Big Ten 2004 Women's Basketball Foreign Tour Set To Depart for Australia
June 3, 2004
Park Ridge, IL - The Big Ten Conference announced today the names of the student-athletes that will make up the 2004 Women's Basketball Foreign Tour Team. The squad will play four games in Australia during the 11 day schedule which spans June 7-17. The 12-person roster includes players from all 11 Big Ten Universities. The squad will be mentored by Indiana head coach Kathi Bennett, who will be coaching the Big Ten Foreign Tour Team for the first time. Bennett has coached overseas before as she helped the United States to a silver medal as an assistant coach at the Pan American Games played in the Dominican Republic last summer. Two of Bennett's Hoosiers are on this year's roster - junior Jenny DeMuth and senior Jamie Gathing. The backcourt will be patrolled by Iowa's Lindsay Richards, Michigan State's Lindsay Bowen, Minnesota's Kelly Roysland, Samantha McComb of Northwestern, Purdue's Sharika Webb and Wisconsin's Ashley Josephson. Richards started all 29 games for the Hawkeyes, finishing second on the team in assists (85) and chipping in 5.4 points per game. Bowen, a Second Team All- Big Ten performer as selected by the coaches, led the Spartans in scoring, averaging 13.5 points per game while ranking third in the Conference in free throw percentage (.849). Roysland, a member of the Final Four Gopher squad, played in 33 games while averaging 5.5 points per game. The Wildcats' McComb led the squad with 11.2 points per game despite missing 11 games due to injury. Rounding out the guard presence on the Tour are sophomores Webb and Josephson. Webb was a member of this year's Big Ten Tournament champion Purdue team, seeing action in 29 games while contributing 2.2 points per outing. Josephson averaged 12.9 points per contest in Conference games, while leading the team in free-throw percentage (.893) and finishing second in three-point percentage (.410). The Big Ten team will boast young talent, depth and height on the low block, as freshmen Jessica Davenport (Ohio State) and Amanda Brown (Penn State) stand 6-5 and 6-4, respectively. Davenport, the Big Ten Freshman of the Year as selected by the media, topped the League in field goal percentage with a .619 mark and led the Buckeyes with 5.7 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots per game. Brown saw action in 33 games, and recorded 18 blocks for the regular season champions. The front court includes Erin Wigley, a freshman from Illinois, Stephanie Gandy, a senior from Michigan, DeMuth, and Gathing. Wigley started 26 games for the Fighting Illini, averaging 7.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest, while also adding 23 assists and 18 blocked shots. Gandy averaged 11.6 points per game for the Wolverines, and pulled down 3.6 rebounds per contest. DeMuth, a Second Team All-Conference honoree as selected by the media, was among the top five in the League in rebounding (7.7 rpg.), scoring (18.5 ppg.), and steals (2.59 per game). Fellow Hoosier Gathing is coming off a knee injury that kept her from participating this season. The first game of the 2004 Big Ten Foreign Tour will be played on June 10 in Sydney against Parramatta ABA. While in Australia, the student-athletes will also have the opportunity to take in sites, including Surfer's Paradise, Sydney Aquarium, and the city of Brisbane. For updated results during the tour, visit www.bigten.org. The complete 2004 roster follows.
June 12: vs. NSW Waratahs, 4:30 p.m.
June 15: vs. Logan Thunder Invitational, 7:30 p.m.
June 16: vs. Southern Districts Spartans, 6:00 p.m.
(all times are local)