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FEBRUARY 15, 2002


Finally: Women return
to nonconference form


By Bob Hunt
Daily Sports Writer

The Michigan women's basketball
team may have had all the odds against
it last night in Iowa City, but it certainly
did not play
like it. MICHIGAN 91
T h e
Wolverines IOWA 80
turned the
ball over just 11 times, and the inside-
outside tandem of Alayne Ingram and
LeeAnn Bies scored more than 40
points to give the Wolverines a 91-80
victory over Iowa.
Gandy 38 6-11 6-6 0-3 1 1 18
Bies 33 6-13 9-11 3-6 1 4 21
Smith 14 5-8 2-2 3-7 0 5 12
Jara 19 2-3 0-1 0-2 0 2 4
Ingram 39 8-17 6-6 1-3 5 2 24
Pool 23 0-6 3-4 1-4 1 1 3
Oesterle 22 2-4 3-4 1-4 5 5 5
Mason 12 2-2 0-0 1-2 0 2 4
Tot is 200 31-64 26-3111-3513 22 91
FG%:.484. FT%: .839. 3-point FG: 3-12, .250
(Ingram 2-6, Oesterle 1-3, Gandy 0-1, Jara 0-1, Pool
0-1). Blocks: 1 (Oesterle). Steals: 7 (Gandy 2,
Oesterle, Smith, Pool, Jara, Ingram). Turnovers: 11
(Ingram 3, Gandy 2, Bis 2, Smith, Pool, Oesterle).
Technical fouls: none.
Iowa (80)
Watson 25 4-10 1-2 2-7 1 3 9
Magner 35 0-4 1-2 0-3 6 5 1
Lillis 35 8-15 7-7 3-8 1 3 23
Faulkner 16 2-4 1-1 2-5 3 2 5
Meder 28 4-9 3-4 0-1 4 4 13
Armstrong 18 0-4 2-2 1-3 0 4 2
Calhoun 23 2-3 2-2 1-2 0 1 6
Bullock 15 6-8 3-6 1-4 1 2 15
Cavey 5 2-2 2-3 2-2 0 0 6
Totals 200 28-59 22-291236 16 24 80
FG%:.475. FT%: .759. 3-point FG: 2-8,.250 (Meder
2-4, Armstrong 0-1, Calhoun 0-1, Magner 0-2).
Steals: 5 (Watson, Magner, Lillis, Faulkner, Meder).
Turnovers: 18 (Faulkner 5, Magner 3, Bullock 3, Wat-
son 2, Lillis 2, Meder 2, Armstrong). Technical fouls:
Michigan................39 52 - 91
Ohio State..........35 45 - 80
At: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City
Attendance: 3,724

Even though the Hawkeyes had a
spot in the NCAA Tournament hanging
in the balance, Michigan finally played
like the team that was 10-1 during non-
conference play, as it picked up its first
road win of the Big Ten season.
"This was the team that played in
November and December," Michigan
coach Sue Guevara said.
With the game tied at 77, Alyane
Ingram, who finished with 24 points,
took control. Ingram hit shots from all
over the floor as she led the Wolverines
on a 14-3 run to close the contest.
"She hit two 3s at two very critical
times;" Guevara said.
Despite having their entire starting
frontcourt in foul trouble for most of
the game, the Wolverines countered
every Iowa run.
The Hawkeyes missed many easy
layup opportunities early, and Michigan
took advantage. Even with center Jen-
nifer Smith on the bench for the majori-
ty of the half, the Wolverines ran out to
a 36-25 lead, forcing Iowa to commit
12 first-half turnovers. But then the
Hawkeyes stormed back to cut the lead
to four before the break. They started to
hit their shots and Smith, LeeAnn Bies
and Heather Oesterle all went into the
lockerroom with three fouls.
But instead of fizzling away in the
second half like it has throughout the
Big Ten season, Michigan countered
with a quick 8-0 run to open the second
half and grabbed a 53-41 lead.
The Hawkeyes came back to tie the
game, as Beatrice Bullock drove the
lane several times drawing fouls and
taking Smith out of the contest with
8:41 remaining.
Iowa led by as many as seven points
in the second half. Jennifer Lillis, who
led the Hawkeyes with 23 points, drew
Heather Oesterle's fifth foul with 5:16
remaining. This left LeeAnn Bies,
Michigan's only formidable post pres-


Michigan State will be fighting this Saturday to earn coach Ron Mason a
nonconference win in what could be his final game coaching against Michigan.
Pride On the line
against Spartans

Stephanie Gandy, pictured here against Northwestern on Feb. 3, led Michigan to
its first Big Ten road victory of the year with 18 points last night in Iowa.

By Seth Klempner
Daily Sports Writer
In the week before Nom 9 Michigan
plays No. 5 Michigan State, members
of the Michigan hockey team would-
n't be caught dead wear-
ing anything green or © uS

white. While the rivalry
may be classified as in-
state, it is not difficult to
understand the animosity
between the two teams.
Both teams are usually
in the top 10 in the
nation,. compete for the
same pool of recruits and

JOE Louis
Who: No. 9 Mich
5.4 CCHA,18-8-
vs. No. 5 Michig
(15-5-4, 2065)
When: 7:35 p.m.
Latest: The two
have never tied t
in a single seaso

annually trade ownership of first
place in the CCHA.
Since the 1996-97 season, Michi-
gan and Michigan State have faced
each other in the CCHA Champi-
onship game twice, and they appear
to be on a collision course again this
year as both teams are currently tied
for first place.
"I don't think it matters where you
are from, you are taught here (at
Michigan) to hate Michigan State,"
said Jason Ryznar, a native of Alaska.
"That is just the way it is."
While several of the players are
friends, former teammates or rela-
tives (as is the case with Michigan
junior J.J. Swistak and Michigan
State freshman Steve Swistak), the
Wolverines make it perfectly clear
that all friendships go out the win-
dow on the ice.
"Anytime we give Michigan State a
feeling of satisfaction of any sort is a
disappointment for us - even if we
come out with a tie," sophomore
Andy Burnes said. "We want to beat
Michigan State every time we play
them, and that is the bottom line. We
want them to know that Michigan is
better than (they are)."
But in head-to-head matchups,
Michigan has not been the better of
the two teams on the scoreboard
recently. The last time the Michigan
hockey team came away with a win
against Michigan State was Jan. 27 of
last year, in a game that required an
Andy Hilbert game-winning goal in

Since that game, the Spartans are
undefeated in five contests between
the two teams with a 3-0-2 record.
But the future could be looking up
for the Wolverines, who are on a
five-game winning streak
' " and are 5-1-1 since tying
ARENA the Spartans at Yost a
igan (15- month ago.
5 overall) "We have a lot of ener-
an State gy coming off of two
great weekends, (and are)
. playing good defensive
teams hockey," Burnes said.
hree times "We have a lot of momen-
n before. tum and a lot of things
going for us right now."
The Spartans; on theother hand,
have struggled of late. Michigan
State is 1-1-2 in its last four games,
with the loss coming at home
against eighth-place Notre Dame.
The Spartans, who have a 1.7 goals
against average this season, have
given up 11 goals in their last four
One of the brightest aspects for
Michigan has been its special teams
play. The Wolverines have killed 55
consecutive powerplay chances and
hold a 89.2 efficiency rate. Tomor-
row, Michigan will need to shut
down a Michigan State powerplay
unit that converts on 24 percent of
its chances.
The Pairwise Rankings are based on
the ranking system used by the
NCAA selection committee to deter-
mine which 12 teams will partici-
pate in the NCAA Tournament.
Team Record PWR
1. Denver 24-5-1 31
2. St. Cloud 24-5-2 30
3. New Hampshire 19-5-3 29
4. Minnesota 21-6-4 28
5. Colorado College 19-8-3 27
6. Boston University 18-7-2 25
7. Michigan State 20-6-5 25
8. Cornell 17-5-1 24
9. Michigan 18-8-5, 24
10. Maine 16-9-5 22
11. Mass-Lowell 17-8-3 20
12. Alaska-Fairbanks 18-10-2 19

ence in the contest, with four fouls. But
once again the Wolverines fought back
as Stephanie Gandy stepped up her
play, finishing with 18 points.
"When we were down, I did not see
that defeated look," Guevara said.
The game was tight until Ingram,
who poured in 18 points in the sec-
ond half, took over. The Wolverines
put the game out of reach from the

charity stripe. Michigan shot 84 per-
cent from the free-throw line for the
The Wolverines, who last week
thought they were going to be unable to
accomplish any of their goals this sea-
son, now look at their remaining games
in a new light.
"I'm hoping that we can build on this
one game at a time," Guevara said.

Jeifries' condition key to Blue's upset hopes

By Joe Smith
Daily Sports Editor
After a heartbreaking, 64-63 home loss to Wis-
consin on Wednesday, Indiana coach Mike Davis
said he'd say a long prayer so that the injured
ankle of his superstar forward, sophomore Jared
Jeffries, would heal quickly.
He better pray long and hard, as the
Hoosiers are an entirely different team CRISL]
without the Big Ten's leading scorer
(18.3 points per game) and Naismith Who: Michii
Award finalist. Ten, 10-13o
Jeffries is listed as probable for Sun- 2hen 1 pnr
day's game against Michigan at Crisler NY: CBs
Arena, and whether he plays or not will Latest:India
be a huge factor in whether the Wolver- of its past ti
ines have a chance for their first big games head
upset of the season. Indiana (8-3 Big meeting wit
Ten, 16-8 overall) is tied for first place

than five rebounds, and Davis clearly was shocked by
his team's worst defensive performance of the season.
Indiana clearly misd its .o-to guy, even with the,
inspired contributions of fellow big men Jeff Newton
and Jared Odle (who has recorded three straight dou-
No team is more depth-stricken in the post than the

gan (5-7 Big
overall) vs. No.
8-3, 16-8)
ana has lost two
hree conference
ding into its only
h Michigan.


Wolverines (5-7, 10-13), and not having
Jeffries creating havoc down low and
getting Chris Young in foul trouble will
ease the minds of Tommy Amaker's
travel-weary Wolverines.
After returning home after playing
four games in seven nights, Michigan
will stumble into the friendly confines
of Crisler Arena - where it has a com-
fortable 9-4 mark, compared to its 1-8
road record.
Michigan is an entirely different team
at home, but Amaker said that if his

The Hoosiers will undoubtedly adopt the strategy of
every other Michigan opponent - collapse on
Young and force the Wolverines to beat them from
the outside.
While the Wolverines have struggled, Indiana is
the surprise of the Big Ten.
But the road to the title will be far from easy for
the Hoosiers. Three of the their four remaining games
are away from Assembly Hall, including trips to
Michigan State and Illinois.
Davis said earlier this week that his team has
"maxed out" in terms of potential, and it's show-
ing late in the season. After winning seven of its
first eight Big Ten games, Indiana has dropped
two of its last three conference contests - lead-
ing senior guard Dane Fife to say that his
Hoosiers' "backs are against the wall as far as the
championship" is concerned.
Fife, a former Michigan Mr. Basketball and Crisler
fan favorite, will likely receive roaring boos from
Michigan fans in the last game of his career in Crisler
Sunday is the only meeting between Michigan and
Indiana, and the Wolverines know they have the cards
stacked against them to repeat their performance in
lastyear's home matchup with the Hoosiers - a 70-
64 Michigan win.
"We need to get a win Sunday against Indiana,"
said Groninger, whose Wolverines need to win their
final four games to have a chance at the NIT. "We
know it's important."

with Ohio State, with Wisconsin one game behind.
Jeffries, who sprained his ankle in a win against
Louisville last Saturday and bruised his thigh earlier
in the week, limped through warm-ups Wednesday
night and never tore off his candy-striped pants -
marking the first time in his 57-game career that he
didn't start.
The Hoosiers run their offense through Jeffries,
and without his post presence keeping the defense
honest, Indiana's shooters went 5-of-16 from behind
the arc against the Badgers. No Hoosier had more

team plays as poorly as it did in its overtime loss to
Colorado State and its 36-point drubbing at Purdue,
the Wolverines are in trouble.
Against Purdue, "we were out-coached, out-hus-
tled and out-worked," Amaker said. "If we continue
to play like that, I don't think we can beat anyone
Michigan guards Gavin Groninger, Dommanic
Ingerson and Leon Jones combined for 1-for-26
shooting against Purdue. The trio must be on the
top of its game to have a chance against Indiana.

VOlS survive M' upset attempt
Wolverines win doubles point but fall in their singles matches

By Brian Schick
Daily Sports Writer
In a match that appeared to have the
potential for a massive upset, the Michi-
gan women's tennis team lost a tough
match, 5-2, to No. 8 Tennessee yester-
day at the Varsity Tennis Center. The
Wolverines managed to win the doubles
point in the early going, but dropped
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five of the six singles matches.
"Tennessee is a very good team with
very talented players," Michigan coach
Bitsy Ritt said. "Their players are very
experienced, and they expect to win.
That's the reason they're in the top 10
in the country."
During doubles play, the Wolverines
(3-2) came out looking sharp. Michi-
gan's No. 3 doubles team of sopho-
more Kavitha Tipirneni and Chrissie
Nolan wasted little time handing the
Volunteers (5-3) an 8-2 loss.
On the next court over, Michigan's
No. 1 doubles team was faced the very
difficult task of climbing out of a 4-0
hole. Freshmen Leanne Rutherford
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and Michelle DaCosta did just that,
winning five of the next six games to
tie the score 5-5. After dropping the
following game, the Wolverines won
the final three to clinch the doubles
point for Michigan. Tennessee's losing
No. 1 tandem was ranked 45th in the
"I was so pleased to get the doubles
point;' Ritt said. "It was great for our
confidence (early in the match). With
Michelle and Leanne being down, they
fought hard when the doubles point
was on the line."
It appeared that the Wolverines had
the momentum going into the singles
matches, and might be able to pull one
out. But once the matches began, Michi-
gan was shown why the Volunteers are
one of the top team in the nation. Four of
the six Tennessee singles players are
ranked nationally, and each Volunteer
won her opening set. At No. 6, junior
Joanne Musgrove found a way to
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Michigan's Chrissie Nolan lost her No.
2 singles match, 6-2, 6-3 last night.
Allison Ojeda, Tipirneni found it hard
to keep pace in the second set. She
was on the brink of losing - down 5-
1 - when she began a charge. With
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