Women’s Basketball | Puerto Rico

The Loras Women’s Basketball team made a trip to Puerto Rico before Christmas. The squad claimed victories over Shenandoah University (64-32) and Colby-Sawyer College (72-42) after arriving and spent a couple of days taking in the culture.

“Our team was grateful for the opportunity to play in a tropical holiday tournament,” said Kari Fitzpatrick (’20). “It was a great experience as we were able to compete against teams from different locations in the U.S. Not only did we expand on our level of play, but we toured various parts of Puerto Rico while spreading our Duhawk culture overseas!”

The team took in Old San Juan during an off day and continued into the rain forest.

Jamie Ryan (’22) explained, “Our trip to Puerto Rico was all business to start, Shenandoah and Colby Sawyer were both teams not to take lightly. After winning both we were able to enjoy the sun and relax poolside. We even got to go on some excursions like Old San Juan and to the rainforest.”

Our Puerto Rico trip was an experience we’ll remember for a very long time.  Not only was it a possible once in a lifetime venture, but we had the chance to share it with each other.  The sights and sounds of a different culture combined with the chance to play three games and take almost the entire program made it that much more enjoyable.  The many shared events and programming we had allowed for a great time strengthening roots and deepening relationships.  We’re grateful to our families, friends of the program, as well as our loyal alumni for the support in aiding in this incredible opportunity!

Justin Heinzen, Head Coach

View the photo gallery and video below to get a feel of what the Duhawk squad experienced during their experience.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2020, Loras was ranked the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the fourth consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 12th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).