July 17, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team will take a foreign trip to France and Italy in August (19-29), head coach Kim Barnes Arico announced on Wednesday (July 17).
"We are very excited to have the opportunity to take a foreign trip," Barnes Arico said. "It is a great chance for our team to get a head start on the upcoming season while seeing a completely different part of the world. The extra practice time, especially with four newcomers and four players coming off of knee injuries, will be invaluable for our young team. "
"We are grateful for the generosity of Nancy Lohr, who donated the money for us to take this trip. As we continue to build our program, supporters like Nancy are integral to our success."
The Wolverines will depart Ann Arbor on Aug. 19, flying overnight to Paris. U-M will participate in three games across the pond, playing in Paris (Aug. 23), Lake Como (Aug. 24) and Rome (Aug. 27). Michigan's tour of Western Europe will include stops in Paris, the south of France, Lake Como, Florence and Rome before traveling back to Ann Arbor on Aug. 29.
In addition to the three games, U-M will practice 10 times in preparation for the trip. The Wolverines will begin practice on Thursday (July 18) for four days before completing the remainder of their practice time in August.
Michigan welcomes four newcomers to a team that went 22-11 in 2012-13, reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament for just the third time in program history.
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