July 20, 2006
HORSHOLM, DENMARK – The Big Ten Women’s Basketball Foreign Tour team opened its four-game campaign with an 80-59 win over Copenhagen Select, a late replacement for the scheduled Danish U-18 team.
Iowa’s Megan Skouby started at center for the All-Stars and netted six points on 2-8 shooting and also corralled a team-best six rebounds. Skouby also collected one block and one assist en route to victory.
Ohio State’s Tamarah Riley led the squad in scoring with 13 points, while Michigan State’s Rene Haynes added 11. Northwestern’s A.J. Glasauer and Penn State’s Rashida Mark each had nine points, followed by Indiana’s Leah Enterline with eight and Illinois’ Lori Bjork with seven.
Playing in four 10-minute periods, both teams showed a little summer rust in the opening two quarters, but found their rhythm in the final two. Tied at 17-17 after the first period, the Big Ten team outscored Copenhagen Select, 18-10, to take a 35-27 advantage into halftime. The Big Ten maintained its momentum in the third quarter, opening the final period 19 points ahead, 58-39, and then cruised to the 21-point victory.
The All-Stars shot just 27-of-80 (.338) from the floor Thursday, but earned its 20th-straight win. The team has now gone 52-18 (.743) since the inception of the Tour in 1992, which has been held annually except for 2003.
The Big Ten squad returns to action on Friday against Horsholm. For Tour results, stats, photos and entertaining diaries of the student-athletes, log on to bigten.org.