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Travel day to Bilbao

Aug 19, 2014 - Posted by Norma Collett at 5:04 pm | Updated: August 19, 2014 5:18 pm | Permalink

Bilbao, Spain (Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014)

Blog #4

After picking up a 94-93 win last night in their first game while in Spain, the BYU women's basketball team traveled by bus to Bilbao, Spain, arriving in the city around 4 p.m.

Freshman Amanda Wayment provides today's team blog.

How was the bus ride to Bilbao? What did you see along the way?
The bus ride was four hours long, but surprisingly it went by fast. I slept almost the whole time along with the rest of the team. I was asleep most of the way, but whenever I was awake there wasn’t much to see. We did see some sunflower fields that were really pretty though! The countryside started off as dry, but as we got closer to Bilbao, more trees and mountains appeared until we got to the city. We took a bathroom break and then stopped a little later again to have lunch in a restaurant that served different varieties of sandwiches.

What did you have for dinner?
For dinner we literally could not find anything to eat so we walked around for almost three hours until we found a pizza place down the street from our hotel. The city is very beautiful with a big river across from our hotel.

What’s been your favorite food/meal so far on the trip?
My favorite food so far has been the steak and pasta we ate right after our game on Monday night in Madrid.

Did you do any shopping, or get any souvenirs?
The only shopping I’ve done is buying little helicopter toys in the town square in Madrid for my nephews.

Is there anything else you saw, did or experienced today?
We saw a huge tent with a big projection screen of the soccer game tonight and everyone was trying to catch a glimpse of the game. It is obvious they take their soccer very serious here.

Game day, team's first game

Aug 18, 2014 - Posted by Norma Collett at 6:00 pm | Updated: August 18, 2014 6:18 pm | Permalink

Madrid, Spain - (Aug. 18, 2014)

Blog #3
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.

Sunday in Madrid, Blog #2

Aug 17, 2014 - Posted by Norma Collett at 5:14 pm | Updated: August 17, 2014 5:27 pm | Permalink

Sunday, Aug. 17 in Madrid with the women’s basketball team

Blog #2
In the team’s second full day in Madrid, the team attended church meetings in the chapel next to the Temple. Afterwards, the group heard from associate athletic director Brian Santiago who summarized the three talks given in Sacrament Meeting for those who did not understand Spanish.Two sister missionaries then took the group on a tour of the temple grounds while explaining several gospel principles regarding families, baptism and preparing to attend the temple. 

The team then had lunch where they enjoyed a traditional Spanish rice dish, paella. They had a choice of seafood, vegetable or meat paella.

In the evening, the group experienced a Spanish custom by attending a bullfight.

More on the day from Carly Stratton 
What was your experience attending Church services in Madrid?
The congregation was pretty small and we doubled their attendance when all of us arrived. It was different singing hymns in Spanish because you knew the tune but didn't comprehend the words very well. After Sacrament Meeting we took a tour of the temple grounds with two sister missionaries. We were able to see a lot of missionaries and a couple from Idaho Falls that was serving a mission as well. It was really cool to go to Church over here and to see how strong the gospel is worldwide. 

What did you do in the afternoon and evening?
After Church we ate lunch and had some rice dishes authentic to Spain. Then we went to see a bullfight. It was definitely a different experience. For dinner we needed something familiar to us so the group of girls I was with went to get McDonald's.

Women's basketball, Blog 1 from Madrid, Spain

Aug 16, 2014 - Posted by Norma Collett at 3:13 pm | Updated: August 17, 2014 4:02 pm | Permalink

Madrid, Spain (Aug. 15 & 16, 2014)

Blog One
The BYU women’s basketball team arrived in Madrid, Spain at 9 a.m., on Saturday, Aug. 16. The Cougars flew from Salt Lake International Airport to John F. Kennedy International Airport, then onto Madrid.

A bus took the group from the airport to the hotel. Once the luggage was left in a secure room, the group went on a walk to a market for a sampling of Spanish food. Two tour guides met us there and took us on an hour and half walking tour through parts of Madrid.

Then it was off to practice at the multipurpose gym of the Polideportivo Municipal de Torrelodones basketball club, the team the Cougars play on Monday evening.

Here’s more from Kristine Fuller and Xojian Harry on our travel day and first full day in Madrid.

Kristine Fuller
What was the flight/travel getting to Spain like?
The two flights were long but luckily no delays and our six-hour flight to Madrid had individual TV’s. It was really weird leaving early Friday and arriving Saturday morning.

Did you meet any interesting people on the plane?
I sat next to teammates both times. We laughed a lot and played games. Monopoly Deal is the game of choice.

What did you do to occupy your time on the plane to NYC and then on to Madrid?
In NYC tried connecting to WiFi to watch Netflix, but it didn’t work, so ended up watching Bourne Supremacy and playing Monopoly Deal. On the flight to Madrid I watched two movies—Draft Day and Moulin Rouge. I sang along to Moulin Rouge, slept a lot and Ashley and I had a competition to see who can keep a spoon on one’s nose the longest. All of us slept, watched movies and snacked a lot.

Did you meet our tour guides? What are they like?
We have two tour guides – Brooke and Corey. Both are great! We got to take a two-hour walking tour around Madrid. We’ve had two different buses and drivers so far. The drivers are nice and the buses are smooth and clean.

What are you most looking forward to doing/seeing while in Spain?
I’m looking forward to trying new food!

Xojian Harry
What was the first thing you saw/noticed when we arrived in Madrid?
The first thing we saw was a big cemetery with thousands of tombstones and that was really cool. We also noticed as soon as we got off the plane there were a lot of weird smells.

What was the weather like?
At first the weather was a bit chilly, but then it got really hot, really fast.

What’s the hotel like?
The hotel is really small in comparison to U.S., hotels. There are two beds in the rooms but they are twin size and are really close together. We had a few struggles trying to figure out how to turn on the lights and the shower. Also, we found out that the drinks are not served cold and the showers aren’t exactly hot.

What places did you get to see on Saturday in Madrid?
We walked around the heart of Madrid and saw the restaurant Sobrino de Botin Horno de Asar, which is the oldest restaurant in the world. We went to El Mercado de San Miguel, which is a food market where you can get a variety of food, fruits, pastries and drinks. We saw a convent on Calle del Codo, which means Elbow Street.

What were your impressions of Madrid after a full day in the city?
It has sort of a small town feel. There are some really beautiful buildings with gorgeous architecture. It is kind of sad though because a lot of the buildings have graffiti all over them.

Did you get to meet or see anyone interesting?
We saw two men run out of a McDonald’s with big bags over their shoulders and they got chased by the police. We also saw a middle-aged couple fighting and the wife was smacking her husband and he was trying to run away pushing his cart.

Was it hard to communicate with the Spanish people?
For the most part, a lot of the Spanish people knew English, so communicating wasn't too bad.

What was the first Spanish food you ate?   Was it hard to order/communicate with waiter/waitress?
The first Spanish food I ate was rice and chorizo tapas. It wasn’t hard to communicate with the lady at the market because she knew Spanish. At our evening dinner, they brought us steaks that were seared on each side and raw in the middle. We were all confused and then they brought out hot plates to cook the meat to our liking. It was cool and delicious.  The steaks came with French fries. The restaurant was called Fatigas del Querer and it was a short walk from our hotel.

Tell us anything else about the day?
Today was kind of hard for all of us because of the jetlag and fatigue we had to deal with. Everyone was exhausted on our walking tour but after practice everyone felt a lot better. We will all definitely sleep well tonight.

Did you do any shopping?  Get any souvenirs?
We didn’t get to do any shopping today, but we saw a few little shops that we want to stop by to look around in when we have a chance.

Hamson enters 1,000 point club

Dec 28, 2013 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 9:35 am | Permalink

With 24 points against Utah State last Saturday, senior center Jennifer Hamson entered the 1,000 point club. She now has 1,020 points in her career, good for 23rd all-time in BYU history.

Senior Kim Beeston looks to join the club next, having scored 982 career points to date.

The last time the Cougars had two players join the 1,000 point club in the same season was during the 2010-11 season. In that year, Mindy Bonham and Coriann Fraughton both joined the club with 1,322 and 1,002 points, respectively.

BYUtv to rebroadcast last night's women's basketball game between BYU and Utah State at 7 p.m.

Dec 05, 2012 - Posted by Norma Collett at 12:51 pm | Updated: December 5, 2012 1:11 pm | Permalink

BYUtv will air a special encore of the USU vs. BYU women’s basketball played in Provo Tuesday night at 7 p.m., tonight. 

The rebroadcast will replace BYUtv's scheduled live men's basketball game between BYU and the Aggies that was supposed to be played tonight at the Marriott Center.

Athletics officials from BYU and Utah State determined that tonight's men's basketball game between the two universities will be postponed due to the serious medical condition of USU student-athlete Danny Berger that occurred during practice on Tuesday.

The game will be preceded at the top and again at halftime by a short introduction featuring Dave McCann explaining the game postponement circumstances and extending well-wishes to Danny, his family, teammates, and USU fans.

Game at Harvard

Nov 16, 2012 - Posted by Norma Collett at 11:01 pm | Permalink

Today was the final game the team played in the Boston area.  After a disappointing loss at Boston College yesterday, the team looked to bounce back against Harvard.

A nice crowd of BYU fans came to cheer on the Cougars as they battled Harvard in a closely fought battle.  Unfortunately, it didn’t go our way at the end. Kim Beeston, Lexi Eaton and Keilani Unga all recorded double digits in scoring in the game with Haley Steed leading the way in assists with a game-high eight.

The team returns home Saturday night for a short stay. They go back on the road again on Monday to play at Arizona on Tuesday, one of three Pac-12 schools the Cougar will play this season. They are at Washington State on Saturday. 

Boston College – Game Day

Nov 15, 2012 - Posted by Norma Collett at 10:34 pm | Permalink

After breakfast in the hotel, the women’s team gathered to watch film on tonight’s opponent Boston College, and then it was off to shoot around at the Conte Forum, on the BC campus. On the way to our practice, we took a short detour so we could see the Boston Temple. We stopped for just a few minutes to take a couple of pictures. At the game we had a small, but loud cheering section. Unfortunately, we came up short at the end, losing to Boston College 62-56.

Wednesday – a day in between games

Nov 14, 2012 - Posted by Norma Collett at 10:09 pm | Updated: November 14, 2012 10:24 pm | Permalink

We arrived in Newton, MA via bus late Tuesday night after leaving from Hanover, NH with the win over Dartmouth. Wednesday morning was spent practicing at Harvard. Once the girls showered we met with Dr. Roger Porter, who is on the faculty at Harvard and is a BYU alumni. He gave us a wonderful tour of the campus where we learned a lot about the school's history. He took us to Dunster House where he is the House Master. We enjoyed a delicious lunch there in the eating area that is reminiscent of the Dining Hall in the Harry Potter books and movies. In the evening we drove into Boston for dinner at a seafood restaurant. Afterwards, our bus driver John, pointed out a few famous landmarks including a night view of Fenway Park.

Win at Dartmouth

Nov 13, 2012 - Posted by Norma Collett at 10:10 pm | Permalink

In its first road game of the season, the BYU women’s basketball team sneaked out with a one-point, 58-57 win over Dartmouth. It was a rainy, cold day in Hanover as the team prepared for its first road test of the year. Game day started with breakfast, watching film on Dartmouth and a one-hour shoot around at Leede Arena. The pregame meal was at one of the team’s favorite places, Panera. BYU had a nice cheering section at the game, thanks in part, to the efforts of Jordan and Allie Judkins (coach Judkins’ son and daughter-in-law) who invited several members (around 50) from their Lebanon Ward. Cheers were also coming from many family members including Ashley’s mom and grandparents, Haley’s parents and Morgan’s mom, aunt and cousin. Husband’s Travis Seaborn and Spencer Beeston were also among those that made the long trip from Utah to support the women’s team. Everyone in attendance enjoyed a thrilling, down to the wire victory by the Cougars!!! Sophomore Morgan Bailey recorded her first double double of her career with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

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