Aug. 6, 2006
Four Big Ten student-athletes will represent their respective Big Ten teams in Mexico City, Mexico on Aug. 8-12 as the USA Under 20 National Team will compete in the 2006 FIBA Americas U20 Championship for Women. Michigan State head coach Joanne P. McCallie will lead the 12-member squad which includes MSU's Victoria Lucas-Perry, Ohio State's Marscilla Packer, Purdue's Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton and Wisconsin's Jolene Anderson.
Lucas-Perry, the Spartans' top returning scorer who netted 10.2 points per game last season, will compete in her second international basketball experience as she was also a member of the Big Ten Foreign Tour team in 2005. She finished her junior season ranked sixth in the conference in three-point percentage (38.7) and earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten accolades.
Packer joins her conference colleagues after leading the Big Ten in three-point field goal percentage (.462) last season which ranked second in the all-time single-season records book for the conference. The junior-to-be, who was named to the 2006 third-team All-Big Ten squad by both the coaches and media, currently sits at No. 1 on the all-time Ohio State three-point field-goal percentage list at .427 (99-of-232).
Wisdom-Hylton, who averaged 10.2 points per game as a sophomore for Purdue, led the team in rebounds per game (5.8), blocked shots per game (1.9), steals per game (2.5) and field goal percentage (.498). She was named to the inaugural Big Ten All-Defensive Team for the 2005-06 season and also earned third-team All-Big Ten honors.
McCallie, who is entering her seventh year as MSU's head coach, stands at 125-66 (.654), including impressive 57-14 (.803) record over the past two season. In 2005-06, she led the Spartans to their third-straight 20-win campaign as well as their second-consecutive Sweet 16 appearance.
USA Basketball veteran and 2005 FIBA U19 World Championship gold medal winner Anderson will represent the Badgers in Mexico City, Mexico. Last season she led UW in scoring for the second-consecutive year and ranking fourth in the Big Ten in scoring, averaging 17.3 points per game. In her last game of the 2005-06 season, Anderson scored her 1,000th point, making her the fastest Wisconsin male or female player to reach that milestone. She also led the Badgers in rebounding with 7.0 boards per game, and was second in assists with 3.45 per game.
A total of 38 players competed for a spot on the U20 Team which was selected by the USA Basketball Women's Collegiate Committee, chaired by Sue Donohoe, the NCAA's vice president of Division I women's basketball. The Big Ten boasted the most conference standouts on the squad with four while the Big East sent three student-athletes and the SEC will be represented by two team members. The remaining three players on the squad hail from the ACC, Big 12 and Pac-10, respectively.
The USA Women will open FIBA Americas preliminary round play at 4:00 p.m. (local time, CDT) on Aug. 8 versus Jamaica. The USA looks to defend its title at the 2006 FIBA Americas U20 Championship, and the top three finishing teams at the tournament earn qualifying berths for the 2007 FIBA U21 Women's World Championship that will be held on July 27-Aug. 5 in Guatemala City, Guatemala.