Women's Basketball Heads to Spain for Exhibitions

The Lady Tigers get ready to board their flight to Spain.
The Lady Tigers get ready to board their flight to Spain.
Bill Martin (@LSUBillMartin)
Bill Martin (@LSUBillMartin)
Associate SID

MIAMI – After going through nine days of practices, the LSU women’s basketball team will embark on an 11-day exhibition foreign tour of Spain with stops in Barcelona, Valencia, Alicante and Madrid beginning with a commercial flight from Miami to Barcelona on Sunday night.

The Lady Tigers, coming off a Sweet 16 appearance in the spring, face Team France AMW All-Stars at noon CT Tuesday and noon CT Wednesday (7 p.m. Central European time zone) in Barcelona. LSU was scheduled to play the Netherlands National Team but they withdrew from competition due to injuries.

Team France dropped a 75-57 exhibition to Notre Dame last week and the French were scheduled to take on Georgia Tech. LSU’s other contests will come on 1 p.m. CT Saturday, Aug. 17 and 1 p.m. CT Sunday, Aug. 18 against collegiate Spanish teams in Alicante.

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NCAA guidelines allow teams to take a foreign trip once every four years.

For a group of 10 players and the staff, the next 11 days will be a trip of a lifetime and for most the first time they have been out of the country let alone overseas. It will be a chance for LSU to bond as a team, experience a new culture and take in the sights and sounds of Spain while getting a leg up on game competition before practice officially begins in October.

Head coach Nikki Caldwell’s Lady Tigers return four starters from last year’s Sweet 16 team led by the reigning Southeastern Conference scoring champion in Theresa Plaisance, who was recently overseas in Russia helping USA Basketball to a World University Games gold medal.

“Just the opportunity to play overseas with LSU on our jerseys, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Plaisance. “A lot of us when we are done at LSU will be playing overseas. It’s a good chance to see a new culture and what the international game is like. It’s a great advantage.”

Fellow senior guard Jeanne Kenney anchors what will be a backcourt full of depth that welcomes three freshmen on the trip – Rina Hill, Raigyne Moncrief and Jasmine Rhodes. Kenney says the past nine days and the trip has given the Lady Tigers a chance to get acclimated to game speed again.

“One of the big differences of last year’s team and this year’s team is the tempo,” said Kenney. “It is fast paced and that is due to the number of guards we have. Our post players have done a good job keeping up. I am excited for this opportunity to go to Spain and see what we can do against other teams. I can’t wait to see all of the sights.”

LSU flew from New Orleans to Miami Sunday afternoon and the Lady Tigers were scheduled to take an 8-hour flight across the Atlantic to Barcelona where they will land at approximately 9:30 a.m. CET (2:30 a.m. CT).

The first day in Barcelona calls for a sightseeing tour at Barrio Gotico and much of the 1992 Olympic Games venues. The team will indulge in a welcome dinner at La Tramoia and observe a flamenco show.

LSU Lady Tigers’ Spain Tour Itinerary (all times Central European time zone)

Sunday, August 11
Depart for Barcelona from Miami via commercial flight

Monday, August 12
9:30 a.m. Arrive in Barcelona
1 p.m. Visit Barrio Gotico, Las Ramblas
4 p.m. Check in to Renaissance Hotel Barcelona
6:30 p.m. Dinner at La Tramoia, Flamenco Show

Tuesday, August 13 – Gameday
9 a.m. Sightseeing, visit Parque Guell
3 p.m. Pregame meal
6 p.m. Pregame warmups
7 p.m. Game 1: LSU vs. French All-Stars

Wednesday, August 14 – Gameday
11 a.m. Visit historic Sagrada Familia
1 p.m. Sightseeing continued
3 p.m. Pregame meal
6 p.m. Pregame warmups
7 p.m. Game 2: LSU vs. French All-Stars

Thursday, August 15
9:30 a.m. Depart to Valencia via charter bus
3:30 p.m. Arrive in Valencia, check into Westin Valencia Hotel
evening Sightseeing, free time

Friday, August 16
9:30 a.m. Valencia sightseeing, beaches
afternoon Sightseeing, free time

Saturday, August 17 – Gameday
10 a.m. Depart to Alicante
12 p.m. Arrive in Alicante, check into Melia Alicante Hotel
4 p.m. Pregame meal
7 p.m. Pregame warmups
8 p.m. Game 3: LSU vs. Spain Collegiate Team TBA

Sunday, August 18
morning Alicante beaches, sightseeing
4 p.m. Pregame meal
7 p.m. Pregame warmups
8 p.m. Game 4: LSU vs. Spain Collegiate Team TBA

Monday, August 19
10:15 a.m. Depart for Madrid
3 p.m. Arrive in Madrid, check into ME Hotel Madrid
5 p.m. Tour of central Madrid

Tuesday, August 20
10 a.m. Guided sightseeing tour of Madrid
3 p.m. Tour the Royal Palace

Wednesday, August 21
10 a.m. Tour Prado Museum
afternoon sightseeing
evening Farewell dinner at Los Galayos, Plaza Major

Thursday, August 22
Depart Madrid for Dallas-Fort Worth, New Orleans





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