July 20, 2005

Columbus, OHIO – Ohio State’s Stephanie Blanton contributed eight points and three rebounds in helping the 2005 Big Ten Women’s Foreign Tour team to a record-setting 119-56 victory Tuesday over the Netherlands National Team in Den Helder, Netherlands. Seven Big Ten players scored in double figures as the team reached its highest point total and the second largest margin of victory for the All-Stars in the Tour’s 13-year history.

On the 2004 Big Ten Foreign Tour in Australia, Ohio State’s Jessica Davenport (Jr., Columbus, Ohio/ Independence) scored 16 points and pulled down eight rebounds en route to the previous high score for a single game as the All-Stars defeated the Logan Thunder, 114-57. The most lopsided win in the 13 trips outside the United States occurred during the 1995 Tour in Japan, when the All-Stars defeated the Yokosuka Lady Hawks by 90 points, 113-23.

Blanton, a junior from Lancaster, Ohio, finished the game a perfect 4-of-4 from the field and added an assist. Senior guards Crystal Smith of Iowa and Cyndi Valentin from Indiana finished with 17 and 16 points, respectively, to lead the All-Stars in scoring, while Victoria Lucas-Perry, a junior from Michigan State, pulled down a team-best eight rebounds in addition to her 13 points. Janese Banks of Wisconsin turned in the top assist total for the game with six.

The Big Ten squad is set for a rematch today with the Netherlands and will close out the three-game set on Thursday, July 21. All three games will be played in Den Helder. After two days of sightseeing with stops at the house of Anne Frank, the Gassan Diamond Factory and The Hague, as well as a few historic art museums, the Tour moves on to Belgium for a date against the Belgium National Team in Aalst on July 23. Following a tour of the town of Brugge on Sunday, the team will travel to Brussels to prepare for its finale against Luxembourg on Monday, July 25.

2005 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Foreign Tour Schedule/Results

Date Opponent Site Time/Result

Tuesday, July 19 Netherlands National Team Den Helder, Netherlands W, 119-56

Wednesday, July 20 Netherlands National Team Den Helder, Netherlands 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 21 Netherlands National Team Amsterdam, Netherlands 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 23 Belgium National Team Aalst, Belgium 8 p.m.

Monday, July 25 Luxembourg Brussels, Belgium TBA

All times local