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The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - March 1, 2004 - 3B




Janel McCarville
The junior led Minnesota with 18
points on 9-of-13 shooting;
McCarville's seven steals were a
team high this season.

of the game
Stephanie Gandy
In Gandy's final game at Crisler Arena,
the senior played all 40 minutes,
scored 16 points and grabbed six

Talkin' the talk
"It's still Minnesota. It's still
a ranked team."
- Michigan coach Cheryl Bumett on
beating No. 12 Minnesota without
Golden Gopher All-American Lindsay

Key Stat
41 points
Michigan held the Golden Gophers to
just 47 points on Sunday - their low-
est offensive output of the season.
Minnesota averages 72 points per
game, ranking second in the Big Ten.

Bolden 34 0-4 1-2 0.2 2 2 1
Andersson 34 2-4 0-0 0-4 0 3 4
Roysland 31 3-13 1-1 1-5 0 4 7
McCarville 30 9-13 0-0 3-10 1 4 18
Schonrock 39 4-11 2-2 0-0 4 0 13
Broback 16 0-5 0-0 2-4 1 3 0
Collison 5 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2
Podominick 11 1-1 0-1. 1-3 0 4 2
TEAM 3-3
Totals 200 20-52 46 10-31 8 22 47
FG%: .385. FT%: .667. 3-point FG: 3-12, .250
. (Schonrock 3-6, McCarville 0-1, Broback 0-2, Roys-
land 0-3 ). Blocks: 5 (McCarville 2, Podominick 2,
,Andersson). Steals: 11 (McCarville 7, Schonrock 2,
Roysland, Bolden). Turnovers: 22 (Roysland 5,
Schonrock 4, Andersson 3, McCarville 3, Bolden 2,
Broback 2, collison 2, Podominick ). Technical fouls:
Pool 26 1-6 5-6 2-10 3 2 7
Helvey 29 0-2 2-4 0-1 2 1 2
Smith 38 6-14 7-8 2-4 0 1 19
Hauser-Price 25 2-2 2-2 0-0 2 2 7
Gandy 40 5-14 5-5 2-6 1 2 16
Cmey 15 0-0 1-2 0-1 1 2 1
McPhilamy 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Reams 24 2-4 0-0 2-5 0 3 5
TEAM 1-6
Totals 200 16-42 22-27 9-33 9 13 57
FG%: .381. FT%: .814. 3-point FG: 3-12, .250
(Hauser-Price 1-1, Reams 1-2, Gandy 1-4, Pool 0-2,
Smith 0-3). Blocks: 3 (Helvey, Hauser-Price, Gandy).
Steals: 6 ( Pool 2, Smith 2, Reams, Gandy).
Turnovers: 21 (Smith 4, Carney 4, Pool 3, Helvey 3,
Hauser-Price 3, Gandy 2, Reams 2). Technical Fouls:

Senior Jennifer Smith, accompanied by her parents Deb and Greg, was honored at center court during yesterday's game.
Gandy honored on Senior Day

By Ellen McGarity
Dally Sports Writer

M innesota............................17 3
M ichigan........................... 35 2
At: Crisler Arena
Attendance: 3,233

Penn State
Ohio State
Michigan State

Big Ten
W L Pct.
15 1 .938
14 2 .875
11 5 .688
10 6 .625
10 6 .625
9 7 .563
6 10 .375
4 12 .250
4 12 .250
4 12 .250
1 15 .063


Thursday, Mar. 4
Game 1: #8 Wisconsin vs. #9 Indiana
Game 2: #7 Michigan vs. #10 Illinois
Game 3: #11 Northwestern vs. #6 Minneso
Friday, Mar. 5
Game 4: #1 Penn State vs. Game 1 winne
Game 5: #4 Iowa vs. #5 Michigan State
Game 6: #2 Purdue vs. Game 2 winner
Game 7: #3 Ohio State vs. Game 3 winner
Sunday, Mar. 7
Semifinal 1
Semifinal 2
Monday, Mar. 8
Championship game

0 - 47
2-57 It was certainly their day.
Seniors Stephanie Gandy and Jennifer
Smith went out with a bang, ending their
'GS final regular season with the Michigan
women's basketball team with a 57-47
verall ;win over No. 12 Minnesota, yesterday.
L Pct. The duo owned the game, combin-
3 .889 ing for 35 points and 10 rebounds, and
8 .703 even wrapped things up with two free
7 .741
11 .593 throws each.
7 .741 "We really wanted to have an opportu-
16 .385 nity for our effort and our hard work to
16 .407 pay off, especially for these seniors,"
17 .370
19 .296 Michigan coach Cheryl Burnett said.
"And those were the two who really took
HEDULE charge."
It was Senior Day at Crisler Arena
3 p.m. and the team's first-year coach made
5:30 p.m. sure that Gandy and Smith were hon-
ta 8 p.m. ored throughout the afternoon. Before
the game, the seniors stood with their
families at center court, and were pre-
r 12 p.m. sented with bouquets of yellow roses.
2:30 p.m. Burnett looked on like a proud mother
6 p.m. astepar'
8:30 p.m as the players' achievements were list-
ed off to the crowd of 3,233.
Following the contest, Burnett started
a new tradition. She thanked the fans, but
3:30 p.m. then handed the microphone off to Smith
and Gandy to say their goodbyes and
"It was a nice thing to do;' Smith said.
7 p.m. "I've never had anyone do that for me

before. It gave us a chance to thank peo-
ple that we wouldn't normally have got-
ten to thank."
They thanked everyone, from their
families, to the pep band and media.
The road has not been easy for Gandy
and Smith at Michigan. Just during their
first season with the team did Michigan
have a winning record in conference play
and in the first two seasons did the team
have an overall winning record.
The seniors also endured a change of
coaching staffs when Burnett took the
reigns of the program earlier this year.
But Greg Smith, Jennifer's father, said
that he believes his daughter has never
regretted her choice to come to Michigan.
"I think sometimes when people deal
with adversity, it gives them a chance to
grow the most," Greg said. "If everything
comes easy, they don't get a good under-
standing of hard work and what it'll do
for you. I think (Jennifer's) been happy
with her years here. I don't think she
would have done anything different."
Smith had extra reason to be happy
after Michigan's win over Northwestern
last Thursday. Not only did the center
climb to second on Michigan's career-
scoring list with 1,659 points, but she
also broke the single-season scoring
record. Smith passed Peg Hart's record of
581 from Michigan's 1982-83 season.
But when asked about breaking the
record, Smith's father stressed that it was
not a big deal to his daughter.

"Jen is a team player and she truly
doesn't care how much she scores,"
Greg said.
Gandy too has had her share of
accolades. The guard has scored more
than 1,000 points in her career at
Michigan - a feat only 18 other play-
ers in Michigan history have achieved.
After scoring 16 points in yesterday's
game, she sits at No. 11 on Michigan's
all-time scoring list with 1,143.
With her broad shoulders and stern
face, the senior may at first appear intim-
idating, but according to freshman Kelly
Helvey, Gandy's toughness only goes
skin deep.
"At first I was really scared of
Stephanie," Helvey said. "But as soon as
I got to know her, I (discovered) she had
a soft side to her.
"Stephanie made every shot (in prac-
tice) ... It was great playing with (her)."
Smith and Gandy will have one last
chance to play with the team when
Michigan participates in the Big Ten
Tournament, which starts Thursday in
Indianapolis. Beyond that, these seniors
must look past Michigan basketball.
Both will graduate with degrees in Sports
Management and Communications.
"I was real happy that we went out
with a win ... so we can look back on
(Jennifer's) last game here positively,"
Greg Smith said. "But we're also think-
ing about her future and this is not the
end for her. It's just another chapter."

Continued from Page 1B
home for a long time. We kept Ohio
State close, we had a game with Michi-
gan State that we should've won, and
played pretty well against Northwest-
ern. So, after what I thought was a great
first half for us defensively, we execut-
ed well enough (in the second half)."
Michigan took advantage of the fact
that Minnesota standout Lindsay
Whalen had to sit out, due to a hand
injury. Whalen is the leading career
scorer, male or female, in Minnesota
basketball history, and not having her
on the court left an irreparable gap in
the Golden Gophers' offense.
"In some ways (it is not as big of a
deal), but it's still Minnesota, it's still a
win against a ranked team," Burnett
said of Whalen's absence. "They're
certainly a different team without her,
but it's still a great win for us."
Early foul trouble landed Golden
Gophers' center Janel McCarville on
the bench, leaving space under the bas-
ket for Michigan's Jennifer Smith to
pile layup upon layup. The Golden
Gophers had 13 turnovers in the half,
while the Wolverines had just six.
Michigan capitalized on each of
these deficits, and held Minnesota to 17
points, the Golden Gophers' worst first-
half-scoring performance so far season.
Powered by an emotional perform-
ance by senior captain Stephanie
Gandy, the Wolverines charged out of
the gates, setting the pace for the entire
first half. It also benefited from some-
what balanced contributions from play-
ers whose shooting from the field is
typically erratic, as well as solid per-
formances from Smith and Gandy.
Both junior Sierra Hauser-Price and
sophomore Niki Reams hit shots from
downtown. The Wolverines emerged
from the frame with 35 points.
The first five minutes of the second
half have become a period that the
Michigan faithful have come to dread.
In quite a few games, the Wolverines
have watched massive leads dwindle to
single digits, or have made crucial
errors that spark eventual defeat.
Although Minnesota dominated during
this time; the Wolverines did not self-
destruct, as they have in games past. At
the 15-minute mark, they still main-
tained a 40-25 lead. Minnesota's cling-
ing defense forced 15 turnovers, and
McCarville returned, neutralizing
Smith in the paint.
Minnesota's Shannon Schronrock

nailed two shots that could have spelled
disaster for the Wolverines. With 10:31
remaining, Schronrock sank a critical
jumper, cutting the lead to single digits
for the first time since the first six min-
utes of the contest. But Hauser-Price
responded by driving through the
defense and putting up a decisive and
uncharacteristic reverse layup, return-
ing the lead to 10. At this point, cap-
tains Smith and Gandy illustrated
exactly why they were chosen to be the
leaders of the team. They each hit two
free throws in the last minute, icing the
win for the Wolverines.
Michigan exhibited an unprecedent-
ed level of perseverance, and although
it shot just 5-for-7 from the field, its
hustle and 82 percent free-throw shoot-
ing allowed it to pull off a victory.
Smith walked into the huddle with
her arm around Burnett. The crowd was
on its feet, her team was gathered
around her and she finished off her
career at Crisler Arena with a shocking
win. The senior's eyes welled with tears.
"It was pretty perfect to me,"
Smith said.

Senior Stephanie Gandy, right, and
freshman Kelly Helvey celebrate
Michigan's win over Minnesota.

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