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Wolverines bounce back

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Freshman forward Boo Nieves said the team's mentality changed entering last weekend's series against Lake Superior State.
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ByGREG GARNO Despite their ninth-place our responsibility is to defend
Daily Sports Writer ranking in the conference, the our ice here."
Wolverines' (5-11-2-2, 8-14-21) Michigan will be riding it's
lowing a three-game los- demeanor has changed for the own offensive hot streak, com-
reak, the Michigan hockey better. ing from a slew of players who
arrived at Lake Superior Their attitude alone won't be haven't consistently produced in
last weekend with a des- enough, though, as the Broncos the past. Junior forward Luke
e attitude, boast the third-best defense in Moffatt led the Wolverines in
ed by its the NCAA, allowing just 1.88 goals over the weekend with two
ity to put Michigan goals per game. Sophomore goal- in Friday's game, despite being
her a win. at Western tender Frank Slubowski, ranked shut down Saturday.
after in the nation's top 10 with a .920 Although he didn't record a
ng with Michigan save percentage, is part of the point, sophomore forward Alex
Lakers - Matchup: reason behind Western Michi- Guptill will be called upon to
ot feeling Michigan 17-7; gan's success. continue taking cracks at the net
ad know- WMU 17-9 Michigan, on the other hand, after leading the team in shots
heir previ- When: Friday ranks 54th out of 59 teams in against Lake Superior State.
opponents 7:05 P.M., goals against nationally, allow- The power-play unit, ranked
ted the Saturday ing 3,5 per game as it struggles 49th out of 59 teams nationally
wo teams 7:35 p.m. to find a consistent netminder. with 13 goals on 100 chances,
e confer- Where: Law- Junior goaltender Adam Janecyk has also bounced back over the
the Wol- son Ice Arena is expected to start again, even weekend, under freshman defen-
es are TV/Radio: Fri- after giving up seven goals in two seman Jacob Trouba's leadership.
igh spir- day: Comcast games against the Lakers. The Winnipeg Jets draft pick has
Michigan Saturday: "It doesn't matter who we're recorded five of his eightgoals on
travel to FS Detroit playing - it's a huge series for the season on the power play, and
nazoo this us," Berenson said. "We know continues to reap the benefits of
end for a there's only 10 games left, and we the return of junior defenseman
:ame set with No. 9 Western know we're going to have to do Jon Merrill.
gan (10-4-2-1 CCHA, 14-6- our work on the road." Western Michigan ranks 19th
rall), which is tied for first Janecyk will be tested by the on the power play, scoring on 24
HA. Broncos' leading goal-scorer of 123 chances while sitting at
think our mentality really Dane Walters, who has 11 on the 11th place in the NCAA in penalty
ed going into Lake State," season. Walters has been far and kills. The Broncos have killed off
freshman forward Boo away Western Michigan's go-to an impressive 84 out of 97 chant-
s. "We definitely took a step leader, but Janecyk has had suc- es this season.
e right direction, and our cess against the Broncos in the The Broncos are coming off of
mentality is definitely going past. His first start of the season a series split with Bowling Green.
right place." came in a 2-0 victory on Dec. 15 Western Michigan has won three
ded Michigan coach Red against the Broncos, when he of its last four meetings with
son: "I think there's a new recorded 25 saves in his first- Michigan, including last year's
of energy on the whole career shutout. CCHA championship.
We can't keep relying on "We expect toplay hard and "It'll be tough," Nieves said.
eek or the week before last, win," said Western Michigan "Strategy can only get you so far.
hink you're as good as your coach Andy Murray. "I don't It comes down to will, determi-
ame, and our team feels like care whether it's the Detroit Red nation and coming together as a
e starting to play better." Wings coming into this weekend, team to figure it out."

Michigan easily
downs Indiana to
avenge its first loss
in 11 games
By ALEXA DETTELBACH
Daily Sports Writer
After dropping its first con-
ference game of the season
against Penn State on Monday,
the Michigan women's basket-
ball team hit the road to face
Indiana (1-5 Big Ten, 10-9 over-
all), and it didn't miss a beat.
The 23rd-ranked Wolverines
started off slowly, but never
looked back once they got their
offense going, winning 61-43.
After a season-worst 27-per-
cent shooting from the field
against
Penn State, MICHIGAN 61
Michigan INDIANA 43
(5-1, 16-3)
found more success on offense,
shooting 42.6 percent from the
field.
"I thought we came out a lit-
tle tight," said Michigan coach
Kim Barnes Arico. "I don't
necessarily think we came out
ready to play from the get-go.
But after the first few minutes, I
think we woke up a little bit and
really started to play well and
(we) ended the first half strong.
And I really like how we came
out and started the second half
as well."
The Wolverines went into
halftime with a 13-point lead
and came out fast in the second
to build their lead to as much as
24.
But with 11 minutes remain-
ing, the Hoosiers went on a 10-0
run that stopped Michigan's
momentum and cut its lead to
13. After a timeout, the Wol-
verines continued to struggle,
enduring a 6:49 stretch without
scoring, but were able to pull
away in the end.
The last time these two
teams met, on Jan. 3, senior for-
ward Nya Jordan had a dou-
ble-double with 14 points and
12 rebounds., Tonight proved
no different, and Jordan ended
the game with 10 points and
added 11 rebounds. It was
the fourth time this year that
she has grabbed double-digit
rebounds.
Meanwhile, the play of
senior forward Kate Thomp-
son was vaguely familiar to the
last time these teams squared
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or Thompson who was mark, Sheffer continued her
oreless until the last five hot streak. She ended the game
s of the first half. She with 19 points, 12 of which were
the game with 13 points scored in the first half.
r-9 shooting frombehind "I thought Rachel did a tre-
mendous job of really recog-
hought (Indiana was) nizing what the officials were
trying to take Kate out," letting go and not letting go,"
Arico said. "They did a Barnes Arico said. "She really
b at that." did a great job to get to the free-
he other side of the court, throw line, and we talked about
that at halftime.
"I didn't think we did as good
a job in the second half (with
ter the first our free throws). They did a
better job at getting to the free-
v minutes, I throw line in the second half.
That's what,(helped) their run."
Fouls ended up being the big
UP." storyline for the Wolverines,
who found huge success (14-
for-18) at the line, including
11-for-13 in the first half. Senior
guard Jenny Ryan found herself
an held the Hoosiers' in foul trouble early in the sec-
scorer, forward Aulani ond half, after picking up three
r, to just 14 points on quick fouls, but she ended the
ent shooting, below.her game with 10 points and seven
nts per game average. rebounds.
sigan heavily relied on The' Wolverines have little
nd-leading scorer, senior time to rest, with their next
Rachel Sheffer. Four days game only three days away
eaching the 1,000-point against Iowa in Ann Arbor.

ROBINSON
From Page 10
talent, Robinson is proving to be
the most important Wolverine
freshman.
This weekit was the dunk over
Byrd; last week it was a 360-dunk
against Minnesota.
These highlight-reel plays are
what get the attention, but that's
not necessarily where Robinson's
value lies.
The hyper-athletic freshman
is leading the team in rebounds,
averaging even more than
McGary and redshirt junior Jor-
dan Morgan, two big men whose
biggest jobs are rebounding and
defense.
On Thursday, Robinson got
most of his nine boards from the
wing, from where he was able to
crash into the post. He's 6-foot-
6, but he's quick and agile, so
he gets his rebounds from out-
maneuvering, not out-muscling.
Offensively, he has the high-
est field-goal percentage of any-
one who isn't a post player on
the team, but his range extends
from the post to the 3-point line,
where he is shooting 41 percent.
He also plays like an upper-
classman, and is the calming
THE HEB:

presence of this talented, hyped
freshman class. McGaryis known
for his energy, his screams and
his frantic pump-up gestures to
the crowd. Guard Nik Stauskas is
known for the goggles he forms
on his face with his hands after
he makes a 3-pointer.
Robinson is known for his
highlight-reel plays and the focus
and intensity that come with
them.
"He's just doing the little
things to make our team better
and knocking down open shots,"
said junior forward Tim Hard-
away Jr.
On Thursday, Purdue could
have been just any other team,
another Big Ten opponent Michi-
gan needed to defeat at home.
Robinson makes those plays
against everyone, not just the
Boilermakers.
The stare, though, gave it
away.
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MICHIGAN
From Page 10
Stauskas guarded Byrd in the
first half, but after leaving the
Boilermakers' second-leading
scorer open on, multiple occa-
sions,' the Michigan coaching
staff decided in the locker room
to let junior guard Tim Hard-
away Jr. defend Byrd. It worked,
as Byrd was held scoreless in the
second half, and Purdue failed to
connect on a single 3-point bas-
ket after halftime.
"Nik is improving like crazy
with his defense," Beilein said.
"But when he was guarding D.J.

Byrd, he forgot that D.J. Byrd is
him - he can shoot from deep.
"Tim has really become not
only really good at guarding the
particular person, but getting
Nik and everybody else, Glenn,
where they should be. ... When
D.J. Byrd got going, we just said,
'Alright, (Nik's) still a work in
process."
Burke paced Michigan in the
first half, scoring seven points
and adding four assists, but his
3-of-lO 3-point shooting and six
turnovers allowed the visiting
Boilermakers to not just keep
pace with the high-flying Wol-
verines, but enter halftime tied,
33-32.

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