WBB: Allen ready to leave US for first time

June 19, 2017

ARLINGTON, Texas - There are just 56 days remaining until the Lady Mavericks depart for the 2017 foreign tour to Costa Rica, and senior guard Crystal Allen is ready for the experience.

The trip to San Jose, Costa Rica will be the first for Allen away from the United States. Allen, a transfer from Seattle U, set UTA's single-season 3-point percentage mark in the 2016-17 campaign after hitting at a 46.9 percent clip (30-64).

"I am very excited about it because I've never got a chance to go out of the country and this will be my first time," she said. "When I first thought about it, I was kind of scared about it, because I have never been on a plane for that long, but I am pretty excited and I'm sure my teammates are excited too."

The trip will give the Lady Mavericks a chance to prepare for the highly anticipated season in which the team will enter as one of several favorites to be at the top of the Sun Belt Conference. UTA picked up 22 wins, finishing second in the league, on the way to the team's appearance in the Women's NIT.

Allen sees this trip as a chance to get a head start on building the chemistry to do even better.

"As far as chemistry goes, I want everybody to get a chance to get to know each other and it gives us a head start in team chemistry," Allen said. "We get a chance to play with each other before the season starts so that will be very beneficial for our team."

Along with playing four games against the Costa Rican National Team and the University of Ottawa, the Lady Mavs will get to have fun off the court as well.



"I am looking forward to trying different food and do some of the other things along the way," Allen said. "They mentioned zip lining, which I've never done before. It is intimidating when I think about it, but I am sure it will be a fun experience."

UTA departs on August 14 for San Jose, where it will stay until Aug. 19 when it heads to Los Suenos for a three-day stay prior to returning back home.


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