Aug. 1, 2011
OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University women's basketball team reported for practice Monday in preparation for its historic trip to Turkey and Greece Aug. 8-17. Under NCAA rules, teams are allowed to take foreign trips once every four years and are permitted to practice out of season during the week leading up to the trip.
The team has set up an official homepage for the trip (click the link at the top of the page - links are also available in the rotating buttons on the main page and in the quick links section of the women's basketball page). Photos, videos and journal entries written by the players will be available each day. Be sure to check back often to view those articles, as each page will also be updated as additional information is sent back from the team.
Starting with today (Monday, Aug. 1), there will preview articles detailing aspects of the trip. Click on the links above to see a photo gallery of the first practice, as well as a short video introduction from Kirsten Olowinski. On Wednesday, the official itinerary will be revealed, while on Friday there will be an article discussing the differences between the college and the international game. Finally on Sunday, Maggie Boyer will help summarize the cookout and car wash that will take place over the weekend before the Miami takes flight. Daily updates on the trip itself will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 9 and will usually be posted in the evening.
The RedHawks return all 10 letterwinners from last year's team. They will be joined on the trip by Miami's two incoming freshman, guards Chelsea McKnight.Here is junior forward Kirsten Olowinski's journal entry for today:
Today might've come as any normal day to any given person, but not for us as we started practice in preparation for Greece and Turkey. We began the morning with physicals, followed by individuals (split up between posts and guards). It was great to be out on the court with my teammates again. Later in the afternoon, all of our summer work was put to the test during our conditioning test, which was very successful on many levels. By the time practice rolled around in the evening, we were all ready to see what this team was really made of. Practice was fast paced, and we kept it moving, but, at the same time, were able to focus most of our attention on defense and transition. All in all, our first day back in Oxford was a great foundation for the rest of this week and a great start to a new year.