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12 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 2, 2005
Blue barely scrapes by
in exhibition matchup

By Ian Robinson
Daily Sports Writer
After 37 minutes, Krista Clement had scored just five
Coach Cheryl Burnett gave her the green light to shoot
at any open opportunity, and Clement increased the throttle
with seven of the team's final nine points - leading Michi-
gan to a thrilling 65-64 victory over Athletes in Action last
night at Crisler Arena.
"I don't have a lot players in my
program earn the green light, but G65
she has it," Burnett said. "In fact,A INACTION 64
she sits if she doesn't shoot."
Trailing by two with 15.9 seconds left, freshman Jessica
Minnfield penetrated the lane and kicked the ball behind her to
Clement, who was waiting outside the three-point line. Clem-
ent caught and released the ball for the game-winning shot.
"(Burnett) and Minnfield made the call together (in the
huddle)," Clement said.
Athletes in Action got the ball with seven seconds remain-
ing, but failed to get a clean shot off and knocked the loose
ball out of bounds with 1.9 seconds left, which allowed
Michigan to ice the victory.
Clement's offensive surge started with about two min-
utes left when she ran a give and go with Minnfield that put
Clement's defender on the ground and freed the sophomore
for an open three that gave Michigan a 59-58 advantage.
After each team stalled offensively, Clement was

fouled and split a pair of free throws to give Michigan a
60-58 lead.
Michigan pressed after the free throws, and Athletes in
Action took advantage of poor rotation by making a layup
to tie the score.
On Michigan's ensuing possession, sophomore Ta'Shia
Walker - who scored a team-high 20 points - was fouled as
she drove to the baseline. She calmly made both free throws.
After Molly McDowell, who finished with game-high 28
points for the Athletes in Action, knocked a leaning jump-
shot off the backboard from about 15 feet away to cut Mich-
igan's lead to two, Walker missed a lay-up and committed a
foul in the scramble for the ball. Athletes in Action scored
four unanswered points before Clement's final shot.
The back and forth nature of the final few minutes reflect-
ed the atmosphere of the rest of the game.
Neither team held a lead of more than seven points as
they exchanged the lead throughout. Michigan held its larg-
est margin early in the second half when it jumped out to a
36-29 advantage.
Freshman Carly Benson's putback off Walker's missed
layup early in the second half fed the Wolverine's momen-
tum. Benson finished the night with 10 points and multiple
deflections that lead to Athletes in Action turnovers.
Athletes in Action created a 13-point swing to hold a six
point lead at multiple times in the second half. With less than
five minutes remaining, Michigan trailed by six and Burnett
called a timeout before the Wolverines turned the tide and
eventually took the lead with a few seconds remaining.

Sophomore Krlsta
Clement hit a
4 trey with seven
seconds left.
Mfnds new scoring trio

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By Daniel Bromwich
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan women's basketball coach Cheryl Burnett
refuses to point to any player on her team as the go-to
But in its exhibition win on Tuesday night, the team
might have found three. Sophomore Ta'Shia Walker
started the game off strong, leading the team with 12
points in the first half on the way to a team-high 20.
After a first half in which the top scorer Walker had
just four points, freshman Carly Benson stepped up in
the second half. Benson showed off an array of domi-
nant post moves and displayed a silky-smooth jumper
on her way to 10 points.
And when the game came down to the wire and the
team needed outside shooting, the Wolverines turned to
their best long-distance marksman. Sophomore Krista
Clement scored seven of Michigan's final nine points,
including the game-winning three-point jumper from
the left wing with only seven seconds left.
"Krista's clutch," Walker said. "She came out and she
hit the big shot just like I know she can. Every time
Krista shoots, we're just like, 'it's butter.' She can real-
ly shoot."
The final play was drawn up for freshman point
guard Jessica Minnfield to penetrate the defense on the
left side of the paint. Walker was waiting on the weak
side and Clement was stationed in the left corner.
Minnfield had three options. If her defender let her
go, she could drive to the basket. If Clement's defender
came to help, she would be able to kick the ball outside
for the three pointer. And if Walker's defender decided
to help, she could potentially feed the low-post scoring
Although Burnett drew up the play, she received
input from Minnfield.

"Jessica kind of said 'How about this?' and the
coaches agreed," Clement said. "The nice thing about
that play is that it has a lot of options. Jess can go to
the basket, look for me or look for 'Shia coming around
the back side."
The Wolverines looked early and often for Walker,
who wanted to establish a presence down low from the
very beginning. She single-handedly kept Michigan in
the game early, hitting four field goals and each of her
four free-throw attempts in the first half while playing
a team-high 16 minutes.
All this was accomplished with a right wrist taped up
to help with a sprain.
The team already knew Clement could shoot from
outside and Walker would be a dominant presence down
low. But Benson's performance had Burnett and Walker
- as well as the rest of the team - very excited.
"Carly Benson played a heck of a ballgame," Walker
said. "She came out strong. She battled with the big
girls inside. I'm really proud of the way she played."
Benson scored four of the team's first six points and
continued her contributions into the second half. She
put back a missed layup of Walker's early in the half,
and then added two strong post moves for buckets. She
would have had a three-point play on the second field
goal but a Wolverine lane violation negated her suc-
cessful free-throw attempt.
With outside scoring coming from Clement, mid-
range and post scoring from Benson and consistent
scoring down low from Walker, Michigan looks to fea-
ture a balanced three-point attack for the duration of
the season. Burnett will concede at least this much.
"We did find out who we want the ball in the hands
of," Burnett said. "Yes, we want the ball in Krista's
hands, yes, we want the ball in Ta'Shia's hands, and
I think Carly Benson is going to become a big scorer
for us."


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