August 10, 2000 - by

FSU Women’s Basketball Heads To Europe

Aug. 10, 2000


FSU Coach Sue Semrau visits with the media about the Seminoles’ European Tour.


It’s August 10th and the Florida State women’s basketball team is
getting set to board an airplane for a road trip. Yes, that’s right, a
basketball road trip in August. In fact, the team has been practicing for
this voyage since July 31st. Obviously, this isn’t just any road trip —
it’s a trip of a lifetime for fourth-year Head Coach Sue Semrau and the
Seminoles as they embark on an 11-day adventure through France and
Switzerland. FSU will play four games in all — three against professional
club teams and one contest versus a collegiate team.

“I’m looking forward to spending time with my teammates and
enjoying each other’s company,” junior Lakesha Springle said. “This is a
trip of a lifetime and basketball has given us this opportunity.”

While the trip will be beneficial for the team on the court, it
will also be a great bonding and educational experience for the Tribe.
Florida State returns 11 letterwinners, including four starters from last
year’s squad. The trip, sponsored by Nike, will be the first of its kind
for the FSU women’s basketball program and it will be extra special for the
four seniors, Vanessa Fuchs, Levys Torres, Lako Brown and Brooke Wyckoff.

“It has been an amazing three years and to start off my senior
season with a trip to Europe is pretty exciting,” Fuchs said. “This is
going to be a great start to what’s going to be a great year at Florida
State.”

The team is scheduled to arrive in Paris the morning of Friday,
Aug. 11th. During their three-day stay in Paris, some of the sights the
Seminoles will encounter include the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Bateaux
Mouche, The Louvre, Sacre Coeur and Palace of Versaille. The Eiffel Tower,
which was built for Universal Exhibition in 1889, was the world’s tallest
building until the Empire State Building was constructed in 1931. The
French began building Notre Dame in 1163 and it took 170 years to complete.
The Bateaux Mouche is an open air Seine River boat tour which sails past
the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre and the Notre Dame Cathedral. The Louvre
houses perhaps the most important art collections in the world while Sacre
Coeur is a beautiful church, with a view of Paris, that contains one of the
heaviest bells in the world. The Palace of Versaille was conceived in 1661
as a simple hunting lodge for Louis XIII, but was later transformed into a
lavish palace.

“I am most excited about visiting the Louvre,” sophomore Katelyn
Vujas said. “I’m also looking forward to the museums and all the shopping,
of course.”

The next stop for the Seminoles will be Lyon, the second largest
city in France, where they will play their first game. The first day in
Lyon will include sightseeing. The squad will visit the Place Bellecour
which is one of the largest and most charming squares in France and the
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, a church that dates back to the 12th
century and provides a great view of the city. Florida State will play its
first game of the tour in Lyon on Tuesday, Aug. 15th vs. Algm at 8:15 p.m.


“Basketball-wise, I think we know we have talent and skills,”
junior Angela Sutton said, “but this trip is going to allow us to get into
a groove early and get a jump on our team unity on the court. We all love
to play basketball and playing in Europe is going to be even more fun.”

The Seminoles will depart Lyon for Vevey/Montreaux, Switzerland in
the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 16th. FSU will play Sion BBC that evening
at 7:00, and will follow with an 8:30 p.m., contest vs. BBC
Troistorrents-Morgins on Thursday. Aside from the competition, some of the
activities the team has planned in its two-day stay in Switzerland include
a ride on the Funicular Tram as well as the Plein Ciel which is a tower
with an elevator that takes visitors up to a platform that views the Alps
and Lake Geneva. A visit to the Chateau de Chillon Castle, a medieval fort
set on the shore of Lake Geneva that dates back as early as 1160 AD is also
scheduled.

“Everything is going to be great, but I think I am most excited to
meet different types of people and learn about different types of
cultures,” sophomore Lauren Bradley said. “The way basketball is played in
Europe is also going to be very different.”

FSU’s final game of the tour will be in Nice, France. The team
will arrive in Nice, the French Riviera, on Friday, Aug. 18th and will play
Nice University on Saturday at 8 p.m. The Seminoles will also take some
time to shop and go to the beach while in Nice. The team will bus to
Monaco for a sightseeing trip on Sunday, Aug. 20th before returning home on
the 21st. The Tribe will see the Prince’s Palace, the residence of the
Grimaldi Family,as well as the Oceanographic Museum.

“Throughout my career at FSU, basketball has given me the
opportunity to see a side of the world that I would have never been able to
see,” senior Lako Brown said. “Our trip to Europe means a lot for us as a
team and as individuals.”

FLORIDA STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL EUROPEAN TOUR QUICK GUIDE


August 10Depart Tallahassee at 1:50 pm
(to Atlanta, to New York, to Paris)
August 11Arrive Paris at 8:35 am
-city tour, lunch
August 12Practice/Paris site seeing
-Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, etc.
Bus to Bateux Mouche for evening boat ride
August 13Practice/Paris site seeing
-The Louvre, Sacre Coeur, Palace of Versaille
August 14Bus to Lyon, France (check into hotel)
Practice/Sightseeing in Lyon
– Place Bellecour, Le Hameau Du Vin, etc.
August 15Game vs. Algm – 8:15 pm
August 16Bus to Vevey/Montreaux, Switzerland (check into hotel)
Game vs. Sion BBC – 7 pm
August 17Sightseeing in Switzerland
– Chateau De Chillon Castle
Game vs. BBC Troistorrents-Morgins – 8:30 pm
August 18Bus to Nice, France (check into hotel)
Sightseeing in Nice
August 19Game vs. Nice University – 8 pm
August 20Bus to Monaco for sightseeing trip
– Prince’s Palace, Oceanographic Museum
August 21Depart Nice at 10:10 am
(Paris, Atlanta)
Arrive Tallahassee at 11:07 pm


* Algm, Sion BBC, BBC Troistorrents-Morgins are all professional club team

* Nice University is a collegiate team

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