UMass Women's Basketball Heads to Portugal
AMHERST, Mass. – University of Massachusetts women's basketball is completing final preparations for a nine-day trip to Portugal from Aug. 16-24. Funded entirely through the generous support of fans, alumnae and friends of the program, the trip is the first of its kind for the Minutewomen.
Per NCAA rules, collegiate programs are permitted to take one international trip every four years. In addition to granting the opportunity to compete in Lisbon and The Algarve, the student-athletes, coaches and staff will also have the opportunity to learn about Portugal's culture, art and history through team functions and sightseeing tours. Highlights outside of competition include a sailing cruise and tuk tuk tour in Lisbon, zip lining and the chance to enjoy a number of culinary options.
The game schedule for UMass while overseas includes the Lisbon All-Stars (Aug. 18), Belem Select (Aug. 20) and Algarve Elite (Aug. 22). All will be played under FIBA rules (four 10-minute quarters), with notable differences from NCAA rules including a deeper three-point line (22 feet, 1.75 inches), wider lane (16 inches) and a 24-second shot clock which resets to 14 seconds on an offensive rebound. Team timeouts are all 60 seconds each; teams are allocated two timeouts in the first half and three in the second half. Backcourt violations in FIBA are eight seconds, a change from 10 seconds in NCAA basketball.
UMass will provide postgame highlights and additional trip coverage via the program's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts (@UMassWBB).
A planned day-by-day itinerary is listed below.
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|UMass Women's Basketball Portugal Trip Schedule|
|Fri., Aug. 16||Overnight flight from Boston to Lisbon|
|Sat., Aug. 17||Sightseeing in Lisbon and Belem|
|Sun., Aug. 18||Tuk Tuk (three-wheel cart) tour of Lisbon • Game vs. Lisbon All-Stars|
|Mon., Aug. 19||Lisbon Coast Sailing Cruise • Portuguese Fado Experience (folk music)|
|Tues., Aug. 20||Game vs. Belem Select|
|Wed., Aug. 21||Travel to Algarve Region • Kayaking Excursion in Lagos|
|Thurs., Aug. 22||Sightseeing in Albufeira • Game vs. Algarve Elite|
|Fri., Aug. 23||Zip Line Experience in Alcoutim|
|Sat., Aug. 24||Return flight to Boston • Arrive in Amherst|