Big 12 Women's All-Stars End European Tour With 121-64 Victory Over TSU Hagen

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
AUGUST 16, 2001

Aug. 16, 2001

Hagen, Germany - The Big 12 Conference All-Star Team wrapped up its 2001 foreign tour with a 121-64 win over TSU Hagen here Thursday night. Six players scored in double figures, led by Nebraska's Steph Jones who had an individual tour-high 21 points. The win marked the first time that a Big 12 All-Star team has gone undefeated on a foreign tour as the 2001 team finished 5-0. A sixth game was canceled by the opposing team.

"It has truly been an honor and privilege to work with this group of young women," said coach Ceal Barry. "They did more than just play great basketball. They represented our conference and country very well. I don't know that I've ever worked with such a great group of people before and I'm glad to have had the opportunity. The Big 12 should be very proud."

Danielle Crockrom of Baylor had her fourth double-double of the tour with 8 points and 12 rebounds. Mandy Nightingale of Colorado had nine assists, followed by six assists from KC Hilgenkamp of Kansas. Shelby Hutchens of Oklahoma State added 17 points, while LaNeishea Caufield of Oklahoma (11), Kristin Rethman of Kansas State (10) and Tracy Cook of Texas (10) rounded out the double figure scorers for the Big 12.

Jones led the Big 12 assault in the first quarter with 12 points on perfect 6-of-6 shooting. Crockrom and Cook also chipped in six points apiece with Cook's final basket coming off a no-look cross-court pass from Hilgenkamp. After one quarter, the Big 12 led 33-21.

Caufield provided most of the spark in the second quarter, coming off the bench for eight points and six steals. Missouri's Kerensa Barr added three assists in the period as the halftime score was a Big 12 60-39 advantage. Crockrom took over after halftime, scoring 11 points on three field goals and five free throws. Kristin Rethman added six points as all six players who saw time in the third quarter scored.

Hutchens led the Big 12 in the fourth quarter with 11 points. Texas A&M's LaToya Rose sank two free throws to start the final period marking the first game that all 12 players have scored in.

The All-Star team returns to the United States on Friday.



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