Aug. 5, 2013
THE FLATS – The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team is packing up its gym bags and suitcases and heading to Europe for a three-city tour in which it will visit Barcelona, Paris and London. The Yellow Jackets will face three foreign opponents in five exhibition games and will experience the various cultures of the three European cities. The foreign tour stretches from August 7 to August 17.
“We are very thankful to our supportive and generous Georgia Tech friends and families who made this trip to Barcelona, Paris, and London possible,” head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “I am excited for my players to have this type of life experience. The opportunity to grow as a person and as a player is invaluable for each member of this team and staff.”
After arriving and touring Barcelona on Thursday, Georgia Tech plays a team that is comprised of members of the French national team, France 3×3 and the France U20 team at 7 p.m. local time (1 p.m. ET) at the Pavello El Moli on Friday. The two teams will play again on Saturday at 7 p.m. local time (1 p.m. ET).
The next destination for the squad is Paris. The Yellow Jackets will play two games in the City of Lights against Team France AMW on Monday, Aug. 12 and Tuesday, Aug. 13. Both contests will take place at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin and at 8 p.m. local time (2 p.m. ET) and are a part of Euro Jam Paris 2013.
The foreign tour concludes in London where GT will take on the Barking Abbey on Thursday, Aug. 14 at 6 p.m. local time (1 p.m. ET). The Barking Abbey is a high performance basketball academy. Following a day of sightseeing, the Yellow Jackets will return to the Flats on Saturday, Aug. 17.
“The timing is perfect for us as a program and I am fortunate to have a president, athletic director, and senior woman administrator that share the same vision for our women’s basketball program and our student athletes,” Joseph said.
The 2013-14 Yellow Jackets returns nine veterans and will be led by senior Tyaunna Marshall, a 2013 honorable mention All-American and first team All-ACC selection. Georgia Tech welcomes four freshman to this year’s team including high school All-American Kaela Davis from nearby Suwanee, Ga., Donnaizha Fountain from Roxbury, Mass., Gabrielle Holston from Margaret, Ala. and Katarina Vuckovic from Smeredevo, Serbia.
Make sure to follow Georgia Tech women’s basketball on Twitter, @GTWBB, Instagram, GTWBB, and like the Yellow Jackets on Facebook, GTWomensBasketball, to keep up with the team on the foreign tour and throughout the season.