Aug. 12, 2000

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Big Ten women’s basketball Foreign Tour Team got off to a solid start in its five-game European tour, impressively winning both of its first two games this week.

On Thursday, the Big Ten squad pounded the Baden Blackjacks, 101-63, in Baden, Austria. The Big Ten, led by Illinois’ Karen Hagberg’s 17 points and 12 rebounds, ran out to a 58-28 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the easy win.

On Friday, the Big Ten team traveled to Wels, Austria, to take on Gustino Powerbasket Wels. After jumping out to a 43-30 halftime lead, the Big Ten squad held off a Gustino rally and posted an 81-66 triumph. Ohio State’s D’wan Shackleford (So., Newark, Ohio/Newark) provided a big boost for the Big Ten team, scoring five points while grabbing five rebounds and one steal.

The Big Ten Foreign Tour Team returns to the court Sunday in Bratislava, Slovakia, for a battle with Slovan Bratislava.