Diario In Italia - Rhema Gardner

Aug. 18, 2011

The UCLA women's basketball team left to begin its summer tour of Italy on Thursday morning and will play four exhibition games during its Aug. 18-27 tour.

The Bruins begin their journey in Rome, where they will meet the Dutch National Team on Aug. 20 and 21. The team will then move on to Venice, after a brief stop in Florence. UCLA will face Italian club team Udine on Aug. 24 and then will take on the Nigerian National Team in the Lake Como region on Aug. 25.

Fans can keep up with the team's travel through Italy at uclabruins.com. Player journals, photo galleries and game recaps will be posted throughout the trip. The first player journal is below:

Diario In Italia - Rhema Gardner

Hey, this is Rhema! Today we leave for Italy!!! We had our last practice on Wednesday evening to go over a few last-minute things. It was mostly a mental day in preparation for playing our first games together. After finishing up our packing for the trip, the team had a get together and we stayed up until we all left for the airport early this morning.

We are all beyond excited to be taking this journey to Italy. The majority of us have never been out of the country, so we are not sure what to expect. We are especially looking forward to the food and, of course, the delicious gelato. Another thing we are looking forward to is spending time with each other, especially our freshmen and the new coaching staff. We will all get the chance to know each other a lot better as we travel. This a special day, and I am just truly thankful and blessed to get to be able to take this trip with the people I enjoy the most! Go Bruins!!!

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Sunday, Nov 01
vs. Vanguard
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 13
vs. St. John's
Los Angeles, CA
W, 73 - 58
Friday, Nov 20
vs. James Madison
Los Angeles, CA
W, 90 - 61
Sunday, Nov 22
vs. South Carolina
Los Angeles, CA
L, 65 - 68
Friday, Nov 27
vs. Louisiana Tech
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
W, 68 - 57
Saturday, Nov 28
vs. Notre Dame
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
L, 84 - 92 (OT)
Saturday, Dec 05 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. CSU Bakersfield
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Dec 13 - 11:00 AM PST
at Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
Wednesday, Dec 16 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Dec 18 - 7:05 PM PST
at Sacramento State
Sacramento, CA
Monday, Dec 21 - 6:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Monday, Dec 28 - 7:00 PM PST
at UC Riverside
Riverside, CA
Wednesday, Dec 30 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Jan 02 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Monday, Jan 04 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Jan 10 - 6:00 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Jan 15 - 6:00 PM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Sunday, Jan 17 - 12:00 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Friday, Jan 22 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Jan 24 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Jan 29 - 6:00 PM PST
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
Sunday, Jan 31 - 1:00 PM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Friday, Feb 05 - 5:00 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Sunday, Feb 07 - 12:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Friday, Feb 12 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Feb 14 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Feb 19 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, Feb 21 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Friday, Feb 26 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA