July 21, 2005
PARK RIDGE, IL - One day after setting the record for the highest point total in Foreign Tour history, the Big Ten All-Stars continued their dominance Wednesday with a 107-52 victory in its second of three games against the Netherlands National Team in Den Helder, Netherlands.
Penn State's Adrienne Squire provided the spark for the Foreign Tour squad, scoring a team-high 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field in a starting role. Squire, a sophomore guard for the Lady Lions, averaged just under two points last year and will be looked upon this season to retain a strong backcourt after the departure of First Team All-Big Ten guards Tanisha Wright and Jess Strom.
Squire was one of five Big Ten travelers to score in double figures Wednesday. Seniors Ifeoma Okonkwo of Northwestern and Cyndi Valentin of Indiana netted 13 and 12 points, respectively, while Minnesota's Liz Podominick recorded 11 and Penn State's Kamela Gissendanner had 10.
Wednesday's game format was slightly different for the Big Ten student-athletes as the game was played in quarters rather than halves. After holding the Netherlands to just 24 points in the first half in Tuesday's game, the All-Stars took a 59-23 lead into halftime and did not allow the National Team more than 15 points in a quarter in Wednesday's rout.
Hyphens have appeared to become a mark of consistency on the Tour, as Michigan State junior Victoria Lucas-Perry and Purdue sophomore Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton have each produced balanced attacks in both games against the Netherlands. Wisdom-Hylton tallied seven rebounds and six rebounds Wednesday, while Lucas-Perry notched five points, five assists and four rebounds. Through two games, the pair has been among the team's top scorers, they led the squad in rebounds with a 6.0 average each, and Lucas-Perry is second on the Tour behind Wisconsin's Janese Banks (5.0 apg) with a mark of 4.5 assists per game.
Indiana's Valentin leads the Tour in scoring with 14.0 points per game, followed by Northwestern's Okonkwo and Penn State's Squire at 12.5 ppg. Valentin, one of three seniors on the team, has found her range beyond the arc, shooting a team-high 64 percent on 7-of-11 shooting from the perimeter.
The Big Ten Women's Basketball Foreign Tour opened competition on Tuesday with an impressive 119-56 victory over the Netherlands, which marked the highest point total and the second largest margin of victory for the All-Stars in the Tour's 13-year history.
The All-Stars will close out their three-game set with the Netherlands in Amsterdam on Thursday. Following a day off for sightseeing, the competition will resume on Saturday in Aalst, Belgium against the Belgium National Team. The Tour will conclude on Monday with a contest in Brussels against Luxembourg.
The Big Ten is looking for its fourth consecutive undefeated Tour. The team has now won 16 straight contests and has gone 48-18 (.727) since the inception of the Tour in 1992, which has been held annually except for 2003.
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