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12A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, February 13, 2003

Guevara, Blue hoping
to salvage their season

Tennis studies way to Hawaii

By Daniel Bremmer
Daily Sports Writer

There was a time earlier this season
when the Michigan women's basket-
ball team could look at its schedule
and mark off Northwestern and Wis-
consin as two easy wins.
Following Sunday's embarrassing
loss to Northwestern, the Wolverines
are hoping that other
teams aren't looking at
their own schedules and
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Northwestern, the Wolver- Latest: Mich
ines (2-8 Big Ten, 11-10 its first wini
overall) look to bounce back and snap
their five-game losing streak tonight
against Wisconsin, the eighth-ranked
team in the conference.
Luckily for Michigan, it will meet a
Wisconsin team that hashad its own
share of struggles this season. After
reeling off three straight Big Ten wins
- including a win over Michigan on
Feb. 2 - Wisconsin has lost two
straight.
The Badgers (4-7, 6-16) have strug-
gled against the zone this season, espe-
cially against Ohio State and Penn
State. Michigan should be able to
exploit this weakness with the size of
centers LeeAnn Bies and Jennifer
Smith patrolling the middle of its 2-3
zone.
Leading the way for Wisconsin is
sophomore Stephanie Rich, who has
averaged 11.5 points a game despite
shooting only 33 percent this year.
Junior Emily Ashbaugh and senior
Lello Gebisa have also contributed 9.6

points each for the Badgers.
Another factor in tonight's matchup
will be Michigan's ability to stop Wis-
consin's scoring runs. On Sunday, the
Wolverines effectively lost the game in
the first half by giving up 31-straight
points to Northwestern before heading
into the locker room down 40-12.
While it's impossible to eliminate
runs altogether, it is important to be

By Jake Rosenwasser
Daily Sports Writer
Now that the Michigan women's tennis team has
won the Leaders and Best Award, given annually to
the Michigan team with the highest grade point aver-
age, what are the Wolverines going to do next?
No, they will not be going to Disneyland. But they
will be heading to sunny Hawaii. Sandy beaches and
tropical weather will be the reward for the Michigan
athletes who work hard both on and off the court.
After winning the scholarly award and the $20,000
that came with it, the team has conveniently scheduled
a road match against Hawaii for next season.
"It's not about the money," Michigan junior Kim
Plaushines said. "We were excited because we won the
award and everybody contributed."
Many Wolverines did play a part in the honor. Five
members of the team were named to the Academic
All-Big Ten Conference team last year and a whop-
ping seven out of the nine players secured their names
on a list of Michigan Athletic Academic Achievement.
Plaushines led the way with a notable 3.74
cumulative GPA. The sports management major
says that playing tennis actually makes it easier to
do well in school.
"It helps me schedule my time," she says. "I defi-

nitely get more done when I have practice to go to
later."
Plaushines doesn't plan on taking it easy and resting
on her laurels when her Michigan playing days are up.
"After I graduate I'd like to work in the field for a
few years," she said. "Then I'd like to go back to
school to get my MBA."
Two other players who earned Academic All-
Big Ten Conference honors last season were LSA
junior Kavitha Tipirneni and Business junior
Christine Nolan.
Last year's team proved to be successful on the
court as well as off. The Wolverines finished with a
14-11 record last season and a final ranking of No. 39
in the country. They also qualified for the NCAA team
championship.
In its third year, The Leaders and Best Award is
given out by former football letterman Larry Johnson.
The women's gymnastics team won the award the first
two years it was presented.
Even though the Hawaii trip is exciting, it is still
almost a year away. Until then, Michigan has to focus
on adding to its impressive 3-1 record.
Will the team take time to enjoy the scenery when
they get to the tropics?
"It will be fun to go," Plaushines said. "But we will
definitely work hard and get a lot of tennis in."

ER ARENA
gan (2-8 Big
overall) vs. Wis-
6.16)
M.
higan looks for
in six chances.

patient, get open looks
and put points on the
board to end them. Fol-
lowing three timeouts in
a matter of six minutes
on Sunday, Michigan
coach Sue Guevara drew
up some plays to try to
get some high-percentage
shots for her players. But

the Wolverines couldn't manage to
stick the ball in the bucket.
"(Their run) kind of snowballed
when (our) shots weren't falling;' Gue-
vara said. "I think we just kind of lost
our confidence, and then we lost it on
the defensive end, because Northwest-
ern had a lot of wide-open shots."
Even though things have deteriorat-
ed for Michigan, Guevara doesn't
believe her job is in jeopardy. When
asked if she is concerned about her job
security, Guevara replied, "No. I am
not at all."
Wisconsin coach Jane Albright
knows that the Wolverines are down,
but isn't counting them out.
"I think it's going to be a tough time
to (play) them after that," said
Albright, referring to Michigan's loss
at Northwestern. "You know one of the
only games Michigan State lost was at
Northwestern, and you know what
they did the next game? They came
back and beat (No. 9) Purdue."

" SETH LOWER/Daily
Business junior Chrissle Nolan helped earn the
women's tennis team a scholarship for $20,000.

Suspended tournament leaves Blue in last place

By Gabriela D'Jaen
For the Daily
After a disappointing last-place fin-
ish in the Northrop Gurman Regional
Challenge, the Michigan women's golf
team returned from Palos Verdes
Estates, Calif., to the frozen courses of
Ann Arbor. The three-day tournament
was cut short due to weather condi-
tions. This turn of events crushed the
Wolverines' hopes of narrowing the
gap they created between themselves
and the rest of the field.
After the first day of play, the
women found themselves 56 strokes
behind first-place Pepperdine. Michi-

gan senior Kim Benedict led the
Wolverines on Monday with a 12-
over-par 83.
The second day wasn't any better.
Laura Olin had the best round with a
score of 81 - the teams lowest of the
tournament. Michigan finished with
335 strokes for the day, still displeased
with its overall performance.
"All the girls were disappointed,"
Michigan coach Kathy Teichert said.
"They were hoping they would play a
lot better, and it hurt to lose by such a
significant margin. We had a very slow
start and we made a few mistakes."
Teichert cited several reasons for
why she thought the Wolverines per-

formed so poorly.
"We were playing a very strong
field and all the teams were basically
the top 25 in the nation," she said.
"We haven't had the opportunity to
practice outside and we didn't get
into the flow of this like we should
have and could have."
This competition was the Wolver-
ines' first event of the spring season,
and it had been three months since they
had last competed. Their last tourna-
ment was the Mercedes Benz Invita-
tional in October, where they tied for
12th place out of 15 teams.
Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio
State and Purdue represented the top

four teams in the Big Ten at the tourna-
ment, none of which had stellar per-
formances. Michigan State tied for
10th place with Georgia, while Ohio
State and Purdue tied for 12th.
Instead of dwelling too much on
their opening performance, the Wolver-
ines are looking confidently toward the
season ahead.
"It's the beginning of the season, so
we have to be optimistic," Teichert
said. "There is still a lot of golf to be
played, and we are looking forward to
the season ahead."
The Wolverines will head off to Par-
rish, Fla. over spring break to play in
the Midwest Classic.

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