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Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 5A

'M' tops Indiana with five Seniors reflect on time at'M'

scoring in double figures

Wolverines nab 13
3-pointers, shoot
50 percent from
beyond the arc
Daily Sports Writer
After losing to in-state rival
Michigan State last Sunday, the
Michigan women's basketball
team needed to regain its mojo
and get back on track, especially
with just four games left in the
season. It INDIANA 76
struggled MICHIGAN 88
against the Spartans all night and
scored just 56 points.
Luckily for the Wolverines,
they played a team on Wednes-
day that gave them the shots they
were looking for - and they took
advantage of it.
Michigan (8-5 Big Ten, 15-10
overall) shot an incredible 50 per-
cent from beyond the 3-point arc
en route to a 88-76 win over Indi-
ana at Crisler Arena. The Wol-
verines had five players score in
double figures and a sixth player
who scored nine points.
"Making (3-point) shots is a
big part of our game," Michigan
coach Kevin Borseth said after
the game. "We had open shots and
we made them."
Indiana (3-11, 9-17) played most
ing Michigan shooters wide open
on the perimeter. The Wolverines
were able to take advantage of the
Hoosiers' gameplan, hitting shot

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a recent offensive slump the ball away - and this one we
e a team-high 19 points, didn't. This one we came back and
g five 3-pointers. answered."
were pretty much as a With all the momentum lost,
ble to get whatever shot Thompson hit her biggest shot
nted to," Reynolds said. of the night - a deep 3-pointer
g it around the perimeter, from the top of the key - that put
it in and out - everyone Michigan back in the driver's seat.
en, everyone was getting Two possessions later, she made a
driving layup to put the Wolver-
helping out the Wolver- ines up by eight, and they never
om the perimeter was lookedback.
tompson. The sophomore The Hoosiers were led by their
1 scored a career-high 18 stud senior guard Jori Davis, who
including 15 from beyond scored 27 points on 48 percent
hittingshots when Michi- shooting. She was the only reason
ded them most. Indiana kept it relatively close, as
she repeatedly made shots from
all over the court. It didn't mat-
ter though, as Michigan neutral-
e e 'was ized the rest of the Hoosiers; the
,everyone other four starters combined for
18 points.
1a Only three games remain in
the regular season, and even
shots." though Indiana is not atop the
Big Ten, this win might have
shifted the momentum back into
Michigan's favor. That remains
n by 18 with a little more to be seen, but the players seem to
minutes left in the game, think they are surging at the right
osiers began to mount a time.
ck against a seemingly "We have the momentum at the
)untable lead, using a lack end of the season right now, hope-
s by Michigan to storm fully we will get the next three
o the game. Before Bors- wins and get a bye into the Big
Id blink, Indiana went on Ten tournament and then carry
un to cut the Michigan that over and get a bid into the
two with seven minutes NCAA tournament," Reynolds
ng. said. "That's what's on my mind
y time we play these right now."

Daily Sports Writer
Michigan hockey seniors
Scooter Vaughan, Louie Capo-
russo, Chad Langlais and Matt
Rust were in unanimous agree-
ment on Wednesday.
The topic? Their most memo-
rable moment playing at Yost
Ice Arena.
Their answer? They all
agreed that the one game they
each would never forget came
three years ago when Capo-
russo scored the game-winning
goal with just 20.3 seconds left
to propel then-No. 2 Michigan
over then-No. 8 Notre Dame.
"(Notre Dame) played a great
game that night," Michigan
coach Red Berenson said after
practice on Wednesday. "We
had a line of (Brandon) Nau-
rato, (Travis) Turnbull, and
Caporusso and they ended up
scoring the goal on a faceoff.
That was a huge goal, and for a
freshman to score in that game,
that was a big game.
"It was one of those games
where it just took on a life of its
own. They'd have to remember
The 13th-ranked Wolverines'
entire senior class will be hon-
ored at Yost during their final
regular season home game
on Saturday against Western
Michigan. The seven senior
class members - minus goal-
tender Shawn Hunwick who
will not be honored this week-
end, as he is projected to return
for his last remaining year of
eligibility - boast an impres-
sive resume.
The 2011 Wolverine class has
won three of four Great Lakes
Invitational championships,
one regular season CCHA title,

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nior night is) something Tournament and has already
I never thought would clinched a first-round bye.
Caporusso said. "I Heading into this weekend's
ht it was such a far ways series with Western Michigan,
thing, but it sneaks up on Michigan's top three point-
al quick. getters are seniors Carl Hage-
w we're here and starting lin (38), Caporusso (24) and
rish every moment I have Rust (19). Complimenting the
re." offense, Langlais has never
h a 107-45-9 total record missed a game as a Wolverine,
games and a 55-12-4 making 161 total starts during
1 at home, the seniors his Michigan career and ranks
nade their time at Michi- third on the defense with 12
unt. points this season.
Both Vaughan andsenior
Ben Winnett have been play-
ing better hockey as each week
['m) starting progresses, with Vaughan
reaching double digits in goals
cherish every for the first time in his career
this past weekend.
oment I have And while senior goaltender
1 .Bryan Hogan has been plagued
left here. by a groin injury for the past
few months, he still owns a
7-2-0 record to his name this
s class has reached the Headlined by a senior class
Tournament in each of deep with playoff experience,
ast three seasons - los- the upperclassmen are heading
the Frozen Four to Notre into the stretch run with a ton
in 2008, falling to Air of confidence.
in the regional in 2009 "That class has been through
ropping a heartbreaker a lot," Berenson said. "They are
mi (Ohio) in the regional a real solid class.... They just go
ast season. through (being seniors) once,
st year was the first year but I go through it every year.
years that we fell out of But they're a class your team
p-20 rankings, but we still will definitely miss.
it," Vaughan said. "We "Putting guys like Rust and
a way to keep on keepin' Carl on the ice in crunch-time
e have a good class. Every situations and being able to
hat comes here is pretty trust them. Next year that's
though. going to be a challenge, look-
t we're just kind of a ing down the bench and looking
one so there's going to for those go-to players that we
are impact players your have the luxury of having this
year." year."

guys, it's almost a mirror image
of what you just saw," Borseth
said. "These last two times that
we played them and they did

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