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    Sunday, March 03, 2024

    Details coming together for UConn women’s European tour

    Storrs — The UConn women’s basketball team will travel to Europe from Aug. 15-25 as the Huskies tour four cities in three countries, the school confirmed Tuesday in a press release.

    UConn will tour Zagreb, Croatia; Ljublijana, Slovenia; Bologna, Italy and Venice, Italy. The Huskies will play four exhibition games, one in each city on the tour.

    “These foreign tours are really beneficial in a lot of ways,” head coach Geno Auriemma said. “From a basketball standpoint, we get to play some really good, experienced teams. It’s a little like an extended training camp, you get a bit of a head start on getting your team together.

    “Off the court, the team gets to experience other cultures and see parts of the world they may never have seen otherwise. We’ve wanted to go back to Europe for a few years and haven’t been able to for various reasons. It should be a fun time for everybody and we’re looking forward to it.”

    The Huskies will begin the foreign tour in Zagreb, the hometown of rising senior Nika Mühl. The team will tour the city and nearby Samobor, Croatia.

    UConn will explore Lake Bled and Ljubljiana, including Old Town Ljubljiana and Ljubljiana Castle, in Slovenia.

    In Bologna, the Huskies will have the opportunity to see the Adriatic Coast, tour the Ferrari and Lamborghini museums and take a cooking lesson.

    To end the trip in Venice, UConn will visit the islands of Murano and Burano, tour Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Square and take a gondola ride.

    The Huskies finished 31-6 this year during an injury-riddled season, ending its NCAA tournament run with a loss to Ohio State in the Sweet 16.

    UConn lost WNBA Draft picks Lou Lopez Senechal and Dorka Juhasz to graduation, but returns the remainder of its roster, including 2021 national player of the year Paige Bueckers, who missed the 2023 season with a knee injury.

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