July 22, 2005

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Columbus, Ohio – Ohio State’s Stephanie Blanton scored eight points for the second time in three games as the 2005 Big Ten Foreign Tour team completed a three-game sweep of the Netherlands national team with an 88-52 victory Thursday in Den Helder, Netherlands. The Big Ten all-stars won each contest in the series by an impressive margin. In Game One Tuesday, the Big Ten team set an all-time record for points scored in a foreign tour game with a 119-52 victory. In Game Two Wednesday, the Big Ten squad knocked off the Netherlands by a 107-52 count.

Minnesota’s Liz Podominick led the scoring charge for the Big Ten Thursday, scoring 15 of her game-best 19 points in the second half. She helped the Big Ten use a 23-5 scoring edge in the third quarter to put the game away and seal the series sweep. Penn State’s Adrienne Squire collected a team-high seven rebounds and Indiana’s Cyndi Valentin led the Big Ten squad with four assists.

Blanton, who was in the starting lineup for the first time on the trip, shot 4-of-10 from the field en route to her eight-point outing. The junior from Lancaster, Ohio also contributed two rebounds and two assists.

The team will use Friday as an opportunity for some sightseeing as they travel to the destination for Game Four in Aalst, Belgium for a date with the Belgium national team Saturday. Along the route, the all-stars will make stops at the house of Anne Frank, the Van Gogh Museum, the Gassan Diamond Factory and The Hague. The basketball resumes Monday with a date with Luxembourg on Monday, July 25 in Brussels, Belgium.

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

Date Opponent Site Time/Results
Tuesday, July 19 Netherlands National Team Den Helder, Netherlands W, 119-56
Wednesday, July 20 Netherlands National Team Den Helder, Netherlands W, 107-52
Thursday, July 21 Netherlands National Team Amsterdam, Netherlands W, 88-52
Saturday, July 23 Belgium National Team Aalst, Belgium 8 p.m.
Monday, July 25 Luxembourg Brussels, Belgium TBA

All times local