UConn women’s basketball team heads to Italy for exhibitions

Former and current Connecticut basketball players gather for a team photograph at the end of an NCAA college basketball game against South Carolina, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, in Storrs, Conn. UConn won their 100th straight game. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team is off on a 10-day tour of Italy.

The Huskies will play exhibition games in Rome, Florence, Trieste and Venice.

It will be the first time UConn has played since the last-second overtime loss to Mississippi State in the Final Four, which ended the team’s record 111-game winning streak.

The trip is being funded through private donations.

UConn coach Geno Auriemma says he hopes the experience will be both educational and help the team bond.

The Huskies’ roster includes four freshmen and two players, Azura Stevens and Batouly Camara, who sat out last season after transferring into the program from Duke and Kentucky, respectively.

NCAA rules allow teams to take a trip overseas once every four years. This will be the Huskies fifth European trip since 1995.

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