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McPhilamy
~unfazed b
bumpy road
By Matt Singer
Daily Sports Writer
BreAnne McPhilamy is a survivor.
In her four years at Michigan, the senior has experi-
enced some of the most turbulent times in the history
of the women's basketball program. She's played for
two coaches, dealt with sporadic playing time and seen
dozens of teammates come and go. By all accounts,
McPhilamy has handled it all with class, seeing through
her commitment to the Wol- _
verines. And now, after an
offseason spent strengthen- TONIGrT
ing her body and working M > hgan>vsAustrian
on her game, the 6-foot-2 l.stitut.ofport
forward is ready to make her T
biggest impact yet.
"What she did from the
end of (last) year to the first
day of practice has been
phenomenal in terms of her work ethic, commitment,
what she did in the weight room," coach Cheryl Bur-
nett said. "We test players on their physical aspects
- how fast they sprint, how much they lift. Bre's just
made incredible improvements from a year ago."
In Michigan's first exhibition game against Athletes
in Action, McPhilamy's improvement was obvious.
During her 16 minutes of playing time, McPhilamy
went 5-for-7 from the field, scoring a career-high 10
points and pulling down four boards. Apparently,
McPhilamy remembers a thing or two from her days
at Portage Northern High School, where she averaged
18.5 points per game as a senior.
"It felt good," McPhilamy said. "I was getting a lot
of good screens from people. They were just looking
for me, and I was hitting shots when I was open. I give
a lot of credit to my teammates for helping me out, get-
ting me open, and getting me the ball."
While McPhilamy looks poised to have her best sea-
son on the court, her biggest impact might come off of
it. She has made herself readily available to the Wol-
verines' seven freshmen, providing academic assis-
tance as well as a place to relax.
"I try to do what I can to help them out if they have
questions about school or if they need help with study-
ing," McPhilamy said. "I helped someone out with a
paper the other day. I've been able to have them over
my house a lot, so we can hang out in a non-basketball
setting."
Her coach is especially impressed with the example
McPhilamy sets for the younger players.
"In the classroom, (McPhilamy) is a tremendous
example of responsibility," Burnett said. "And off
the floor, there could not be a better ambassador for
Michigan. There could not be a better ambassador for
women's basketball."
This praise is even more impressive considering the
adversity McPhilamy has faced in her Michigan career.

The Michigan Daily - Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 13A

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Bowman eager for fast start

By Sara Livingston
Daily Sports Writer

Now that the men's swimming and div-
ing season is underway, Michigan coach
Bob Bowman is hoping to do what no
other active coach in the Big Ten has done
- win a Big Ten Championship during his
first year with the team. With 18 returning
swimmers - three of them Olympians
- it would seem as if the team is in the
perfect position to win the tournament
after coming in second last year.
Although it's only November, and the
tournament is in late February, winning
this tournament is on all of the swim-
mers' minds. However, Bowman isn't
ready to pencil his team's name on the
trophy quite yet.
One of the main problems Bowman
foresees for his team is its lack of depth.
"Depth is by far our biggest problem,
and getting enough guys in the top five to
score the points," Bowman said. "We have
the top-flight guys to win events, but get-
ting the third-, fourth- and fifth-place guys
will be the toughest part."
Many of the other swimmers also pre-
dict depth will become a problem during
the Big Ten Tournament. The tournament
winner is decided by points. While the
Wolverines can easily win a large majority
of the events, they will still need to accu-
mulate points from lower-place finishes,
and their problem will ultimately lie in get-
ting more swimmers to qualify for those
final races.
"The depth is a little bit of a problem
and that should get a little bit better - and
we hope to win Big Tens, which is our goal

right now,"senior Andrew Hurd said. "But
it will be hard to score those big numbers
needed to win a Big Ten."
The team is hoping to tackle this prob-
lem early in the season, by making sure
it has each event accounted for so it will
be fully prepared when the tournament
comes around.
"We have the distance events covered
pretty well right now, it's just the shorter
events, the shorter freestyles," said Hurd.
"We're going to have to have to use some of
our distance swimmers - which we have
a lot of - in some of our shorter events.
(It's) something we normally wouldn't do,
and that's just a depth problem."
Bowman is eager to improve the
team's start and turn times - problems
he noticed during a meet against Eastern
Michigan on Oct. 29. This could hurt the
team as times usually come down to frac-
tions of a second.
While the team's freshmen have shown
great promise early on, coach Bowman is
looking for more long-term improvement
from them.
"I think that as we go, we are going to
have to get improvement from (the fresh-
men) or our Big Ten finishes aren't going to
be what we want," Bowman said. "That's
what I'm looking for them to do. And move
up to where they can be big scorers in the
Big Ten (Championships)."
Contrary to what Bowman and many
of his teammates believe, senior captain
Nicholas Douville feels that by the time
the Big Ten Championship rolls around,
the freshmen will be more than prepared
and ready to step up and contribute to the
team's success.

"The depth issue is just because our
freshmen are not as well known out-
side the state of Michigan," Douville
said. "But what we have seen internal-
ly - the work ethic from them and a
lot of returning guys - I think people
will step up and make the depth issue
not an issue at all."

RA IiN ' Lm iy
Michigan senior BreAnne McPhilamy has outlasted tough
times as a member of the Michigan women's basketball team.
A first team All-State selection as a high school senior,
she came to Michigan the year after its last NCAA
Tournament appearance. But beginning in McPhila-
my's freshman year, the program took a turn for the
worse. The women's team's struggles went far beyond
not making the Big Dance - the Wolverines limped
to a 9-23 Big Ten record over her first two seasons. To
add insult to injury, McPhilamy played just 71 minutes
during that span.
Following McPhilamy's sophomore season, former
coach Sue Guevara resigned, opening the door for Bur-
nett's tenure. While the new coaching staff brought a
fresh sense of optimism, the transition wasn't easy, and
Michigan finished the year with a 14-17 record. After
the season, many of Guevara's recruits transferred or
quit the team, leaving McPhilamy, senior Tabitha Pool
and sophomore Kelly Helvey as the only returning
players on this year's squad.
Poised and optimistic, McPhilamy has taken it all
in stride. She's shrugged off the disappointments, the
turmoil and the roster turnover of the past three years.
Now, without a hint of bitterness, she's looking for-
ward to a successful final campaign in Ann Arbor.
"Change has been good," McPhilamy said. "I really
like the coaches, and I'm excited for what they're doing
here. (Pool) and I have both been through a lot, so
we've had a lot of experience dealing with situations.
It's made us stronger people on and off the court."
McPhilamy and the Wolverines will face off against
the Australian Institute of Sport tonight at 7 p.m. in
Crisler Arena.

* COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Pair of State wideouts
arrested for explosions

EAST LANSING (AP) - Two
Michigan State football players have
been charged with planting home-
made bombs outside apartments.
Terry Love and Irving Campbell,
both 19-year-old redshirt freshmen
wide receivers, were arrested Tuesday
morning as they left the scene of the
first explosion, police said. A second
bomb exploded shortly afterward, and
a third was detonated by the Michigan
State Police bomb squad.
The men said they planted the
homemade bombs outside doors at
Spartan Village as a prank, campus
police Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Tay-
lor said.
No one was hurt and there was
no property damage, McGlothian-
Taylor said.
The devices were described as
"MacGyver bombs," which are

typically plastic bottles filled with
a chemical and aluminum foil that
react. Love and Campbell were
charged with possessing a d'an-
gerous chemical compound and
released on $500 bond after being
arraigned Tuesday.
If convicted, both could face up to
90 days in jail and a $100 fine as part
of the misdemeanor, McGlothian-
Taylor said.
Coach John L. Smith will let the
legal process play out and take any
action, if necessary, after that, said
John Lewandowski, assistant ath-
letic director.
Love had a breakout game against
Iowa, catching nine balls for 103
yards. The up-and-coming receiver
also scored a touchdown against
Minnesota. Campbell is a rarely used
player from Lake Worth, Fla.

TONY DING/Daily
Chuck Sayao and the men's swimming
and diving team are looking to answer
questions about the squad's depth.
EXH IBITION
Continued from page 12A
and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw
line. Despite early foul trouble, he also
logged six assists.
"I think every player goes through
that maturation process, and I think I
went through that last year," Horton said.
"Hopefully I can come out and show that
I have improved as a player this year."
When both Horton and Abram did
encounter foul trouble, Harris picked up
the slack. Though he shot just 5-for-14
from the field, Harris played 39 minutes
and recorded 14 points, five rebounds
and four assists in the process.
"I don't think I'm settling for
all threes and wandering around
the perimeter," Harris said.
"I'm cutting hard, I'm getting the ball
and I'm trying to create inside the lane,
as well as outside for three."
The Wolverines begin regular season
play on Monday in the Preseason NIT
against Binghamton. If they advance,
they would await the winner of the
game between Colorado and College
of Charleston on Wednesday in Boul-
der, Colo.

0 MEWS SOCCER
STurpln hopes for fond farewell

By Anne Uible
Daily Sports Writer

Senior Mychal Turpin wants to play
professional soccer. He's majoring in soci-

ology, but his
exactly per-
tain to his
major area
of study. But
before he
moves on to
post-gradu-
ate life, Tur-
pin will give
college soc-
cer one final
shot.

post-graduate plans don't
TODAY
Ohio State at k
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parents to put him on a team. While grow-
ing up in Pontiac, Turpin played both club
and high school soccer.
His club team, Vardar, won state cham-
pionship titles in 1998 and 2001, while his
high school, University of Detroit Jesuit
High School, was the 1999 Division I state
runner-up. When it came time to pick a
college, Michigan was the obvious choice.
"My brother was playing on the
team and having a good experience,"
Turpin said.
"I also knew Michigan had a great
balance of academics and athletics, so it
looked like a good place for me."
Turpin fit well on the team, and not just
because his brother was an upperclassman.
As a freshman, Turpin started all 18 games
on the schedule and tallied 10 points in the
season with three goals and four assists.
His first career goal as a Wolverine was off
of an assist by his brother in a game against
Michigan State.
Over the next three years Turpin set the
curve for the Michigan program by break-
ing several pivotal records: Career points
(85), career goals (33), career shots on goal
(86), career shots (152) and number of
goals in a season (14).

"Mychal is a special player," Burns said.
"He's special because he can do things that
very few players in the college game can
do, and he does them at times when you
think he's shut down."
Burns says that he may not remem-
ber how many records Turpin broke or
how many goals he scored in the sea-
son, but he will remember him for one
particular reason.
"I will always remember Mychal for
those special moments in practice or in
a game," Burns said. "Those moments
when he gets the bench or the crowd on
their feet and puts a smile on their face.
That sums him up - he gets people
excited about soccer."
Turpin said it will be difficult
to say goodbye to the team and the
Michigan tradition.
"It's been a positive experience play-
ing here," Turpin said. "Every year we've
improved with better players with more
strength which makes me take pride in
what we've accomplished here."
Today, Turpin will lead his team into the
first round of the Big Ten Tournament, as
the Wolverines will face off against Ohio
State at 2:30 p.m.

This weekend represents Turpin's last
chance to compete in Ann Arbor, and pos-
sibly his last opportunity to compete at
the at the college level. Winning the Big
Ten Tournament would give the Michigan
men's soccer team (1-4-1 Big Ten, 9-6-4
overall) its best shot to earn a bid to the
NCAA Championship.
"Mychal definitely has a professional
future ahead of him," Michigan coach
Steve Burns said. "He knows how to play
the game and get people excited about
what is going on."
Burns has known Turpin since the
player was in seventh grade, when Turpin's
older brother Robert was a player on a
Burns-coached youth soccer team. Burns
has watched Mychal mature and grow
over the past nine years.
"Every year, he has turned into a
more complete and polished player,"
Burns said.
"When he first came into our program,
he was mostly concerned with the offen-
sive game or the glamour position. Now
he's come to the realization that there is
an importance for offense and defense on
both sides of the ball and isn't above work-
ing defensively."
Turpin began playing soccer by default.
His older brother and sister were involved
with the sport, so it was just natural for his

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