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Wolverines rally to top Bucknell

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Transition spurns
M' over Hillsdale

By JACOB GASE
Daily Sports Writer
For the aecond straight game,
the Michigan women's basketball
team found itself battling more
adversity than expected against
a low-tier, non-conference
opponent.
A BUCKNELL 61
number MICHIGAN 68
of players
found themselves in foul trouble
all game, the tired defense
allowed a 26-13 run to close
the first half, and the offense
struggled with the turnover bug.
But yet again, the Wolverines
bailedthemselvesoutwith timely
shooting. Hitting 53.8 percent of
its shots from behind the arc and
riding strong performances from
two starting guards, Michigan
(2-0) eked out a 68-61 victory
over Bucknell on Sunday.
Senior guard and leading
scorer Shannon Smith exited
the kame with two fouls in the
first four minutes, forcing other
Wolverines to shoulder the
offensive load.
Sophomore guard Siera
Thompson keyed aS-1run in the
first half, knocking down three
3-pointers and forcing the Bison
into a22-8 hole early on.
After a defensive lapse allowed
Buck ell to take the lead early in
the second half, it was freshman
guard Katelynn Flaherty's turn.
to step up. After the Wolverines
fought back to claim a 50-47lead,
Flaherty hit a layup in heavy
traffic, and tk7e lead neverslipped
within one possession again.
Flaherty finished with a team-
high 15 points, shooting 6 of 9
from the floor.
"When (Smith) came out, we
distributed the ball as best we
could without her," Flaherty
said. "We did a good job holding
up herend of the points today."
Smith never quite lpoked
herself after the early fouls,
throwing up a few errant shots
and managing just seven.points.
Her saving grace was a 3-pointer
early in the second half that put

By MAX BULTMAN
Daily Sports Writer
It wasn't pretty at the start, but
by the end of the Michigan men's
. basketball team's 92-68 win over
,\lIi&lUdale, the familiar sights
of raining 3-pointers and two-
handed, breakaway dunks ruled
the day again.
Trailing early, the Wolverines
used their speed on defense and
in transition to grab a lead on the
Chargers they did not relinquish.
At the game's outset, the
Wolverines appeared to be
forcing shots from beyond the
are early in the shot clock. That,
combined with Hillsdale's
Stedman Lowry opening the
game with 11 points in the first
4:37, prompted the Wolverines
to amp up their intensity on
defense.
And once they did, they
found their rhythm. Creating
fast breaks led to easy dunks
and often resulted in open space
on the offensive end, leading
to uncontested 3-pointers.
Michigan made 9 of 11 triples to
close the first half after starting
0-for-3 from deep.
"I think they were a little more
comfortable with us sitting back
and trying to negotiate screens
and make sure we weren't getting
back cut and stuff like that,"
said sophomore guard Derrick
Walton Jr. "Once the guys kind
of put more heat on the ball, we
generated more steals and leak-
outs, and we're really good in
transition, so (we) got some easy
baskets."
Walton, sophomore forward
Zak Irvin and junior guard Caris
LeVert hit consecutive 3-pointers
in a one-minute span to pull
Michigan back into the game.
The Chargers operate out
of the swing offense, which
emphasizes ball motion around
the perimeter to create open
cuts to the basket. But while

Michigan worried about those
cuts, Hillsdale was hitting shots
from outside. Lowry sank two
triples in the first three minutes
before the Wolverines went to a
more aggressive defensive set.
Michigan went on a 28-9. run
over a 10-minute span in the
middle of the first half and went
into the break up 50-33. Of those
50 points,16 were off turnovers.
The Chargers cut the
Michigan lead to 10 early in the
second frame, but the Wolverines
clamped down again, allowing
just eight points in the last eight
minutes.
"We just put more pressure on
the ball," said Michigan coach
John Beilein. "Get the guy so he's
got to pivot a little bit more and
then get in some passing lanes.
That was the difference to let us
get away, or that could have been
an 8-10 point game."
One of the most active
defenders was freshman forward
Kameron Chatman, who had
three steals in the first half and
finished the game with four.
Chatman used his length to
break up telegraphed passes and
hit outlets to push the ball up
court.
And when the run was on,
LeVert was usually in the thick
of it. The junior finished with 21
points and nine assists, dishing if
he was pressed and taking lanes
when he saw them.
Michigan's superior speed and
athleticism showed in the open
court, while Hillsdale struggled
togetbackon defense.
"We were just talking more,
talking and communicating,
which led to getting in
transition," Irvin said. "When
our defense turns into our
offense, we're pretty good."

RUBY WALLAU/Oaily
SieraThompson helped the Michigan women's basketball team go on an early run, scoring 13 points total Sunday,

Michigan on top f
"It changes e
player's mindset,
up an early foul,'
coach Kim Bar
think that kind
with Shannon (s
she was kind of
out of it a little
bit. We have to
be smart. We'll
try to keep our
hands off and
try to set the
tone without
fouling."
Smith and
Flaherty each
finished with
four fouls, and
though Barnes Ar
with some of the:
the referee's ear
blocking foul on
violations were it

for good. physical defense Michigan was
ach individual forced to play.
when they pick The Wolverines' front court
said Michigan had its hands full as well. Senior
nes Arico. "I forward Cyesha Goree spent
of happened most of the game matched up
Smith) tonight, against Bison center Audrey
Dotson, who
put up 17
points and
"It changes each 11
11 rebounds.
player's mindset Another
senior
when they pick up forward,
Nicole'
an early foul. Elmblad,
found herself
at a height
disadvantage
against
ico didn't agree 6-foot-1 forward Claire DeBoer,
m - she was in which forced her to play with
after an early a very aggressive, high-octane
Smith - the style. Elmblad fouled out with
ndicative of the just under two minutes to go,

forcing freshman forward
Jillian Dunston into action.
"(Elmblad) did a, great job
defensively tonight," Barnes
Arico said. "She got some tough
calls that I wasn't sure were hers,
but she just plays so hard. When
she's not on the court - her
experience gives us a calming
presence - it's tough for us. I
was a little concerned with her
fouling out and Jillian having
to be out there, but Jillian did a
good job."
Both Goree and Elmblad
reached double figures in scoring
and had 18 combined rebounds.
As the defense scrapped and
clawed to keep the game close,
Michigan's balanced scoring
attack put it over the hump. Five
players finished in double digits,
which proved to be enough
to hold off a surging Bucknell
offense.

VOLLEYBALL
Wolverines take
care of Ohio St.

Trio forming imposing line

By OLIVER HENRY
For the Daily
After losing to No. 17 Ohio
State in Columbus earlier in the
season, the Michigan volleyball
team got revenge Saturday,
winning a four-set thriller,
25-22,25-14,21-25,25-23.
Unlike the previous meeting,
the Wolverines controlled the
tempoofthematchandgarnered
much-needed momentum to
win two of the first three sets.
Despite Michigan's fast start,
the Buckeyes refused to go down
easily, Just as the Wolverines
began tasting a victory at 24-17
in the fourth set, Ohio State
rallied to make the score 24-23.
However, freshman defensive
specialist Caroline Knop ended
the late threat with a kill to give
Michigan (7-9 Big Ten, 12-14
overall) the much-needed win.
Despite the score, the
Wolverines encountered their
share of struggles during the
match.
The first set was off to a
shaky start with three Michigan
errors, but after an Ohio State
timeout, theWolverines' quality
of play improved.
Throughout the set, Knop,
freshman outside hitter Adeja
Lambert, freshman middle
blocker Claire Kieffer-Wright
and sophomore middle blocker
Abby Cole paced the Wolverine
attack with 15 combined kills.
Even while struggling serving,
Michigan was able to capitalize
on Buckeye errors and gain a
17-12 lead midway through the
first frame. Ohio State (9-7, 18-10)
foughttoclosethemarginto19-18,
but the Wolverines persevered
through great play from junior
defensive specialist/libero
Tiffany Morales and senior setter
Lexi Dannemiller. Morales had
three key digs while Dannemiller
posted an impressive 14 assists to
leadMichigan to a 25-22 first-set
victory.
The second set exemplified

the growth of this young
Wolverine team and its ability to
rally and triumph. After trailing
7-3, Michigan rallied to take a
15-11 lead. Following an Ohio
State timeout, the rest of the
second set belonged solely to
the Wolverines. Michigan went
on a 10-3 run, highlighted by a.
succession of kills by Knop and
three straight thundering kills
by Lambert to secure a 25-14
victory for the Wolverines.
Despite losing the second set,
the Buckeyes were able to battle
back and win the third.
Both sides traded points early
in the set, leading to a 9-9 tie.
However, Ohio State received
help from an assortment of
players who contributed kills to
attain a 19-16 margin late in the
frame. The lead held, despite
Lambert and Cole posting five
and four kills, respectively.
Michigan came out with a
distinct ferocity in the fourth set
and displayed increased effort to
attack and frustrate its rivals.
"If you play with energy, effort'
and enthusiasm," Knop said.
"That's allyou need, and you will
win 95 percent of the time."
Michigan jumped out to
an early 8-4 lead, and then
extended that to 14-7 when Ohio
State called a timeout. Knop and
Lambert paced the attack with
four and three kills, respectively,
and Knop made the final kill to
sealithe victory.
With four games left in the
season, Michigan coach Mark
Rosen believes the team can go
at least 3-1 to reach the needed
overall record of .500 in order,
to earn an NCAA tournament
bid. But for that to happen,
Rosen knows improvement is
still needed.
"We have really tried to adopt
this mindset of growth mindset,"
Rosen said. "We need to continue
to get better.... We want to walk
in the gym and make sure we
walk out at a different level, and
that's a daily process."

ByJASON RUBINSTEIN
Daily Sports Writer
And just like that, Red
Berenson has seemingly struck
gold again, using his wizardry
to form another formidable
line that can create countless
chances for the Michigan
hockey team.
This past week, the
Wolverines' coach moved
sophomore forward JT
Compher back to center - his
normal position - after he
struggled on the wing. He
shifted junior forward Boo
Nieves from center to right
wing and completed the line
with sophomore forward Max
Shuart.
Berenson said prior to the
weekend that this line could
be the team's best. And he may
be right after the trio tallied
a combined seven points -
two goals and five assists - in
Michigan's weekend sweep
over American International
College.
From the opening draw
Friday, Compher, Nieves and
Shuart found chemistry in
Compher's playmaking ability,
Nieves' speed and length, and
Shuart's skating ability and
toughness.
At the 10:54 mark in
the second period Friday,
sophomore defenseman
Michael Downing dumped the
puck into the Yellow Jackets'
zone, and Nieves raced down
the ice to beat out an icing. Once,
he did, he found Compher at
the right circle, and the center
immediately slid a puck across
the zone to Shuart who then
found twine to finish a tic-tac-
toe goal..
"I can't say enough about
those guys - they're both
really good players," Shuart
said. "Obviously, I was just in
the right spot at the right time.
Anyone probably could have put
that in, so it was just a really
good play from the start. Boo
beating out the icing, using his
speed to get on there off a great
pass by JT.

6
0

ALLISN FARRAND/Daily
Sophomore forward Max Shuart was part of a retooled line that tallied seven points in Michigan's weekend sweep.

"I'm really enjc
with these guys
take as much adv
opportunity as I c
Shuart's tally w
many scoring oppc
line created this w
12:41 remaining ii
period Saturday
corralled a puck
zone. With
seemingly no
open passing
lanes, he
managed
to find one
- to AIC
netminder
Hunter
Leisner's
surprise -
connecting
with Nieves
for the score.
"It was kind of a
Nieves said. "JT
toward the net, it
a backdoor thing
yelled. A guy like
the puck through
skates and he did.
easy for me to put
of the net after tha

oying playing Simple or not, Berenson
, trying to knows Nieves' tally could be the
antage of the spark the talented junior has
an." been searching for all season.
as just one of Nieves had looked lost playing
ortunities the center through Michigan's first
eekend. With seven games but, this weekend,
n the second he looked like a new player on
, Compher the wing - fighting for loose
deep in the pucks, creating space for his
linemates,
finding the
open line and
re ll 1 'R peppering
r l shots at the
enjoy1ng- net. Part of
that, Nieves
playing w ith said, is because
thes of Compher
eguys. and Shuart,
who have made
playing "easy."
Moving
forward, Berenson said he
broken play," believes Nieves' newfound
was going confidence will help the
was kind of Wolverines' right their shaky
and I just start to the season.
that can put "I think that is going to give
a few guys' him confidence," Berenson said
It was pretty of Nieves' goal. "I think this
it in the back weekend, as much as we think
t." we have to play better down

the stretch, I think it gave a lot
of our players confidence. They
hadn't scored much, or they
were a little bit stuck. I think
they got some confidence, and
Boo was one of those guys."
More so, Nieves, Compher
and Shuart have impressed
despite the line's most potent
scoring threat, Compher, not
finding the back of the net
through nine games. This isn't
new to Compher, though, as he
also failed to find twine through
nine games last season.
And even though he may not
be scoring as much as he'd like,
the Wolverines know it's not for
a lack of effort. Berenson said
Compher is "starting to be the
JT we saw last year." And his
teammates agree.
"He usually does find the
back of the net," Nieves said.
"But he seems to be struggling
here, but it's nothing to worry
about, because he's a goal-
scorer and he'll find a way. Once
he scores one, I'm sure he'll
score 100 more."
For now, it appears Berenson
has found the right linemates to
get Compher going.

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