A first for the Rainbow Wahine
Head Coach Laura Beeman
After a year of waiting, the University of Hawai'i women's basketball team will board a plane to embark on the program's first ever-international tour, sponsored by Hawaiian Airlines.
The tour will cover two stops in New Zealand, and two other stops in Australia over an 11-day period, beginning on August 7th and concluding on August 18th.
"Basketball-wise this is business as usual, and we are treating this like a preseason," said head coach Laura Beeman. "On the other side though, it's a beautiful part of the world, plus it's a big recruiting tool for us, and a hotbed of talent with Hawai'i being the closest state."
The 2018-19 roster currently has three Australian born players, including junior guard Courtney Middap, redshirt sophomore forward Amy Atwell, and sophomore center Mackenzie Clinch-Hoycard. During the recruiting process for each of the three student-athletes, Beeman made it known she intended to have them return home to play in front of a familiar crowd.
"If you've been paying attention to our social media pages, you can tell all three, plus the rest of our team are excited to go," said Beeman. "You bet we are going to use this as a recruiting tool. Future recruits will know during their four years here; we'll be going to another foreign country they may have never been to before."
Over the course of the 11-day adventure, the Rainbow Wahine will participate in several team building activities, including zip lining, visits to zoos and museums, as well as various other sightseeing opportunities.
The first stop along the way will be Auckland, New Zealand where UH will take on NZ Premier North on Aug. 9., followed by a stop in Christchurch, New Zealand to faceoff with NZ Premiere South on Aug. 12. As of now, both games are scheduled to be live streamed and links will be provided closer to the scheduled day of play.
The Rainbow Wahine will then fly into Melbourne, Australia for a matchup with Diamond Valley-SEABL on Wednesday, Aug. 15, followed by their last stop in Sydney, Australia on Aug.18 against ATC Academy.
All games will be provided with live twitter updates @WahineBBall, as well as a continuously updated blog on hawaiiathletics.com for all the Rainbow Wahines' travels.
- Hawaii Athletics