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The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, November 27, 1995 - 3B

Despite injuries, Blue women
cagers take two on the road

RYAN WHITE
White on Target
Biabutuka for
the Hewsmn -
he'searned it
it too late to start hyping
I TshimangaBiakabutuka for the
J.Heisman Trophy?
Afteral, very few votes for the
prestigious statue are actually in. Most
voters were waiting for this weekend's
games to make up their minds.
They wanted to, in between turkey
leftovers and naps, take a final look at
Ohio State's'Eddie George and
Nebraska's Tommy Frazier.
Both had decent games, but nothing
for either to write home about.
Frazier ran the ball 10 times for 35
yards and was 12-of-IS through the air
for 128 yards. He also threw for one
touchdown and tossed one interception.
George rushed for 105 yards and a
touchdown im'a loss to Michigan.
But, if thevoters tuned in to the
game between the Buckeyes and the
Wolverines, and caught enough of the
game between naps and sandwiches,
they saw Biakabutuka.
And they saw the hardest working
back in college football rush for 313
yatds. Michigan had ridden
Biakabutuka all season, and Saturday
he carried the Wolverine to their
-biggest victory.
Biakabutuka cut, slashed and
powered his way to a career day. On
one run he dragged two Ohio State
defenders for 15 yards.
He finished the regular season with
1,724 yards rushing and 12 TDs.
Sounds like Heisman numbers to me.
So why not start a little PR for
Biakabutuka now?
After all, other schools hyped players
all season, even after there was no way
"fhey were goinrg to win.
Minnesota sent out post cards
p'oclaiming Chris Darkins "0-40 in
4.536 seconds." The Golden Gophers
even sent newspapers those useless
litle things called pogs. They had a
picture of Darkins on each side and
came on a card saying, "No matter how
hard you slam Chris Darkins, he always
lands right side up."
Did Darkins ever have a shot at the
Heisman? Minnesota probably could
have used the money spent on market-
ing for any number of things, such as a
good team.
But Michigan never hyped
Biakabutuka. That's not the way the
Wolverines do things.
Now that the season's over, though,
why not? It might even add a little
credibility in the eyes of voters who are
sick of hearing about players they never
even thought of voting for.
Plus, Biakabutuka would be so easy
to market.
You could just send out a simple post
card: "Vote for the name you can't
say." Or "Vote for Tshimanga
Biakabutuka - spelling's not impor-
tant."
We all know that none of this will
happen and that Biakabutuka won't win
this year's Heisman. The trophy will
host likely go to Frazier now, if for no
other reason than Nebraska is No. 1.
At least Biakabutuka will finally get
the credit he's deserved all season,
though.
Before Saturday's behemoth
performance against the Buckeyes,
Biakabutuka already had three games
with over 190 yards rushing.
In spite of those numbers, you rarely

heard his name mentioned nationally.
-tfe spent the season overshadowed by
George.
Saturday changed all of that.
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said that
Biakabutuka walked into his office last
Sunday and told Carr he was taking the
-%ckeyes personally. Biakabutuka
kanted to show who the best back in
tie Big Ten was.
After the game, all Ohio State
players could say was that they missed
tackles. The Buckeyes wound up on the
ground grasping for air because that's
all Biakabutuka left them to grab.
Biakabutuka ran the ball 37 times
Saturday, the same number of rushes he
had in Michigan's loss to Michigan
State Nov. 4.
Against Ohio State, however,
Michigan was not going to waste the

By James Goldstein
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's basketball
team came into Milwaukee limping,
but headed home with two wins to ease
the pain in its opening games of the
season.
The Wolverines had a victorious
weekend, getting by Marquette, 65-60,
yesterday and beating Wisconsin-Mil-
waukee, 86-77, Friday. Both games
were held at the Mecca in Milwaukee.
Not the whole team made the trip,
though.
Center Pollyanna Johns and senior
forward Jennifer Brzezinski were out
with nagging injuries.
Johns, who had an injury-plagued
season last year, had a sprained ankle.
Brzezinski, who played in all of her
27 games last season, was hurt by with
a bad back.
But Michigan fared well without its
key players, nonetheless.
Tiffany Willard filled in admirably
for Brzezinski. Willard started both
games for the injured senior-captain,
tallying 12 points and grabbing 14 re-
bounds in 36 minutes against Marquette
and 14points and nine rebounds against
Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Catherine DiGiacinto moved to cen-
ter for both games, doing Johns' job.
Guard Amy Johnson led all scorers
with 25 points on 10-of-22 shooting
yesterday. .

Marquette's Renae Scheibe led the
Golden Eagles with 18 points. Petra
Olsen and Clare Barnard followed with
16 points each.
In addition, Barnard pulled down a
career-high 20 rebounds and connected
on 10-of-12 at the foul line.
It was a poor shooting game for both
squads. The Wolverines only hit 24 of
their 70 shots for a .343 field goal per-
centage.
But Marquette's aim was worse as
the Golden Eagles could only hit 20 of
their 74 shots for aeven lower.270 field
goal percentage.
Marquette headed into halftime with
only 18 points to show for its effort,
missing on 31 of its 36 shot attempts.
The Wolverines, however, made up
for their poor shooting with solid pass-
ing. This was a key in the game. Michi-
gan dished out 18 assists while the
Golden Eagles had just six.
In Friday's game, the shooting was
slightly improved, but not by much.
What helped the Wolverines was their
quick hands on defense that led to easy
shots.
Michigan pickpocketed Wisconsin-
Milwaukee a whopping 27 times. The
Wolverines were just two shy of break-
ing the team record of 29 steals, set
against Windsor Dec. 2, 1980.
Putting freshman Ann Lemire in the
starting lineup contributed to this per-
formance.

Lemire started in the first game of her
career and had four steals of her own.
The freshman guard also tied for most
points on the team with forward Silver
Shellman, as both scored 15 points.
Willard and sophomore guard Akisha
Franklin led Michigan with six steals,
both career-high marks.
MICHIGAN (65)
FO FT RES
MN MA M-A0 4T AF PT
Shellman 39 6-13 0-0 3-11 2 4 11
Willard 36 3.12 5.6 6-14 2 3 14
DiGiacinto 12 1-7 0-0 1-5 0 1 5
Kiefer 34 2-6 3-4 1-4 51 4
Johnson 34 10-22 3-5 1-5 1 4 25
Murray 16 2-6 1-2 2-4 3 3 6
Franklin 16 0-2 0.1 0-3 2 2 0
Ross 1 0-0 0-0 0-00 0 0
Lemire 12 0-2 0-0 0-2 3 3 0
Totals 200 24-70 12-18 17-53 18 21 65
FG%: .343. FT%: .667. Three-point goals: 5-19, :.263
(Johnson 2-8, Kiefer 1-2, Murray 1-3, Willard 1-3,
Franklin 0-1, Lemire 0.1, Shellman 0-1). Blocks: 5
(Willard 3. Lemire 2). Turnovers: 27 (Johnson 6,
Kiefer 5, Franklin 4, Shellman 4, DiGiacinto 2, Willard
2, Lemire, Murray). Steals: 13 (Shellman 5, Kiefer 4,
Willard 2, Franklin, Lemire). Technical Fouts: none.
MARQUETE (60)
F8 FT RES
MIN M"A M-A 0-T A FPTS
Olsen 29 6.20 1-3 4-5 0 4 16
Barnard 39 329 10-12 8-20 0 3 16
Inman 33 1-8 0-0 2-6 0 1 2
Smith 27 0-7 0-0 1-2 20 0"
Scheibe 29 7-16 2-3 2-3 3 4 18
Sheehan 6 0-1 1-2 1-1 1 1 6
Bronson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Parker 1 0-0 0-0 0.0 0 1 0
Chones 8 0-1 1-2 1-5 0 1 1
Spurgin 27 3-12 0-0 2-6 0 3 6
Totals 200 20-74 15.22 23.55 6 18 60
FG%: .270. FT%: .682. Three-point goals: 5-18, .278
(Olsen 3-7, Scheibe 2-5, Inman 01, Spurgin 0-2,
Smith 03). Blocks: 3 (Barnard, Chones, Inman).
Turnovers: 22 (Scheibe 4, Smith 4, Spurgin 4, Chones
3, Inman 3, Barnard 2, Olsen, Parker). Steals: 10
(Inman 3, Spurgin 3, Olsen 2, Barnard, Scheibe).
Technical Fouls: team/bench.
Michigan 30 35 - 65
Marquette.......18 42 - 60
At: Wisconsin Center Arena; A: 1,470

TONYA BROAD/Daily
The Wolverines defeated Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Marquette over the weekend.

Wolverine spikers endure bittersweet weekend
Michigan downs Northwestern and Purdue, but Blue left out of tournament despite 17-13 record

By Chris Murphy
Daily Sports Writer
This weekend, the Michigan women's
volleyball team needed two wins for a
possible first-ever NCAA Tournament
berth.
The Wolverines got them, beating
Northwestern Friday, 17-15, 15-1, 15-
9, and Purdue Saturday, 15-7, 9-15, 15-
6, 11-15, 18-16.
However, the two wins just weren't
enough. The NCAA released its tour-
nament pairings Sunday and Michigan
was not on the list.
"I'm pretty disappointed," coach
Giovanazzi said. "This is the first time
that a team with this record didn't go.
Also, this has been the strongest year
I've seen in the Big Ten so that kind of
adds a little bit of an insult to it."
The Wolverines finished sixth in the
Big Ten behind Michigan State, Ohio
State, Penn State, Illinois and Indiana.
The Hoosiers and the Illini finished tied
for fourth with records of 12-8.
All five teams which finished ahead
of Michigan in the conference were
selected. And while only one win sepa-
rated the Wolverines from Indiana and
Illinois, the difference probably came
in the overall records.
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The Illini finished 23-8, the Hoosiers
were 20-13. Both beat out the Wolver-
ines (17-13) by at least three games.
Last year, six teams from the Big Ten
were selected for the tournament. Based
on last year's brackets, it seemed that
Michigan's sixth place and record of
11-9 would be enough for a berth. As it
is, the team is now looking at a possible
spot in this year's National Invitation
Volleyball Championship.
On Friday, the Wolverines were faced
with the opportunity to make the tour-
nament by simply beating two teams
that were ranked below them in the
conference.
Going into the final two matches,
with a tournament bid on the line,
Giovanazzi was surprised at the team's
mindset.
"I think they were really loose and
fired up," Giovanazzi said. "I thought
they'd come out tight or a little con-
cerned with so much riding on the week-
end. But they just came out and played
some of the best volleyball of the year."
The Wolverines match Saturday
against Purdue was their last obstacle to
a possible tourney berth.
While Michigan was able to hand-
ily win the first game, Purdue (6-14

Big Ten, 8-20 overall) roared back to
win the second. Again, the Wolver-
ines won easily in the third but dropped
the fourth.
In the end, Michigan's postseason
fate seemed to hinge on one game.
The Wolverines were able to prevail
but not before struggling through three
tie-breakers. On two occasions, Purdue
was serving for the match, but was
unable to break through Michigan's
defense.
Leading the Wolverines were senior
co-captain Suzy O'Donnell and sopho-
more Sarah Jackson. Both middle
blockers hit over .400 for the game.
O'Donnell was second on the team with
18 kills.
Outside hitter Shannon Brownlee led
the team with 20 kills as she returned to
action after battling the flu. The senior
co-captain missed practice all last week
and played only sparingly the night

before in Evanston.
While the Boilermakers might have
looked like spoilers attimes, Giovanazzi
thought that really wasn't part of their
game plan.
"I think they just had their own mo-
mentum," Giovanazzi said. "They've
had a really good year, they finished
higher than they were picked. I'd say
that they were one of the most im-
proved teams in the conference."
Against Northwestern (1-18, 5-24),
Michigan rode a strong blocking game
and mistake-free volleyball to an easy
three-game victory.
After falling behind in the first game,
the Wolverines fought back from a 13-
9 deficit
After that, it was all Michigan.
The Wildcats were unable to get any-
thing going. Northwestern was only
able to muster one point in the second
game, and while they did put up nine in

the third, that score made it look a lot
closer than it really was.
Without the services of Brownlee,
the team's leading hitter, the Wolver-
ines looked to some of their other play-
ers to pick up the slack. Giovanazzi
rotated several players in throughout
the match.
"The offense was really well distrib-
uted, which is something we talked
about earlier in the week," Giovanazzi
said.
Junior outside hitter Shareen Luze
filled in admirably as she led the team
with 15 kills.
Michigan also got contributions from
O'Donnell (II digs) and Jackson (10
digs) as well as outside hitter Colleen
Miniuk. The junior contributed 12 kills
and 18 digs.
"Everybody who was out on the court
put in a real solid effort," Giovanazzi
said. "I don't think anybody hurt us."

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