Big 12 Conference Announces Women's Basketball All-Star Tour Roster|
DALLAS - Twelve student-athletes representing 11 Big 12 Conference schools have been selected to compete for the Big 12 All-Star Team that will tour Finland and Sweden in August.
The team will be coached by Oklahoma State head coach Dick Halterman and his staff of Jack Easley, Rae Blair and Paula Ross.
The Big 12 All-Star Team will consist of Nicole Collins, Baylor; Megan Taylor, Iowa State; Jaclyn Johnson, Kansas; Nicky Ramage, Kansas State; Tracy Franklin, Missouri; Cori McDill, Nebraska; Phylesha Whaley, Oklahoma; Jennifer Crow and Devon Magness, Oklahoma State; JoRuth Woods, Texas; Prissy Sharpe, Texas A&M; and Melinda Schmucker, Texas Tech.
Colorado will not send a representative on the Big 12 tour due to a conflict with its own foreign tour this summer.
Five of the players were named to All-Big 12 Conference teams in 1998-99. Whaley, a first team selection, ranked third in the league last year in scoring with a 19.6 points-per-game average and was seventh in rebounding with 7.5 boards-per-game. Taylor and Sharpe were named second team All-Big 12 this past season. Taylor helped lead Iowa State to the "Elite Eight" of the 1999 NCAA Tournament. She was 12th in the conference in scoring with 15.2 ppg, fourth in rebounding with 8.2 rpg and second in three-point percentage at a .417 clip. Sharpe ranked in the top five in the Big 12 in both scoring and rebounding. Her 18.4 ppg was good for fourth, while her 8.9 rpg ranked second.
Crow and Ramage earned third team All-Big 12 honors last season. Crow led the league in free throw percentage with a .832, connecting on 153-of-184 attempts, and was sixth in scoring with 17.3 ppg. Ramage was fourth in the league in field goal percentage with a .535, 16th in scoring with 13.6 ppg and 13th in rebounding with 6.2 rpg.
Schmucker, point guard for two-time defending Big 12 regular season and tournament champion Texas Tech, led the league in assist-to-turnover ratio last year with a ratio of 3.08. She was third in the conference in assists with 5.53 per outing.
Johnson started all 33 of Kansas games last season. She was fourth on the team in scoring with 8.4 ppg and third in rebounding with 6.2 rpg. McDill started 31 of 33 games for the Huskers. She was also fourth on her team in scoring with 5.7 ppg as she connected on .531 of her field goal attempts. Franklin started 16 games and played in all 28 for the Tigers last season. She averaged 5.5 ppg while dishing out 67 assists and collecting 37 steals.
Woods started 16 of Texas 28 games as a sophomore. She was fourth on her team in scoring with 7.5 ppg and third in steals with 39, in addition to averaging 4.3 rpg. Magness started 17 of 27 games at OSU. The 6-7 center led the Cowgirls with 10 blocks and was fourth in scoring with 5.8 ppg. Nicole Collins played in 22 games and started three as a true freshman at Baylor. She registered 12 assists and 10 steals.
Other members of the travel party include Big 12 Associate Commissioner Dru Hancock and Basketball Consultant Bill Foster, Oklahoma State athletic trainer Angie Beisner and media relations coordinator Michael Noteware.
This will mark the second consecutive year the Big 12 Conference has sponsored an All-Star Foreign Tour. Last year a mens team traveled to London, Paris, Belgium, and Germany and compiled a 4-2 record under the direction of Texas Tech head mens coach James Dickey. Both tours were organized by Foster, along with assistance from the Oklahoma State and Texas Tech coaching staffs.
The womens All-Star Team will meet in Dallas on Aug. 2 for two days of practice before departing for Finland on Aug. 4. The team will play six games in Finland and Sweden and return to Dallas on Aug. 15.