Aug. 12, 2001
Bratislava, Slovak Republic - On the strength of double digit scoring efforts from three seniors, the Big 12 Conference All Stars scored their second win of their 2001 Foreign Tour on Saturday night, defeating Lokomotiva Bratislava here by a score of 69-57.
Seniors Danielle Crockrom (Baylor), Angie Welle (Iowa State) and Kristin Rethman (Kansas State) all hit double figures offensively, netting 13, 14 and 11 points respectively in the dominating win. Crockrom also earned her first double-double of the tour with 11 rebounds to lead the Big 12 squad. Tracy Cook (Texas) joined Crockrom with 11 boards, while Colorado's Mandy Nightingale dished out a game-high seven assists.
"Danielle Crockrom and Kristin Rethman really played good games tonight," said Colorado head coach Ceal Barry, who is guiding the Big 12 team on their trip. "Danielle was really a force inside and Kristin showed a lot of leadership and heart. We are coming to expect a steady consistent game from Tracy Cook also. All the players contributed tonight."
After falling behind 12-10 early in the first quarter to the Slovakian squad, CU's Sabrina Scott gave the Big 12 the lead 13-12 with a three pointer with just under two minutes left in the period. Lokomotiva tied it up at 13 on a free throw, but two Crockrom free throws just seconds later gave the Americans the lead for good. After one quarter of play, the Big 12 led 18-14. Crockrom led all scorers with six points at the break, followed by Steph Jones (Nebraska) with four.
"I think that we played with a lot of intensity today even though at times we got a little lax," said Crockrom. "We had a lot of hustle plays, especially from our guards Mandy, LaNeishea and Kerensa. The referees were a lot better today. They let us play a lot more. It's been quite an adjustment from how we are used to playing, it is a lot more physical."
Rethman came off the bench in the second quarter to lead the Big 12 on a short run, scoring five straight points against the Slovakian squad. Welle added four points as the American squad extended their lead to eight, leading at the half by a score of 35-27.
"We just needed to just pick it up defensively because we seem to score a lot off of our defense," said Rethman. "We have good energy on that end of the floor that leads to baskets for us if we can take care of the ball. We can sense when we are getting stagnant and need to pick it up and make something happen. The coaching staff has done a good job of letting us know when we need to take things up a notch."
Not satisfied with the eight-point margin, the Big 12 squad came out after the halftime intermission with intensity, quickly extending its lead to 20, 50-30. Kerensa Barr (Missouri) scored seven points in the first five minutes of the third quarter, while connecting with Rethman who had five of her own on back-to-back scores on a layup and a three pointer. The All Stars scored 19 points in the third stanza, the best scoring quarter of the game for either team.
The fourth quarter would be more of the same fast-paced style of play, with point guard Nightingale finding center Welle underneath five times for 10 points by the Iowa State senior. LaNeishea Caufield turned up the pressure on defense, forcing two steals and scoring three points in the fourth quarter. Crockrom chipped in a single basket to make her the first player on the team to score in all four quarters of a game.
Sunday morning the team will depart from Vienna for Salzburg, Austria via bus for sightseeing activities. After one night in Salzburg they will travel to Bonn, Germany where they will play games August 14, 15 and 16. The team will return to the United States on Friday, August 17.