4B - Monday, March 10, 2008
The Michigan Daily - michigandailycom
Hawkeyes use size, depth to dominate Blue
Rotating Iowa lineup
stifles Michigan in paint
By CHRIS MESZAROS
Daily Sports Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - In the Michigan
women's basketball team's 58-37 loss to
Iowa on Friday afternoon, size mattered.
Iowa coach Lisa Bluder rotated her
the Big Ten Tour- NOTEBOOKna-
ment quarterfinal to
keep her forwards rested. Iowa's depth up
front allowed the Hawkeyes to dominate
the glass, outrebounding Michigan 46-24.
"They'rebig, and they're aveteranteam,"
Michigan coach Kevin Borseth said.
The Wolverines had trouble penetrat-
ing into the lane, especially with center
Krista Phillips on the bench for much of
the second half.
She was taken out after playing weak
defense against the Hawkeye forwards in
the first half. But without her in the game,
Michigan's interior offense down low was
The Wolverines scored just four points
in the paint in the second half and allowed
Iowa to pick up 14 offensive rebounds for
the game while getting just five of their
own. The Hawkeyes' second-chance
points made a 16-point difference in the
"They were obviously a lot bigger than
some of our guards, so we just had a hard
time when we got into the lane," junior
Carly Benson said. "We were doing a pret-
ty good job getting to the basket. We just
were getting our shots blocked and get-
ting pretty physical, so we weren't getting
many rebounds after we shotit."
While Iowa's forwards dominated the
boards, they were also the cog of Iowa's
offense, scoringthe majority of the Hawk-
Together, forwards Wendy Ausdemore
and Johanna Solverson and centers Stacy
Schlapkohl and Megan Skouby scored 35
of Iowa's 58 points.
LONE BRIGHT SPOTS: Although the
Wolverines were clearly outplayed by
Iowa, they excelled in taking the ball away
from the Hawkeyes.
The Wolverines created 17 turnovers
and stole the ball 11 times. Sophomore
Stephany Skrba led the Wolverines in
thievery with three steals. Seven Wolver-
ines had at least one steal.
"I'll tell you what, we turned them
over," Borseth said. "There was a stretch
we turned them over quite a few times ina
row. And they came down the other end of
the court, and couldn't make anything."
But despite the takeaways, Michigan
scored just nine points off turnovers and
had only four off fast breaks.
GOING OUT WITH A BANG: Michigan
senior Katie Dierdorf has seen little play-
ing time this season, but she made the
most of what she got on Friday.
Dierdorf entered the game with 3:44
remaining in the second half and the Wol-
verines trailingby 20. But she didn't let the
score get to her, making her first career 3-
pointer on her first career attempt.
"Wasn't it awesome? Her first career
three? That was really awesome," Borseth
said. "I was really happy for her. Katie's a
great kid, obviously has worked hard all
year long and really hasn't really gotten her
due. It's been tough for her. But she's been a
great team player. And to see her make that
three, her inside was probably just boiling
Sophomore Krista Phillips (left) and juniors Jessica Minnfield (center) and Carly Benson (right) sit on the
bench during Michigan's 58-37 loss toI lowa in the Big Ten Tournament on Friday afternoon.
Three wrestlers take Big Ten titles
with a a
Six qualify for to a 3-2 victory and Michigan's first
individual conference champion-
)coming NCAA ship by a true freshman since 1976.
The Wolverines claimed third
Fhampionships place Sunday at Big Ten Champi-
onships in Minneapolis.
The top-seeded Russell, the Big
By IAN KAY Ten Freshman of the Year, came
Daily Sports Writer into the championship meet with a
26-5 season record.
e scrambled on the mat in "I think he had proved through-
t period of their 141-pound out the season that he was capable
onship match, Minnesota's of (winning a Big Ten Champion-
I Rivera caught Michigan ship)," Michigan coach Joe McFar-
an Kellen Russell's foot land said. "He went out and set
quick single-leg shot. the pace in his matches and didn't
edown seemed inevitable. make too many mistakes."
once again, Russell was While Russell's win is an early
pery. He spun to counter highlight in an extremely prom-
sve and established posi- ising collegiate career, fifth-year
hind Rivera before wrap- senior captain Eric Tannenbaum
th arms around the Golden closed his Big Ten career on a simi-
's torso to establish control lar note.
ore the bout's only take- The 165-pound championship
match marked Tannenbaum's third
sequence propelled Russell Big Ten finals appearances. He was
victorious at 149 pounds as a red-
shirt freshman but lost to Iowa's
Mark Perry last year.
This year, Tannenbaum and
Perry matched up again, but Tan-
nenbaum was unfazed by the
Hawkeye's mobile technique in the
"Rather than worrying about
trying not to get into scrambles, I
just worked through them," Tan-
The strategy proved effective,
as Tannenbaum caught Perry for
a takedown late in the first period
and eventually accumulated 2:20
of riding time. The match ended
with the score knotted at two, but
the time advantage gave Tannen-
baum the victory.
Redshirt junior Steve Luke
also faced a familiar opponent in
Minnesota's Gabriel Dretsch at 174
pounds. Luke had defeated Dretsch
twice this season.
Luke wasted little time in con-
tinuing the trend, scoring two
takedowns in the opening period
of a 5-3 decision win to defend his
title at 174 pounds.
The individual conference
championshipswill certainly make
for nice hardware in Michigan's
trophy case, but all three winners
and McFarland were quick to stress
that this weekend was about quali-
fying for NCAA Championships.
"I'm looking towards a National
Title, hopefully," said Tannen-
baum. "The Big Ten Title is some-
thing I've already done before, but
a National Championship in college
is something I haven't experienced,
so that remains the goal."
In addition to Michigan's three
champions, redshirt senior captain
Josh Churella, redshirt senior Jeff
Marsh, and redshirt junior captain
Tyrel Todd placed in the top five of
their respective weight classes to
qualify for NCAA Championships
in St. Louis in two weeks.
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