July 20, 2006
HORSHOLM, Denmark - The Big Ten Women's Basketball Foreign Tour squad opened its four-game campaign with an 80-59 win over Copenhagen Select, a late replacement for the scheduled Danish U-18 team. Two conference standouts led the squad in double-figure scoring, with Ohio State's Tamarah Riley scoring 13 points and Michigan State's Rene Haynes adding 11.
Northwestern's A.J. Glasauer and Penn State's Rashida Mark each had nine points, followed by Indiana's Leah Enterline with eight and Illinois' Lori Bjork with seven. Iowa's Megan Skouby, Purdue's Katie Gearlds and Wisconsin's Danielle Ward recorded six points apiece. Skouby, the reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year, and Penn State's Brianne O'Rourke, a 5-6 guard, led the team in rebounding with six boards each. Enterline dished a team-best three assists, while Gearlds swiped five steals to lead the All-Stars, who were also led in blocks by Ward with two.
Playing in four 10-minute periods, both teams showed a little summer rust in the opening two quarters, but found their rhythm in the final two. Tied at 17-17 after the first period, the Big Ten team outscored Copenhagen Select, 18-10, to take a 35-27 advantage into halftime. The Big Ten maintained its momentum in the third quarter, opening the final period 19 points ahead, 58-39, and then cruised to the 21-point victory.
Bjork, Gearlds, O'Rourke, Riley and Skouby each earned a starting role from head coach Theresa Grentz of Illinois.
The All-Stars shot just 27-of-80 (.338) from the floor Thursday, but earned their 20th-straight win. The team has now gone 52-18 (.743) since the inception of the Tour in 1992, which has been held annually except for 2003.
The Big Ten squad returns to action on Friday against Horsholm. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. local time or noon central. For Tour results, stats, photos and entertaining diaries of the student-athletes, log on to www.bigten.org.