Providence: dopo la squadra femminile, in arrivo anche gli uomini

Nel 2015, tra i nostri ospiti c’erano state anche le ragazze di Providence. Un nome su tutte? Naturalmente la nostra Allegra Botteghi che ha fatto gli onori di casa. Ad agosto, sarà il turno degli Uomini! E noi non possiamo che ringraziare i Friars per averci scelto anche quest’anno! Faremo del nostro meglio per accogliervi e fornirvi delle partite di grande livello….anche perché dalle dichiarazioni Brian Blaney, l’assistan coach, sembra che gli obiettivi per la prossima stagione siano davvero alti.
In attesa di riabbracciare Providence, ecco come è andato il tour delle ragazze.

Tutte le info e le foto sono state prese dal blog di Providence al link: http://www.friars.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/prov-w-baskbl-spec-rel.html

Providence Women's Basketball
Providence Women’s Basketball

Aug. 10, 2015
The Providence College women’s basketball program will take part in a summer tour of France and Italy Aug. 11-21. It will mark the first foreign tour for the women’s program since 2002, when the team traveled to Norway, Denmark and Sweden.

The Friars will play three games while abroad versus the AMW All-Stars (Aug. 14), Cameroon (Aug. 16) and Pescara Phoenix Aurora (Aug. 19).

“This is going to be a phenomenal experience for our program,” Head Coach Susan Robinson Fruchtl said. “Our team is quite young heading into the 2015-16 season, so I see this as an opportunity for growth and building relationships. I also expect this to be a tremendous experience to explore two amazing countries full of history and culture and create life-long memories.”

Aug. 16, 2015
FLORENCE, ITALY – The Providence College women’s basketball team fell to the Cameroon National Team on Aug. 16 in Florence, Italy. Sophomore Alison Lewis led the Friars with 10 points and added three rebounds and two steals.

The Friars trailed by just three (16-13) after the first quarter of play, but Cameroon out-scored Providence 20-8 in the second quarter to take control of the game and secure a 36-21 lead at the half. The Friars hit just 5-24 attempts from the field in the first half overall, and were 3-6 from three-point territory.

Providence outscored Cameroon, 19-18, in the third quarter. The Cameroonians held a 22-14 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter.

Freshmen Clara Che and Yoyo Nogic contributed nine points each. Che dished a team-high three assists and hit 3-4 attempts from beyond the three-point arc. Nogic shot 3-6 from the field overall, including 3-3 from three-point range.

Allegra Botteghi and Aliyah Miller each hauled in a team-best five rebounds. Botteghi, Lewis and Sarah Beal each collected two steals.

Upon completion of the game, the Friars took a three-hour bus ride to Pesaro, which is on the Adriatic Coast. The team will remain in Pesaro until Aug. 19, and then will finish the international tour with several days in Rome.

The Friars return to action on Aug. 19 against Pescara in Rome, Italy.

Providence Friars in action
Providence Friars in action

Aug. 19, 2015
The Providence College women’s basketball team is currently participating in an international tour in France and Italy. The Friars departed Providence on August 11 and spent their first three days in Paris, France (Aug. 12-14) and two days in Florence, Italy (Aug. 15-16), before heading to Pesaro, Assisi and Rome to finish the tour.

While in Paris, the team, several players’ families and supporters of the program enjoyed a number of well-known sites, guided tours and activities.

On Aug. 12, the group enjoyed lunch on Champs Elysees, a welcome dinner in the city’s Latin Quarter and a Seine River Cruise.

The following day, the group took a guided tour of the Palace of Versailles and spent free time walking through the Palace’s expansive gardens. Later that day, everyone had the opportunity to explore the Latin Quarter on their own to shop and grab dinner. To say the least, the crepes were a HUGE hit!

After dinner, the group took a three-hour Fat Tire Bike Tour of the city, and finished the night with a trip to the Eiffel Tower.

On the final day in Paris (Aug. 14), the group toured the Louvre and saw some very famous works of art, including the Mona Lisa, The Sphinx, Venus de Milo, Winged Victory of Samothrace, The Raft of Medusa and the Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione.

The Friars finished the day with a pre-game meal before competing in their first exhibition game vs. the AMW All-Stars. Aliyah Miller paced the Friars with 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field, while Sarah Beal contributed 13 points. Providence fell to the AMW All-Stars, 72-55.

The team took a short flight to Florence, Italy the following morning where they stayed for two days (Aug. 15-16).

While in Florence, the group took a walking tour of the city, shopped for handbags in the outdoor markets and jewelry in the shops located in the Ponte Vecchio. One of the most amazing sights was the Duomo di Firenze, otherwise known as Florence Cathedral.

On the final day in Florence, the Friars played the Cameroon National Team and were defeated 72-55. Alison Lewis tallied a team-high 10 points. Freshmen Clara Che and Yoyo Nogic contributed nine points each. Che dished a team-high three assists and hit 3-4 attempts from beyond the three-point arc. Nogic shot 3-6 from the field overall, including 3-3 from three-point range.
Allegra Botteghi and Aliyah Miller each hauled in a team-best five rebounds. Botteghi, Lewis and Sarah Beal each collected two steals.

After the game, the Friars traveled by bus to Pesaro, which is a beach/resort town on the Adriatic Coast of Italy.

Information on the team’s activities in Pesaro (Aug. 17-18) and its final three days on tour in Rome (Aug. 19-21) will be posted at the conclusion of the trip – along with a photo gallery.

Aug. 19, 2015
ROME, ITALY – The Providence College women’s basketball team earned a 76-36 victory over Pescara in its final exhibition game on Aug. 19 in Rome, Italy. Pescara is a club team from Italy’s Adriatic Coast.

Freshman Yoyo Nogic and junior Aliyah Miller led the Friars with 13 points and 10 points, respectively. Allegra Botteghi added seven points and a team-high seven rebounds. Eight players on the roster scored six or more points in a very balanced offensive attack.

Freshman Maddie Jolin dished a game-high six assists to go along with eight points and two blocked shots. Freshman Clara Che and sophomore Alise Parker also scored eight points apiece.

Providence will spend one more, full day in Rome before returning to the United States on Aug. 21.