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The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com
Former Michigan wide receiver Mario Manningham (82) made this 38-yard catch late in the fouth quarter to set up the Giants' game-winn g scari ng drie
shine in Super Bowl
Freshmen pick up
the missing pieces
By MICHAEL LAURILA by the experienced Boylan. Har-
DailySports Writer ris looked cool and collected,
tallying just one turnover in her
During the Michigan women's 14 minutes, but only scoring two
basketball team's loss to Michi- points. On multiple plays, she
gan State on Sunday, freshman had an open look, and instead of
guard Nicole Elmblad received a taking the shot or driving to the
pass from senior guard Courtney basket, she passed it.
Boylan, spotted up and knocked "Where Courtney is kind of
down a 3-pointer from the corner a savvy, strong point guard and
of the floor. takes care of the ball, Brenae
Elmblad had an air of con- plays at a faster pace," Borseth
fidence in her shot, which is said. "She's quick and explosive.
something that hasn't been there She can guard you one-on-one,
often this season. Prior to the she can press the ball, and she
beginning of conference play on can get you moving in transition,
Dec. 30, Elmblad started every but we haven't really given her an
game in frontcof junior guard Nya opportunity yet to do it."
Jordan, who suffered a season-
ending knee injury the previ-
ous year and hadn't seemed
100-percent healthy. But as the "(Elmblad)
Wolverines entered the heart of
their Big Ten schedule, Michi- understands the
gan coach Kevin Borseth was
looking for more experience rivalry."
and decided to move Jordan
into the starting five.
This change in the line-up
reduced Elmblad's playing time The freshmen also allow
by five minutes per game. Michigan to give opposing
And though Elmblad didn't teams looks that they haven't
start the game against the Spar- seen before. Both games against
tans, the freshman tallied a Northwestern and Michigan
season-high 35 minutes. Elm- State were second encounters for
blad also made the most of her the Wolverines this season, and
increased playing time, going Sheffer said it's nice to throw in
2-for-2 from behind the are and people who match up differently.
finishing with 8 points, a season- As the Wolverines go into the
high. final leg of their season, the two
"I put (Jordan) in there and freshmen will continue to play an
they just sat off of her," Borseth important role. But no one knows
said. "We just didn't feel com- what specific role that will be.
fortable offensively because (Jor- Borseth has shown all season
dan's) man was kind of sitting on that he will change the line-up
(junior forward Rachel Sheffer's) at any point during a game if the
backside the entire while. situation calls for it.
"I didn't know that we had With the experience that Elm-
enough things for Nya to do blad and Harris continue to get,
offensively when somebody Borseth should continue to feel
wasn't guarding her ... but Nicole more and more comfortable put-
came in and they had to guard ting them on the court. Though
her because she made a couple of neither has been anywhere near
threes. It was a big game for her, a scoring leader for Michigan
obviously. She understands the this season, they've shown the
rivalry, so I thought she played potential that they can be.
really well." While they aren't the flashi-
Along with Elmblad, fresh- est players on the court, they
man Brenae Harris has also seen could be important down the
an increase in playing time as of line, when the Wolverines con-
late. When Michigan defeated tinue to look for their first NCAA
Northwestern on Feb. 2, the Ohio Tournament berth in more than
native played 14 minutes against 10 years.
the Wildcats - six more than her "I think having younger peo-
season average. ple in there and giving them
Harris was given the task of experience for even later in the
runningthe point against North- season is awesome," said senior
western, which is usually done guard Carmen Reynolds.
ed at Sr
By ALEX LEVINE of New York quarterback Eli
For the Daily Manning.
He angled toward the sideline
higan was well-represent- and made a beeline downfield.
uper Bowl XLVI in India- Manningham quickly beat the
on Sunday, and it was cornerback and saw the safety
Wolverine wide receiver coming across the field to help.
Manningham's late-game Manning lofted the pass between
that helped the New York the defenders and onto Manning-
seal their 21-17 victory ham's fingertips. He cradled the
t New England Patriots. ball and tap-danced his way up
York and New England the sideline for -
ave two Michigan alumni a 38-yard catch
r roster: Manningham and - the longest
David Baas for the Giants, play of the day "I knee
arterback Tom Brady and - before being
Zoltan Mesko for the forced out of COuldn 1
s. bounds. 1ball
y'dilusrrious NFL career Manning to
n well-documented, with Manningham.
. 12 jersey splashed on "I knew I
ne covers and filling store had to freeze
the three-time Super Bowl my feet when the ball touched my
on was less than four fingertips," Manningham said in
s from his fourth champi- the post-game press conference.
when Manningham stole "Wherever I was at when the ball
w - and the ring. hit my fingertips, I just froze my
3:46 remaining and the feet and fell.
trailing by two, Manning- "I knew I was either going to
ned up at his own 12-yard get hit or hit the ground. I knew
e lone receiver'to the left something was going to happen,
but I knew that I couldn't let that
Just like that, a player that
used to represent the Maize and
Blue was standing out for another
kind of blue - Big Blue.
"For the next50 years,you'llbe
watching replays of that catch if
the Giants come back to win this
game," NBC color commentator
Chris Collinsworth said during
did win the
w that I game. Man-
t let that catch brought
the Giants to
go. midfield and
set up their
came with just under a minute
Manningham might never
make another catch like it, but he
secured a spot in Super Bowl lore
because he made one catch at just
the right time. .
"Good thing I wear its," Man-
ningham said of his shoe size.
"Because if I wore eleven-and-a-
halves, I don't think I'd have been
Manningham, a third-round
Giants' draft pick in 2008, was
slotted at third on the depth
chart at wide receiver, but his
quarterback believed Manning-
ham would be the unsung hero.
"I had a feeling he would have
a good day," Manning told NFL.
com on Monday. "I talked to him
all week, saying 'if teams want to
double Hakeem (Nicks) and Vic-
tor Cruz and if that leaves you
singled up, you're going to have
to play well.'"
Manningham finished with
five catches for 73 yards, with.
56 of those yards coming on the
winning fourth-quarter drive.
Brady finished with 276 pass-
ing yards on 27-for-41 passing
and a pair of touchdowns in the
Super Bowl. But it was a split
decision for the Michigan Men.
Brady, like Mesko, went home
empty-handed, while Baas and
Manningham stood amid confet-
ti and celebrated their first NFL
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