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St. Thomas Women's Basketball is preparing for an Aug. 14-24 trip to Greece. This marks the Tommie program's fourth overseas trip in 10 years, following excursions to Brazil (2014), Italy (2011) and Spain (2008).
Besides its unique cultural opportunities, the 11-day trip for St. Thomas includes two exhibition games against semi-pro teams from Athens.
"I'm looking forward to bringing our team together on the basketball floor," said UST coach Ruth Sinn. "This is what I miss most in the off season, the chance to work with our athletes and help them improve with their skill development. With these 10 practices and our games overseas, we are getting a head start to forming our basketball team's identity. Our leaders are seeing first hand all they can contribute and what they need to do to leave their mark on our program."
Some of the sightseeing stops the team will part take in:
Athens, the majestic Acropolis and the Parthenon/ Temple of Athena Nike, plus the new Acropolis Museum.
Mycenae archeological site.
Olympia archaeological site, the birthplace of the Olympic Games.
Delphi's archaeological site.
Boat cruise to Hydra, Poros and Aegina islands.
Official Olympic Centre of Athens, where the Olympic Games in 2004 took place.
"Our program is all about the growth and development of our players as strong women," Sinn said. "We are who we are from our experiences and our relationship with others. This trip will give us a unique opportunity to see the world from a different lens. To learn and grow from an engaging trip learning about another country, another culture. As well as the chance to share these experiences with each other.
"This will enhance our relationships and take it to another level as players and as coaches together. I am really looking forward to sharing this trip with this team."
The Tommies graduated three starters -- National Player of the Year Kaitlin Langer at center, Paige Gernes at point guard, and wing Gabby Zehrer -- from a record-setting 31-1, Final Four team of last winter. Sinn returns eight of her top 11 players.
The regular-season opens with two games Nov. 17-18 at the Skidmore (N.Y.) tournment. The Toms' home opener is Sunday Nov. 26 against perennial power George Fox (Ore.), and the conference opener is Dec. 2 at Hamline.
St. Thomas Women's Basketball ranks near the top of Division III this decade (last eight seasons) with a won-loss record of 208-34 (.860).