July 22, 2005
PARK RIDGE, IL - The Big Ten Women's Basketball Foreign Tour continues today in Amsterdam after the All-Stars earned a three-game sweep of the Netherlands National Team, which was capped off by an 88-52 victory on Thursday.
Minnesota's Liz Podomonick continued her impressive Tour with a team-high 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting in the win. The Golden Gopher junior, who also snatched four rebounds, ranks third on the team in scoring with 11.3 points per game and is scoring on 79 percent of her shots as she is now 15-of-19 from the field.
The Tour was again highlighted by a pair of guards - one veteran and one emerging leader. Indiana senior Cyndi Valentin, the lone All-Star to score in double-figures in each of the three games, posted 11 points, four assists and three rebounds in the win, extending her team-high scoring average to 13.0 ppg. Penn State sophomore Adrienne Squire, who averaged just six minutes last season while studying under First Team All-Big Ten guards Tanisha Wright and Jess Strom, recorded 10 points, seven rebounds and two assists on the day. The Lady Lion ranks second on the team in scoring (11.7 ppg) and fourth in rebounds (4.0 rpg).
For the third consecutive contest, all 12 members of the All-Stars recorded a basket. Iowa senior Crystal Smith posted nine points, followed by Northwestern senior Ifeoma Okonkwo and Ohio State junior Stephanie Blanton with eight points apiece. Three student-athletes posted six points - Illinois sophomore Danyel Crutcher and Michigan State juniors Katrina Grantham and Victoria Lucas-Perry, who also grabbed five rebounds.
Crutcher, Grantham, Podominick, and Wisconsin's Janese Banks, are all averaging over 73 percent from the field, led by Grantham (.900), who has missed only one shot in 10 attempts. Following Podominick's 79 percent average is Banks (.750) on 9-of-12 shooting and Crutcher (.733), who is 11-of-15 from the field. Banks also leads the Tour with 3.7 assists per game.
Joining Lucas-Perry with the top rebounding mark on the Tour is Purdue's Lindsay Wisdom-Hytlon. The Boilermaker sophomore posted just two points in the win, but pulled down five rebounds to bring her Tour average to 5.7 boards per game.
A day after reaching double-figures with 10 points, Penn State's Kamela Gissendanner got the starting nod from Tour head coach and PSU mentor Rene Portland. The Lady Lion junior responded with six rebounds, including a basket and an assist.
Similar to Wednesday's 107-52 rout of the National Team, Thursday's contest was played in quarters. In each of the eight quarters of play over the past two games, the All-Stars did not allow more than 15 points.
Following a day off for sightseeing at the Anne Frank House and the Gassan Diamond Factory, the competition will resume on Saturday in Aalst, Belgium against the Belgium National Team at 8 p.m. local time. The Tour will conclude on Monday with a contest in Brussels against Luxembourg.
The Big Ten (3-0) is looking for its fourth consecutive undefeated Tour. The team has now won 17 straight contests and has gone 49-18 (.731) since the inception of the Tour in 1992, which has been held annually except for 2003.
For Tour results, stats and entertaining diaries of the student-athletes, click HERE.