Big Ten All-Stars Finish Tour Undefeated
COLUMBUS, Ohhio -- Ohio State's Stephanie Blanton scored 12 points to help the 2005 Big Ten Foreign Tour team finish an undefeated five-game trip in Europe with a 110-40 win over Luxembourg in Remich, Luxembourg Monday, July 25.
Two days after topping the Belgium National Team, 78-77, on a last-second shot, the All-Stars exploded to a 51-16 halftime lead and never looked back, holding Luxembourg to 10 points or less in three of the four quarters.
Blanton was one of six players who scored in double figures vs. the Pikes. She connected on 6-of-10 field goal attempts en route to her Tour-high 12 points. She also set a personal best on the Tour with six rebounds.
Indiana senior Cyndi Valentin led five all Tour players with 22 points on 6-of-12 shooting, while Iowa senior Crystal Smith contributed 14 points. Wisconsin's Janese Banks handed out six assists to lead the Tour team.
During the 5-0 trip, the All-Stars averaged a 45-point margin of victory, winning four of the five contests by at least 36 points. The Tour opened with a 119-56 rout of the Netherlands National Team, which previously marked the highest point total and the second largest margin of victory for the All-Stars in the Tour's 13-year history until Monday. The 70-point win over Luxembourg was the most lopsided victory since the 1995 Tour in Japan when the All-Stars defeated the Yokosuka Lady Hawks by 90 points, 113-23.
Valentin led the Tour in scoring with an average of 15.0 points per game. Her 22 points against Luxembourg was the Tour's highest output. Michigan State's Victoria Lucas-Perry led the Tour in rebounding with 4.8 per contest, while Banks posted a team-high of 3.6 assists per game. Blanton finished the five games with an average of 7.0 points and 2.8 caroms per outing.
The team will spend Tuesday in Brussels with a chocolate factory tour on the itinerary before returning to Amsterdam for one more night. The squad returns to the United States on Wednesday, July 27.
The All-Stars, led by Penn State head coach Rene Portland this summer, now have won 19 straight contests and have gone 51-18 (.739) since the inception of the Tour in 1992, which has been held annually except for 2003.
|2005 Big Ten Women's Basketball Foreign Tour Schedule/Results|
|Tuesday, July 19||Netherlands National Team||Den Helder, Netherlands||W, 119-56|
|Wednesday, July 20||Netherlands National Team||Den Helder, Netherlands||W, 107-52|
|Thursday, July 21||Netherlands National Team||Amsterdam, Netherlands||W, 88-52|
|Saturday, July 23||Belgium National Team||Aalst, Belgium||W, 78-77|
|Monday, July 25||Luxembourg||Remich, Luxembourg||W, 110-40|
-- Courtesy Ohio State