NEW YORK — Columbia women’s basketball will make its first trip overseas since 2016 on Saturday when it departs New York City to begin a one-week foreign tour in Morocco and Spain. The Lions will spend three nights in Morocco and four nights in Spain before returning to the United States Sunday, August 28.
“This will be a tremendous opportunity for our players, our coaches and our entire staff to jumpstart the season together,” Columbia head coach Megan Griffith said. “We’ll get the chance to experience something out of our comfort zone and be immersed in a different culture and a different world. I think that is something that is really unique to Columbia – we really care about our student-athletes’ lives outside of the basketball court, but we can use basketball as a vehicle to get us there.
“We had a few reasons for choosing these destinations. First, we have two Spanish players on our team, Mary Lobon spirit Noa Comesana. Traveling to Spain will give them a chance to show the rest of the team their home country. We also hope to recruit more in Spain and really increase the visibility of Columbia University within the country. We feel that Morocco is a country and a place that many of our players will never travel to in their lives. We wanted to bring our team somewhere that is different and presents a unique opportunity to see the world and experience a different way of life.”
The tour will give the Lions a bit of extra preparation following a historic 2021-22 campaign that saw the team post an overall record of 25-7 and 12-2 in the Ivy League, setting program records for wins and conference wins. Columbia competed in and won its first postseason game in 36 years and advanced to the quarterfinals of its first Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT). Its run to the WNIT quarterfinals is the deepest by any team in Ivy League history.
Next week’s trip will include three exhibition games, one in Morocco and two in Spain. The Lions will also get the chance to explore historical landmarks and attractions within the Moroccan cities of Tangier and Chefchaouen, as well as the Spanish cities of Granada and Seville. The team’s daily itinerary is listed below.
Columbia WBB Foreign Tour Itinerary:
August 20 | Depart New York City for Tangier, Morocco
August 21 | Land in Tangier, Guided Walking Tour
August 22 | Visit Caves of Hercules & Dar el Makhzen
August 23 | Day Trip to Chefchaouen, Exhibition Game #1
August 24 | Depart Tangier for Granada, Spain, Guided Walking Tour
August 25 | Visit Alhambra, Exhibition Game #2
August 26 | Seville, Spain Bike Tour & Flamenco Dance Show
August 27 | Visit Seville Cathedral, Exhibition Game #3
August 28 | Return to New York City
Fans can keep up with the team’s trip by following @CULionsWBB on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Daily blogs with accompanying photo and video content will also be posted to GoColumbiaLions.com.