Maize & Blue Readies for First-Ever Foreign Trip

Aug 13, 2013

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team is poised to take its first foreign trip in program history, leaving for Paris on Aug. 19 and returning from Rome on Aug. 29.

The Wolverines will kick off the trip on Monday (Aug. 19), departing Detroit at 9:50 p.m. and flying overnight to Paris, landing the next day at 11:30 a.m.

Michigan will play three games overseas, playing in Paris on Aug. 21, in Lake Como on Aug. 24 and in Rome on Aug. 27. In addition to the three games, U-M has been allowed 10 practice days prior to the trip. Several practice days were used in July, with the remainder of the time being used in the week leading up to the trip.

While across the pond, the Wolverines will do much more than just play games. A trip that is perfectly suited for team bonding and a great way to start off the 2013-14 year, the players and staff will get the opportunity to experience a completely different part of the world.

In Paris, the team will visit the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and take a river cruise down the Seine. Michigan will take a train to Nice on Aug. 22, followed by trips to Monaco and Lake Como the following day.

The Lake Como leg of the trip will feature a boat tour and a game before the team leaves for Florence on Aug. 25. The team will explore Florence and depart for Rome on Aug. 26. Once the team arrives in Rome, a tour of the Piazza Novana, Pantheon, Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain will follow. Prior to Michigan's final game on Aug. 27, the Wolverines will see all that ancient Rome has to offer like the Coliseum and Roman Forum.

On Michigan's final full day of the adventure, the team will visit the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. U-M will depart Rome on Aug. 29 on an 11:15 a.m. flight and land in Detroit at 3:30 p.m.

Fans are encouraged to use a variety of avenues to keep up with the Wolverines during their European adventure. Photos and blogs will be posted every day on, including game recaps and boxscores on game days. The team's Facebook and Twitter accounts will feature tons of content in real time as the Wolverines explore new places. The trip's official hashtag will be #MGoEurope, another way to keep up with everyone. Be sure to follow "umichathletics" on Instagram as well for more inside looks into the team's trip overseas.

Michigan welcomes four newcomers to this year's squad, along with four players coming off injury last season. U-M went 22-11 in 2012-13 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the third time in school history.

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (734) 763-4423

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