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PARK RIDGE, IL - The roster of student-athletes that will make up the 2001 Big Ten Women's Basketball Foreign Tour Team was announced today by Conference officials. The tour, which will take place from August 7-18, will include games in France and Switzerland. The team will compete under the direction of Wisconsin head coach Jane Albright, who is mentoring her second Big Ten Foreign Tour Squad.
The roster includes senior Lindsey Meder of Iowa and sophomore Lindsay Whalen of Minnesota, a duo that finished tied for second in Big Ten scoring this past season. Meder and Whalen each averaged 16.8 points per game in League play, while Whalen (17.0 ppg) owned a small advantage over Meder (16.9 ppg) in overall scoring. Meder was an All-Big Ten First Team pick and was named to the Verizon Academic All-America First Team. Whalen was an All-Big Ten honorable mention honoree and was tabbed for the All-Freshman Team. Purdue sophomore Shalicia Hurns, a 2001 Big Ten All-Freshman Team selection, was also named to the roster. Hurns was a key factor in the Boilers' run to the 2001 Final Four and was the first freshman to lead Purdue in rebounding (6.6 per game) since Leslie Johnson in 1993-94. She also averaged 9.3 points per game and had four double-doubles on the season.
Other selectees include Michigan's LeeAnn Bies, a 6-3 junior center who posted seven double-doubles last season, the fourth-highest total in the League. Bies averaged a team-high 12.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per outing in 2001-02. All-Big Ten Second Team pick Heather Cassady, the starting point guard for Indiana, averaged 4.1 assists per game and recorded a 1.75 assist-to-turnover ratio last season. Northwestern senior Ashley Messenger competed in all 27 games for the Wildcats, averaging 3.7 points per contest and dishing out 40 assists.
Wisconsin and Michigan State will each be represented by two student-athletes. Junior Kyle Black started all 28 games for the Badgers, scoring 9.1 points per game and racking up 62 assists. Teammate Emily Ashbaugh, the tallest member of the Foreign Tour squad at 6-5, appeared in 27 contests, averaging 3.4 points and 3.1 boards per game. Michigan State junior Jen Callier posted 4.2 points and 3.7 caroms per outing, while fellow Spartan Maria Recker averaged 4.0 ppg with eight starts to her credit.
Ohio State senior Tomeka Brown started all 33 games this past season as one of the integral cogs in the Buckeyes' run to the WNIT title. She averaged 8.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game and tallied 51 steals on the year. Brown saved OSU's postseason in the opening round of the WNIT when she converted a put-back attempt at the final buzzer, giving the Buckeyes a 61-60 win over regional rival Cincinnati.
Rashana Barnes, a senior for the Penn State Lady Lions, will roam the front court for the Foreign Tour squad. Barnes is a veteran of the Lions' trip to the 2000 Final Four and started all 33 games this past season. In 2000-01, she averaged 11.3 points and 7.3 boards per game while shooting 48.8 percent from the floor.
The complete 2001 Big Ten Women's Basketball Foreign Tour Team roster follows.
2001 BIG TEN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FOREIGN TOUR ROSTER
INSTITUTION PLAYER POS. YEAR* HEIGHT HOMETOWN/PREVIOUS SCHOOL Indiana Heather Cassady G SR 5-7 Peoria, IL/Dunlap Iowa Lindsey Meder G SR 5-8 Solon, IA/Solon Michigan LeeAnn Bies C JR 6-3 Lakeview, MI/Lakeview Michigan State Jen Callier C/F JR 6-4 Indianapolis, IN/Cathedral Maria Recker G JR 5-10 Auburn, IN/DeKalb Minnesota Lindsay Whalen G SO 5-8 Hutchinson, MN/Hutchinson Northwestern Ashley Messenger G SR 5-8 Scottsdale, AZ/Scottsdale Ohio State Tomeka Brown G SR 5-9 Columbus, OH/Marion Franklin Penn State Rashana Barnes F/C SR 6-1 Philadelphia, PA/West Catholic Purdue Shalicia Hurns F SO 6-2 Indianapolis, IN/Broad Ripple Wisconsin Emily Ashbaugh C SO 6-5 Woodinville, WA/Redmond Kyle Black G JR 5-11 Indianapolis, IN/North Central*Indicates eligibility for 2001-02 season