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Today is our final full day in Europe and we spent it at the Granddaddy of the All (no, not the Rose Bowl), the Vatican!
We met our wonderful tour guide, Mia, for the second straight day and she brought us through the Vatican, starting the one of the papal galleries. We then met in a beautiful garden where Mia told the story of Michelangelo and the painting of the Sistine Chapel. It is really quite an amazing story to find out that Michelangelo had no knowledge of how to use the fresco technique. Once we entered the chapel, you were really taken back at how Michelangelo used color and light to make the paintings leap off the ceiling, almost like the sculptures that he was so famous for before the painting of the chapel. We were not allowed to take any photos or video in the Sistine Chapel to help preserve the paintings, so our only memories will have to be in our minds, but it was quite a sight to see. :)
Once we finished at the Sistine Chapel, we headed to St. Peter's Basilica...home of the Pope. The architecture in the basilica was also amazing and breathtaking. There were several former Popes that were enshrined as saints and Pope John Paul II has recently been moved into the basilica as he is nearing sainthood. After leaving the basilica and the Vatican, several members of the team stopped to purchase rosaries, etc. and have them blessed.
We split up for the afternoon and several of the staff members took in the sights of Rome, including the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. It is truly amazing the feats of architecture and engineering in Rome.
LATINA, ITALY - The Penn State Lady Lions closed out their European Tour with a win over Latina Basket Tuesday evening. Sophomore forward/center Tori Waldner (Milton, Ga.) registered a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Waldner was 9-for-16 from the field on the evening.
Senior center Nikki Greene (Diboll, Texas) added 20 points, five rebounds, three steals and two blocks and junior guard Maggie Lucas (Narberth, Pa.) recorded 20 points and five steals. Junior forward/center Talia East (Philadelphia, Pa.) chipped in 13 points, while junior guard/forward Ariel Edwards (Elmont, N.Y.) accounted for 11 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Junior guard Dara Taylor (Wilmington, Del.) contributed six points, seven assists and three steals.
Our first full day in Rome brought a walking tour of a few of the sights in Ancient Rome, including the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. We had a fantastic tour guide named Mia (no, not Mia Nickson). She was so enthusiastic about telling us about the history of her hometown and gave us so many great nuggets to bring back with us. To think that all of these landmarks have been around for 2,000 years is pretty amazing when you consider that they are all older than the United States of America.
It was a pretty low key day for the Lady Lions with the morning to shop in Florence before getting on the bus for the three and a half hour drive to the final stop on our European Tour, Rome. Once in Rome, we took a quick walk to a couple of the local squares for some shopping and dinner, then it was off to bed because tomorrow is a game day.
We loaded up the bus again this morning and headed just about four hours south to Florence. As we stepped off the bus, we were greeted by a 102 degree day and the sun beating down on a cloudless day.
BERGANO, ITALY; August 18, 2012 - The Lady Lions cruised in their second European Tour game en route to a 123-34 win over the Italian All Star team in Bergano, Italy Saturday evening. Dara Taylor (Wilmington, Del.) registered a triple-double with 16 points, 10 assists and 12 steals, while Maggie Lucas (Narberth, Pa.) posted a 30-point performance, going 11-for-14 from the field, including a 4-for-4 effort from three-point range in the second half.
Senior center Nikki Greene (Diboll, Texas) chipped in 18 points. Junior post player Talia East (Philadelphia, Pa.) was solid as she contributed 16 points, seven rebounds and two assists, while Ariel Edwards (Elmont, N.Y.) also added 16 tallies.
The Lady Lions sprinted out to an 8-0 lead in the first 1:38 of the game thanks to a pair of buckets by Edwards and scores by Lucas and Greene. Penn State continued to keep the pressure up defensively and extended the lead to 22 points (20-8) with 4:14 remaining in the first quarter. The half came to a close with the Lady Lions leading 34-14. Penn State had solid defensive intensity, forcing 13 steals in the opening frame, including four thefts by Taylor.
Penn State started the second half on fire with an 18-2 run that featured six points by Lucas and four points each by Edwards and Mia Nickson (Ashburn, Va.). The Lady Lions continued to extend the lead and headed into the half with a 74-22 lead. Lucas paced the Lady Lion scoring effort with 16 points, while Taylor added 12 tallies, nine steals and six assists. Edwards and Greene also reached double figures in the first half with 14 and 12 markers, respectively. The Lady Lions cruised through the second half for the 123-34 win.
The Lady Lions closes out its European action against the Italian All-Star Team on August 21 in Rome.
After a great nigh't sleep, the Lady Lions headed off on a boat tour of Lake Como and spent the morning shopping in Bellagio. The Lake Como area is gorgeous and Bellagio is the point where all three parts of the lake come together and there are some amazing views.
We had a wonderful day in Nice, complete with tubing on the Med and a walk down memory lane with Maren, but it was back on the bus with our driver, Salvatore, and tour guide, Richard, as we headed to Monaco for a part of the day and then continued on into Italy and the start of a two-night stay in Como.
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