July 16, 2013
Panavė×ys, Lithuania – After going 3-0 at an exhibition tournament in the Canary Islands, Northwestern incoming freshman Nia Coffey and Team USA are now in Lithuania preparing for the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championships.
The squad has a few day of practice before opening up competition Thursday, July 18 against the host team, Lithuania at 6 p.m. local time/10 a.m. CT. Here are links to follow Nia and Team USA this week:
2013 FIBA U19 World Championship Schedule • Watch Games Live on LiveBasketball.TV
Coffey will be giving fans an inside look from her travels overseas and she checks in today with her first blog entry after a long trip to Lithuania.
Greetings Wildcat fans from Lithuania! This has been an amazing experience so far and after all of the traveling and getting used to different time zones, I am excited to be in Lithuania and get the FIBA U19 World Championships started this week. We are currently in Panavė×ys, Lithuania gearing up for the preliminary round of the tournament. We had a great time in the Canary Islands last weekend and aside from picking up three wins, we were able to enjoy the ocean during some down time. We had a couple of hours before we went to the airport to leave the Canary Islands, which we spent swimming in the ocean and I also had the chance to try paddleboarding for the first time. It was a long trip from the Canary Islands, which are located just off the northwest coast of Africa, to Lithuania and it took a few days. First, we flew from the Canary Islands to Madrid and stayed in a hotel that night because our coaches wanted us to get our rest. The next morning we went back to the Madrid airport and flew to Frankfurt, Germany and from there, landed in Lithuania. In total, we traveled more than 3,000 miles. We were in the Frankfurt airport for about four hours so we had some time to roam around the airport. A couple of teammates and I went to a German restaurant in the airport and while they tried different German dishes, I kept it simple and stuck with pizza. We haven’t had a ton of time to explore Lithuania so far but it’s really cool to be a part of a different culture and see how things work in a different area. We just had a team meal and they served spaghetti, chicken and rice and I was actually surprised because usually they give us a meal that’s traditional for the country, but I think we will have that for dinner. Today, to get ready for the upcoming competition, we scrimmaged against France after our practice session. We were a little fatigued from travel and didn’t play our best, but we still brought it together to pick up the win. We still have some things to work on but overall, we did a good job of getting the win and will keep improving. Thanks for following me on this awesome journey! I will check in again soon with another update.
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