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July 7, 2005

Columbus, Ohio – Stephanie Blanton, a junior forward/guard on the Ohio State women’s basketball team, will represent the Buckeyes in the 2005 Big Ten Women’s Foreign Tour July 17-27. The league office announced the 12-member team Thursday, which will play five games during the trip. Three of the contests will be held in the Netherlands, while a pair of games will be played in Belgium. Penn State’s Rene Portland will serve as head coach of the team.

Blanton, from Lancaster, Ohio, was the fourth-leading scorer for the Buckeyes in 2004-05 at 5.2 points per game. She also ranked second on the team in rebounding with 3.3 per contest, while averaging 19.5 minutes a game. Blanton started all five of Ohio State’s postseason games last season and tied her career high with 12 points in the Buckeyes’ win over Holy Cross in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

To open the tour, the Big Ten squad will match up against the Netherlands national team for a three-game set, starting July 19 in Dan Helder, Netherlands. The second game of the series also will be played at Dan Helder July 20 before the teams head to Amsterdam for the finale July 21.

Belgium serves as the host for the final two games of the trip. The Big Ten and the Belgium national teams tip-off in Aalst, Belgium July 23 before the Big Ten faces Luxembourg in Brussels July 25.

Last year, Ohio State’s Jessica Davenport helped the Big Ten team to a 4-0 record on the 2004 Foreign Tour.

For a complete release on the 2005 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Foreign Tour, please visit www.bigten.org.

2005 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Foreign Tour Team NameSchoolPosHeightYear*Danyel CrutcherIllinoisF6-2So.Cyndi ValentinIndianaG5-8Sr.Crystal SmithIowaG5-6Sr.Katrina GranthamMichigan StateC6-1Jr.Victoria Lucas-PerryMichigan StateG5-9Jr.Liz PodominickMinnesotaF/C6-2Jr.Ifeoma OkonkwoNorthwesternF5-10Sr.Stephanie BlantonOhio StateF5-11Jr.Kamela GissendannerPenn StateG6-1Jr.Adrienne SquirePenn StateG6-0So.Lindsay Wisdom-HyltonPurdueF6-2So.Janese BanksWisconsinG5-10So.* Year indicates athletic eligibility for 2005-06 season
Roster subject to change

2005 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Foreign Tour Itinerary DateOpponentSiteTimeTuesday, July 19Netherlands National TeamDen Helder, Netherlands7:30 p.m.Wednesday, July 20Netherlands National TeamDen Helder, Netherlands7:30 p.m.Thursday, July 21Netherlands National TeamAmsterdam, Netherlands7:30 p.m.Saturday, July 23Belgium National TeamAalst, Belgium8 p.m.Monday, July 25LuxembourgBrussels, BelgiumTBAAll times local