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The Michigan Daily - Friday, March 22, 2002 - 9

'M' travels
to prep for
Big Ten
By Brian Schick
Daily Spots Writer
A week after the Michigan
women's tennis team won its first
conference match, the Wolverines
take a break from the Big Ten by
heading to Milwaukee this weekend.
Michigan (1-3 Big Ten, 5-6 overall)
will face Marquette tomorrow at the
Helfaer Tennis Center and Tulane on
Sunday in a neutral site matchup.
Michigan faces nonconference
opponents in four of its next five
matches, then finishes the season
against Big Ten foes. Because the
conference hasn't treated the Wolver-
ines kindly thus far, coach Bitsy Ritt
feels the break from the Big Ten
comes at a good time, and it will help
the team into the second half of the
season.
"We can build on what we did in
our Minnesota match," Ritt said.
"Nonconference matches are much
better than taking a week off from
competition."
Ritt feels that those matches are a
good time to work on skills in game
settings rather than in practice. She
feels that working to improve skills in
matches will help their chances when
returning to conference action. Ritt
particularly hopes to increase consis-
tency, as the Wolverines have not won
more than two matches in a row this
season.
"We've been a little inconsistent
match-to-match and I hope we can
give it two solid efforts (this week-
end)," Ritt said.
Inconsistency has been one of the
biggest problems facing the Wolver-
ines this season. After all three of its

Price is right in
win over 'Zona
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Superstition gave
Hollis Price his new hands and Oklahoma
its chance to advance.
Price, off target during the pregame
warmups, had 26 points and a season-high
six 3-pointers as Oklahoma beat ArizonaI
88-67 last night in the West Regional semi-
finals.
"I've got a superstition. If I'm not hitting
in warmups, I'll come in the locker room,
and I'll wash my hands," Price said. "I came

TOM FELDKAMP/Daily
Senior Jen Vaughn and the Wolverines will look to extend their winning streak
beyond two for the first time this season with matches at Marquette and Tulane.

four wins this season, Michigan
dropped the following match by
scores of 5-2 or worse. Ritt hopes that
the Wolverines will come out ready to
play against Marquette after their win
last Sunday, calling her team's 6-1
loss to Wisconsin Satur-
day "one of the weakest
performances of the MILN
year. Who: Michig
Michigan's first test of Ten, 5-6 over
improving consistency quette (2-10
will come against Mar- (9-4)
quette (2-10), an interest- when: 1 p.m
ing nonconference p.m. Sunday
opponent. Although it is a Latest: Michi
member of Conference wintwostrai
USA, Marquette has thefirsttime
faced seven Big Ten opponents, yet
hasn't faced a foe from Conference
USA. The Golden Eagles could pass
for a member of the Big Ten and as a
result Marquette is a perfect noncon-
ference opponent for Michigan to
play in the middle of the season.
In the past, Marquette has been one

of the top teams in the region, yet it
has struggled mightily this season, as
it has just six women on its roster. A
difficult schedule this season has been
tough on the Golden Eagles, who
have already faced three teams in the

out with a new set of hands."
Second-seeded Oklahoma will play in
its first regional final since 1988.
Third-seeded Arizona, which lost to
Duke in last year's NCAA championship
game, could not overcome the Sooners'
tough defense or Price, whose accurate
outside shooting kept Oklahoma in it early
before a sustained second-half rally.
"In the end I don't think there was any
question," Arizona coach Lute Olson said.
"Oklahoma was quicker and a whole lot
more explosive."
Jason Gardner, probably playing his last
college game, led the Wildcats with 14
points. Luke Walton, the son of former
UCLA and NBA great Bill Walton, had
nine points and eight assists.
With Duke's loss to Indiana coming not
long after the Wildcats were eliminated,
both participants of last season's final were
knocked out of this year's NCAA Tourna-
ment within 30 minutes.

Indiana coach Mike Davis
Top PERFORMANCES:
Indiana's Jarred Jeffries. Th
scintillating sophomore
scored 24 points and cor-
ralled 15 reb'ounds to lead
the Hoosiers past top-seed
Duke 74-73 in the biggest
upset of the tournament. J
fries attacked the basket in
the second half and made
huge shots down the stretc
to carry the Hoosiers.
Oklahoma's Hollis Price. Th
dynamic guard scored 26
points on 9-16 shooting. TI
Junior drained six three-poii
ers on the night, including
five in the first half to lead
the Sooners into the Elite
Eight for the first time sinc
1988.

Williams chokes
as Dukies fall
LEXINGTON, Kent. (AP) - With a never-
give-up rally and a wild ending, Indiana pro-
duced. an upset of Duke as stunning as
any in the Hoosiers' hoops history.
Chipping away persistently at a deficit
that was as big as 17 points, Indiana took
advantage of another Jason Williams mis-
cue at the foul line and beat the defending
national champion Blue Devils 74-73 in the
South Regional semifinals last night.
Top-seeded Duke had a chance to tie it
with 4.2 seconds left when Williams - a
unanimous All-American - was fouled as
he made a long 3-pointer to get the Blue
e Devils within a point. But he missed the
free throw, and Carlos Boozer couldn't con-
vert a follow shot.
Indiana, seeded fifth, makes it first trip to
ed a regional final since Bob Knight took them
to the final eight in 1993.
ef- "No one believed in us, that we could win
n this basketball game," Hoosiers coach Mike
Davis said.
ch "I hope now that people know I can
coach."
1e It was the most significant victory of his
tenure, which began when Knight was fired
he in 2000.
nt- Davis jumped high in the air and raced
onto the court with his players to celebrate
the victory over Duke, which returned four
starters from last year's title team.
e Williams, only a 67 percent free-throw
shooter, left the Rupp Arena court in tears.

WAUKEE
an (1-3 Big
rall) vs. Mar-
) and Tulane
.tomorrow, 12
V"
gan will try to
iht matches for
this season.

top 10.
"They've done well in
the past, but it's no secret
they've struggled this
year," Ritt said. "It's a
good match to have on
our schedule, as they
play so many Big Ten
teams."
Sunday's matchup with
Tulane (9-4) is the first
ever meeting between the

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two schools. Michigan will face a
challenge from the Green Wave, one
of the top teams in Conference USA.
Yet Tulane has struggled lately, drop-
ping three of its last four, and - like
Michigan - has only won a single
match against teams ranked in the
ITA's top 25 poll.

HARTIGAN
Continued from Page 8
made sure to focus on his No. 1
goal of winning the national cham-
pionship. Before talking about his
own skills and the Hobey Baker, he
Sgives credit to his teammates.
S s"The greatest thing about hockey
ishaving a team around you," Har-
tigan said. "I'll do anything for
them and they'll do anything for
me."
Said coach Craig Dahl: "He's
most considerate of others, not the
typical superstar that some people
like to associate with that term. If
you have daughters, if they bring a
guy like that home, you'll be
alright."

HUSKIES
Continued from Page 8
"I think we're coming in with the
underdog role," said Cammalleri of his

team's No. 4 seed. "All year people have
been counting us out. Nobody picked us
to win the league and we won the league.
Nobody picked us to win the playoffs
and we won the playoffs."

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