Grad student Abby Streeter of Rutgers women's basketball defends agianst Illinois on Sunday, February 26. Photo: Rutgers Athletics.

It will be a historic week of sorts for both the Rutgers men’s and women’s basketball teams. Both are heading overseas to participate in the 2023 Rutgers Foreign Tour.

Already the Rutgers Field Hockey team completed its tour when it visited the Netherlands and Belgium. Now it’s basketball’s turn.

Women’s Hoops

The women head for Greece today where they will stay for five days before heading to two cities in Croatia: Split and Dubrovnik. In addition to taking in the sights, sounds, and vast histories of both countries, there will be three games that Rutgers will participate in.

The women will square off with the University of Regina on Friday, August 11, and the InCroatia All-Stars on August 13. The team will play its final game overseas on Wednesday, August 16 against ŽKK Budućnost Podgorica.

Head Coach Coquese Washington was a guest of Fox Sports on the Road and discussed the trip in great detail. You can catch that episode here!

Men’s Hoops

Meanwhile, the Rutgers men’s basketball is preparing to fly out to Africa on Tuesday, August 8, where it too will take a three-city tour that will take them to Portugal through August 19.

According to a press release issued by Rutgers: “Dakar, the capital of Senegal is one of the chief seaports on the West African Coast. Algarve is located on the southern coastline of Portugal and is a region of beaches and fishing towns. Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal and the largest city in the country.”

Rutgers will spend three days in Dakar four days in Algarve, and four days in Lisbon.

Of course, there will be plenty of basketball action, as the Scarlet Knights will square off with various local teams in all three cities.

Said Head Coach Steve Pikiell “This foreign tour will give our team the opportunity to prepare for the challenge of the upcoming season against great international competition, as well as provide an unbelievable cultural experience of three great cities.”

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