Tonight, 6 p.m.
Friday, February 15, 1991
vs. Michigan State
Tonight, 7 p.m.
'M' refuses to overlook 'Cats
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iMchigan senior captain Demetrius Calip will try to keep the Wolverines
focused tomorrow night when they face last-place Northwestern.
Women seek rebound
against Purdue, Illinois
"'S Albert Ler
aly Basketball Writer
The last time the Michigan
'omen's basketball team played
"Illinois and Purdue, the Wol-
-4erines started the second stanza
-f each game by cutting large
halftime deficits, only to see the
DoSposition turn on the pressure and
coast to runaway victories.
* After both games, Michigan
coach Bud VanDeWege said that
the Wolverines needed to work on
fundamentals. You would think
they have been spending time in
actice on those skills, but the
way Michigan has been playing
recently, you would never know it.
Since that weekend, Michigan (2-
%9 in the Big Ten) has one victory
in six conference matchups.
"(The team's) confidence is at
,a fragile state right now, but (its)
,effort has been there," VanDe-
*Wege said. "You need a break
here and there. That's one thing -
twe haven't been real fortunate in
these games, the ball's just not
~bouncing our way.
"I think we just try to stay
positive, and keep everyone goal-
oriented in terms of just finishing
'strong," he said. "We just have to
% have the satisfaction that we gave
everything we had until the last
In an attempt to get back on the
.winning path, VanDeWege will
juggle his lineup before tonight's
game against Illinois at Crisler
Arena. One likely move includes
lifting captain Carol Szczechow-
i back to point guard. The 5-foot-
10 senior torched the Illini (5-6)
for 27 points January 20, frequently
getting open for easy lay-ups along
This move would give the
Wolverines an advantage in height
and experience over the Illini
backcourt, which features 5-foot-4
sophomore Jill Estey and 5-foot-7
frosh Mandy Cunningham.
"We hope that some of our
defensive pressure would be able
to offset the height advantage,"
Illinois coach Kathy Lindsey said.
"I think Carol Szczechowski is
one of the better guards in the
conference, and she last year
played the point position and
showed a lot of leadership. Her
leadership is what she possesses
that would be a boost to them."
Three of the conference's top
ten scorers lead the No. 3 Boiler-
makers (10-1) into Ann Arbor
Sunday. Senior Joy Holmes (21.5
ppg), Purdue's leading performer,
remains the Big Ten's top scorer,
and also ranks among the league
leaders in rebounds and steals.
6-foot-3 center Rhonda Mateen
hurt the Wolverines on the inside
in the teams' last meeting, scoring
17 points in the first half, including
the Boilermakers' first seven.
Michigan's interior defense has
troubled VanDeWege all year, and
it remains a concern.
"We're very wary of (Donna)
Gill and Mateen inside," VanDe-
Wege said. "They're the biggest,
and probably the most physical
around the basket, in the league.
What we have to do is still
challenge them. We still need to
have a balanced inside and outside
game, and not be intimidated by
the fact that they are there."
by Jeff Sheran
Daily Basketball Writer
Michigan coach Steve Fisher
must remind himself and his team
that there are no "gimmes" in Big
Heading into the second half of
their season, the Wolverines could
arguably afford two losses and still
earn an NCAA tournament bid.
One of them occurred Monday
night at No. 2 Ohio State.
Tomorrow, Michigan faces
winless Northwestern. But while
the disparity of fortune between
Columbus and Evanston could only
be depicted in a Dickens novel,
the Wolverines will be careful to
avoid the worst of times against
"This is a game we're capable
of winning, but on the road it's
always hard," Fisher said. "If you
want to have a successful second
half, you have to win against
teams that are below you in the
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playoffs. Michigan State is only
one point behind fourth-place=
The Wolverines have already
clinched second place in the
CCHA and are guaranteed home
ice for the playoffs which begin
in two weeks. First-place Lake
Superior State is three points in
front of Michigan. However, with
only two weekends remaining in
the regular season, both teams
have one weekend of non-con-
ference games, which makes the
Wolverines' chance to catch the
Michigan's biggest problem
this weekend could be the
team's recent rash of injuries.
Six Wolverines, including
CCHA leading-scorer Denny
Felsner and the league's third
highest scorer, David Roberts,
missed last Saturday's game.
Steve Shields and Cam Stewart,
also injured, are expected to
return this weekend. Only David
Oliver is definitely out of the
lineup after fracturing his leg
against Ohio State.
Both Felsner and Roberts
were scheduled to return to the
ice this week, but it hasn't been
decided whether or not they'll
play this weekend.
Rookie right winger David
Wright has been sidelined with a
separated shoulder. He's been
practicing for a week and will
probably play this weekend.
"We've really got to bear
down," Wright said, "and a few
of our guys will have to pick up
the weight like Brian Wiseman
(who tallied five points) did last
wrestles with mirror image
Northwestern's misfortune was
compounded by playing Michigan
State last night, while the Wol-
verines (4-7 in the Big Ten, 11-10
overall) have been idle since
Monday. Wildcat coach Bill
Foster is especially concerned
with the difference in rest periods.
"Michigan has a quickness
which has hurt us, and they're an
explosive team," Foster said.
"We're not all that deep, so I hope
we can get in enough rest to
However, Foster's main con-
cern lies in Wolverine center Eric
Riley. The 6-foot-11 sophomore
posted 13 points and five blocks in
Michigan's 79-68 victory over the
Wildcats (0-12, 5-18) in January.
"We led at halftime last time,
and then Riley really closed the
door," Foster said. "He really did
Fisher will also keep an eye on
by Jason Gomberg
On paper, Saturday night's
wrestling meet between Wisconsin
and Michigan appears to involve
two carbon-copy images.
The Badgers (4-2 in the Big
Ten, 10-4-1 overall), are ranked
eleventh in the nation. Michigan
(5-2, 11-5) is rated one notch
above, at No. 10. Wisconsin
possesses four nationally-ranked
wrestlers, Michigan has three. In
their recent matchups against
fellow Big Ten contender Ohio
State, Wisconsin escaped Colum-
bus with a narrow 20-19 victory,
while the Wolverines were edged
by the Buckeyes, 20-18.
"Wisconsin is favored to win in
three or four classes," Bahr said of
the Wolverines' conference finale,
"And so are we. There are a few
that are wide open, and whoever
wins those three matchups will be
well on their way to winning the
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The clashes begin in Madison
at 118 pounds, where Wolverine
senior Salem Yaffai (23-9-1)
encounters Badger Charlie Irick.
Irick sports a 5-1 record in the Big
Ten, 33-7-1 overall. At 158,
redshirt frosh Sean Bormet (24-6,
No. 8 nationally) faces his second
consecutive top-20 opponent -
ominously named junior John
Harms. Harms has lived up to his
surname's intentions thus far, with
23 victories and a No. 11 ranking.
The final tossup match, at 177
pounds, includes two sophomores
- Michigan's Lanny Green (23-9)
battling Badger Keith Davison (26-
10, No. 6). "Lanny beat him last
year," Bahr said. "I'm expecting
him to win."
The Wolverines should domi-
nate the 190 and heavyweight
divisions, where senior captain
Fritz Lehrke and sophomore Phil
Tomek each encounter less
experienced opponents, but their
victories would be moot if
Wisconsin pulls ahead with strong
Badger junior Matt Demaray is
the best 150-pound wrestler in
college, with a perfect 32-0 mark.
He should face Wolverine rookie
Brian Harper (16-16-1), who has
apparently overcome his foot in-
jury. "Brian looks like a go," Bafar
said, "I was going to sit him out to
give him an extra week's rest, bot
he said, 'I think I'm ready to go."'
Riley, who has struggled of late.
However, an additional circum-
stance may influence Riley's play.
"His grandmother had a stroke
the other day, and he went down to
be with her. He's not going to
practice with us," Fisher said.
"You never know how that's going
to affect a kid, but a good game is
important for Eric to get back
Northwestern does not possess
as potent an inside game as other
Big Ten opponents, but its
perimeter shooting ranks among
the best in the conference. Wildcat
guard Todd Leslie averages 15.6
points per game, and remains one
of the most dangerous three-point
shooters in the nation.
"We haven't shot real well
lately, but hopefully we'll get it
back at home," Foster said. "We
have to be able to shoot against
The Wolverines boast an
effective outside game as well, led
by guard Demetrius Calip (19.3
ppg). But Fisher cited decision-
making as one aspect Michigan
must concentrate upon.
"We're going to have to beat
this team with good defense and
good shot selection," he said.
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