May 21-28 The Netherlands, Belgium, France
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's basketball team travels to Europe May 20 for a four-game exhibition schedule with local and national teams. The Panthers will leave the States for Holland May 20 and return to Milwaukee May 28. While in Europe, the team will visit cities throughout the region, including Amsterdam and Paris.
Supporters, fans and parents will have the opportunity to follow the Panthers through Europe via daily updates at uwmpanthers.com. Freshmen Stephanie Schell and Lindsay Laur will alternate daily blog posts, while photo galleries will be posted regularly and recaps will be available for each of Milwaukee's exhibition contests.
"Going to Europe is an incredible opportunities for our student-athletes," Botham said. "For our students, it will be a great cultural experience. It will be very educational with all of the different countries we are going to. It will also be great for our athletes to play against some of the top clubs in Europe."
UWM was allowed to practice for 10 days prior to the trip by the NCAA in order to get back into playing condition.
Milwaukee's playing schedule will consist of games with the Holland U20 National Team, the Belgium U20 National Team and DBC Houthalen and Sint Kateline Waver of Belgium's First Division.
"The opportunity to go on this trip wouldn't have happened without the contributions of our supporters," Botham said. "Through their generosity, we were able to make this trip a reality. This had been something we have been working very hard toward the last few years."
UWM went 17-14 last season and tied for second place in the Horizon League behind league player of the year Traci Edwards. Milwaukee will feature almost its entire roster from the 2007-08 season, which includes, in addition to Edwards, seniors Aubri Rote and Meredith Onson, as well as junior Turquoise McCain, a league all-defensive team selection this season.
All Times Local To Country
|Tuesday, May 20 ||Chicago|
|7:55 p.m. ||Depart Chicago for Amsterdam, The Netherlands|
|Wednesday, May 21 ||Amsterdam, The Netherlands|
|10:40 a.m. ||Arrive in Amsterdam|
|5 p.m. ||Game vs. U20 National Team of Holland - W, 70-64 (Recap)|
|Day One Photo Gallery ||Travel Blog (Introductory post by head coach Sandy Botham)|
|Thursday, May 22 ||Amsterdam, The Netherlands/Mechelen, Belgium|
|Morning ||Anne Frank House|
|Afternoon ||Travel to Mechelen, Belgium|
|Day Two Photo Gallery ||Travel Blog (Lindsay Laur)|
|Friday, May 23 ||Mechelen, Belgium|
|Morning ||Breendonk, Concentration Camp|
|7 p.m. ||Game vs. U20 National Team of Belgium - W, 92-70 (Recap)|
|Day Three Photo Gallery ||Travel Blog (Stephanie Schell)|
|Saturday, May 24 ||Mechelen, Belgium|
|7:30 p.m. ||Game vs. DBC Houthalen - W, 73-68 (Recap)|
|Day Four Photo Gallery ||Travel Blog (Lindsay Laur)|
|Sunday, May 25 ||Mechelen, Belgium|
|5 p.m. ||Game vs. Sint Kateline Waver - L, 85-78 (Recap)|
|Day Five Photo Gallery ||Travel Blog (Stephanie Schell)|
|Monday, May 26 ||Mechelen, Belgium/Paris, France|
|Morning ||Travel to Paris, France|
|Afternoon ||Notre Dame Cathedral|
|Afternoon ||Seine River/Paris Boat Tour|
|Day Six Photo Gallery ||Travel Blog (Assistant SID Kevin Conway)|
|Tuesday, May 27 ||Paris, France|
|Morning ||Eiffel Tower|
|Afternoon ||The Louvre|
|Day Seven Photo Gallery ||Travel Blog (Lindsay Laur)|
|Wednesday, May 28 ||Paris, France/Chicago|
|7 p.m. ||Depart Paris Airport|
|7:29 p.m. ||Arrive in Chicago|