EMMITSBURG, Md. – Mount St. Mary's University will have three representatives in the Global Sports Academy Summer Collegiate Basketball Tour starting on Aug. 7. Men's basketball senior forward Raven Barber (Edgewood, Md./Paul VI [Va.]) and women's basketball junior guard Ashley Christie (Miamisburg, Ohio/Archbishop Alter) will be players on the two teams while women's basketball assistant coach Denise King will coach the women's squad.
King and Christie will depart on Aug. 7 for Brussels, Belgium. After arriving in Belgium, the team will play game against First Land on Aug. 9 and a contest against Fleurus on Aug. 10. The group will also enjoy site seeing for the three days they are in Belgium before departing for Germany on Aug. 11. The squad will play Hagen after arriving in Germany. The group will play Hagen Second on Aug, 12 before traveling to Paris, France on Aug. 13. The squad will enjoy a day of site seeing before playing its final game on the tour against Houthelan on Aug, 14. The women's team will leave and return to the United States on Aug. 15.
Barber will leave on Aug. 8 with the men's team and will head to Belgium, Germany and Amsterdam. During the three-days in Belgium, the men's team will face Fleurus Division II on Aug. 10 and Gent Dragon le on Aug. 11. After leaving Belgium for Germany, the team will play a pair of games on Aug. 12 against Tus Brekerfield and Schwelmer Baskets. The squad will battle Soligen on Aug. 13 and St. Jan II on Aug. 14. The group will spend its last day visiting Amsterdam before returning to the United States on Aug. 16.
Christie is averaging 8.8 points and 2.9 rebounds per game along with recording 137 assists and 87 steals in her two-year career at the Mount. In her sophomore campaign, she ranked third on the team with 8.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.
King is entering her fourth season as an assistant coach at the Mount under head coach Bryan Whitten. Last season, King helped the Mount to a six-game improvement and its most wins in the Northeast Conference since 2006-07. Along with Christie and King, Fairleigh Dickinson's Danielle Pankey and Sacred Heart's Blair Koniszewski from the NEC will also be members of the 10-player team.
Barber is averaging 7.3 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in 79 career games, including 55 starts in three seasons at the Mount. In his junior year, Barber averaged a career-best 9.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.