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WBB Italy Diary, #4: By Kelly Thomson

Aug 17, 2013

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ROME, Italy -
Ciao K-State Family!

We've already been in Italy for a week, can you believe it?! Day seven started off by scaring Jess to death. We were all loaded on the bus ready to head to Rome when Sara, one of our tour guides, called Jess off the bus in a very stern tone. Jess instantly had a look of worry as she stood up and walked off the bus to have a private conversation with Sara. While Sara was outside telling Jess that she and Kindred had outstanding charges in their room and we weren't going to be able to leave Florence until she paid them, all of us on the bus were organizing a surprise for her. After watching Jess squirm outside for about three minutes, Claire Coggins finally went to save her and told her they would cover the charges to the room. So Jess returned to the bus and as soon as she stepped on we all screamed HAPPY BIRTHDAY and sang to our little birthday girl. The look on her face was priceless when she finally figured out it was all a set up.

K-State Ends Italy Tour Unbeaten

Aug 17, 2013

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LATINA, Italy - Kansas State concluded the competition part of its trip through Italy undefeated on Saturday night with an 84-27 win over ASD Bull Basket. Following a final day of sightseeing in Rome, the Wildcats will return home on Monday morning.

K-State was led by the interior duo of senior Katya Leick and freshman Breanna Lewis, as the tandem combined for 30 points and 21 rebounds. Leick notched her second double-double of the trip with 16 points and 11 rebounds. The product of Grey Cloud Township, Minn., averaged team-highs of 17.0 points and 14.3 rebounds in the three games in Italy.

Lewis, a native of Milwaukee, Wis., carded her first double-double of the trip with 14 points and 10 rebounds. For the trip, Lewis averaged 7.3 points and 9.7 rebounds.

WBB Italy Diary, #3: By Kelly Thomson

Aug 15, 2013

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FLORENCE, Italy -
Buon giorno K-State Family!

I'm back with even more to tell you about from our Italian tour. Days five and six were absolutely filled with touring and sight-seeing. We've spent the past two days in Florence, and although it's not famous for much more than the David statue by Michelangelo, I think this city has become the favorite for our team so far.

Day five started with a bus ride from Mestre to Florence in the morning. It was raining the entire bus ride, but as soon as we arrived and stepped off the bus, the clouds cleared and out came the sun; we have the best timing! As soon as we unloaded all of the bags, we met up with our Florence tour guide and immediately began to walk all around the city of Florence.

WBB Italy Diary, #2: By Kelly Thomson

Aug 13, 2013

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MESTRE, Italy -
Ciao K-State Family!

It's hard to believe that we've only been in Italy for four days! Every day has been jam-packed with activities, tours, beautiful sites, and even a little basketball. As Coach Ethridge would say, "Who has it better than us?" We're so blessed to be able to spend these ten days touring such a beautiful country as a team and get to play at the same time!

Day 3 of our Italian tour began with a bus ride from Como to Verona, Italy. What a cool city! Verona is where the famous Shakespearean play Romeo and Juliet was set. Although the story itself isn't true, the families (Capulets and Montagues) and the rivalry between them was not made up. We walked to the actual house of the Capulet family. While there we took turns taking pictures with the statue of Juliet and observed her balcony. After this we split up and wandered the streets of Verona on our own to purchase snacks. I'm afraid to tell you that before we make it back to the states, the country of Italy will completely run out of Stracietella (chocolate chip) gelato, as we've yet to pass a stand without Haley purchasing the largest cup or cone possible; and even going back for seconds. I'd be willing to bet that by the time we're done with our tour she will have eaten at least 2 gallons of this Italian ice cream.

WBB Italy Game Recap: vs Vicenza All-Stars

Aug. 12, 2013

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MONTEGROTTO, Italy - With another strong second half defensive effort and the interior domination by Katya Leick, Kansas State registered its second win on the team's three-game trip through Italy with an 80-32 victory over the Vicenza All-Stars on Monday night.

Leick, playing in just her second game in a Wildcat uniform and her second in almost three years, led a strong K-State effort on the boards and earned game most valuable player honors, as she tallied a double-double of 27 points and 24 rebounds including 15 on the defensive end. For the game, K-State hauled in 72 rebounds including 42 defensive boards to control the interior.

WBB Italy Game Recap: vs Italy All-Stars

Aug. 11, 2013

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NERVIANO, Italy. - On the strength of a 12-0 run and vise tight defense to close out the third quarter, Kansas State defeated the Italy All-Stars, 69-46, on Sunday evening in its first of three games in Italy.

K-State was paced by junior Haley Texada with 17 points, while adding three rebounds and three assists. Sophomore Bri Craig tallied 16 points, including four connections from beyond the arc, while carding five rebounds and an assist.

Playing by the international rules of FIBA, the Wildcats trailed just once in the game, as the Italy All-Stars captured a 19-18 lead early in the second quarter. K-State bounced back, as Texada scored nine of her 14 first half points in the frame to push K-State in front at the half, 34-29.

WBB Italy Diary, #1: By Kelly Thomson

Aug. 11, 2013

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COMO, Italy -
Buon giorno, K-State family!

Well, after one bus ride, two flights, and a combined 20 hours of traveling we finally made it to Italy! It was a long, exhausting day of travel, but it was well worth it as soon as we touched down at 9:30 a.m. local time (2:30 a.m. Manhattan time) and began touring the beautiful city of Milan. As soon as we left the airport, we hopped on the bus and drove straight into the heart of Milan where we met our tour guide, Alfonza. We only spent a few hours in Milan before hopping on the bus and heading to our first overnight stop in Como. Upon arriving in Como, a few of us players and all of the coaches took a tram up to the top of a mountain overlooking the city of Como and Lake Como.