Four players from the Missouri Southern men’s and women’s basketball programs, as well as a coach have been named to the USA Division II teams that will compete in the 2019 Brazil Tour as announced by director of USA Sports Tours & Events, Ron Smith Monday morning.

 Coach Ronnie Ressel assumes the honor of leading the women’s team as head coach, while sophomore guards Amber Buch and Layne Skiles along with forward Madi Stokes join seven other players from five other schools to complete the women’s roster. Reggie Tharp from the Lions’ men will play for the D2 Men’s Team.

 “This is an outstanding group of basketball players that come from ten different states and 12 different colleges and universities from across the United States,” said Smith. “We feel that we have some of the BEST of the BEST representing NCAA Division II basketball from across the country.  These players have been high achievers both on the court and in the classroom.  They represent everything good that the NCAA Division II institutions have to offer.”

The tour runs from July 22nd to July 31st where the teams will experience educational, cultural and social aspects of Brazilian life through city, school and sports club visits. They will also conduct a youth clinic while in the city of Jundiai, stay on the world famous Copacabana Beach, and take a tour of the Christ the Redeemer Statue, Sugar Loaf Mountain, two of the most recognizable landmarks in the world, plus Ipanema Beach, the International Market (Ipanema) and the Lapa Steps during their time in Rio.

Below is the FULL Schedule and Roster:

Tentative Game Schedule
Wednesday, July 24
USA D-2 Women vs. Sorocaba
USA D-2 Men vs. Sorocaba

Thursday, July 25
USA D-2 Women vs. Jundiai
USA D-2 Men vs. Jundiai

Saturday, July 27
USA D-2 Women vs. Mangueira
USA D-2 Men vs. Botafogo

Monday, July 29
USA D-2 Women vs. Fluminense
USA D-2 Men vs. Fluminense

2019 USA D-2 Women’s Basketball Team – Brazil Tour
Cassie Askvig                         University of Mary
Peyton Boom                          Minnesota State University-Moorhead
Kiley Borowicz                       Minnesota State University-Moorhead
Amber Buch                           Missouri Southern State University
Halley Busse                           Wayne State College
Kim Crown                             University of Central Missouri
Coral Gillette                          University of Mary
Alexis McAfee                       Washburn University
Layne Skiles                           Missouri Southern State University
Madi Stokes                            Missouri Southern State University

USA D-2 Women’s Coaches
Head Coach – Ronnie Ressel (Head Coach, Missouri Southern State University)
Asst. Coach – Heather Davis (Assistant Coach, University of Central Oklahoma)

2019 USA D-2 Men’s Basketball Team – Brazil Tour
RayQuan Elliott                      Pittsburg State University
Parker Fox                              Northern State University
Damani Hayes                        South Dakota State Mines & Technology
Jordan Janssen                        Wayne State College
Joe Laravie                             University of Southern Indiana
JT Shumate                             Walsh University
Mitchell Sueker                      South Dakota State Mines & Technology
Reggie Tharp                          Missouri Southern State University
Jason Towery                          University of Missouri-St. Louis
Matt Wilkinson                       University of Central Missouri

USA D-2 Men’s Coaches
Head Coach – Chris Foster (Head Coach, McKendree University)

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