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Page 2 - The Michigan Daily - Sports Wednesday - January 9, 1991



Blue's new syllabusKent
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requires aefense
by Matthew Dodge
Daily Basketball Writer

Michigan's Nikki Beaudry (30) works inside for two of her eight points in the Wolverines'75-74 victory over
Toledo Dec. 22.

Captain sinks the


Szczechowski's free throws give 'M' victory

by Matthew Dodge
Daily Basketball Writer
When Carol Szczechowski has a chance to win a
basketball game, she is on top of the world. The game
is in the bag - her coach knows it and she knows it.
Szczechowski beat LaSalle last Sunday by swishing
two free throws with 2 seconds left in the game.
Michigan defeated the tough Explorers from
Philadelphia 67-65 at Crisler Arena. The game was tied
until Szcechowski was fouled on a drive to the basket
by LaSalle's Denice Kayajian. The game was now in
the hands of the senior captain.
"That's when I feel most confident," Szczechowski
said. "It seems like I've been there so often. The first
few times it was tough, but not anymore. Every year
there are two or three games like this. It's fun now; I
enjoy the pressure."
When the referee blew the whistle on Kayajian, the
LaSalle bench exploded. The officials had allowed
plenty of contact throughout the game, but suddenly
called a touch foul with two seconds remaining.
"How can you let a call like that decide the game?"
Miller said. "A little contact happened, but it should be
an out and out foul. I question whether it was."
Even Szczechowski was skeptical of the call. "It
could have gone either way. They were letting a lot go
in the first half, so I was surprised when they did give
me the call."

Michigan coach Bud VanDeWege has seen the
Wyando'tte, MI native take over games for four years -
but continues to marvel at her late-game heroics.
"Carol with the ball in her hands is what you want,"
VanDeWege said. "Carol is a winner. I have never had
anybody like her in my seven years here. In making
clutch baskets in close games, I've never seen anyone
like her."
Michigan improved its record to 7-4, and LaSalle fell
to 6-5. Szczechowski led the Wolverines with team-
highs of 25 points, 10 rebounds, and five steals.
Despite Szczechowski's big game, the brightest star
on the court was LaSalle's offensive machine, Mary
Greybush. The 5-11 forward scored at will within the
Wolverine paint. She tallied a career-high 36 points, and
pulled down nine boards.
"She put on a clinic," VanDeWege said. "I don't
remember when we had anyone score on us that way.
You would have to go back a few years to find someone
who schooled us like that."
Greybush repeatedly caught the ball 10 feet from the
basket, then spun around Michigan's big people to hit
to short shots. She was unstoppable.
"I was lucky to get what I got," Greybush said. "I
had a lot of drives. I'm smaller than they are, so I had
quickness that they didn't expect."

You may have already won 10 million dollars, but Michigan captain
Carol Szczechowski has won almost every other award.
Szczechowski has been named the Michigan Athletic Department's
Female Athlete of the Month for December. And she has been playing even
better during January, so a repeat may be in the cards.
On December 17, the senior guard was chosen as the Big Ten Conference
Player-of-the-Week. This is the first time she has ever received the award.
Her honors arose from a dominating game at EMU, where she collected a ca-
reer-high 34 points. She also hit 18 of 20 free throws, a Michigan team
Szczechowski is the first Wolverine to receive such Big Ten accolades in
more than four years.
Szczechowski now leads Michigan in four statistical categories: scoring
(15.7 ppg), rebounding (6.7 rpg), assists (4.5 apg), and steals (4.1 spg).
DEFENSIVE DROUGHT: The Wolverines non-conference season is
finished, but the competition is just beginning. Defense will be the order of
the day when they play No. 11-ranked Northwestern at home on Friday.
"Our post defense just has to get better," VanDeWege said. "You cannot
do well in the Big Ten unless you play post defense."
LaSalle's Mary Greybush, who scored 36 points, made Michigan's inside
defense look nonexistent. Said VanDeWege: "We're struggling."
SHOT BLOCKER SUPREME: Ronald Reagan would love the way
Michigan sophomore Trish Andrew plays basketball. The 6-2 center serves
as the Wolverines' version of the Star Wars defense system. Anytime an
opponent lets go of a shot in the paint Andrew is there to swat it away.
In only one and a half seasons, Andrew, who leads the Big Ten in swats,
is only two blocked shots short of becoming Michigan's career blocked
shots recordholder. She currently has stuffed 107 shots in her short career.
REDSHIRTS: It's that time of year again - time for coach Bud
VanDeWege to decide who'll be redshirted for the 1990-91 season.
Freshman forward Shimmy Gray, a native of Flint, has already been side-
lined for the year due to medical reasons. Gray suffered a dislocated kneecap
during an early-season practice.
The Wolverine coaching staff is also considering handing a redshirt for
junior forward Torie Shaw. Shaw celebrated New Year's Eve by reinjuring
her right knee during a workout. She had played in all five Michigan games
up to that point.
WELCOME TO THE BIGTIME: On December 28, Michigan gave
Wisconsin-Milwaukee a rude awakening to Division I basketball. The
NCAA has elevated the school to its most competitive level for the 1990-91
season - but one couldn't tell by the way Michigan toyed with the
UWM entered Crisler Arena with a 1-5 record, and left with a poor 1-6
mark after Michigan ran it off the court with a 41 point win. The
Wolverines' 93 point total is the most by a Michigan team since defeating
Slippery Rock 98-65 in 1986. The 41 point margin is the greatest in coach
Bud VanDeWege's seven seasons at the Michigan helm.

by Matt Rennie
Daily Hockey Writer
The biggest party in college
hockey just added another name to
its guest list recently.
The Central Collegiate Hocke
Association welcomed Kent Stag
University as its tenth and latest
member after a unanimous vote by
athletic directors and faculty mem-
bers from its member schools.
Kent State was naturally pleased
at their acceptance and felt that the
new conference will only bolster its
commitment to a major hockey
"The CCHA is the premi
Division I hockey conference," Kent
State athletic director Paul Amodio
said. "We are honored to be accepted
into this prestigious organization."
Kent State is now the fourth
school from the Mid-American
Conference to be included in the
CCHA. Bowling Green, Western
Michigan, and Miami (Ohio) are the
others. Kent State's hockey team had
previously competed as a4
Kent State paid a $100,000
membership fee, the highest in "
NCAA history for a Division I
hockey team.
"It's good for Division I hockey
to see schools make that kind of
commitment to their hockey
program," Michigan coach Ree
Berenson said. "This will change the
image of the school. Kids who are
looking to play Division I hockey
will be looking at Kent State."
Berenson feels that the Golden
Flashes may experience some
difficulty competing in their first
few seasons, but that down the road,
its membership will have nothing
but a positive effect.
One difficulty which will resulP
from the addition of Kent State
involves scheduling. The conference
currently plays a double round-robin
schedule, a format that will be all
but impossible with ten teams.
"The schedule is still up to
debate," Berenson said. "We're not
sure if we'll go to two divisions or
play everybody three times or what."4

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by Matt Rennie
Daily Hockey Writer
Michigan's opponents have been
trying to devise a way to stick to
forward Denny Felsner all season
Meanwhile, as the nation's
leading scorer, Felsner has been
sticking it to opposing defensemen.
In the final of the Great Lakes
Invitational, Maine coach Shawn
Walsh called Felsner's stick into
question, and the officials stuck
Felsner in the penalty box.
With. 1:16 left in the game and
the Wolverines clinging to a 2-1
lead, Walsh asked the officials to
examine the curvature of the blade of
Felsner's stick. When they discover-
ed that the blade was curved more
than the legal limit of one-half inch,
they handed the Michigan star a two-
minute penalty for illegal use of e-
quipment plus a ten-minute miscon-
Walsh's action spurred some
verbal exchanges between the two
benches, particularly between Walsh
and a Michigan assistant coach.
"I've done it before. It's in the
rulebook," Walsh said. "If it means
to win a game, I'll do anything."
While Michigan coach Red Ber-
enson accepted the call, he too wond-
ered whether the letter of the rules
was being followed too closely.
"If I were a coach in that
situation, I don't think I would have
called it," Berenson said. "To be
honest, I didn't know Felsner's stick
was illegal."
Walsh said hisaonly regret was in
not calling for a similar penalty
against one of the other Wolverines,
many of whom, he claimed, were
using illegal sticks.
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that conference (Hockey East) in U.S. an
Boston U, Boston College, and Both
Maine," Berenson said. "Maine is with th
right there with them. It would be slightly
hard for me to rank them." what the
Saturday's game with Illinois- guys; it
Chicago marked the return of said. "It
defensemen Patrick Neaton and learned

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wasn't as physical," Neaton
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a lot."


Team (Overall)


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WL T Pis.

Lake Superior St. (18-3-3)
Michigan (16-5-3)
Ferris St. (14-5-5)
Michigan St. (12-10-4)
Bowling Green (11-11-2)
Western Michigan (11-10-3)
Ohio State (7-15-3)
Illinois-Chicago (6-15-1)
Miami (4-15-3)





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