Madrid, Spain - (Aug. 18, 2014)
The BYU women's basketball team spent its final day in Madrid doing some sightseeing and then prepared to play its first of four games on their 10-day tour through Spain.
A summary of the day from Cassie Broadhead
What did you go see and what did you learn today?
We went on a walking tour around Madrid. We saw the Almudera Cathedral and the Royal Palace. We had fun and took pictures in front of the Palace as a team.
During our walking tour we stopped at the Puerta del Sol. Our tour guide Brooke pointed out that the bell on one of the buildings rings 12 times on New Year’s Eve. Many people come to hear the bell and they bring grapes because tradition state that if you put a grape in your mouth for each of the 12 month’s of the year and you eat them all at once, you are promised success in the upcoming year.
We didn’t do a lot of walking, but we were able to do enough and see many interesting things and see another part of Madrid. After the tour was over, my family along with coach Judkins,his wife Mary Kay and Kristine Fuller went to a pizza place called Pizza Emporium. The pizzas were all thin crust and maybe the closest pizza to New York style pizza (my favorite kind of pizza).
We were also able to do some shopping and I bought some Aladdin pants. The pants scrunch at the bottom and come in really cool patterns, which makes them unique. Tonight we played our first game and we won!!
More on the game from Ashley Garfield
Tell us about the game, the players and the facility …
Our first game was honestly one of the most interesting games I have ever been a part of. It’s the club’s offseason right now so many of their players were out of town so we ended up playing against three boys and four girls.
The boys were really good and fast, but the girls’ level of play wasn’t as high. The facility was really hot and the floors were slick, it was like playing on an ice skating ring. It sure made you feel like you were burning calories with how hot it was!!
Were there different rules that you had to adjust to?
Yes! Apparently, there is a shot clock for just the last minute of the game. Also, you can’t scream when someone is shooting a layup and you can only have three players at the free throw line.
How did our team play?
You could definitely tell that we had some first game jitters and our first half was sloppy, but we did see some really good things from our younger players who were able to get some valuable experience. After the game was over, a few of us traded jerseys with their players and we were able to take a picture with all of us together.
How was the communications with the players? Refs?
We couldn’t understand each other at all. We even had a hard time conversing with the refs to understand what they were calling.
Was there anything else that you learned about your opponent?
No. I thought it was interesting though, to not only see the gender difference, but also the age difference in the players. We also learned on the way there that in Spain they don’t have school sports (high school, college) like we do in the U.S., which I found interesting.