Danielle's European Diary - Part 3
Danielle's European Diary - Part 3
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia - Kansas State senior guard/forward Danielle Zanotti is keeping a diary during the women's basketball team's 10-day trip to Europe. The following entries include the previous two days and K-State's game against the U-20 Czech Republic national team.
Entry #5 June 28
We won our second game!! It was a very tough, physical game but we really dug in at the end and hit some big time shots when it mattered the most. It’s a really good feeling going on such a big trip and winning...it really makes the trip a lot more fun! But let me rewind for a second and fill you in on the rest of our day before the game.
Kimberly Dietz and I got up early to pick up our rings that we had to get re-sized but on the way we encountered a little bit of drama. The jewelry store is right around the block from our hotel and across from one of the biggest Jewish synagogues in
Thankfully the rest of our afternoon was much less eventful and a whole lot more peaceful. We were all sad to say goodbye to
The game was so close the entire time. The style of play is really fast over here. Even on made baskets you can’t relax for a second because they inbound it so quickly and are looking to score in the first 10 seconds or so. I think that this experience of playing against different types of international players is really going to help us as we compete in the Big 12. The Czech players were excellent defenders so it gave us a great opportunity to work on our offensive execution in a competitive format. We were down with a few minutes left in the game but a lot of players really stepped up and made big shots and thankfully we were able to come away with the win. 2-0 in summer games, baby. We will take that for sure! After the game both teams got to eat sandwiches and fruit together outside the gym on their patio that overlooked the hills and forest that surround Luhakovice. It was a beautiful view and a great ending to a marvelous day.
As I write this diary entry we are busing two more hours to
First up my good friend Marlies....
Me: “ So Marlies, any funny stories about our time in
Marlies: “First off I want to start by saying that you’re my favorite player on the team and could easily beat me in a game of one on one.” (Okay she didn’t really say that. That was me using my blogging powers for evil HAHA!)
Marlies (FOR REAL THIS TIME): “Well I definitely enjoyed a lot of Prague, but the funniest moment would have to go to the amazing and free bike ride Shana (Wheeler), Dani, and I were given by two Czech boys. Shana, Dani, and I had just got some tasty kabobs from a tent in
That concludes the interview, as we have arrived in
Entry #6 June 29
Hello Wildcat Fans!!
After a good night’s rest we began our only day in
In the late afternoon half of the team went to a Catholic Mass and the rest went back to the hotel to lounge around or nap. The Catholic Mass was in all Slovakian so I don’t think they understood much, but it was definitely a great experience for them. We all met up downtown for a nice dinner and ice cream. The Euro Cup 2008 is going on right now in
Here’s another Q&A with sharp shooting guard Kari Kincaid:
Me: “I hear that you met a new friend yesterday when we played the Czech under-20 team. Can you tell us a little more about that?”
Kari: “Shalee was talking to Eva, my new friend, and she discovered that Eva was a foreign exchange student at
Until next time from Vienna Wildcat fans!Danielle