July 21, 2006
HORSHOLM, DENMARK – The Big Ten Women’s Basketball All-Star team won its second-straight contest of its four-game foreign tour Friday with a 78-49 triumph over Horsholm.
Starting at center for the second-consecutive game, Iowa’s Megan Skouby netted six points on 3-7 shooting and also pulled down six rebounds. Skouby also blocked a game-high three shots. The Mentor, OH, native is averaging 6.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in the first two games of the tour.
Minnesota’s Leslie Knight scored a game-high 17 points. Illinois’ Lori Bjork and Northwestern’s A.J. Glasauer each posted nine points, followed by Ohio State’s Tamarah Riley with eight.
The Big Ten All-Stars were slow out of the gate Friday, turning the ball over on its first three possessions, which included a 10-second backcourt violation. O’Rourke was instrumental in getting the All-Stars out of their funk as she converted two 3-point plays following hard drives to the basket. Knight scored the final five points of the first period to give the Big Ten squad a 22-10 advantage.
The pace slowed considerably in the second period as the Big Ten salvaged only two points in the final four minutes and was outscored by Horsholm, 19-15, and led 37-29 at half. The All-Stars made sure that the third period would not end the way the second did, as Knight and Indiana’s Leah Enterline scored the team’s final eight points, including six by Knight, with just under three minutes remaining. The Big Ten squad opened the final quarter up 59-44 and slammed the door shut with a 19-5 run in the final 10-minute period.
For the game, the All-Stars shot 41 percent (30-74) from the floor and missed just one free throw in 14 attempts (.929) after yesterday’s struggles when they made only 20 of their 30 attempts.
The win Friday marked the team’s 21st-consecutive win over a five-year span. Since the inception of the tour in 1992, which has been held annually except for 2003, the All-Stars have gone 53-18 (.746).
The Big Ten will complete its three-game set in Denmark on Saturday when the conference squad faces the Copenhagen All-Stars. The team will depart for Malmo, Sweden following the game, which will force a delay in the report for game three. For tour results, stats, photos and entertaining diaries of the student-athletes, log on to bigten.org.