Gamecocks to travel to Japan for exhibition games

South Carolina forward A'ja Wilson (22) holds the trophy as she and her teammates celebrate a win over Mississippi State in the final of NCAA women's Final Four college basketball tournament, Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Dallas. South Carolina won 67-55. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Gamecocks are headed to Japan later this month.

Coach Dawn Staley will take the National Champions to Tokyo, Japan for three exhibition games this summer.

The trip last from June 27 to July 5 where the women will play against the Japan National Team.

This is the women's first international trip under Staley.

“We’ve been looking for a trip like this for a while, and I’m glad this worked out for us,” Staley said.

“We have a solid team for next season, and this will give us an opportunity to get everyone experience in a good competitive environment without it being a pressure competition. Some of our young players will get some great experience playing internationally, and also it will be some of our players’ first time leaving the country. It’ll be educational both in basketball and personally for our program.”

Per NCAA rules, the Gamecocks are allowed 10 team practices to prepare for the trip, the first of which was June 5.

South Carolina and the Japan National Team will square off on June 30, July 2 and July 4.

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