May 4, 2012
SPRINGFIELD -- For the first time in the Nyla Milleson era, the Missouri State women’s basketball team will take a summer international trip when the Lady Bears take a nine-day foreign tour of Costa Rica, Aug. 5-13. The trip will combine practice and a series of exhibition games with a unique cultural experience for the student-athletes.
The Lady Bears will be afforded a maximum of 10 practices before leaving the U.S. and will play three exhibition games in Costa Rica in addition to a community service outing. Additionally, per NCAA rules, incoming student-athletes (freshmen and transfers) are allowed to participate in foreign-tour events. This is key for the Lady Bears with six freshmen joining the fold for the 2012-13 school year, according to Milleson.
“Coming off a great season where we had five seniors on the roster, this trip is a great way to mix our veterans with the six freshmen,” Milleson said. “With the 10 extra days of practice and the time spent together before the trip, the team bonding on the trip and the benefits of the competition, this should provide a great jumpstart for the 2012-13 season.”
In the coming weeks leading up to the trip, the Lady Bears will be participating in a number of fundraising opportunities to help cover their expenses. For more information on those opportunities or to donate in another way, please contact the MSU Women’s Basketball office at 417-836-4136.
NCAA rules permit Division I schools to participate in one out-of-season trip abroad every four years. Rules also allow players to experience a foreign tour just once during their intercollegiate careers.
Milleson, who begins her sixth season at MSU in the fall, is 91-70 overall with three consecutive seasons of at least 22 wins and three consecutive WNIT appearances. The Lady Bears return nine players, including three that started over half of the team’s 33 games, from the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championship club of 2012.