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The Michigan Daily - Monday, December 9, 2002 - 3B

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SATURDAY'S GAME
Michigan 61
v. St. Louis 56
SATURDAY'S GAME
Michigan 64
X Xavier 75
Gueva-rant
"They have two senior guards and
we have two freshman guards. So,
you know, they got schooled." -
Michigan coach Sue Guevara on
Xavier's guards Amy Waugh and
Reetta Piipari.
SATURDAY'S GAME
MICHIGAN (61)
FG FT REB
MIN M-A M-A 0-T A F PTS
Pool 28 4-8 2-4 3-11 1 2 10
Reams 35 2-8 1-2 3-4 5 3 5
Gandy 34 8-11 2-3 2-11 0 4 22
Burlin 19 1-4 0-0 0-0 1 0 2
Bies 26 111 5-8 26 0 4 7
Andrews 30 1-3 3-4 0-4 4 1 5
Hauser-Price 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 2 0
Carney 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Goodlow 17 3-8 4-6 0-3 1 3 10
Totals 200 2053 17.27144513 19 61
FG% .377. FT%:.630. 3point FG: 4-8, .500 (Gandy
4-5, Reams 0-1, Burlin 0-1, Bies 0-1). Blocks: 5
(Bies 3, Reams 1, Goodlow 1). Steals: 10 (Andrews
3, Gandy 2, Bies 2, Pool, Reams, Hauser-Price).
Turnovers: 24 (Pool 5, Reams 4, Bies 4, Andrews 3,
Goodlow 3, Gandy 2, Burlin 2, Hauser-Price 1).
Technical Fouls: none.
St. Louis (56)
FG FT REB
MIN M-A M-A 0-T A F PTS
Oliver 29 1-5 0-0 2-4 4 3 2
Haywood 30 6-16 3-4 1-7 1 0 15
Jackson 32 2-6 1-2 1-1 5 1 5
Jones 19 1-7 0-0 2-5 2 4 2
Lewis 22 4-11 2-4 2-6 1 4 11
Greer 19 5-7 1-4 2-6 0 2 11
King 26 3-8 2-2 1-1 3 4 10
Holloway 4 0-1 00 00 0 1 0
Brown 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Solomon 17 0-4 0-0 0-2 0 5 0
Totals 200 2265 9.16 1438 16 2556
FG%: .338. FT%: .563. 3-point FG: 3-5, .600 (King 2-
3, Lewis 1-1, Holloway 0-1). Blocks: 3 (Haywood 2,
Greer). Steals: 11 (Jackson 5, Lewis 3, Oliver, Hay-
wood, Holloway). Turnovers: 22 (Haywood 3. King 3,
Holloway 3, Solomon 3, Oliver 2, Jackson 2, Lewis
2, Greer 2, Jones). Technical fouls: Oliver.
Michigan ................31 30 -61
St. Louis... .........28 28- 56
At: Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
Attendance:Not Available
YESTERDAY'S GAME
MICHIGAN (64)
FG FT REB
MIN M-A M-A O-T A F PTS
Reams 25 1-8 1-2 35 4 2 3
Gandy 38 2-9 0-0 3-3 0 4 4
Bies 36 12-16 7-7 4-12 1 3 31
Pool 27 4-12 2-2 1-2 1 3 11
Burlin 20 3-5 0-0 1-5 2 4 7
Cortis 1 0-0 0-0 00 0 0 0
Andrews 21 0-6 0-0 2-2 4 1 0
Hauser-Price 10 2-3 00 00 1 2 4
Carney 1 0-0 0-0 00 1 0 0
Goodlow 20 1-6 2-2 2-2 1 1 4
MPhilamy 1 00 00 00 0 0 0
Totals 200 25.65 1231938 15 20 64
FG%: .38. FT%: .92. 3-point FG: 2-11, .18 (Burlin 1-
3, Pool 1-4, Reams 0-2, Gandy 42). Blocks: 4
(Goodlow 2, Bies, Pool) Steals: 6 (Reams 2, Gandy,
Bies, Pool Burlin). Turnovers: 13 (Reams 4, Gandy
2, Pool 2, Andrews 2, Bies, Burlin, Goodlow).
Technical Fouls: none.
Xavier (75)
FG FT REB
MIN M-A M-A 0-T A F PTS
Boothe 19 6-8 2-3 1-2 0 5 14
Henderson 39 0-3 2-2 2-6 3 3 2
Waugh 39 614 7-7 1-2 4 1 24
Piipari 40 6-14 2-3 0-5 6 3 17
Wallner 22 1-3 00 3-4 2 3 2
Statuto 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
King 0+ 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Geryak 1 0.1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Wells 17 2-3 2-2 0-3 2 3 6
Sara lija 22 5-9 0-1 3-7 2 1 10
Totals 200 26.55 15181233 19 19 75
FG%: .473. FT%: .833. 3-pont FG: 8-20, .40 (Waugh
5-11, Piipari 3-7, Wallner 0-2). Blocks: 1 (Hender-
son). Steals: 6 (Piipari 2, Waugh 2, Henderson.
Wells). Turnovers: 16 (Boothe 6, Piipari 4, Sarajlija 3,
Wells 2, Wallner). Technical fouls: none.
Michigan.........................35 29 -64
Xavier..............................32 43 - 75
At: Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
Attendance: 1,033

Xavier rips
Cager 'D'
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in CinCy
By Daniel Bremmer
Daily Sports Writer
CINCINNATI - The Michigan
women's basketball team came out
strong on defense in the first half of
yesterday's 75-64 less to Xavier.
Unfortunately for the Wolverines,
the second half was a completely
different story, and Michigan's
defense was not nearly as strong as
it needed to be.
After holding the Musketeers to 42
percent shooting in the first half (10-
24), the Wolverines allowed their
opponents to net 16-of-31 attempts in
the second half, including 6-of-12
from behind the arc. This 52 percent
performance by Xavier was good
enough for 43 points, and more
importantly, the win.
"I thought that we lost our defensive
focus in the second half," Michigan
coach SueGuevara said. "We lost how
we were defending their on-ball
screens, we lost where the shooters
were. We just lost focus."
Michigan center LeeAnn Bies
believes her team lost its intensity
defensively in the second half. The
team tried switching to a 3-2 zone to
contain Xavier, but the team "just did-
n't execute on that at all," said Bies.
While Guevara focused on her team's
defensive let down, she also praised the
starting Musketeer backcourt.
"I think you have to give Xavier a
lot of credit," Guevara said. "They
have two senior guards in Waugh and
Piipari, and they can stroke it. They

STEVE
JACKSON

Maize Ragers left hanging
by the winless Wolverines

EMMA FOSDICK/Daily
Senior LeeAnn Bies battles earlier in the season against the Dominican Republic
National Team. Bies poured in 31 points yesterday against Xavier.

can stroke the three."
Michigan's defensive lapses allowed
Waugh and Piipari to capitalize on
their opportunities. Waugh, the tour-
nament MVP, was able to connect on
four of her six 3-pointers in the second
half, netting 15 of her 24 points.
Piipari, a member of the all-tourna-
ment team, connected on six of her 14
shots, including a key 3-pointer with
8:10 left in the game to put Xavier up
by 10.
"We looked for each other and we
found the open person," Waugh said.
"Every time it was somebody differ-

ent, so we did a good job today of run-
ning the offense and executing."
Waugh and Piipari, along with the
rest of the Musketeers, did an excel-
lent job moving the ball throughout
the second half to free up good looks
from downtown.
"They did a really nice job of mak-
ing the extra pass to make sure that
they were getting them (open shots) in
the second half," Guevara said.
"They were very tough to defend.
They have two senior guards, and we
have two freshman guards. So, you
know, they got schooled."

Shooting woes just part of loss

Despite getting off to the worst
start in school history and
losing two of its better play-
ers in the process, the Michigan bas-
ketball team was finally in position
to have a wonderful off-the-court
story this weekend. Then the whole
thing came crashing down.
As recently as last Thursday after-
noon, there were more than 20 die-
hard Michigan fans prepared to drive
for 12 hours the day after North Car-
olina's worst snowstorm in years to
cheer on their favorite team against
No. 4 Duke. They were going to
attend Saturday's game free of charge
as guests of the Michigan players.
Then, less than 24 hours before the
group would depart, Michigan "Super-
fan" Brian Groesser heard the bad
news from forward LaVell Blanchard.
Those tickets had been taken for other
people to use. According to Groesser,
Michigan co-captain
Rotolu Adebiyi had No oneI
told him to expect 5-10 program wi
tickets on Wednesday.
Members of the any obliga
Maize Rage, who had free ticket
been expecting to but that d
have at least some
tickets for weeks, them the rig
expressed disappoint- the few fans
ment and even anger still has by,
at how this situation
was handled. outI
"If (Michigan
coach) Tommy (Amaker) wanted a
lot of his friends to have tickets,
that's fine," Groesser said. "He can
take them all if he wants, he didn't
owe us anything. But why not tell us
that earlier?"
Michigan had just 75 tickets avail-.
able for the game against Duke, and
as per normal, applications for those
tickets were not accepted until just a
few days before the game -
Wednesday in this case.
"I've talked to several people, and
everyone says the process ran just as
it normally does," Michigan Media
Relations Director Bruce Madej said.
"There was a huge demand for these
tickets, and there always is when we
go on the road."
Groesser said the Maize Rage
brought this plan to t'he attention of
Amaker and the team months ago,
and they also wrote a press release
about the trip.
Amaker couldn't be reached for
comment yesterday.
"I have no idea why things hap-
pened this way," Groesser said.
"Maybe Tommy was reluctant to
have dueling student sections at the
game. I don't know, but that was the
sense that I had."
Maize Rager Peter Lund was
looking forward to the opportunity
to face off with the famous Duke.
student section, known as the
Cameron Crazies.
"We figured that we would take
some of the insults off the players by

in
,as
ati
is
do
gh
st
hc
to

diverting (the Cameron Crazies')
attention to us," Lund said.
Groesser, who did manage to
swing a ticket to the game on Friday
morning thanks to his good friend
Blanchard, was hushed at the game
by Kirsten Green, Michigan's Direc-
tor of Basketball Operations. Appar-
ently, someone there thought it was a
crime if a Michigan fan showed some
spirit by trying to distract Chris
Duhon while he was shooting free
throws.
"If they didn't want us there, they
should have told us," Groesser said.
The program's real mistake was
failing to communicate with the stu-
dents. These ardent Michigan support-
ers made sacrifices based on promises,
from players - Lund even bought a
plane ticket before the game, but
watched Kentucky play North Caroli-
na in Chapel Hill, N.C. instead.
Despite the bitter
side the letdown, the Maize
ever under Rage's members
remain steadfastly
on to give behind the 0-6
to anyone, Wolverines, proving
esn't give that their loyalty
rivals that of any cult.
t to alienate "We're never going
this program to stop supporting the
anging them team," said senior
Maize Rage member
dry. Chris Longpre, who
watched the game in
Ann Arbor. "I'm disappointed that I
couldn't go, but I don't have any hard
feelings."
Groesser called the situation
"uncharacteristic" and stressed that
he still wanted to have a good rela-
tionship with the athletic department
and the team. After all, Amaker
bought the shirts they wear at home
games, and he arranged for three .
buses - hopefully they can fill one
- to carry Michigan fans to
Evanston for the Jan. 18 game
against Northwestern.
No one inside the Michigan pro-
gram was ever under any obligation
to give free tickets to anyone, but
that doesn't give them the right to
alienate the few fans this program
still has by hanging them out to dry.
Adebiyi, Blanchard and all the
other players that worked to make
this trip a possibility deserve the
praise of this entire campus. While
Athletic Director Bill Martin and
Marketing Director Tom Brooks
chose not to implement any special
promotions for the fans after the self-
imposed sanctions, these players
reached out to say thank you to the
people that stood by their side
through bad times and worse times.
It's a shame they couldn't deliver
on that promise. It would have made
for a great column.
Steve Jackson can be reached at
sjjackso@umich.edu

By Daniel Bremmer
Daily Sports Writer

CINCINNATI - From the start of the season, Michi-
gan women's basketball coach Sue Guevara knew her
team would face its share of zone defense.
After being dominated the first half in the paint by
senior LeAnn Bies - who blew up for 19 points on 7-10
shooting - Xavier switched to a tough 3-2 zone to
clamp down in the middle.
It worked, and Michigan was BASKETBALL
unable to beat the zone.
As the Xavier zone dropped lower Notebook
and lower to prevent Bies from get-
ting any touches, Michigan needed to change its offen-
sive game plan. This meant that the Wolverines would
need to hit their outside shots and force Xavier to guard
them tightly on the perimeter.
"We didn't do that," Bies said, "so they just continued
to help inside."
Guevara watched her team struggle from the floor. The
Wolverine backcourt of freshmen Niki Reams, Mie
Burlin and Lauren Andrews combined to hit on just four
of their 19 shots.
"Defensively, they did a really nice job," Guevara said.
"And if we don't hit outside jumpers, it's real easy to
collapse inside."
The freshmen guards were not alone in their shooting
woes. Forwards Stephanie Gandy, Tabitha Pool and
Raina Goodlow also struggled heavily from the field,
connecting on just seven of their 27 attempts field goal
attempts.
"We all just need to keep shooting," Reams said. "(We
have to) find the open person, and if you're open shoot

it. If it falls, it falls."
CIRCUS MAXIMUS: During the first half of Michigan's
69-56 win over St. Louis on Saturday, Bies had an
incredible play in which she pulled down a rebound and
managed to shoot and make a lay-up, all with only one
hand. While a St. Louis player was holding her left arm,
Bies managed to use her free right arm to her advantage.
The officiating had gotten inconsistent early on in the
half, and both Bies and Guevara thought it was ridicu-
lous that it took the referees so long to call a foul on the
play, giving her the time to come down with the board
and then put up the shot.
"I was so pleased to see that the officials called that
(foul)," Guevara said. "There was no way she could have
had two hands on the ball because the other one was
being held."
Bies said this kind of circus shot is nothing new to her.
"I've done that before, where people have wrapped my
arms up," she said. "I just felt myself falling and I knew
that they had to call that (foul) so I figured that I might
as well take a chance, and it went in."
SILVER LINING: Following the team's first loss of the
season, senior co-captain LeeAnn Bies offered some
advice to the team's younger core of five freshmen.
"Remember this feeling," Bies told her teammates.
"You never want to have this again."
Michigan's next contest will come tomorrow at Oak-
land, and Guevara believes that only having one day
between the loss and the next game will be an advan-
tage for her team.
"The good thing is that we get to play again (tomor-
row)," Guevara said. "So we don't have a whole lot of
time to dwell on this."

'M' STATS

Player G
Smith 4
Bies 6
Pool 6
Gandy 6
Reams 6
Goodlow 6
Andrews 6
Burlin 6
Hauser-Price 5
McPhilamy 3
Cortis 3
Carney 5
BIG TEN
Team
Minnesota
Purdue
Illinois
Penn State
Michigan
Iowa
Indiana
Ohio State
Michigan State
Northwestern
Wisconsin

Min
27.5
27.8
25.8
28.8
26.7
14.0
20.8
18.2
10.0
5.0
4.3
7.8

A
1.5
0.8
2.0
1.3
3.3
0.8
2.0
3.0
0.7
0.0
0.2
0.8

Reb
7.3
7.3
6.8
5.0
3.2
2.8
1.8
2.2
0.6
1.0
0.0
0.8

Pts.
20.0
14.2
11.7
10.3
6.2
5.8
5.8
3.0
3.0
1.7
1.3
0.4

MUSKETEERS
Continued from Page 1B
Bies and the other Michigan forwards
knew they would have extra responsi-
bility this weekend, as forward Jen-
nifer Smith, the team's leading scorer
averaging 20 per game, didn't make
the trip this weekend due to a knee
injury.
"The whole team needs to make up
for the loss of (Smith) right now,"
Michigan coach Sue Guevara said.
But the second half, Bies was met
with double and triple-teaming
inside the post, forcing the Wolver-
ines to make tough passes inside,
many of which resulted in Xavier
steals. As a result, Michigan began to
rely on the perimeter players to make
shots, but they just wouldn't fall.
When Bies did get the ball in the
second half, she was just 4-of-6 from
the floor.
"(Xavier) went to a zone, and the
way to counter it is to make outside
shots to open it up in the middle,"
Bies said. "We had trouble doing
that, and they began to sag in."
While the Wolverines were having
trouble at their end, the Musketeers
couldn't seem to miss from behind
the 3-point arc. Waugh hit three
straight 3-point attempts in a four-
minute span. Xavier ran an offense
that relied heavily on movement

without the ball by setting numerous
screens. As a result, the Wolverines
had a difficult time keeping track of
Waugh, as she hit every open shot
she had in the second half.
"I think in the second half we con-
tinue to run and execute our offense,"
Waugh said. "The shots just started
opening and we took advantage."
In the first half, it seemed the
Michigan guards were doing a good
job of containing Waugh and Piipari,
holding them to 16 points by using
man defense on each player. In the
second half, the Michigan defense
broke down, and the two Xavier
guards took advantage. Piipari began
to find openings in the defense by
feeding forward Tara Boothe in the
post.
"I think we lost our defensive
focus (at the beginning of the second
half), and it snowballed," Guevara
said. "I thought they came out with a
little more firepower."
Saturday saw the Wolverines play-
ing a game they haven't seen this sea-
son, an up-tempo run-and-gun style
of game against St. Louis. Michigan

struggled to match the tempo of the
Billikens, and turned the ball over 24
times, the Wolverines' most this sea-
son.
Michigan had trouble controlling
the tempo, as St. Louis had several
quick players that could score, and
four finished the game with double-
digits in points.
"We wanted to control the boards
to control the tempo, and we had
some trouble doing that," Bies said.
"It's hard to control the tempo when
you're not getting the (offensive)
boards and breaking."
Rather than trying to match St.
Louis on each possession by using
the fast break, Michigan was able to
pound the ball inside to forward
Stephanie Gandy. She finished the
day with season-high totals for points
(22), rebounds (11) and three-point
baskets (4).
"I think it was my teammates find-
ing me," Gandy said. "They were
going to double-team in the post or
double-teaming the (guards), so I was
moved to the open spots and got the
shot."

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