Big Ten All-Star Roster Announced (6-6-04)
June 6, 2004
Bloomington, Ind. - The Big Ten Conference announced its roster for the 2004 Foreign Tour squad that will be coached by Indiana's Kathi Bennett this summer.
The team will meet in Bloomington to practice on June 5-6 before leaving for Australia on June 7. The squad returns to Indianapolis on June 17.
Leading the way is Indiana forward Jenny DeMuth, a second-team All-Big Ten honoree who averaged 18.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per contest. Michigan State guard Lindsay Bowen also figures to play a prominent role after earning second-team All-Big Ten honors, averaging 13.5 points per game and ranking among the conference leaders in three-point shooting at 38 percent.
Ohio State center Jessica Davenport, the media's choice as 2004 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, also joins the squad after averaging 12.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in her debut season. Davenport was an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick.
"This team has a nice mix of players who can shoot the ball, pass, get to the rim, post up and play defense both inside and on the perimeter," Bennett said. "It will be an honor to coach this team on the Foreign Tour. We look forward to getting this group together on the practice court, and then on to Australia for what should be a very memorable summer."
Wisconsin leading scorer Ashley Josephson and Northwestern leading scorer Samantha McComb will provide some additional scoring punch from the perimeter, as Josephson averaged 12.3 points per game on 41 percent shooting from three-point range. McComb paced the Wildcats with 11.2 points per game on 34 percent shooting from deep.
In addition to her 11.6 points-per-game average in 2003-04, Michigan's Stephanie Gandy will also give the Foreign Tour squad an athletic defensive presence on the wing, as will Indiana's Jamie Gathing, who missed the 2003-04 season after undergoing surgery for a knee injury sustained during the preseason.
Minnesota guard Kelly Roysland, Penn State center Amanda Brown and Purdue guard Sharika Webb represent three of the top programs in the nation. Roysland played in all 34 games for a Gopher squad that advanced to the Final Four for the first time in school history. Brown played in 33 of 34 games for a Lady Lion squad that fell to eventual national champion Connecticut in the Elite Eight, and Webb played in 29 games for the 2004 Big Ten Tournament-Champion Boilermakers.
Illinois forward/guard Erin Wigley and Iowa guard Lindsay Richards round out the roster, as Wigley averaged 7.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game for the Illini, and Richards tallied 5.4 points per contest for the Hawkeyes last season.
Head Coach: Kathi Bennett (Indiana)
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