Throwback: Uconn experience

Maggio 8, 2018 0 Di Isabella

In attesa di scoprire il nome della super ospite dell’edizione 2018, riviviamo insieme il tour delle Huskies. Direttamente dal loro blog (tutte le foto appartengono alla galleria fotografica presente nei rispettivi post…  

“The UConn women’s basketball team’s trip to Italy got off to a great start as the team arrived in Rome on Sunday at 10 a.m. local time after departing from JFK on Saturday at 8 p.m. EDT.

From the airport, the team took a bus to the Colosseum area and had several options for lunch in the general vicinity of the Colosseum.  The Huskies then enjoyed an informative guided tour of the magnificent structure, which was completed in AD 80, held over 50,000 spectators and recently underwent an exterior cleaning that cost about €25 million

The team then checked into the hotel and enjoyed a bit of downtime before dinner.”

UConn in Rome – day 1

Day 2

“The UConn women’s basketball team enjoyed another busy day in Rome on Monday, touring the Vatican Museum, St. Peter’s Basilica and the barracks of the Swiss Guard, before defeating the Dutch National Team by a 68-52 count in an exhibition contest.

Napheesa Collier led the way with 16 points, 11 rebounds and four assists while Gabby Williams added 15 points on 7-11 shooting. Azurá Stevens scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds as she joined Williams, Molly Bent, Katie Lou Samuelson and Crystal Dangerfield in the starting lineup.

UConn struggled early in its first game since March and led by just three points, 31-28 at halftime. The Huskies turned it over 12 times in the first half but regrouped and committed five turnovers in the second stanza, pulling away and outscoring the Netherlands 22-9 in the third quarter.

Be sure to check out the photo gallery by clicking the link above for some pictures of our trip to Vatican City and of the game. We would also like to extend a special thank you to the Swiss Guard for allowing us to access to their home and providing a fantastic behind-the-scenes tour.

UConn will square-off against the Dutch National Team, same time and place tomorrow”.

UConn at Vaticans – Day2

“The UConn women’s basketball team’s final full day in Rome was another busy and enjoyable one, featuring the return of Kia Nurse, a walking tour of some famous attractions and another victory over the Dutch National Team.

The Huskies will spend Tuesday night in Rome and will leave for Florence early Wednesday morning. Nurse rejoined the team Tuesday morning as the team was touring the famous Trevi Fountain. She had been competing with the Canadian National Team in Argentina at the FIBA Americas Championship, where she helped lead Team Canada to a gold medal and a spot in the 2018 World Championship.

Prior to experiencing the Trevi Fountain, the Huskies visited the Spanish Steps. Following the Trevi Fountain, which included a Clint Eastwood sighting, the team walked to and toured the Pantheon.

After the tour, the team ate another great meal and headed to the gym to square-off with the Dutch National Team for the second-straight night.

The Huskies got off to a much better start and led the Netherlands 50-26 at the break. Katie Lou Samuelson led the way for UConn with 23 points on 8-13 shooting and 3-5 from long range. Kia Nurse’s first game back was a solid one as she scored 18 points on 5-7 shooting and connected on all five of her attempts from three-point range. Gabby Williams had seven points, six rebounds and five assists while

Crystal Dangerfield added six assists on the night.

UConn will arrive in Florence late Wednesday night but will make a stop in Siena during the day to take in the famous Palio di Siena horserace”.

Uconn in Rome – Day 3


The UConn women’s basketball team has arrived safely in Florence after departing Rome early Wednesday morning. However, the stop in between those two great cities may turn out to be the highlight of the trip.
The Huskies spent most of the day in Siena, which was abuzz with anticipation for the biannual Palio di Siena Horse Race, which has been held since at least 1633. 10 of the 17 neighborhoods, or contrade, in Siena sponsor a horse and jockey and approximately 40,000 people turn out to the Piazza del Campo to watch the festivities twice a year.

The team entered the crowded Piazza del Campo at 4:30 p.m. Siena time and took in performances from representatives of each contrade before enjoying the 90-second horse race that began a little after 7:30 p.m. Siena time. The Huskies had a great time and enjoyed what could very well have been a once in a lifetime experience.

On the way from Rome to Siena, UConn was invited to visit the residence of the all-time winningest Palio di Seina jockey of all time, Andrea “Acceto” Degortes. Degortes, who has won a record 14 races, was more than hospitable and was gracious enough to provide a lot of insight about the race.

The team was also treated to a delicious lunch and dinner at the restaurant of Degortes’ son in Siena before embarking on the 90-minute bus ride to Florence.

UConn at the Siena Palio


The UConn women’s basketball team experienced a great day in Florence on Thursday, August 17, which included being honored in one of the most beautiful settings in Florence.

Coach Auriemma was honored with the Premio ASI Italiani Nel Mondo award, which is given to a native Italian who has emigrated from his or her native country and gone on to achieve success in the world of sports.

The award was given to Auriemma in the Hall of 500, which is a large and ornate chamber in the famous Pallazzo Vecchio. The UConn Huskies fight song was played at the conclusion of the ceremony and the dozens of UConn supporters who traveled to Italy with the Huskies sang along in a room that was constructed in 1494.

A walking tour of some important parts of Florence preceded the award ceremony and the team was taken to the famous Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore in the heart of the city after the ceremony.

Following that, the team enjoyed some time on its own to do some sightseeing.

Uconn in Florence


The UConn women’s basketball team left Florence late morning on Friday and stopped in Vicenza to square-off against the Italian All-Stars at 7 p.m. local time. The Huskies defeated the All-Stars, 103-45, and set off for Trieste following the game.

The contest also served as a fundraiser for cancer research and the Huskies wore their blue practice uniforms with pink accents.

The Huskies jumped out to a 29-12 lead at the end of the first quarter after Katie Lou Samuelson set the tone with 15 first-quarter points. Samuelson ended the contest with a game-high 23 points on 9-13 shooting, including 5-9 from long-range to go along with five assists.

Kia Nurse added 17 points while Kyla Irwin came off the bench to score 15 points on 6-8 shooting and made each of her three attempts from beyond the three-point arc. Gabby Williams scored 15 points and Azurà Stevens chipped in with 11 points, eight rebounds and three blocks.

The team arrived in Trieste early Saturday morning and is scheduled to visit Slovenia during the afternoon. The fourth and final game of the tour is scheduled for Sunday, August 20 at 1:30 pm. EDT.

AS Vicenza - UConn

AS Vicenza – UConn


Following a day that consisted of a lot of time on a bus, the UConn women’s basketball team spent Saturday seeing the sights of the beautiful towns of Trieste, Italy, Piran, Slovenia and Portoroz, Slovenia.

The Huskies started the day with breakfast at the hotel in Trieste and then made the short and scenic bus trip across the Slovenian border to Portoroz for time at the beach and some lunch. After a couple hours in Portoroz, the team took another short bus ride to the small fishing village of Piran for sightseeing and shopping.

UConn then returned to Trieste for some free time and dinner.

The team will play its final game of the trip on Sunday, August 20 when the Huskies square-off against Celje, winners of the Slovenian and Adriatic League.

The Huskies opened Sunday with a walking tour of the beautiful northeastern Italian city of Trieste and ended the day with a 79-59 loss to Celje. Katie Lou Samuelson led the way for UConn with 17 points while Gabby Williams added 12 points and four rebounds and five assists.

Celje is a professional team that recently won the Slovenian and Adriatic league championships.

UConn began the day with a fabulous breakfast at the hotel in Trieste and then embarked on a tour through town and onto the highest point of the city. The tour continued on foot as the team walked back to the hotel via a different route.

Following some free time in the city, UConn enjoyed a pregame meal at the hotel before crossing the border into Slovenia to square-off against Celje. The ride from Trieste to the border is only about 15 minutes.

UConn jumped out to a 22-17 lead at the end of the first quarter and clung to a 37-36 edge at the conclusion of the first half. However, Celje outscored the Huskies 25-10 in the third quarter to seize control of the game.

The Huskies forced Celje into 23 turnovers but committed 16 miscues and points off turnovers were knotted up at 15. UConn was also outrebounded by a 51-32 count.

Napheesa Collier was held out of the game after suffering an ankle sprain in UConn’s third game of the trip. The Huskies decided to not play the 2017 All-American due to precautionary reasons.

Megan Walker added 13 points and 10 rebounds for Connecticut.

The Huskies will spend a final night in Trieste before departing to Venice on Monday morning. Venice will be UConn’s final stop before returning home on Wednesday.

Uconn – Celje


The UConn women’s basketball team departed Trieste late Monday morning and arrived in Venice early Monday afternoon. Venice marks the final stop on UConn’s 10-day, four-city tour of Italy.

The team ate lunch in Venice and then gathered for a 90-minute guided tour of the “City of Water.” The Huskies meandered through the streets and alleys and over the bridges of the unique city, learning about its history all the while.

The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team enjoyed a jam-packed itinerary during the final day of its tour of Italy. UConn visited the islands of Murano and Burano before returning to Venice proper and enjoying some free time in the “City of Water”.
After breakfast on Tuesday morning, UConn embarked on a 45-minute boat ride to the island of Murano. The tiny island is famous for its glass making and the Huskies were treated to a demonstration by a master glass maker.

The demonstration far exceeded the expectations of the team as Diego, the master glass maker, first transformed sand heated to about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit into a wine glass and then fashioned another glowing collection of sand into the shape of miniature horse. That process, which was accomplished with only a pole and a tool that resembled a pincer, amazingly took less than five minutes.

Following the demonstration, the owner of the factory presented Coach Auriemma with a beautiful glass representation of the UConn logo while the team reciprocated with a couple of signed jerseys.

After a trip into the factory’s show room, the Huskies took a boat to the small fishing village island of Burano and enjoyed a fantastic lunch in the charming setting.

The team then traveled back to St. Mark’s square in Venice proper and took advantage of a couple more hours in the fantastic city.

UConn is scheduled to fly out of Venice airport on Wednesday morning and is expected to arrive back in the Nutmeg State on Wednesday evening.

UConn in Burano

UConn in Venice