Frogs Continue Prep for Australia

July 19, 2017

FORT WORTH, Texas – The excitement continues to build within the TCU women’s basketball program as the Frogs prepare for their upcoming foreign tour of Australia.  TCU will visit Sydney and Melbourne during its tour, which takes place August 5-16. 

“Our team is so excited,” said head coach Raegan Pebley. “This is a life experience just as much as it is a basketball experience. A lot of these women have never had the opportunity to travel overseas. To have your first chance to travel abroad be to Australia, that’s a bucket-list thing that you’re getting to check off in your early 20s.”

It is that once-in-a-lifetime experience that makes foreign such as this so special.

“Obviously you’re able to work on the court, but its also about getting to create these types of memories as a group that absolutely builds your chemistry,” Pebley said. “Student-athletes don’t get an opportunity to study abroad, and rarely do they just get to travel for fun. This is an opportunity for them to get that kind of experience and make memories while traveling with their best friends.”

On the basketball court in Australia, the Frogs will play four games. Leading up to the trip the Frogs can practice 10 times on campus. With five of those practices having already taken place, Pebley is excited for the on-court opportunity the trip gives her team.

“This is going to be fantastic for our team in particular because we are so young. Having as young a team as we had last season, to be able to get this kind of experience under our belt is incredible.”

Three of TCU’s four games will be played as part of doubleheaders with the TCU men’s team, which is also making the trip to Sydney and Melbourne.

“What’s great about this, and especially with the two teams going together, is that we are really allowing ourselves an opportunity to grow the TCU brand in Australia,” Pebley said.

“We love our men’s team and really loved cheering them on in their NIT run last season. Jamie (Dixon) is at as many of our games as I’ve ever seen from a men’s head coach at any school. His sister, Maggie Dixon, was a women’s head coach, and his relationship with the women’s game is genuine. He’s a dad to a daughter, he knows how important the sport can be for a woman in her life, and he’s a great supporter of our team.”

The TCU women will resume their practice schedule on Monday, July 31, and complete the remainder of their 10 practices prior to departing for Sydney on Saturday, August 5.

Continue to follow the Frogs on social media for all of the Australia build up, as well as regular updates while abroad.



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