A humbling month abroad

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Despite a month away from the game to study abroad, Krause has not missed a beat on the court.
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Dylan Krause didn't so much as touch a basketball for a one-month span from the middle of last July to the middle of August.

No, the three-year starting forward hadn't suddenly abandoned her favorite sport. She had a valid reason.

Krause, an Atlanta native majoring in chemical biology at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., spent four weeks in India for a study abroad program. Krause plans to apply to medical school after finishing her degree, with a specific goal of becoming a doctor. The program in India offered an opportunity for her to gain hands-on medical training.

Krause is well-traveled -- she's been to Italy, England, Turkey, and Egypt, among other countries, on family trips. But India was a new destination with a new culture and new experiences, and it left a lasting impression.

"The culture shock was crazy," Krause said. "There's so many people and you really stick out a lot."

Krause and a student from the University of Iowa were the only two students enrolled in this particular program. Krause flew directly from JFK Airport in Queens, N.Y., to Mumbai, a 12-plus hour flight that landed her in India's most populous city. They lived in what Krause describes as a "bungalow-type house" in a small, rural town called Malavli, about an hour and a half's drive from Mumbai. The program's adviser lived a short distance away, and the two were visited daily by a local woman who would cook meals for them.

The transition to a new country, even if only on a temporary basis, brought challenges that were both expected and unexpected. The language barrier occasionally presented difficulties, but Krause was more struck by simply witnessing the sheer amount of poverty. Krause, an athlete used to a steady diet of chicken and other meats, had to adjust to a new meal plan.

"The only hard part was all the meals that they would cook for us were vegetarian, which is something I have never done before, especially being an athlete," she said. "But as far as taste, it was all delicious."

And the house, while equipped with running water and wireless internet, had its ups and downs. Krause said the power would go out for at least four hours each day, there was a three-day stretch without water, and the hot water was hit or miss.

"It made you realize how lucky you are here to have what we have, and have electricity that you're not worrying about," she said.

As part of the program, Krause often shadowed doctors at hospitals and family practices. She also spent a week traveling around the country with a mobile health van, which visited extremely rural villages. Krause, who is interested in pathology and potentially pursuing a career as a medical examiner, was tasked with taking blood pressure and helping with other organizational tasks, and she said she was also able to witness a few different surgeries.

 

Krause had weekends off during her month abroad, allowing her to scratch her "touristy" itch by visiting the Taj Mahal and major cities New Delhi, Pune, and Mumbai.

Although basketball isn't a popular sport in India, Krause tried to keep in shape for the upcoming season by squeezing in runs and workouts when she could. She also wasn't completely without sports, either, as she was introduced to cricket. She played with some of the school children they encountered while out on the mobile health van.

"They tried to teach me," Krause, a former softball player, said with a laugh. "It was a lot of fun."

Krause returned home two weeks before the fall semester began, just long enough to re-acclimate to life --and basketball -- in the United States. Krause has started all 12 games for the Empire 8-leading Ducks (8-3, 4-0), and is fifth on the team in scoring (6.4 points per game) and third in rebounding (5.7 per game).

Even though she was only there for a month, Krause said India now tops her list of favorite travel destinations. She'd like to return at some point.

"Four weeks was a good time frame, but I would definitely want to go back and do it all again if I could," she said. "Anyone who has the opportunity to go abroad definitely should because it's a great experience, a great cultural experience. You'll learn a lot."

Streaking Nazareth set for St. John Fisher rematch

OK, well, technically the first meeting doesn't count as a conference game, but the result still stands. The St. John Fisher men's team routed Nazareth, 83-66, back on Dec. 5 in the consolation bracket of the Wendy's College Classic.

Since that loss, however, the Golden Flyers have strung together five consecutive wins, including four in Empire 8 play. That includes road wins at Ithaca and Alfred. Senior forward Mitch Ford has been the driving force, averaging 24.8 points over the winning streak. His 24.9 points per game average ranks eighth nationally.

Fisher is equally as hot, having gone 5-1 since the win over Nazareth, including five straight victories. The Cardinals have shown the ability to win games under all circumstances, whether it be a high-scoring shootout (101-86 at Houghton on Saturday) or a low-scoring defensive struggle (60-50 vs. Alfred on Tuesday).

Nazareth hosts St. John Fisher Thursday night at 6 p.m., with the winner taking an early lead in the conference race. Hartwick (8-4, 3-0) will also be undefeated in conference play entering Friday night's game against Alfred.

Horde's record-setting night lifts RIT in double overtime

Sophomore guard A.J. Horde exploded for 47 points -- one shy of the school record -- on 14-of-27 shooting from the field in a 104-101 win over Liberty League rival Union on Tuesday night.

Horde finished 11-of-17 from 3-point range -- both new school marks -- and also sank eight of his 10 free throw attempts in the wild victory. Union senior forward William Hython turned in his own masterful performance in the loss, finishing with 34 points and 18 rebounds.

The win was the third straight for RIT, and helped keep the Tigers undefeated in Liberty League play (3-0).

Big weekend on SUNYAC calendar

Two of the teams sitting atop the SUNYAC standings might not be there after this upcoming weekend.

The Plattsburgh State men (9-2), off to a perfect 4-0 start in league play, travel to face Oswego State (8-3, 1-3) on Friday and Cortland State (9-2, 3-1) on Saturday. That's a daunting back-to-back against a pair of teams that produced three single-digit outcomes in meetings last season. The Cardinals have won five straight though, including a 98-91 win over Buffalo State on Saturday. Senior swingman Kyle Richardson finished with 28 points and 13 rebounds.

The New Paltz State women (9-3, 4-1) currently sit in a three-way tie atop the SUNYAC standings with Fredonia State (9-3, 4-1) and Oneonta State (8-4, 4-1). The Hawks and Red Dragons meet Friday night in New Paltz. Last season, New Paltz won both meetings, but one game was decided by just five points.

Top 25 roundup: Lancaster Bible joins rankings

The Chargers, behind an impressive 10-0 start to the season, have pushed into the top 25 of this week's D3hoops.com men's Top 25 poll. Lancaster Bible put together back-to-back resounding wins last week -- 109-52 over Penn College last Thursday and 108-60 over Penn State-Abington on Saturday.

NYU dropped one spot to No. 15, while SUNYAC teams Oswego State, Cortland State and Oneonta State all drew votes.

In the women's poll, NYU checked in at No. 4 for the fourth consecutive week. Rochester moved up two spots to No. 10, while St. John Fisher continued to draw votes.

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Justin Goldberg

Andrew Lovell is a writer based in Connecticut and a former online news editor for ESPN.com, as well as a former sports staff writer/editor for the New Britain Herald (Conn.). He has written feature stories for ESPN.com, currently contributes fantasy football content to RotoBaller.com, and has been a regular contributor to D3sports.com sites since 2007. Andrew has also written for a number of daily newspapers in New York, including the Poughkeepsie Journal, Ithaca Journal and Auburn Citizen. He graduated from Ithaca College in 2008 with B.A. in Sport Media and a minor in writing.