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In Bilbao for sightseeing and third game. Blog #7

Aug 22, 2014 - Posted by Norma Collett on August 22, 2014 at 7:35 pm | Updated: August 22, 2014 8:39 pm

Friday, August 22, 2014

Bilbao, Spain Blog #7

Today the Cougar women’s basketball team spent part of the day sightseeing, touring the Guggenheim Museum and then played its third game in Spain.

Head coach Jeff Judkins provides the day’s blog. Maddy Ziering-Smith will give us a summary of tonight’s game.

BYU beat EUS 69-50. The Federation that has been hosting us did an awesome job preparing for the game. The team that we played was very well coached.

What did the team do today?
Today the Basketball Federation was so kind and planned a guided excursion for us on a boat stationed in the harbor. Our team and the EUS team both went on the boat tour. Bilbao has the most modern harbor in Spain. Early on it was known as being very safe. You can apparently swim in the water, but I don’t think anyone will try that soon. This harbor took 15 years to redo and is known as the heart of the city. The first transporter bridge in the world is in this harbor. It was fun to see. It carries (like a gondola) cars, freight, people, etc.

After the boat tour, our team spent some time in the Guggenheim Museum that is here in Bilbao. It was built in 1997 and is made with three things – stone, glass and titanium. One of the highlights for the team was the spider art form called Mother and the Wishing Tree. At night, the Guggenheim’s five fountains in the front all light up with dancing fire. We all also enjoyed the Huge Dog statue made with flowers.

What did you eat today? We had breakfast in the hotel and then for lunch I had a veggie sandwich and two éclairs. After the game, we ate dinner at the hotel as a team. It was the first time that I’ve ever had rice, egg, and tomato sauce for an appetizer. Then we were served salads that we shared. Then we had tuna and white potatoes and warm water from a bottle. So many courses!!!

Maddy Ziering-Smith has tonight’s game summary from a player’s perspective.
We played EUS (Basque National Team) for the second time.

Did they do anything different against us?
The biggest difference was that they switched from man-to-man defense to a zone defense.

Did we do anything differently?
We wanted to come out more aggressively and set the tone for the game. Also, the first game they were successful at pressing so we fixed getting better catches and pushing the ball up the court.

Defensively we switched defensive strategies and lastly we didn’t have any technical fouls or back-court violations:)

Did you play any differently, how did you match up with their players in the second game?
Played more aggressive and forced the guards left. We also ended the game squeezing on pick on balls.

How did we play?
We played a great game and really focused on working on the adjustments. We were successful and won by 19, 69-50

Did we get together with the team afterwards? Any gift exchanges?
After the game we traded jerseys with them and took a group photo wearing them. We became pretty good friends with the National Team and we really enjoyed the experience.

Did you get to have a conversation with a player? What did you talk about?
Prior to the game we were able to go on a boat ride with them. It was a lot of fun getting to know them and talking about our different ways of life. They were fascinated with our currency and I gave them $1 to have for the time when they come to the United States.

Did you find out anything unique or interesting about the players?
They range in age from 21 to 30 years old and their schooling is separate from basketball so it takes them longer to finish their education. They are professional athletes and (are paid approximately 1,00 Euros a month) and only 12 players are allowed on each team.