2B- Monday, February 10, 2014
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A familiar fate:'M' falls to Boilermakers
th, inexperience Barnes Arico has been frank
d inconsistency in her prognoses for her team
all season long, and Sunday's
gue Wolverines postgame musings were no
that's seven deep at best,
By LEV FACHER contending with the best teams
Daily Sports Writer the Big Ten has to offer and
coping with one of the league's
'er one to lose toughest travel schedules seem
ective, Kim Barnes Arico to have finallytaken their toll on
eartedly blamed her the inexperienced Wolverines.
fourth defeat in its last For the second time in three
mes on its pink sleeves. tries, Michigan failed to take
she paused and took a care of business at home against
s stab at analyzing the a conference opponent it had
gan women's basketball's previously beaten on the road.
loss to Purdue, offering The lone pair of wins came
only rational explanation against Wisconsin, the current
the Wolverines' third owner of a 3-8 Big Ten record.
cutive home loss. "Nobody likesgetting swept,"
urdue) played like a more said junior forward Cyesha
ienced team down the Goree. "That makes them want
h," Barnes Arico said. to come out and play harder ... at
g a coach with a lot of the same time, we have to take
of experience, when you care of business at home."
tough games like that, Goree did her best to make
a year or sure business
way." was taken
short: the "(Purdue) played care of,
is there, pulling
ork ethic like a more down seven
e, and the offensive
ence is experienced team." rebounds
come. In and scoring
neantime, 12 points in
something that comes about
with age, seasoning and
experience, Barnes Arico said.
With the prospect of an NCAA
Tournament at-large bid gone,
Barnes Arico seems content
to play the waiting game. She
knows the odd carelessturnover
fromsophomore guard Madison
Ristovski and the rare shot
clock violation when Thompson
doesn't realize she only has two
seconds left to shoot will be
largely a thing of the past when
she and the Wolverines give the
Big Ten a third go-round.
Even Driscoll and Goree
- veterans by class but still
relative newcomers in terms of
in-game experience - made the
relatively non-veteran mistake
of getting into major foul
trouble early in the second half.
With both forwards burdened
with three personal fouls and-
no size on the bench to give
them a break, Michigan's ability
to play aggressive defense in
the low post was gote, and,
the Wolverines' prospects of a
comeback vanished with it.
Senior forward Val Driscoll scored 10 points, but the Wolverines dropped their third of four games in a loss to Purdue.
Michigan falters late again,
suffers home loss to Purdue
point shooting counts," said Michigan coach
Kim Barnes Arico.
ps Boilermakers The other key pair of treys
,r, gave the Boilermakers their
1 away from iM first lead. With Purdue down
two with 13 minutes to go,
By MAX COHEN Boilermaker guard Dee Dee
Daily SportsEditor Williams pulled up from beyond
the arc and drained a 3-pointer
aley Morrissette made her togive herteam a40-39 lead. On
ight in front of Purdue's Purdue's next possession, guard
Hayden Hamby made another
the MICHIGAN 56 one, and the Boilermakers never
eter. PURDUE 65 trailed again.
Michigan fought back from
the next Boilermakers the first pair of 3-pointers, but
ssion, April Wilson the Wolverines didn't make
ed it from deep on the enough shots to pull off one
side of the court with final run. Michigan cut the lead
conds left in the game. to one with 5:18 left when senior
r. forward Val Driscoll battled
er 38 minutes of evenly Boilermaker defenders in the
ted basketball, Purdue interior to grab an offensive
I away late in the 65-56 rebound and lay it back in. But
y over the Michigan the Wolverines failed to score
n's basketball team. The on their next possessions, and
rines the deficit held
No. 25 at one until
e to five Morrissette
iters, "You think and Wilson
ie shots' broke things
ness we'd win, right? open.
theI Early on, a
makera That's what combination
ory. '. of improved
due's thought, too. Michigan
in pairs. The latter group stifled Purdue. The
ed off Michigan (6-5 Big Boilermakers didn't make a
5-9 overall) in a half in field goal in the first 8:30 of the
neither team led by more game, starting 0-for-11 from
ix points until the final the field before guard April
e. With Purdue (7-5, 17-7) Wilson drilled a 3-pointer. The
ne, Boilermaker guards Wolverines held Purdue star
ssette and Wilson took Courtney Moses without a field
e out of the Wolverines in goal for the entire game.
tal two minutes. "You'dthinkwe'dwin, right?"
the end of the day, you've Barnes Arico said. "That's what
o make plays when it I thought, too. That was the
Michigan's offense slowly
built a lead with a balanced
scoring effort that featured
seven Wolverines scoring
between two and six points
in the first half. Michigan
extended its lead to a high of 14
with 5:41 left before the break
when junior guard Shannon
Smith fought through contact in
the paint for a layup.
The tide turned when
Purdue began to speed up its
tempo. Michigan's familiar
habit of letting teams back
into games after taking leads
reared its head once again. The
Boilermaker offense emerged
from its slumber, closing the
first half on a 13-2 run and
cutting the Wolverines' lead to
two by the half.
"I think that has to do with
our mental lapses," Driscoll
said. "Kind of our lack of focus
at points. We need to be checked
in and focused."
Notes: Though Michigan lost
the game, the day had a greater
meaning for many Wolverines.
The game marked Michigan's
annual "pink" game to honorthe
life of former North Carolina
State coach Kay Yow and all
breast cancer survivors.
The team, coaches and many
fans wore pink to show their
support for the cause.
Leading up to the game, the
Wolverines heard the stories
of breast cancer survivors,
including Barnes Arico's mother,
in what was a memorable
moment for the coach.
"For her to be here for a
special day like that - our kids
got to hear her story and go
through that today - was really
nice for me," Barnes Arico said.
aren't opposed to enjoying a
silver lining or two.
"I actually thought we did
a great job of taking them out
of what they wanted to do,"
Barnes Arico said, praising
her team's ability to limit the
Boilermakers' ability to execute
their half-court offense.
The Wolverine defense
showed encouragingsigns oflife
early in the second half, holding
the Boilermakers without a field
goal through the game's first
eight minutes. But Barnes Arico
also cited Michigan's inability
to stop Purdue's transition game
as one of the game's deciding
effort. Senior forward Val
Driscoll and freshman guard
Siera Thompson contributed
10 points each, giving the
Wolverines the scoring balance
they're used to.
But in the end, as has been
the case in the last month, the
various pieces didn't come
together for the Wolverines.
And as has been the case in the
majority of Michigan's losses, an
extended run by the opposition,
this time late in the first half,
cost the Wolverines both their
lead and the game.
The ability to stop
those extended stretches
of helplessness might be
Straight games in which senior forward
Val Driscoll hastwoblocked shots.
Number of losses in the last four games
after startine the season 14-6
Michigan women's basketball coach Kim Barnes Arico has had few answers for her team's inconsistency of late.
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Seniors swim to blowout of Spartans
By AZALEA HINOJOSA of-the-leaderboard win in the swimmers. Bottom said.
For theDaily 50-yard freestyle. The message was clearly For 14 seniors, their time as
For the divers, sophomore received when freshman Bryan part of this program has nearly
The No. 2 Michigan men's Timothy Faerber took first in Hughes came up with his first concluded.
swimming and diving team's both the one-meter and the three- collegiate win in the 200-yard Aside from being the
chant of "M-I-C-H-I-G-A-N!" meter. Junior Kevin Bain and butterfly, beating his Spartan highest-ranked recruiting class
roared through Canham senior James Ross rounded out opponent by nearly two seconds. in the country, it's no doubt the
Natatorium on Saturday the top spots in the three-meter Hughes wasn't the only seniors have left the younger
afternoon as its seniors prepared dive by takingsecond (313.65) and underclassman to showcase swimmers with the challenge
for their final regular-season third (312.30), respectively. some of the talent Bottom can of living up to their success - a
meet. They didn't disappoint. But a few switches in the expect in the coming years. success that has encompassed
The undefeated Wolverines event lineups may have left fans Jason Chen, a fellow freshman three Big Ten Championships
(6-0 Big Ten, 9-0 overall) snagged wondering why sophomore and Hughes' high school and one NCAA championship
a first-place finish in every Dylan Bosch, undefeated in the teammate, stole first in the 100- over the last four years.
event, dominating in-state rival 200-yard butterfly this season, yard backstroke. Both Whitaker and Duckitt
Michigan State 172-103. and senior Connor Jaeger, 7-0 In some of the lengthier races, can testify to the fact that the
Among the top marks was in the 500-yard freestyle, didn't the Wolverines again prevailed. seniors have grown just as much
that of senior Kyle Whitaker, compete in their respective races. Junior Justin Glanda won the through their interaction with
an eight-time NCAA All- Instead, Jaeger, who normally 500-yard freestyle and freshman the younger swimmers.
American, who earned a first- finds himself in distance races, Cameron Stitt was victorious in "We've established a
place standing in the 100-yard landed a first-place finish in the the 400-yard individual medley culture with (the seniors),
breaststroke and the 100-yard 500-yard freestyle, while Bosch with a time of 4:00.37. Bottom said. "They've come in,
butterfly. Senior Kyle Duckitt won the 200-yard backstroke As the seniors signed posters and they were determined as a
also swam his way to a top finish with a time of 1:50.36. and T-shirts for fans after group."
in the 200-yard breaststroke, Michigan coach Mike Bottom the meet, the underclassmen But the seniors aren't quite
a first for him this season. said he believes that letting his quickly came together for a small done yet. They're prepared
Fifth-year senior Hasaan Abdel team try out different events will meeting in the corner of a pool led to defend their Big Ten
Khalik contributed nine of the help them understand that they by Bottom. Championship and perfectrecord
team's 172 points with a top- are athletes, and more than just "This is the team of the future," at home beginning Feb. 26.