This morning we toured Paris by bus, stopping at such iconic landmarks as the Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame Cathedral. The detail in the Gothic architecture of the cathedral was incredible, and the stained glass windows were beautiful.
Our tour ended at the Louvre, where we had a few hours to wander around. Everyone made sure to visit the famous Mona Lisa and her enigmatic smile and spent the rest of their time checking out the paintings, statues and other artifacts.
Then we headed back to the hotel to rest up for the game before our delicious pregame meal at Villa Saint-Jacques just down the street from our hotel.
Finally it was game time! We drove about 15 minutes to Le Stadium, home of AMW Team France. We played the AMW All-Stars, which is a team made up of several professional players and some who played on the Under-20 French National Team. This AMW team has played several NCAA Division I squads this summer, going 2-3 so far against Mississippi State, Marquette and DePaul. We are their final opponent in what they call the International Euro Jam.
We led wire-to-wire in this one, racing out to an 11-3 start over the first 3:15 of play behind four points apiece from junior Jonquel Jones and sophomore Hannah Schaible en route to a 20-15 lead at the end of the first quarter. Another hot start to the second saw us score the first eight points of the period as we outscored AMW 21-10 in the quarter to take a 41-29 halftime advantage. JJ had seven more points in the period for 11 in the half. The score was 56-40 at the end of three as sophomore Caira Washington scored six points in a three-minute span, and we ended up winning the game, 70-50, to move to 2-0 on our trip.
JJ was named the game's most valuable player with 15 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. Sophomore Shannon Cranshaw drained three treys in five attempts for nine points, and Caira finished with eight points and six boards. We outrebounded AMW, 47-28, and held them to just 27 percent from the floor for the night.
Tomorrow we will visit the beautiful Palace of Versailles before a rematch against AMW in the evening.
Bria gives her take about our first full day in Paris below, and be sure to check out the video recap and photo gallery. Also, the Facebook album has been updated with pictures from yesterday and today.
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Senior Bria Bourgeois gives her take on the Colonials' second day in Paris.
First game in Paris against AMW, we walked away with a win! Final score - 70-50! Another win by 20 definitely does right to the soul! We play the same team tomorrow, same time, same place.
We woke up today so excited to see the sights! First we stopped to see the Arc de Triomphe and took some pretty awesome pictures. Next, the Notre Dame Cahtedral! It was absolutely stunning. One of my favorite childhood movies was Hunchback of Notre Dame, so I was BEYOND excited!
One thing I was looking forward to seeing in Paris was the Mona Lisa, and I finally got to see her, live in color! Honestly, I was expecting some huge painting, only to find out that millions of people come from all over the world to see this little 12-by-12 picture! Hundreds of people crowded around, pushing their way to the front. It was intense; I got a nice little battle scar!
Tomorrow we have another night game.We will head to Versailles in the morning for a tour of the palace, and I'm really looking forward to it! I hear the garden is breathtaking!
Bria AKA Briyoncé