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AMSTERDAM/DEN HELDER, Netherlands – (Aug. 26) Seattle University women’s basketball has started its foreign tour with a visit to Amsterdam. The Redhawks have toured the city, visited the Anne Frank House, and played a game at Den Helder Saturday night.

After arriving in Amsterdam Friday morning, SU took a walking tour through the city and then boarded a boat for a trip on the Amstel River in the afternoon. The team learned about the history and geography of the city and saw many of the landmarks in Holland’s capital city.

On Saturday, the group visited the Anne Frank House, commemorating the diarist who hid with her family in a building in Amsterdam during World War II. The museum presented a powerful look at the lives of Jewish people in Europe in the 1940s.

“I was really looking forward to seeing the place Anne wrote her diary in after reading the book so many years ago,” said senior Ashlyn Lewey. “It was so surreal to be in the annex and put ourselves in her shoes. We tried to be quiet when walking around and it was almost impossible. I can't imagine living my life in constant fear but Anne continues to change the world with her words. It was an amazing experience.”

In the game at Den Helder’s Sportlaan, the Redhawks competed with a tough squad. After a quarter, the hosts led, 16-14, and then held a 37-33 advantage at halftime. Den Helder stretched its lead to 58-50 through three periods, but Seattle U battled back in the fourth, as Jacinta Beckley took charge. The senior to-be scored in the lane twice and then sank a three-pointer, as the Redhawks got within 61-58 midway through the frame. Den Helder pulled away late, though, coming with an 83-68 decision.

Beckley led SU with 22 points, including a pair of treys. Kamira Sanders recorded 17 points and eight rebounds, earning 12 free throws on the night. Alexis Montgomery scored 10 points and Maddi Dopplick added eight, as she drained two triples.

“The game accomplished exactly what we wanted it to accomplish,” said Coach Suzy Barcomb. “It was great experience. We have four experienced players and everyone else is pretty new. This trip is about learning and growing as a team.” 

Seattle U travels to Paris on Monday and will play two games in France, along with tours of the city and Normandy through Wednesday.

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