On a tour of duty

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:03 PM ET

Basketball always gave Lauren Stagg the opportunity to travel. Now she's sitting and waiting for her next destination.

Although Stagg's Arizona State Sun Devils lost Monday's Pac-10 final to Stanford, they were impressive enough to get an invite to March Madness. Tomorrow, the NCCA tournament draw will be completed and Stagg can mark another city off on her world tour.

When this season is over, Stagg will really start to see the world. The Airdrie native has signed up to do her student practicum in Costa Rica starting at the end of July.

Once she's finished there, Stagg will explore professional hoops in Europe.

In the past four years, the 5-ft. 10-in. guard has played basketball in Australia, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Germany and Holland.

That's on top of hitting all corners of the U.S. with the Sun Devils. Travelling is just an itch basketball can scratch.

"I just want to see as much as I can," said Stagg, who played at George McDougall high school in Airdrie.

"My mom and dad have travelled all over the world and the stories they have are fantastic.

"The opportunity for me to travel while I'm young and still able to play basketball, not too many people get that opportunity. I have to take advantage of it."

Stagg's parents, Ritchie and Catherine, have a tough time catching games -- she plays in Scottsdale, Ariz. -- but both were able to attend the final Sun Devils regular-season contest.

So it was showtime. Stagg drained 11 points, a career-high, as Arizona State beat rival Washington State.

"It was one of the first games my dad got to see me play down here," Stagg said. "I had a great game and I was so excited to finish the regular season on a positive note in front of my family."

One of four graduating seniors this season, Stagg is constantly asked if she'll look for a job in Arizona to stay away from the Canadian winters.

But at 21, she's probably a long way away from staying in one place. When she does satisfy her travel urges, Stagg will land somewhere close to sisters Katy and Carly and brother Christopher.

"Eventually, I will end up back in Canada," she said. "As much as I love to travel, I love my family a bit more. I can't be away from them for too long."

A key part of a Pac-10 tournament championship and an NCAA tournament appearance in 2002, Stagg leaves Arizona State in great shape. She hopes the Devils can cap it off with a strong performance in this year's national tournament.

"I'm glad I have the chance to finish on a positive note," Stagg said. "We didn't make the tournament the past two years but we did my freshman year.

"We're a very healthy team. This is the best team I've played with in a very long time. I love where I am with basketball. It's been a very good year."

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IVY HONOURS: A small-town girl from Cochrane is getting some big-time accolades. Holly Robertson, a senior with Brown University, earned First Team All-Ivy honours Thursday in a vote by the conference's eight head coaches. The 6-ft. 5-in. centre averaged 14.9 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, helping Brown finish 18-9 -- the most wins for the school since 1993-94.

"I wanted to step it up and have a big season. The coaches selected the all-star team but I thought I definitely had a good shot at it," said the 21-year-old product of Cochrane high school.

Robertson graduates this spring with a human biology degree and said her biggest Brown highlight came in her junior year, when she scored 27 points on 11-of-12 shooting and had 11 rebounds.


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