The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - February 21, 2005 - 3B
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WHAT DID YOU SAY?
"We really felt like we had
a bit of the magic today."
- Michigan coach Cheryl
Burnett on her team's
performance on senior night.
By Matt Venegoni
Daily Sports Writer
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Well, being that we're just a
few days away from Spring
Break - a nine-day period
which, when all is said and done, is
members of the CTNVTAKU
FG%: .424 FT%: .750 3-point FG: 7-24,
.292 (Armstrong 2-4, Solverson 4-9,
Reedy 1-4, Smith 0-7). Blocks: 2 (Cavey,
Kasperek). Steals: 12 (Smith 3, Solver-
son 3, VandeVenter 2, Cavey, Emmert,
Kasperek, Reedy). Turnovers: 22 (Solv-
erson 7, Cavey 6, Reedy 3, Armstrong,
Emmert, Kasperek, Smith, VandeVenter,
TEAM 1). Technical fouls: None.
MIN M-A M-A
Pool 37 7-17 6-6
Cooper 20 0-1 0-0
McPhilamy28 5-10 0-0
Flippin 27 1-3 2-3
Helvey 37 2-5 2-2
Starling 25 4-11 0-0
Clement 13 0-0 0-0
Walker 13 3-12 0-1
Totals 200 22-5910-12
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2-3 3 4 11
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3-3 0 5 7
8-29 16 1659
FG%: .373 FT%: .833 3-point FG: 5-17,
.294 (McPhilamy 1-1, Walker 1-2, Star-
ling 3-7, Flippin 0-2, Pool 0-5). Blocks:
* 6 (Helvey 4, McPhilamy, Pool). Steals: 6
(Helvey 4, McPhilamy, Pool). Turnovers:
21 (Helvey 7, Flippin 6, Cooper 3, Walker
2, Clement, McPhilamy, Pool). Technical
51 - 78
28 - 59
AAt: Crisier Arena
BIG TEN STANDINGS
In the past four years, much has changed in the Michi-
gan women's basketball program - namely, a coaching
staff and many of its players left the program with eligi-
bility remaining. But in those four, somewhat tumultu-
ous years - two players have been through it all, seniors
BreAnne McPhilamy and Tabitha Pool.
During senior night festivities on Saturday, McPhilamy
and Pool were honored in their last home game at Crisler
Arena. Led by their families, both came to center court,
prior to tip-off. But once the game started, the seniors did
the leading for the young Wolverines team.
McPhilamy started the game's scoring by drilling her
first 3-pointer of the year.
"We do shooting competitions in practice all the time
and shooting games after practice," coach Cheryl Burnett
said. "BreAnne always was making her threes, so it was a
special quality and performance by (BreAnne)."
Said McPhilamy: "It was something we joked about in
the locker room. I just said 'I'm spotting up for a three
today.' It was fun to just be able to hit the first shot of the
game as a 3-pointer."
That basket was the start of a career night for McPhila-
my, who scored 11 points and surpassed her career high of
eight. Making the moment even better was knowing that
she had one of her best individual games.
"You know sometimes when you are just playing and
enjoying the experience then things just click," Burnett
said. "Sometimes when you take that pressure away from
thinking too much and just enjoy the day and go out and
Fellow senior Pool also had a solid night, although it
was not unexpected. She has been the focal point of the
Michigan team since day one of the season.
"Our two seniors stepped up marvelously in this game,"
Burnett said. "Of course, we've been riding on the shoul-
ders of Tabitha Pool all year."
Pool scored a game-high 20 points while chipping in
with nine rebounds and six steals.
The seniors controlled the game early for the Wolver-
ines, netting 15 of Michigan's first 17 points. But their solid
play was not enough to lead the Wolverines to a victory.
Big Ten Overall
Tabitha Pool finished her career at Crisler Arena with 20
points, nine rebounds and six steals.
Eight minutes into the game Pool swiped the ball for one
of her six steals and pushed the ball up court. As she got to
the middle of the lane, Pool wrapped a perfect pass around
her back to freshman forward Ta'Shia Walker. But Walker
could not control the pass and turned the ball over to Iowa.
That possession was indicative of how the season has gone
for the departing Pool. She can execute as flawlessly as
possible at times, but her teammates have not always risen
to the occasion.
As the final buzzer sounded and Michigan dropped
another game, McPhilamy and Pool addressed their fans
for the last time. Both thanked God, their teammates and
the coaches. Even though their senior years did not go as
well as they may have liked, the departing players both felt
like they gave it their all.
"It was fun," Pool said. "It was a good experience. I feel
that we played for 40 minutes and that's the best feeling.
I'm going to go out feeling that we fought."
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- we're knock- F
in' on March's The SportsMonday
doorstep. And Column
while the month
is defined by an assured madness on
the college basketball front, March
spawns a second sensation that breeds
excessive sports nuttery across the land
of the free: fantasy baseball.
Although the beginning of Febru-
ary boasts the Super Bowl, overall, it
is without a doubt the worst month in
sports. And the forefather of all fantasy
sports, fantasy baseball, rejuvenates
any sports fan after these dire days.
But fantasy baseball is not all fun
and games. The fantasy baseball
season - which spans seven months
including the draft - is the ultimate
test of a sports fan's will and dedica-
tion to America's pastime. It can be a
very grueling time period for everyone
involved. So, as a seasoned veteran of
the game (and columnist searching for
any legitimate subject matter during a
month that is highlighted by two effort-
optional All-Star games and the West-
minster Dog Show), I'm here to provide
a few words of advice to any prospec-
tive fantasy baseball player.
Now, this isn't a rundown of the
potential "sleepers," "busts" and
"must-haves" in the draft pool - you
can shell out a king's ransom for one
of those draft-guide magazines if you
desire advice of that sort. But rather,
I intend on providing you with a few
basic suggestions that will help you
fully enjoy the game and make it
through the upcoming season without
having a fire-sale of your team for an
under-the-table payment from a shady
(Yes ladies, if you've made it this
far, I'd advise just flipping back to the
Admit to yourself that you're pathet-
ic: This is the first step to becoming
a master of fantasy ball. I mean come
on, look at what you're doing - it's the
sports fan's answer to Dungeons and
Dragons and Magic: The Gathering.
Once you just acknowledge that your
actions - such as spending four hours
on a Saturday night to work through a
"blockbuster" trade - are laughable,
everything will run much smoother. A
girlfriend's chiding only persists when
you're in denial. Once you accept that
your obsession is a bit curious, she
accepts ... or leaves. Regardless, she's
out of your hair.
No drinking and drafting: Despite
the fact that the draft lasts upwards of
three hours, refrain from the juice. The
biggest consequence of making a Bud
your bud during the draft is unneces-
sary homerism. Although it's nice to
have a slew of hometown boys on your
roster, is this really smart? Maybe a
better question would be: Are you a
Also, you're allotted 90 seconds for
each pick and time flies at Concorde
speeds when you're having fun of the
Avoid Junior like the plague: No,
this is NOT Ken Griffey Jr.'s big come-
back year, and, no, he is NOT going to
avoid injury this season. He's Penny
Hardaway on the diamond.
Nothing's off limits in trade propos-
als: Whether we're talking about a
six-player blockbuster or Jorge Julio
for Craig Biggio, no transaction should
ever be complete without a variable.
Personally, when I feel like I'm giving
up a bit more than I'm receiving, I ask
for "future considerations" - mean-
ing that the person I'm dealing with
will tilt a future trade a bit in my favor.
But, I advise incorporating items that
have absolutely nothing to do with the
game. Lyle Overbay just doesn't seem
like enough compensation for C.C.
Sabathia ... how about Lyle Overbay
and a 40? You're nervous giving up
Kevin Millwood for Shawn Green ...
what if Shawn Green includes a side of
Red Hot Lovers cheese fries?
Don't be "That Guy" in your
league: "That Guy" is notorious for
a laundry list of shenanigans that
includes pimping the system through
incessant waiver wire action, using
the message board as a political
forum, attempting to trade an injured
player seconds after he has gone down,
repeatedly proposing a trade that has
already been rejected due to its unbe-
lievable one-sidedness and ultra-hyping
a less-than-average player in an attempt
to up his trade value before just drop-
ping this player once no owner bites.
Just don't be him.
Well prospective fantasy baseballers,
those are my words of wisdom. Eh, I
guess there is one more thing ...
Disregard everything you've just read:
Having never finished in the top-3 during
any of my numerous years in fantasy base-
ball, I've never entered September with my
eyes anywhere near the prize.
Usually they're on one of those
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THIS WEEKEND'S RESULTS:
Iowa 78, MICHIGAN 59
MICHIGAN STATE 66, Ohio State 64
Purdue 62, INDIANA 58
MINNESOTA 84, Wisconsin 53
PENN STATE 83, Northwestern 56
Michigan at Michigan State 7 p.m.
Northwestern at Wisconsin 6 p.m.
Michigan St. at Minnesota
Illinois at Wisconsin
Indiana at Penn State
Iowa at Northwestern
Michigan at Illinois
Minnesota at Northwestern
Penn State at Ohio State
Iowa at Indiana
Wisconsin at Purdue
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what Michigan was giving us, and
that's what we had to hit, and finally
At the start of the game, it appeared
as though Pool and McPhilamy would
lead the Wolverines to victory in their
last home game. McPhilamy opened
the game hitting a 3-pointer on the first
Michigan possession -on her way to a
career-high 11 points.. This shot jump-
started the Wolverines to a 7-0 run
before the first media time-out.
After Iowa took a 16-13 lead, Pool
seemed determined to take the game
into her own hands. She scored on
the next two Michigan possessions
before making an impressive reverse
layup off a pass from freshman Jes-
sica Starling. Pool then demon-
strated her own passing abilities,
notching two of her five assists on
Starling's next two 3-pointers. The
second Starling triple capped off
a 16-0 run for the Wolverines and
gave them a 13-point lead, their big-
gest of the game.
"I feel like (Pool's) been a great
one," Bluder said. "You have to pre-
pare for her so hard because she's got
so many dimensions. Penetrator, out-
side shooter, rebounder - she's just
an all-around great player."
But Iowa closed the first half just as
well as it finished the second. After
junior Johanna Solverson hit a 3-
pointer off a Jenei Graham pass, Iowa
went on a 7-0 run, putting them within
four going into the locker room.
Rebounding played a big part in
keeping Hawkeyes in the game, as
they grabbed 11 offensive boards in
the first half. In the end, Iowa owned
the undersized Wolverines down
low, finishing the game with a 50-29
advantage on the glass.
"Early in the game, we blocked out
extremely well; late in the first half,
we didn't," Burnett said. "That defi-
nitely was the difference in the game
- that offensive rebounding."
Despite the troubles in the paint at
the end of the half, the Wolverines
were not ready to give up just yet and
came out fighting to start the second
frame. After Solverson scored to put
Iowa within two, McPhilamy took a
pass from Helvey and hit a baseline
jumper. On the next Michigan posses-
sion, Helvey again looked to McPhila-
my, and McPhilamy drilled a shot
from the elbow, giving the Wolverines
a 35-29 lead.
"Ending scores are so deceptive,
just like this one." Burnett said. "At
the end, we can do one of two things:
We can continue to double and contin-
ue to play hard and give up some easy
scores. It will either get you in or really
get you out. I'm proud of our kids for
playing hard until the very end."
Iowa's shooting percentage on
its way to 51 second-half points.
The Hawkeyes started hitting
the shots they had missed in
the first half. Iowa's hot streak
finally put Michigan away late in
the second half.
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