Women's Basketball

August 7, 1998

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami women’s basketballteam travels across the Atlantic Ocean for an 11-day exhibition tour throughSweden and Denmark, August 7-18. Head Coach Ferne Labati and staffwill guide UM against top-Swedish basketball clubs Sodertalje and Visby,plus the six-team Falcon International Tournament in Copenhagen, Denmark.

For the second time this summer Labati and staff will lead a squad ofplayers overseas for international competition. This past June, Labatiheaded up the BIG EAST/Nike Women’s Basketball All-Stars that competedon a five-game tour through Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.That team, with the Hurricanes’ Gina Graziani at point guard, finishedwith a 2-3 record.

The first stop on UM’s exhibition tour will be a familiar one for Hurricaneforward Camilla Östh. The sophomore from Sodertalje, Swedenwill get a chance to play against her old amateur club team, SodertaljeBBC, on August 9 in her hometown.

Before the team heads off to Denmark, they will have a two-game serieswith Visby BBC, August 11-12, in Visby located on the Island of Gotland.

Once in Denmark, the Hurricanes will join the Denmark National Team,Falcon (Denmark), City Basket (Berlin, Germany) and the Denmark Under-20National Team for a round-robin tournament in Copenhagen, August 14-16.

Other than the UM coaching staff and Graziani, seniors Kym Hope andCassaundra Wimes are other UM players who have had international competitionabroad. Hope was a member of the BIG EAST/Nike Women’s BasketballAll-Stars in 1997 that also toured through Denmark and Sweden, while Wimesplayed with Athletes in Action in 1996 touring through Poland and Germany.
Tentative schedule of important dates during the tour
(All times Greenwich Mean Time – six hours ahead of US EasternTime)

August 7
12:40 p.m. Depart Miami for New York (JFK)
6:20 p.m. Depart New York for Stockholm, Sweden
August 8
8:10 a.m. Arrive in Stockholm
Evening Tour Kungstradgarden Pedestrian Mall
August 9
10 a.m. Tour of Stockholm
5 p.m. Depart Stockholm for Sodertalje, Sweden
7 p.m. Game vs. Sodertalje BBC – Taljehallen Gym
August 10
7:15 a.m. Depart Sodertalje for Nynashamn, Sweden
9:10 a.m. Depart Nynashamn on catamaran for Visby on the
Island of Gotland
11:50 a.m. Arrive in Visby, Goland
August 11
10 a.m. Tour of Visby
7:30 p.m. Game vs. Visby BBC
August 12
9 a.m. Tour of the island of Gotland
7 p.m. Game vs. Visby BBC, followed by banquet
August 13
7 a.m. Depart on ferry for Oskarshamn, Sweden
11 a.m. Arrive in Oskarshman, bus to Vaxjo, Sweden
Afternoon Visit world-famous glass factories
August 14
8:30 a.m. Bus to Helsinborg, Sweden
10:30 a.m. Depart on ferry to Helsingnor, Denmark
11:30 a.m. Bus to Copenhagen, Denmark
2:30 p.m. Arrive in Copenhagen
3:30 p.m. Tour of Copenhagen
8-Midnight Visit Tivoli Amusement Park
Falcon International Tournament
Competing Teams: Miami, Denmark NationalTeam, City Basket (Berlin, Germany), Falcon (Denmark), TBA and the DenmarkUnder-20 National Team
August 15
Noon Miami vs. TBA
2 p.m. Labati Coaching Clinic
6 p.m. Miami vs. Denmark National Team
August 16
9 a.m. Tournament continues, First Semifinal
11 a.m. Second Semifinal
1 p.m. Third Place game
3 p.m. Consolation game
5 p.m. Championship game
August 17
Morning Tour of Copenhagen
12 p.m. Tour of Viking ships
4:45 p.m. Depart Copenhagen Airport for Stockholm
5:55 p.m. Arrive in Stockholm
August 18
1 p.m. Depart Stockholm for New York (JFK)
3:15 p.m. Arrive in New York
7:10 p.m. Depart New York for Miami
10:17 p.m. Arrive in Miami