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Tarpley kicked out of NBA
Ex-Wolverine basketball star Roy Tarpley was suspended by the NBA
Wednesday for using alcohol. Tarpley, who had previously been thrown
out of the league for cocaine use, violated the terms of his aftercare
agreement when he used alcohol. Tarpley's 23 million-dollar contract
with the Dallas Mavericks was nullified with the suspension.

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'M' breaks
( zone en
route to
blowout
By Andy Knudsen
Daily Sports Writer
Eastern Michigan was in a zone.
-Not an 'on-fire, baby' type zone, but
a 2-3. zone.
The Eagles' (2-2) game plan last night
was to force Michigan (4-1) to win
:from the arc, coach Paulette Stein said.
We don't match up with Michigan
inside," she said.
And Eastern stayed close for much of
the first half, as the Wolverines were
.only 3-of-10 from long-range.
1 told them at halftime that ifanyone

Michigan shoots down Eagles
Kiefer leads Wolverines to 82-47 rout of Eastern Michigan

By Jim Rose
Daily Sports Writer
Last night's women's basketball
matchup between Michigan and East-
ern Michigan was supposed to be a
tightly-contested game between two in-
state rivals.
As it turned out, however, it was
barely even a game between the two in-
state rivals.
The Wolverines embarrassed the
Eagles, 82-47, at Crisler Arena, to raise
their record to 4-1. Eastern fell to 2-2.
With both teams picked in preseason
polls to finish last in their respective
conferences, the Eagles thought this
was finally the year when they would
hand Michigan a defeat. Eastern hasn't
beaten the Wolverines since 1979.
Early in the second half, however, it
was apparent that Michigan was just
too strong.
"I thought we played onehalf," Eagles
coach Paulette Stein said. "But we came
out flat in the second half. We weren't
setting good screens, and our offense
just completely broke down."
Junior guard Traci Parsons, Eastern's
leading scorer, was held to just eight
points on 4-for-14 shooting. Parsons
came into the game averaging nearly 20
points per contest. For most ofthe night,
Michigan's Silver Shellman and Molly
Murray took turns shutting down the

1994-95 honorable mention All-MAC
selection.
The Wolverines were sloppy, turn-
ing the ball over 28 times. The Eagles,
however, were sloppier. Their 34 turn-
overs prevented them from making a
serious run in the second half, and al-
lowed Michigan to turn the game into a
rout.
The Wolverines weren't in any dan-
ger at the half, with a 32-18 lead. But a
23-7 run to open the second half put the
game out of reach.
Point guard Jennifer Kiefer sparked
the team, hitting three consecutive 3-
pointers during the run. The
sophomore's second half play (14 of
her 17 points, 4-for-4 from three-point
range) was instrumental in Michigan's

win.
"I played passively in the first half,"
said Kiefer, who also added seven steals
and six assists. "But in the second half,
I started attacking the zone because
they weren't picking me up."
Kiefer andjuniorguard Mekisha Ross
found the seams in Eastern's zone de-
fense, and their dribble penetration led
to several easy scoring opportunities.
Sophomore center Pollyanna Johns
was the major beneficiary, scoring 17
points to go with her 13 rebounds.
Sophomore forward Tiffany Willard
and freshman Ann Lemireeach chipped
in nine points for the Wolverines.
Point guard Betsy Brown led Eastern
See BLOWOUT, Page 11A

EASTERN MICHIGAN (47)

Notebook

sees this film, every-
one in the country
will play us zone,"
Michigan coach
Trish Roberts said.
The Wolverines
responded in the
second half.
"(J enn ife r)
Kiefer did a great
job in the second
half shooting the

FG FT REB
MIN K-A K-A OT A F PTS
McCormack 7 01 0.0 0-0 1 1 0
Cantrell 6 0-1 0.0 1.1 1 0 0
Harr 13 1.4 1-2 1-2 1 2 3
Brown 31 4-9 4.7 2-3 1 2 12
'Parsons 38 4-14 0-0 0-0 3 1 8
Hamilton 10 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2
Randle 10 2-4 0.1 1-3 0 2 4
Moorman 22 2-6 1-2 1-2 0 2 5
Strefling 31 2-6 3-6 14 0 2 7
Steinmetz 32 0-3 6-8 5-9 0 2 6
Totals 200 16-50 15-26 17-30 7 14 47
FG%:.320.:FT%:.577. Three-point goals: 04, .000 (Parsons 0-3.
Moorman 0-1). Blocks: 4 (Randle 2. Parsons, Hamilton).
Turnovers: 34( Brown 9. Parsons 6. Harr 4. Moorman 4, Steim~etz
4, McCornmack 2, Randle 2, Strefling 2. Hamilton). Steals: 16
(Brown 5, Steinmetz 4. Parsons 2. Moorman 2. Cantrell, Randle,
Strefling). Technical Fouts: none.
Eastern Michigan 18 29- 47
Michigan 3250- 82
At: Crisler Arena; A: 674

MICHIGAN (82)
FG FT RES
MIN K-A M-A O.T A -F PTS
Murray 16 2-9 1-2 1-3 3 2 6
Franklin 15 2-6 0-0 2-2 1 3 4
Kiefer 28 6-10 0-0 2-2 4 2 17
Ross 12 3 4 0-2 0-3 1 2 7
McEnhil 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Sikofski 2 1.1 1-2 0-0 0 0 3
Lemire 23 4-6 0-0 0-2 6 3 9
Johnson 8 2.5 1-1 1.1 0 1 5
Johns 22 7-12 3K 4 7-13 4 1 17
Brzezinski 17 1-1 0-0 2-5 1 2 s2
Shellman 14 0-3 0-0 0.1 2 1 0
Poglts 8 1-6 1-2 3.3 0 1 3
Willard 26 4-6 1-2 2-5 0 1 9
DiGacinto 7 0-0 0-2 1-3 0 2 0
Totals 200 33.89 8.17 24.49 14 21 82
FG%: .478. FT%: .470. Three-poit goals: 8-17_ 470 (Kiefer 5.8,
Murrayl-3. Lenmire 1-2. Ross 1-1, Johnson 0-2. Franklin 0-11
Blocks: 8 (Brzezinski 3. Poglits 2. Johnson. Johns. Willard)
Turnovers: 28 (Johns 7, Keifer 6, Murray 3. Lemnire 3. Shellian 2
DiGiacinto 2. Willard. Poglits, Brzezinski, Ross. Franklin). Steals:
17 (Kiefer 7, Lemire 3, Willard 2. Shellm'an, Brzezinski, Johns,

ELIZABETH LIPPMAN/daily
Freshman center Anne Poglits fights for the ball with a couple of Eagles' players.

Ros. ranli. Tchic--Ful- *nne

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threes," Roberts said.V
-The sophomore guard nailed all four
of her trey attempts in the second frame
for a total of five 3-pointers on the
night.
Kiefer's effort re-tied her school
single-game record for 3-pointers which
she set Jan. 30, 1994 against Minne-
sota.
Sophomore forward Molly Murray
also tied the mark Dec. 8, 1994 against
Nebraska.
For Michigan, shooting from the
arc was as preferable as shooting from
the charity stripe. The Wolverines fin-
ished 8 for 17 (.470) on both their 3-
pointers and free throws. These per-
centages were just .008 behind their
overall field goal percentage of .478
(33-69).
A DRIVING ROSS GATHERS NO MOSS:
Junior guard Mekisha Ross was aver-
aging only one point and two minutes
of playing time in two games going into
See WOLVERINES, Page IA

Women gymnasts face off as fans 'Meet the Wolverines'

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By Nancy Berger
Daily Sports Writer
Some aspects of gymnastics are rela-
tively small. The athletes are tiny and
the penalties for mistakes are minute -
0.5 for a fall and 0.1 for one step on the
dismount. To a gymnast, a little error
could mean a large loss.
Tomorrow will be one of the few
times when the Michigan women's
gymnastic team can afford minor flaws
in its routines without being penalized.
The crowd may not see aperfect 10 at
the annual "Meet the Wolverines"
intrasquad tomorrow at 7 p.m., but it
will see all 12 girls of the 1996 squad
perform at once. In women's gymnas-'
tics, events include the vault, uneven
bars, balance beam and the floor exer-
cise.
"This is kind of a unique situation
where the kids will be able to display

their talents," coach Bev Plocki said.
"Anybody who can compete in an event
will be able to perform."
This is also a rare opportunity for the
whole team to compete at one time. In
official collegiate competition, teams
are allowed to have five or six gymnasts
compete in each of the four events. The
vault is the only event where a gymnast
performs twice, with the better of the
two scores counting towards the team
total. The five best scores for each event
are added up to compile the team score.
For the intrasquad meet, Michigan
will divide into two teams which will
compete against each other. The events
will have varying numbers of competi-
tors.
"There might be four kids in some
events and six in others," Plocki said.
Plocki sees this type of meet as a
great experience for the 1995 NCAA

runners-up. Last year, Michigan came
within 0.225 of its first national title,
enhancing its national reputation under
its seventh-year coach.
During the past four years, the Wol-
verines have improved in the national
standings from No. 14 to No. 9 to No. 4
and finally topped out at No.2 at the end
of last season. Ascending to a second-
place finish wasno small feat for Michi-
gan. Utah, Alabama and Georgia have
been playing musical chairs with the
top three positions since 1989.
Because of the Wolverines' recent
success, Plocki has higher expectations
for her program. Among the team's
primary goals this season are to remain
in the top three in the country and to
dethrone Utah as national champions.
Michigan will face a competitive
national schedule.
The Wolverines will put their name

We have got a fantastic schedule.
- =Bev Plocki
M ichi gan women's gymnastics coach,

on the line when two-time defending
national champion Utah and perennial
power Georgia visit Ann Arbor Feb. 17
and March 9, respectively.
"We have got a fantastic schedule,"
Plocki said. "It is this kind of home
schedule that is going to make women's
gymnastics a very highly, visible sport
here in Michigan."
The Wolverines hope to use this
intrasquad meet to expand the sport's
popularity and attract boosters who can
get a glimpse of this relatively young
team.
Michigan will have to compensate
for the loss of five seniors, including

.13-time All-American Beth Wymer.
She concluded her outstanding colle'
giate career by capturing her third con-" a
secutive national championship in the
uneven bars.
"Meet the Wolverines" will show-
case five freshmen, two sophomores,'
twojuniors andthree seniors. Michigan
is counting on co-captains Wendy.
Marshall and Dianna Ranelli for solid
leadership.
The Wolverines have part of winter
break off and resume practice Jan. 3.-
Michigan's long and grueling schedule
begins Jan. 13 with the Blue/Gold Invi-'
tational.

The No. 12 Michigan wrestling team will challenge a bevy of top-flight teams over w
Holidays give wrestlers
as Michigan challenges1

FILE PHOTO/Daily ,
inter break.
no vacation t
top teams
little revenge.
"We'd like to get them back," Bahr
said.
Lehigh is 2-0 in dual meets this year,
with alineup featuring Jason Kutz, ranked
No. 11 in the 126-pound class, and Chris
Ayers, No. 12 in the 142-pound class.
If the team stays healthy, Bahr said
he believes the Wolverines have a good
chance to win both meets. -

By Will McCahill
Daily Sports Writer
Spreading holiday cheer is taking on
an unconventional form for the Michi-
gan wrestling team this year.
The team travels to the Midlands
Championships in Evanston, Dec. 29
and 30, then rings in the New Year with
dual meets at Penn State, Jan. 4 and
Lehigh, Jan. 6.

ing for the wrestlers.
"(The Midlands) is a chance to hit
everybody that's anybody, the best col-
legiate teams andgreat individual wres-
tlers," he said, adding that the Midlands
meet is generally tougher than the
NCAA Championships.
Bahr said he hopes the team can con-
tinue its success against the Nittany
Lions, who were ranked No. 4 in'the

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