Aug. 15, 2001
COLOGNE, Germany - On the strength of double digit scoring efforts from five players, the Big 12 All Stars defeated the TV Bonsburg City squad 89-47 here Wednesday night. Pacing the American squad was Missouri junior Kerensa Barr, who netted a tour-high 16 points in just two quarters of play.
"Once again our team came out strong and finished the first quarter very well," said Ceal Barry. "Kerensa Barr showed a lot of leadership tonight throughout the course of the game and did a great job, particularly on the defensive end taking charges and playing great man-to-man defense."
The Bonsburg team led early on with strong free throw shooting, but the Big 12 squad battled back with great play inside by Angie Welle and Tracy Cook, who had five and six first quarter points, respectively. The American squad would not take the lead for good until Oklahoma's LaNeishea Caufield drained three-consecutive three pointers to seize a decisive 30-12 lead at the end of the period.
"LaNeishea was big for us tonight on both ends of the floor," said Barry. "At the end of the first quarter she hit some big shots and then later in the game played solid, physical defense."
The second quarter was more of the same, as the Big 12 team would combine for 18 points, led by Oklahoma State junior Shelby Hutchens, who scored five. Bonsburg had no answer for the Americans outside shooting, as the team combined for nine first half three pointers, including three in the second quarter.
After the halftime break, Barr came out on fire, scoring nine on 4 of 4 shooting and taking two charges from a physical Bonsburg team. She would leave the game in the third quarter with 16 points, four assists and five steals. Hutchens also chipped in another five points, shooting 4 for 4 on the game for a tour-high 10 points, as well as grabbing four rebounds and dishing out three assists. The Americans led 70-35 after three periods of play.
"Shelby had a very complete game tonight," Barry said. "She did everything well and was a big factor in getting things going in the second and third quarters."
"We have really finally gelled as a team and it is showing because we played so well tonight," said Barr. "It's kind of sad that we just have one game left together because it has been so much fun getting to know each other and playing. Now that we are really settled into our offense and gotten used to each other, we just have one game left. We will make the most of that tomorrow."
With the decision in hand, the Big 12 team cruised through the fourth quarter, scoring 19 points. Crockrom chipped in seven, while Caufield shot a perfect 4-4 from the charity stripe to finish with 13 points. Crockrom was also the games high rebounder with 11, finishing with 15 points. Tracy Cook had yet another solid outing, scoring 10 points and grabbing nine boards. Mandy Nightingale led the Big 12 team with five assists.
Thursday evening the Big 12 squad will wrap up its 2001 Foreign Tour and try to become the first conference tour team, male or female, to have an undefeated trip. Friday afternoon the team will return to the states.