 18
Hauser-Price 14 1-4 0-0 1-0 1 2 2
Ingram 37 4-12 0-0 0-3 3 2 9
Pool 18 1-4 0-0 1-2 1 0 2
Jara 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Gandy 35 9-15 10-10 6-9 3 2 29
Mason 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 00
Totals 200 29.60 15.1816-3414 16 75
FG%:.483. FT%: .833 3-point FG: 2-8 250
(Oesterle 0-2, Ingram 1-5, Gandy 1-1). Blocks: 1
(Pool). Steals: 6 (Oesterle, Smith, Bies, Pool, Jara,
Gandy). Turnovers: 25 (Oesterle 2, Smith 6, Bies 3,
Hauser-Price 3, Ingram 4, Pool 3, Jara, Gandy 3).
Technical fouls: none.
Ohio State (88)
.FG FT RED
MIN M-A M-A 0-T A F PTS
Reynolds 32 512 0-0 3-3 2 0 12
Shackelford 22 3-8 1-2 1-5 0 4 7
Coleman 38 8-12 5-8 4-4 0 3 21
Brown 30 7-9 6-6 0-2 3 1 21
Shenk 32 1-2 2-2 2-2 10 2 4
Stokes 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Howe 1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
McClure 9 2-3 2-2 0-0 1 1 7
Allen 14 3-7 0.0 2-2 0 2 ~8
Crews 20 2-5 4-4 1-2 1. 4 8
Haynam 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals 200 22-54 20-2410-25 17 17 88
FG%:.534. FT%: .833. 3.polnt FG: 6-13, .462
(Renolds 2-6, Brown 1-1, Shenk 0-1, McClure 1-2,
Allen 2-3). Blocks: 3 Shackleford 2, Brown). Steals:
9 (Reynolds 2, Shackleford, Coleman 2, Brown 4).
Turnovers: 18 (Reynolds, Shackleford 3, Coleman 3,
Brown 2, Shenk 3, Stokes, McClure 2, Allen 2,
Crews). Technical fouls: none.
Michigan........................24 51 - 75
Ohio State...................... 42 46 - 88
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COLUMBUS - Ohio State finally
proved it could play defense.
Defense has been a question mark
for the Buckeyes all season, but after
downing the Michigan women's bas-
ketball team 88-75 yesterday, they put
most of those questions to rest. The
Buckeyes had been allowing 86 points
per game over the last three games.
But after a hard week of practice
focused on defense, they came ready
to play against the Wolverines.
"Since last weekend the primary
focus of what we've been doing has
been defensively," Ohio State coach
Beth Burns said. "We really pre-
pared defensively. The first half
(against Michigan) was as good as it
gets in terms of doing everything we
tried to do."
Michigan has been living by the
high-low game all season long. At the
beginning of the season, Raina Good-
low and LeeAnn Bies ran a two-
woman game in the post. But Goodlow
has been sidelined with a hip infection
that has taken her out for the season.
After Goodlow became injured, Jen-
nifer Smith stepped into the role and
played well with Bies. Ohio State
knew that Michigan wanted to run-the

high-low and decided not to allow
Smith and Bies to dominate the game.
"They do so much out of a high-low
game that we really tried to say 'let
them see if they can beat us another
way than out of a high-low game,'"
Burns said.
The Buckeyes smothered the
Michigan players in a deny defense.
With all of the Ohio State players
playing at ball level, it was nearly
impossible for the Wolverines to even
get the ball. This defense forced 15
turnovers in the first half, and in total,
Michigan turned it over 25 times,
tying a season high.
"Ohio State is denying you all the
way from sideline to sideline," Gue-
vara said.
Not only did the Wolverines turn the
ball over frequently against the Buck-
eyes, but Ohio State also converted on
those extra chances - scoring 30
points, more than a third of their total
offense, off them. Those points of off
turnovers included 16 fast break
points.
Stephanie Gandy was one of the few
Michigan players Ohio State could not
stop. With the high-low game limited
and Alayne Ingram held in check by
Ohio State's Tameka Brown, Gandy
stepped up for the Wolverines. Her
career-high 29 points broke the record

for most points allowed by an oppos-
ing player at Value City Arena.
"Stephanie Gandy is a very, very
difficult matchup that can play lots of
different spots," Burns said.
The Buckeye defense may also have
knocked the Wolverines out of NCAA
tournament contention. Michigan
reached the second round of the
national tournament last year, but after
the loss to Ohio State, a tournament
berth looks unlikely. The loss against
the Buckeyes was the eighth confer-
ence loss for the Wolverines, which
most likely removed them from con-
sideration.
"I think it is a little long, long
shot," Guevara said. "I'm hoping the
committee is going look at our con-
ference as a whole and how strong the
conference is."

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