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Page 6- The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - January 28, 1991

F COURT
L PRE SSof exeuI
Lack of execution

Women cagers drown in red sea
Blue fall to both Ohio State and Indiana in close contests

throws 'M'

for loss

by Rod Loewentha
Daily Basketball Writer

This weekend was a make-or-break weekend for the Michigan women's
basketball team.
The Wolverines broke.
Michigan pushed an Ohio State team to overtime Friday night at Crisler,
but the Wolverines didn't have the stamina, losing 81-70.
Against Indiana on Sunday, the Wolverines played out Friday night's
scenario once again. This time, however, the team didn't need overtime to
lose another close one.
In the Big Ten the name of the game is to win at home. And currently, it
looks like the Wolverines are leaving the game studio with the
complimentary chow mein noodles, not the $25,000 jackpot.
Reasonably, no one is expecting the grand prize this year, not even
Coach Bud VanDeWege. But what he is looking for is some grit and some
character within this young (though not inexperienced) squad.
"I think this team didn't dig down all the way," VanDeWege said. Such a
statement might not be too far off the mark in assessing a team that is not
playing defense.
"Defensively, we were unable to come up with the stop," VanDeWege
said. "It's still frustrating that we didn't get the stop down the stretch."
"We have to find a defensive combination that clicks," Szczechowski
said. "We have to have people on the floor who want to come up with the
loose balls and play defense."
Twin towers Michelle Hall and Trish Andrew are proving themselves a
formidable threat on offense. Yet, on defense they're admiring their
reflection in the backboard glass which has been wiped clean from rebound-
hungry opponents.
Against Indiana the Wolverines were out-rebounded 37-28. The leading
Hoosier rebounder, 5-foot-7 guard Tisha Hill, grabbed nine boards. Worse,
6-foot-3 Hall and 6-foot-2 Andrew combined for a total of nine rebounds. Is
this going to be the next feature story on Unsolved Mysteries, or is there
some non-astrological explanation for this rebounding deficit? .
"I don't know, it's jumping juice," Indiana coach Jim Izard plainly said.
Jumping juice?!
The Wolverines' troubles were only intensified by an inability to
effectively inbound the ball after a basket. This is something that has
plagued Michigan and has been a major problem in the past.
Fortunately, VanDeWege didn't think the situation boiled down to
jumping juice. "They (the players) don't cut hard and they don't screen for
each other," VanDeWege said.
This problem of not cutting hard enough and failing to set screens hurt
Michigan all game Sunday and is typical of the lack of execution the
Wolverines have shown to date. Where have the sharp passes gone? Or the
rebounding? Or the defensive hustle?
"There's only so much as a coach that you can do X's and O's wise,"
VanDeWege stressed. "We've got to execute what we've got."
What seems to be the most frustrating aspect of yesterday's game and in
almost all the conference losses, is that Michigan has had the opportunity to
win down the stretch. Michigan is indeed competitive. Teams do not expect,
nor have they gotten, easy victories from the Wolverines.
After Sunday's loss Szczechowski put her finger on the situation. "A lot
has to do with mental toughness," Szczechowski said. "We catch up and
then let down. We don't keep our focus."

by David Schechter
Daily Basketball Writer
The women's basketball team
dropped two crucial Big Ten games
this week, first to Ohio State, 81-70
in overtime, and then Indiana, 72-66..
In both games the Wolverines (8-
9 overall, 1-6 in the Big Ten) were a
victim of missed opportunity. "It's
about as bad a weekend as you can
have," Michigan coach Bud
VanDeWege said.
"Both times we were in position
to win the game but were unable to
due to critical turnovers," he added.
The weekend opponents were
teams that VanDeWege hoped to
beat with the home court advantage
on his side. Now, instead of a 3-4
Big Ten record, the Wolverines must
settle for a 1-6 record that leaves
them occupying ninth place in the
league.
Yesterday against Indiana (11-6,
3-4), the Wolverines held their own
throughout the first half, settling for
a halftime tie at 34. But the second
half was not quite as kind.
Michigan could not contain the
hot Hoosier hands. Indiana's Tish
Hill and Dawn Douglas easily pene-
trated the Wolverine interior defense
for a combined total of 35 points for
the game.
With less than five minutes to
play, Michigan mounted a run at
Indiana that brought the team to
within two points. The run was
capped off by forward Trish
Andrew's six foot jumper that
brought the score to 66-68.
However, that bucket proved to
be Michigan's last, as Indiana went
on a nine point run.
"Beating Michigan on the road
was certainly a good win," Indiana
coach Jim Izard said. The
Wolverines were outrebounded by
the Hoosiers 35-28.
Izard was gratified by his team's
performance. "We're doing an excel-
lent job on the boards, offensively
and defensively. And we had 16
points off of the bench and that's
something we haven't had in the
past," he said.
VanDeWege was not as elated. "I
just don't think that they dug down
as deep as they could," he said, "and
I think this team has to realize that

number - and she didn't stop cal-
ling. Roberts totaled 29 points for
the night.
"I think the Keyton baskets hurt
us more than Roberts did. You kind
of knew Roberts was gonna have to
get her points, but Keyton should
have been contained," said
VanDeWege.
Ohio State suffered from fifteeri
turnovers in the first half which
contributed to a 34-31 halftime lead
for Michigan. In the second half the
Buckeyes improved their ball contmil
and limited turnovers aiding in their
defeat of Michigan.
"I think part of that comes from
us playing fourteen people in the
first half," said Ohio State coach
Nancy Darsch. "Part of that also
comes because we were looking t
push the ball, and we were making
some poor decisions and giving the
ball up," she added.
Michigan guard Char Durand,
who averaged 13.5 points on the
weekend, is tired of excuses. "We'Y9
been close in both games this week-
end. Everyone says we're young, but
I don't know if that's it anymore.
We just have to get over this hump
we're stuck on."

MICHIGAN (66)
Player TFG
Durand 6-12
Andrew 8-14
Hall 3-9
Szczechowski 8-14
Wooldridge 0-3
McCall 1-5
vanstee 0-0
Beaudry 2-6
Jones 0-1

_FT
0-0
0-0
0-0
3-5
0-0
4-4
0-0
3-4
0-0

R A PF TP

4
5
4
6
0
3
0
6
0

3 1
2 3
1 3
3 5
4 0
2 5
0 1
0 0
0 1

12
16
6
19
0
6
7


Michigan's Stacie McCall splits the Indiana defense and draws a foul in
the first half of the Hoosiers' 77-66 victory yesterday at Crisler.

an~. 7- va1no-1 via 1 ii 10
3-pt goals: 0-5 (Szczechowski 0-3, wooldridge0- *
1, McCall 0-1) FG%- .438, 3-pt FG%- .000, FT%-
.769. Biks: 2 (Andrew 2). Turnovers: 15. Steals:
12 (Durand 6, Andrew 1, Hall 1, Szczechowski 1,
McCall 2, Beaudry 1).

there is something that they are
capable of doing that they are not
showing right now."
Against Ohio State on Friday
night, foul trouble plagued the
Wolverines. Team captain Carol
Szczechowski fouled out on an of-
fensive charge with four and a half
minutes to play when the team
needed her most.
Without her, Michigan was able
to tie the game in regulation.
However, as the game went into
overtime, her absence as the go-to
scorer, along with the teams lack of
longevity, allowed the Buckeyes to

go on a 15 to 4 overtime run.
"I think there were a couple of
times in that game where Carol
committed really silly fouls. And
that really angers me that she put
herself in that position. They were
dumb fouls, and we paid the price
for it," VanDeWege said.
Michigan's interior defense
proved even less capable on Friday
against Ohio State (6-10, 3-3).
Forward Nikki Keyton appeared to
score at will against Michigan, pour-
ing in a total of 25 points.
Standout sophomore Averrill
Roberts also had the Wolverines

INDIANA (77)
Player TFGl

FT R A PF TP

Player TFG FT RAPFTP

Douglass
Jefferies
Owens
McGrade
Hll
Hlooper
Shepherd
Cherubinm
Farrell
Davis
Meinerding

5-13
1-6
3-8
2-6
6-8
4-7
0-0
0-1
0-0
0-0
3-7
_ 24-5

5-6
6-6
6-6
0-0
8-10
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0

7
4
3
9
2
1
0
0
0
1

1
2
0
1
2
0
0
1
0
0
2_

3
0
4
3
2
0
0
1
0
0
1
_14

15
g
12
6
20
8,
0
0
0
8

aTotaaa qtr'i 7v w4 77.0+ -
3-pt. goals: 4-10 (McGrade 2-6, Meinerding 2-4),,
FG%- .429, 3-pt FG%- .400, FF%- .893. Blks: 2
(Owens , Hill 1). Turnovers: 16. Steals: 9
(Douglass 3, Jefferies 1, Owens 2, McGrade 2,Hill
1).

Blue's men,

women

swimmers take on Texas9

by Yoav from
When the Michigan women's
swimming team returned from this
past weekend's visit to the Univer-
sity of Texas, they were happy to
be, home. They had been on the
road for three of their last four
meets.
The Wolverines travelled to
Austin, Texas to swim against the
No. 1 team in the nation, the Uni-
versity of Texas Lady Longhorns,
and highly-ranked Southern
Methodist University in a dual
meet Friday night.
Michigan was coming off an
impressive home victory the previ-
ous Friday, night against the
Michigan State Spartans and felt
confident about the competition..
Despite losing the meet, the
Wolverines are satisfied with the
way they performed. "The quality
of performance was good," said
coach Jim Richardson, "I am very
pleased."
Michigan, currently ranked
eigth, swam hard in their competi-
tions against 12th ranked SMU.
The meet was very close, with the
difference being SMU's domi-
nance in the shorter races. SMU

Women fall to
No. 1 Lady
Longhorns
prevailed by just seconds in the 50
and 100 yard relays.
The Wolverines admit that they
were not counting on victories in
those events. "The 50 and 100 are
not our strengths," said Richard-
son, "we are much stronger in
other events."
Michigan was impressive in the
longer events, such as the 200 yard
events. "We wanted to work on
improving our weaknesses and fo-
cus on gaining advantages from
our strengths," said Richardson.
Richardson believes that even a
losing meet has its positive as-
pects. "At this point, I am more in-
terested with the progress of the
team, than with winning," he said.
The Wolverines did have their
share of personal victories. Fresh-
man sensation Kate Girard quali-
fied for the NCAA second team in
the mile. Big Ten Women Swim-

mer for December, Lisa Anderson
swam "one of her finer meets" and
missed qualifying for the NCAA
team by only three tenths of a sec-
ond. Michelle Swix, Karen Barnes
and Tara Higgins also contributed
great performances.
Coach Richardson was de-
lighted with how well Michigan
swam as a team. "I am more
pleased with this meet than any
other in years," he said. "We had
a better meet than any I have seen
in 2 to 3 years."
Over the past month, the
Wolverines have trained espe-
cially rigorously. Due to the in-
tense training routines, Michigan
was somewhat fatigued Friday
night. "I think we gave a quality
performance," said Richardson. "It
is a phenomenon considering the
way we have been training."
Michigan has used the competi-
tions and training as preparation
for the Big Ten Championships in
Minneapolis, February 21-23. The
Wolverines are also looking for-
ward to the NCAA Championships,
which take place the weekend of
March 21-23.

by Adam Miller
Daily Sports Writer
Anyone who was at Rackham
Auditorium Saturday night for the
"Monsters of A Capella" concert
knows that "Amazin' Blue" stole
the show. The same thing almost
happened simultaneously in Dal-
las.
In Texas, however, there was a
swim meet - the highly presti-
gious SMU Invitational - not a
concert. Michigan's men's swim-
ming team got together with six
other nationally-ranked 'monsters
of swimming,' Cal-Berkeley,
Florida, SMU, Stanford, UCLA
and Texas. The Maize and Blue
put on quite a show, amassing 294
points and almost winning the
meet for the second straight year.
They came in second, three points
ahead of SMU but behind Texas,
which won the meet with 322
points.
"The meet was not at all disap-
pointing," assistant coach Mark
Noetzel said. "I would even call it
impressive, since many of our
swimmers set personal best times."

Men finish
2nd in SMU
Invitational
As Noetzel alluded to, Michi-
gan's stats were impressive, in-
deed. Junior Eric Namesnik took
"Swimmer of the Meet" honors,
winning the 200 yard backstroke,
400 yard individual medley and
200 yard individual medley.
Team captain Mike Barrowman
captured two more first place fin-
ishes for the Wolverines, winning
his trademark event, the 200 yard
breaststroke and the 100 yard
breaststroke. Junior Eric Wunder-
lich won the consolation final in
the same event.
Sophomore Brian Gunn set two
personal records. They.came in his
fourth place finish in the 500 yard
freestyle and silver showing in the
200 yard butterfly.
Going into the event, Michigan
was favored to repeat, but there
were two major concerns. One was

fatigue, comning from the team'"S
lorg, west coast roadschedule. A
greater concern, however, was how
Michigan would fare in the back-
stroke competition without injured
sophomore Steve Bigelow.
"Looking at the results, I think
it's obvious that Namesnik and
(junior Eric) Bailey filled
Bigelow's shoes well," Noetzel
said. "But, fatigue definitely was a
factor."
Michigan's sole diver turned An
a strong performance, and the
boost from his efforts were almost
as influential as they were last
week when the whole diving squad
accompanied the swimmers to
Stanford and Cal-Berkeley. Senior
Steve Hamerski came in third in
the one meter event with a score
of 272.85, less than eight points
behind UCLA's Chris Dudka.

It doesn't get any easier for the
Wolverines. The road stand con-
tinues and the Big Ten schedule
starts this weekend, with a dual
meet at in-state rival Michigan
State.

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