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Friday
February 20, 2004
sports.michigandaiLy.com
sports@michigandaily.com

Ptr TSt-gan Baild

8

Hoosier mommy?

Indiana wins easy,
stops losing streak

Pool's

foul trouble

1

limits her availability

By Megan Kolodgy
Daily Sports Writer
BLOOMINGTON - Losing on
the road has become a pastime for the
Michigan women's basketball team,
and last night's 65-52 loss at Indi-
ana's Assembly Hall served to drive
that point home.
The WolverinesMcIG 5
arrived in Bloom-
ington reeling
from two tough losses to Michigan
State and Penn State with the hope
of, perhaps, turning things around.
Michigan edged out the Hoosiers at
home back in January, and Indiana's
3-10 Big Ten mark coming into the
game was one of the few conference
records that was worse than Michi-
gan's (4-10 Big Ten, 11-16 overall).
At first, it looked as if the Wolver-
ines might have been able to pull it
off. Despite losing Pool to the bench
due to early foul trouble, Michigan
managed to take a 17-7 lead, which
proved to be its largest of the game.
Only minutes later, things began to
unravel for the Wolverines.
Powered by junior standout Jenny
DeMuth, Indiana (4-10, 11-14)
inched its way back into contention.
With about four and a half minutes
remaining in the half, Indiana guard
Leah Enterline sank a clutch shot
from outside the arc, which allowed
Indiana to take the lead for the first
time since the opening moments of
the game. Once Indiana was ahead, it
stayed there for the remainder of the
contest.
"The thing that was the most frus-
trating was that we had a game plan
coming in to stop the drive," Michi-
gan coach Cheryl Burnett said. "And
they did the same thing every time in
about every single possession, espe-
cially with DeMuth. We're saying
stop the drive ... and it's frustrating

when we allow them to do the same
thing every possession."
Indiana intensely pressured
Michigan's most consistent scoring
threat, senior Jennifer Smith, under
the basket by thrusting two or three
players on her each time she
received the ball.
Although she was hampered in the
paint, Smith kept Michigan in the
game with her free-throw shooting.
Smith went 11-of-12 from the charity
stripe in the first half, and finished
the game 14-of-17.
"It's unbelievable how hard it is for
Jen (Smith) to score," Burnett said.
"And yet she ended up with 29
points."
Burnett dipped into the bench to
make up for Pool's absence and to
try to find a combination that could
effectively shut down DeMuth.
Unfortunately for Michigan, Indi-
ana's hustle and desire to emerge
from a deep eight-game losing streak
helped put them on top, 31-24, at the
end of the half.
"Even when things weren't going
well, we still believed, we still knew
we were going to get the win,"
DeMuth said. "The thought of losing
never really crossed our minds."
The second frame brought more of
the same, as the gap between the
Wolverines and the Hoosiers
widened. The streaky Pool re-entered
the game after sitting out for 17 min-
utes of the first half, but she turned in
just three points in the second half.
Senior captain Stephanie Gandy
provided a bit of a spark when she
cut Indiana's lead to single digits
within the first 10 minutes of the
half, and turned in 13 points by the
end of the game. Michigan came
within four, but lukewarm shooting
plagued the Wolverines, and Indiana
constantly outworked them.
"Add giving up easy layups, not

By Ellen McOarrity
Daily Sports Writer
BLOOMINGTON - Two min-
utes and two personal fouls into the
Michigan women's basketball game
against Indiana, junior Tabitha Pool
was already warming the bench.
Any fan who has
watched this for-
ward in action at
Crisler Arena m
might be surprised
to see Pool in such
a position early in
the game. Pool has
been the source of about one-third
of the Wolverines' scoring this sea-
son.
But anyone who has witnessed
Michigan play on the road would
tell you that Pool's early-game exit
was very predictable.
Just three weeks ago in Cham-
paign, Pool was pulled off the court
for the exact same reason - com-
mitting two fouls in the first two
minutes of play. She finished out the
first half of that game with zero
points and just four minutes of play-
ing time. Her 15-point total for the
game was still impressive, but could
have been more had she not sat the
first half out.
Last Sunday at Penn State, Pool
had similar problems - out again
for the entire first half after getting
into foul trouble. By the second
half, she had lost her touch from
beyond the arc, and ended the game
with a point total of zero.
Yesterday's game was no differ-
ent, as Pool logged just three points
in four minutes of play in the first
half, and finished the game with just
six points.
Michigan coach Cheryl, Burnett
says it's difficult to keep Pool on the
bench, but feels that it's something
she has to do.
"It's pretty tough when you get
two fouls," Burnett said. "And as a
coach, by now I have a pretty good
understanding of who can play with
two and who can't. You take a
chance and put her back in and
chance getting a third and really
have limited minutes. And at that
point we had a lead. Niki (Reams)
was playing extremely well off the
bench."
Pool agreed with her coach, and
added that "I was a little cold in the
second half."
HOME COURT DISADVANTAGE?: Last
Sunday, Michigan played in front
of a packed house at Penn State's

Bryce Jordan Center. The sold-out
arena housed an astounding 15,389
fans - the largest crowd ever to
watch a basketball game in State
College.
But when the Wolverines set foot
in Indiana's Assembly Hall yester-
day, they entered an extremely dif-
ferent venue than the one they had
experienced in State College. Just
706 bodies occupied the arena -
including the cheerleaders, pep band
members, press, ticket sellers and
even the teams and coaching staffs.
The thirty-something crowd that
showed up on Michigan's behalf
appeared to be almost as large as
Indiana's small showing.
Until yesterday, the Hoosiers had
not won a single conference game at
home.
YESTERDAY' S GAME
Michigan (52)
FG FT REB
MIN M-A M-A 0-T A F PTS
Gandy 39 5-10 3-3 3-7 1 3 13
Smith 40 7-24 14-17 2-8 0 2 29
Pooi 23 3-9 0-0 3-7 1 3 6
Hauser-Price27 03 0.2 00 2 0 0
Helvey 22 1-4 1-1 0-5 0 4 3
Andrews 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0
Carney 13 0-3 1-2 2-4 0 1 1
Reams 25 0-4 0-0 2-5 1 2 0
Burlin 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
McPhilamy 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
TEAM 2-3
Totals 200 16-5719.2514405 17 52
FG%: .281. FT%: .760. 3-point FG: 1-13,
.077 (Smith 1-4, Gandy 0-2, Carney 0-2,
Reams 0-2, Pool 0-3). Blocks: 2 (Smith,
Helvey). Steals: 7 (Smith 2, Pool 2, Helvey
2, Hauser-Price). Turnovers: 14 (Hauser-
Price 4, Gandy 3, Reams 2, Smith, Pool,
Helvey, Carney, TEAM). Technical fouls:
none.
INDIANA (65)
FG FT REB
MIN M-A M-A 0-T A F PTS
DeMuth 40 7-14 9-14 4-12 1 3 23
Hawkins 20 3-6 0-0 3-8 2 4 6
McKay 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Valentin 36 7-16 2-2 0-3 1 2 21
Stephenson 17 0-2 0-0 1-3 2 2 0
Boyd 4 0-2 0-0 0-1 00 0
Enterline 23 2-4 4-4 0-2 2 1 9
Branson 34 2-5 0-0 2-7 2 1 4
Chapman 22 1-6 0-2 1.4 0 3 2
TEAM 1-2
Totals 200 22-5515-2212421017 65
FG%:.400. FT%: .682. 3-point FG: 6-15,
.400 (Valentin 5-8, Enterline 1-2, DeMuth 0-
1, Stephenson 0-1, Boyd 0-1, Branson 0-1,
Chapman 0-1). Blocks: 4 (Chapman 2,
DeMuth, Hawkins). Steals: 7 (Valentin 3,
DeMuth 2, Hawkins, Stephenson).
Turnovers: 17 (DeMuth 3, Valentin 3, Bran-
son 3, Hawkins 2, McKay 2, Enterline 2,
Stephenson, TEAM). Technical fouls: none.
Michigan.....................24 28 - 52
Indiana...........31 34 - 65
At: Assembly Hall, Bloomington
Attendance: 706

KATIE KAUSS/Indiana Daily Student
Jamey Chapman shoots over Michigan's Jennifer Smith. Smith scored 29 points in

a losing effort, as Indiana prevailed 65-52.
being able to score and getting out-
hustled, and we're probably lucky to
be this close," Burnett said.
This particular road loss was cer-
tainly not influenced by a packed
arena, as may have been the case at
Penn State. Burnett asserted that it
was not the size of the crowd that is
causing her team to flounder when
they are not on the familiar floor of
Crisler Arena.

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"We haven't played well on the
road at all, except maybe Wisconsin,"
said Burnett, commenting on whether
it was worse to play in front of a large
or small crowd. "So flip a coin."
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