6B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - November 24, 2003
Women's hoops overcomes 20-3 deficit for win
35-9 run, Jennifer Smith's game-high 32 points spark win over Western Michigan
By Ellen McGarrity
Daily Sports Writer
Eleven minutes into Friday's women's bas-
ketball game against Western Michigan,
Michigan coach Cheryl Burnett looked up at
the scoreboard to find her M____GAN____
team trailing 20-3. The ____N____3_
players were tired after
having competed in three rounds of the pre-
season Women's National Invitational Tourna-
ment over the past seven days, and Burnett
questioned whether her team could rally to
come back against the tough Bronco offense.
An hour later, Burnett had her answer. The
scoreboard revealed Michigan as the victors,
66-53, sparked by a 35-9 run over the first and
"Our players could have panicked and fold-
ed, or they could have set their jaw and fought
their way back in it," Burnett said. "And I'm
very proud to say they fought themselves back
To say Michigan got off to a bumpy start in
this game would be an understatement.
After just five minutes on the court, stand-
out freshman Kelly Helvey went out for the
game with a hip-pointer. Michigan didn't even
get on the scoreboard until the 13-minute
mark after a 3-pointer by sophomore guard
By the third media timeout, Michigan still
lagged behind, 20-8. The team needed to get
back in the game or prepare for an embarrass-
"I think everybody was getting down and
then we were like, 'Okay, let's go,' " junior
forward Tabitha Pool said. "We took a timeout
for our coach to yell at us, and (she said) we
needed to go out there and play. That's what
got our confidence back up."
In the last seven minutes of the half, Michi-
gan scored 18 points, coming within one point
of the Broncos, 27-26, at the break.
The energy that helped the Wolverines close
the scoring gap in the first half carried over
into the second, as Michigan took the lead
immediately on a basket by center Jennifer
Smith and held it for the remainder of the
Smith dominated the second half, scoring 21
of her game-high 32 points in the second
"We were making better decisions of get-
ting the basketball in to Jen," Burnett said. "I
see Jen's face and her desire to want the bas-
ketball, and (she has) what I call a 'steely
But Burnett gave the award for effort to
sophomore forward Niki Reams, who took
Helvey's position. Reams finished the game
with six assists and an even more impressive
six offensive rebounds.
Pool also stood out, scoring 18 points in
the game - three coming on a crucial basket
from behind the arc midway through the sec-
ond half. Michigan led by just six points at
the time, and the triple sparked a 17-9 Michi-
Another difference in the game was Bur-
nett's use of her bench players. Last Wednes-
day against Rutgers, Burnett kept her five
starters (Smith, Stephanie Gandy, Pool,
Helvey, Sierra Hauser-Price) in for the majori-
ty of the game and Michigan lost, 65-50.
Against Western Michigan, Burnett continu-
ously gave Reams, Burlin and sophomore
guard Rachel Carney opportunities to play.
The three combined to play 63 minutes and
grab 17 boards.
Their efforts also helped pick up the slack
for senior Gandy. She had been averaging
18.3 points per game, but Friday, she scored
just four points on 1-of-6 shooting.
Michigan senior Jennifer Smith paced the Wolverines, scoring 21 of her 32 points In the second half.
Western Michigan (53)
FG FT REB
MIN M-A M-A 0-T A F PTS
Moore 15 3.10 0-0 0-1 1 5 7
Crisman 36 2-9 2-4 6-11 1 4 6
Rost 40 4-19 1-2 2-6 5 3 10
Jilian 39 1-9 3-3 0-5 5 3 5
Koerber 28 6-9 0-0 2-5 0 2 12
Tyson 5 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 3 2
Versupet 9 1-5 2-3 1-1 0 1 4
Origgett 15 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 2
Owens 13 2-3 1-2 2-4 0 2 5
Totals 200 21-70 9.14 16-39 12 23 53
FG%: .300. FT%:.643. 3-point FG: 2-15 133
(Moore 1-4, Rost 1-7, Koerber 0-1, Versupet 0-2,
Driggett 0-1). Blocks: 0. Steals: 5 (Jilian 3,
Crisman 2). Turnovers: 13 (Moore 2, Jilian 2, Tyson
2, Owens, 2, Crisman, Rost, Koerber, Versupet,
Driggett). Technical Fouls: none,
FG FT REB
MIN M-A M-A 0-T A F PTS
Pool 38 8-16 0-0 2-9 4 2 18
Helvey 5 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Smith 37 11-20 10-12 3-13 0 3 32
Gandy 30 1-6 2-2 2-3 1 3 4
Hauser-Price 23 1-4 0-1 0-1 2 3 2
Andrews 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Carney 24 0-3 2-2 0-2 2 3 2
Reams 26 1-5 1-3 6-12 6 3 4
Burlin 13 1-3 1-2 03 0 1 4
McPhillamy 3 0-0 0-0 0.1 0 0 0
Totals 200 23-58 16-2215511518 66
FG%:.397. FT%:.727. 3-point FG: 4-12,.333 (Pool
2-3, Smith 0-1, Gandy 0-1, Carney 0-3, Reams 1-1,
Burlin 1-3.Blocks: 4 (Gandy 2, Pool, Smith). Steals:
6 (Gandy 2, Carney 2, Helvey,'Hauser-Price)..
Turnovers: 18 (Smith 5, Reams 4, Carney 3, Gandy
2, Hauser-Price 2, Pool, Burlin). Technical fouls:
Western Michigan.............27 26 - 53
Michigan .......................26 40 -66
Elementary school kids get taste of college basketball
Niki Reams has stellar second half after Kelly Helvey leaves with hip-pointer; Dan Dierdorf pays a visit to Crisler Arena
By Eric Ambinder
Daily Sports Writer
The tipoff of the Michigan women's basket-
ball game against Western Michigan on Fri-
day was earlier than usual.
As a part of the "Maize and Blue 101" pro-
motion, the University treated
all area fourth and fifth-
graders to the game against the
To accommodate the stu-
dents, the game began at 2 p.m.
Michigan didn't begin play-
ing until 2:30.
The Wolverines shook off a
it a point to actively recruit fans since she was
named head coach.
So far this season, the Wolverines are 3-0 at
Crisler Arena. Two of those victories came
against 2003 NCAA tournament teams.
"We want to establish a home-court advan-
tage, and it comes with our success on the
court," said Burnett after last week's second
round preseason WNIT victory over Cincinnati.
IN THE NIK OF TIME: Michigan starter Kelly
Helvey suffered a hip-pointer after colliding
with a Bronco early in the first half. The
injury caused her to sit out the rest of the con-
test. Helvey's status is uncertain heading into
tonight's game against Alabama.
Her replacement at forward, junior Niki
Reams, may have been the difference-maker
for the Wolverines.
Reams did it all on Friday, grabbing 12
rebounds and dishing out six assists.
"You know you can talk about Jen Smith
every time, but you better recognize Niki
Reams and what she did today," Western
Michigan coach Ron Stewart said.
Burnett echoed Stewart's evaluation of
"Get the ball into Niki's hands because she
makes such great decisions with the basket-
ball," she said. "We needed to get some more
offensive rebounds, and her effort to do that
was just spectacular."
DIERDORF AT HOME WITH BURNETT: With all
of the hoopla surrounding the University this
past weekend, several high-profile athletes
were in attendance at the women's basketball
game at Crisler Arena on Friday afternoon.
Michigan alum and NFL Hall of Famer Dan
Dierdorf scouted the future team of his
daughter, Katie, one of Michigan's recruits
for next season.
"She was indoctrinated early," Dierdorf
said about his daughter's decision to attend
Michigan. "We must have 100 pictures of
Katie since she was born in different Michi-
gan sweatshirts, baseball hats and t-shits."
Dierdorf, a resident of Missouri, was famil-
iar with Burnett during her days as coach of
Southwest Missouri State, and was excited
when Burnett accepted the head coaching
position at Michigan.
"I've been a big fan of hers for a long
time," Dierdorf said.
"When the Michigan job came open,
instantly I thought she'd be the perfect candi-
"I think it's a marriage made in heaven."
in a 66-53 win, due in part to the constant
support from the young crowd.
"I want to congratulate our marketing and
promotion group because having elementary
school kids really created a very nice environ-
ment that we needed today," coach Cheryl
Burnett understands the impact that high
attendance has on team performance, making
Junior Niki Reams had 12 rebounds and six assists.
'M' volleyball swept
by Gophers at home
Parent's night special
for freshmen as well
Bowman and Cobler impress
By James V. Dowd
For the Daily
It's no secret that momentum
always plays a role in any sport. The
ball team found MINNESOTA
that out this week-
end, opening the
weekend on Friday
night with a three-
game sweep of
Iowa, and then falling 3-0 Saturday
night against Minnesota.
On Friday, Iowa ran with the
Wolverines (10-8 Big Ten, 18-11
overall) in the first game until seniors
Nicole Poquette and Erin Moore won
three consecutive points to break a
tie, bringing the momentum to the
Wolverines' side. This momentum
helped the Wolverines to an early
lead in game two. At one point,
Michigan opened up a 10-point lead.
The kill from Moore inspired the
Wolverines as they entered game
three. Sophomore Erin Cobler had
two consecutive kills, sandwiched by
one from Moore and two from senior
Lisa Gamalski, which sent the
Wolverines on a 16-3 run.
Cobler closed the match out with
three kills in four points, giving the
Wolverines a 30-10 victory in game
At points this season, Michigan has
had trouble gaining and taking advan-
tage of momentum. Establishing its
presence early became a priority dur-
ing practice this past week.
"We've been talking a lot this week
about coming out and starting quick-
er," coach Mark Rosen said. "Espe-
cially defensively, I think we did a
really good job with that, but I really
liked the way we finished tonight."
Rosen understood that they would
need Friday's momentum to carry
over to Saturday, as second-place
Minnesota was coming into town.
"Our goal has to be to come out
and perform as we did tonight against
a more physical team," said Rosen
after Friday's game.
Moore was pleased with the victory
Friday, but was also wary of the
Golden Gophers looming just 24
hours away. She was confident that
they could run with Minnesota after
taking them to four games earlier in
The Wolverines used momentum
from Friday, and their previous per-
formance at Minnesota, to come out
firing on all cylinders. The first game
was tied at 22 before Minnesota made
a small push to take a three-point
lead. Michigan made a run of its own
after a timeout, but the Gophers held
on to a 27-25 lead and captured a 30-
26 victory in game one.
The second game ended with the
same score, and a similar tone. The
teams traded points throughout the
entire game. Michigan even took a one-
point lead on a blistering service ace
from Cobler, but after Minnesota called
a timeout, it was able to rebuild its
momentum to win again.
In the final game, Minnesota took
advantage of the momentum it had
built at the end of games one and two.
The Gophers' defense, anchored by
sophomore All-American Paula Gentil,
held strong. Not even two thunderous
spikes, one each from Moore and junior
Jennifer Gandolph could slow Minneso-
ta's offense, as it built a 19-11 lead.
By Ian Herbert
Daily Sports Writer
With Parent's Night on Friday
and Senior's Night on Saturday,
the Michigan volleyball team's
weekend was supposed to be about
the elders. But it was freshmen
Erin Cobler and Megan Bowman
that stole the show.
"Our veterans did what we
expected," Michigan coach Mark
Rosen said. "They did a great job.
I thought that the two players that
really stood out were the two
Friday night against Iowa,
Cobler caught the attention of
Rosen by dominating the outside
hitter position. She had 12 kills,
second only to senior tri-captain
Erin Moore, who had 13. Bowman
was right behind them with nine
kills. Rosen credited their hard
work in practice for their success
on the court.
"Both of them are working real-
ly hard in practice," he said. "They
are getting there early. They are
doing extra stuff in practice, and
it's nice to see that show when
their level is getting raised."
Cobler said that the things she
worked on all week in practice
were able to translate to better play
during the games on Friday against
"I just focused on bringing more
power and learning more shots,"
Cobler said. "So I was trying to do
those things better."
Perhaps even more impressive
than the number of kills on Friday
was the lack of errors. The two
freshmen combined for only one
error during all three games on
Friday night, and Rosen thought
that their work was a major reason
that Michigan was able to domi-
"They know that if they can get
better, this team gets better,
because they are the young ones,"
Rosen said. "They are the new
players. And I was just really
pleased with how they played
Saturday night was a little dif-
ferent for the freshmen. They still
were able to get their share of
kills, combining for eleven in three
losses to Minnesota. But they also
made more errors. Bowman had
two errors on the night, and Cobler
They were playing against a
more physical Minnesota team,
and with Erin Moore being shut
down, more of the burden was
placed on the other players like
Bowman and Cobler. They strug-
gled against a Minnesota team that
was taller and stronger than Michi-
"Well, I think it was a little
harder on them (on Saturday),"
Rosen said. "I think that they
played well, but those are posi-
tions that we need to continually
get better and better at. If we are
going to take steps, it's going to be
about getting more balance out of
our whole team, and those players
will need to continually get better."
Senior Nicole Poquette, along with Erin Moore, helped the Wolverines jump to an early
lead against Iowa on Friday. The Wolverines were swept by Minnesota on Saturday.
After Michigan's second timeout,
it was able to put together a five-
point run to pull within three, but a
Minnesota timeout neutralized
Michigan's newfound momentum,
and the Gophers finished with a 30-
20 victory to earn the sweep.
Rosen attributes the shift in momen-
tum to frustration on Michigan's part.
"Emotionally we got a little frus-
trated and the game went the other
way," Rosen said.
The Wolverines will prepare to
face Illinois Friday in Champaign,
Ill., and Northwestern Saturday in
No such thing as week off for swimming
By Gabe Edelson
Daily Sports Writer
It would be sensible to assume that, in the
midst of a two-and-a-half-week gap between
meets, the Michigan men's swimming and
diving team would be resting and relaxing.
It would also be far from the truth.
"They're not going to have any time off,"
coach Jon Urbanchek said. "They're going to
be so tired that they'll wish they were sitting
a chance to get caught up on the weekends
where you might have been busy with compe-
Sophomore Davis Tarwater has a typical
"I get up at about seven in the morning,
come to the pool for a workout at 7:30, and
get in the pool for about an hour-and-a-half,"
he said. "I go through my usual class routine
during the day, come back at three o'clock for
stretching and jump in the pool at 3:30 (for
Urbanchek is proud of the commitment his
team has shown during optional workouts.
"The swimming is mandatory and every-
thing else is optional," Urbanchek said, refer-
ring to weight training and dry-land exercises.
"We have such a good, dedicated team that I
think the peer pressure makes everybody do
what (is necessary) to be a good swimmer no
matter how many hours it takes."
The coach understands time must also be
left for educational pursuits.
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