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Friday, February 8, 2008- 9


Late push
in first half
keeps Blue
in game
Daily Sports Writer
With 3:47 left in the first half,
Michigan coach Kevin Borseth glared
at the the Crisler Arena scoreboard.
His team had just 19 points, and
was trailing Penn State by eight.
"I thought, wow, we got to get out of
this funk somehow," Borseth said.
In the first half, Michigan struggled
offensively, driving to the basket only
to miss one easy shot after another.
"It was horrific," Borseth said. "We
didn't seem to have any rhythm."
The Wolverines shot a mediocre
9-of-27 from the floor in the first half,
but kept it close with four 3-pointers.
To add to Michigan's shooting
woes, Penn State made eight of its first
ten 10 shots.
But Penn State managed just three
baskets in the rest of the half.
While Borseth stewed about the
score, junior Carly Benson broke the
Wolverines scoring funk with a 3-
pointer from the top of the key.
Feeding off that momentum, junior
Jessica Minnfield drove to the paint
on the next two possessions, drawing
fouls and making all four free throws.
"The first half was awful," Benson
said. "When we finally started to pull
things together a bit, it gave us a little
confidence, that we could actually
make a shot tonight and pull this out."
The Wolverines went into halftime
"To go into halftime down by one,
after that first half performance, when
everyone thought this game is over,
we were pretty lucky," Borseth said
Preparation is everything: After
losing to the Lady Lions in State Col-
lege Jan. 20, Borseth learned his les-
son. He wouldn't let Penn State's
strong backcourt control the pace.
The Wolverine defense disrupted
Penn State's flow by deflecting passes
and playing physical down low, pre-
venting the Lady Lions from easily
slashing to the paint.
"We made some things more diffi-
See NOTEBOOK, Page 10

Lady Lions
for victory
Daily Sports Writer
From lights-out 3-point shooting
to a little bit of "luck," the Michigan
women's basketball team has had to
depend on a little bit of everything in
its first 12 wins.
But the 13th was different.
"For the first time all year, I thought
we outplayed somebody," Michigan
coach Kevin Borseth said. "I thought
we deserved to win that game."
Last night, the Wolverines notched
a convincing 68-53 victory over the
Lady Lions at Crisler Arena.
Michigan's aggressive second-half
defense led it to victory. Trailing by
one at halftime, the Wolverines forced
five early turnovers and turned them
into 12 points. The run set the pace for
the remainder of the stanza as Michi-
gan wouldn't relinquish the lead.
But at the start, it didn't seem like
the Wolverines deserved anything.
Penn State ran all over Michigan, and
the Wolverines failed to convert open
"We couldn't get anything going at
all," Borseth said.
But Penn State couldn't pull away.
After going 8-for-10 for the first eight
minutes of the game, the Lady Lion
offense cooled, allowing the Wolver-
ines to keep pace. Michigan (6-6 Big
Ten, 13-9 overall) didn't make its first
serious run until there- were three
minutes remaining in the first half.
"It gave us a confidence boost, like,
'We're in this game,' " sophomore
Krista Phillips said. "At halftime,
we're only down one and we're not
even playing our greatest."
But coming out of the locker room,
the Wolverines seemed to find their
The Michigan defense prevented
Penn State (4-7, 13-10) from getting
more than two players in double-dig-
its for the first time since they played
Michigan State on Jan. 13. The Lady
Lions' top-scorer, Kamela Gissendan-
ner, was held to just four points after
the break.
ENN IF ER KRON/Daily The Wolverines complemented
their strong defense by tying their
See PENN STATE, Page 10

Junior Jessica Minnfield's eight assists keyed Michigan's win over Penn State last night.

Big hype for big weekend
By NATE SANDALS ing into the series with a four-game
Managing SportsEditor winless streak, Michigan coach Red
Berenson isn't convinced the teams
When $12 tickets are going on are as close as the numbers indicate.
eBay for more than $100, you've got "They're obviously a top team, so
a big event on your hands. it's a big test for us," Berenson said.
And when the tickets are for a col- "We'rejusttryingtogetbetter. We're
lege hockey game in Oxford, Ohio, trying to get back up to where we
something gigantic must be happen- need to be to even compete against a
ing. team like that."
That's certainly the case for this Competing against No. 1 teams is
weekend's showvdown between No. something Michigan has struggled
1 Miami (Ohio) with in recent seasons. In the last
and No. 2 Michi- Michigan 10 years, Michigan has played eight
gan, which begins games against top-ranked teams.
tonight at Steve at Miami They've won just once (2001 against
Cady Arena. (Ohio) Michigan State).
Even for a top- But Michigan might actually have
tier showdown Matchup: a psycholo vantage lain
etMichigan 22- pyhlgical adatg plyin
between Michi- 2-3 Miami against Miami. For the first time this
gan and a school in 25-3-0 season, the Wolverines are the clear
southern Ohio, this underdogs. After struggling against
one may be just a bit 8:05 PMonight a lesser Northern Michigan team
too hyped. last weekend, the new role is a wel-
"I'm trying to Where: Steve come change for the Wolverines.
sell my tickets right Tady Arena "Before, we were expected to
now," senior alter- CSTV win," Kolarik said. "Right now,
nate captain Chad we're expected to lose. We've got to
Kolarik joked. "I play with a little desperation down
wouldn't pay that there."
much to see a college hockey game Michigan plans to come out with
- especially when it's on TV." a more physical style of play than it
Still, it's hard not to get excited has shown in recent weekends. The
for the weekend, considering it will hope is that the hard hitting will lead
be the only time the Wolverines and to an early goal, which will take the
RedHawks meet in the regular sea- RedHawk fans out of the game.
son. Either Michigan or Miami has Most importantly, the Wolverines
held the No. 1 ranking in national can't let their opponents or the hype
polls for most of the season. surrounding the weekend dictate
The stats suggest this matchup the game they play. "This weekend's
will be as big as the hype. Miami and definitely going to be a big weekend,
Michigan are the top teams in the but we've got to stay focused in the
country in both goals for and goals dressing room," freshman Louie
against. Miami goalie Jeff Zatkoff Caporusso said.
4 and Michigan goalie Billy Sauer are Michigan made it to No. 1 by play-
first and second in both goals against ing its own game on its own terms. It
average and save percentage. will have to do the same to get back
But because Michigan is com- to the top.

After losing his starting job, Grady
finds his voice to get it back

Daily Sports Editor
Off the court, Kelvin Grady
has a problem.
He won't shut up.
On the court, he has another
He won't speak up.
After Grady
started the first Penn State
13 games of the
season, redshirt at Michigan
junior C.J. Lee Matchup:
replaced him Penn State
in the starting 11-11; Michi-
lineup for seven tan 5-17
games. When: Satur-
Michigan day 4 P.M.
coach John Where:
Beilein brought Crisler Arena
in Lee hoping to TV/Radio:
gain a floor gen- Big Ten Net-
eral who com- work
municated with
his teammates.
If Grady had wanted to stay in
the starting lineup, all he had to
do was speak up.
"I didn't really do much of
that in high school," said Grady,
who initially felt uncomfortable
directing veteran teammates on
the court.
For nearly a month, Grady
caine off the bench and struggled
to find an offensive rhythm. After
recognizing why Beilein put him
on the bench, Grady worked on
developing his leadership skills.
"You can't control your speed
or your strength, but you can
control how much you talk,"
Beilein said. "And I know it's
something we've gotten better

Freshman Kelvin Grady looks to keep up his improved play and leadership against Penn State tomorrow.

and better at through the year."
Off the court, it's another
story. Grady's problem is keeping
quiet. His roommate, freshman
Manny Harris, described him as
someone who talks all the time.
"They can't get me to stop
talking," Grady said.
He's been working on bringing
that outspokenness to the court.
Last week, a much-louder
Grady returned to the starting
Tuesday night at Ohio State,
he reached double digits for the

first time in more than a month.
More importantly, he grasped a
lesson Beilein has been impart-
ing on his young team - forget
the past and live in the present.
Grady opened Tuesday's game
with a missed 3-pointer. But
Grady hit his next shot from the
floor and four field goals in the
game - his most in six weeks.
He will have his resiliency
tested again tomorrow when
Michigan (1-9 Big Ten, 5-17 over-
all) plays Penn State (3-7, 11-11)
at Crisler Arena. The Wolverines

have lost six in a row and 11 of
their last 12.
Coming off a close loss to Ohio
State, Michigan will be chal-
lenged to bounce back from a
missed opportunity.
Depending on how the Wol-
verines respond, another oppor-
tunity might present itself
Check The Game at www.
for news from Beilein's
Friday press conference.

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