Dores begin prep for Costa Rica

July 31, 2017

The Vanderbilt women’s basketball team has started prepping for the program's first foreign trip in a decade.

Head coach Stephanie White, back on campus from watching rising sophomore Kayla Overbeck compete for USA Basketball at the FIBA Under-19 World Cup in Italy, put the Commodores through sessions Sunday and Monday that focused on fundamentals and conditioning.

The Commodores are scheduled to hold eight more practices on campus prior to flying to Central America, where they will combine hoops competition, service and sightseeing during a seven-day trip to Costa Rica.

“All of us are excited about the upcoming trip to Costa Rica,” White said. “It’s going to be a remarkable opportunity for this team to bond and build chemistry on and off the court. Then, just to experience the culture of another country will be great for all of us.”

This marks the first foreign trip for the women’s hoops squad since 2007 when the Commodores visited Spain. The program has traveled to Europe on two other previous occasions: France and Italy in 1998 and Italy in 2002.

Eleven members of White’s squad participated in the Monday practice, including three incoming freshmen: guard Chelsie Hall of Seffner, Fla., forward Autumn Newby of Lawrenceville, Ga., and center Paige Warren of Dublin, Ohio.

Later this week, the staff expects to have Overbeck and newcomer Mariella Fasoula on campus. Overbeck just concluded the FIBA U19 World Cup in Italy, helping Team USA to a silver medal on Sunday. Fasoula, a 6-5 sophomore forward who is transferring to Vanderbilt from Boston College, spent much of July competing for the Greek national team at the FIBA EuroBasket Women’s Championships.

White and the Commodores will journey outside the continental United States twice this year. During the upcoming regular season, the squad is scheduled to participate in the Paradise Jam tournament during Thanksgiving. The prestigious early-season tournament features Vanderbilt and seven other teams playing three games in the Virgin Islands Nov. 23-25.


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