This morning we drove about a half hour southwest of Paris to the Palace of Versailles, home of the French monarchy for parts of the 17th and 18th centuries during the reigns of Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louix XVI. After wandering the breathtaking gardens on our own, we moved inside the palace for our guided tour, where we learned all about its history.
Next we rode back into Paris and spent the early part of the afternoon shopping in Montmartre, an artsy district on a hill. Perched at the top is the beautiful white-domed Basilica of the Sacré Cœur, which is surrounded by shops, creperies and and artists' market. We climbed to the top of the hill for a spectacular view of the city from the front of the Basilica and had some delicious crepes for lunch.
Then we headed back to the hotel for a little bit of relaxation before another delicious pregame meal at Villa Saint-Jacques, and then it was game time. We were back at Le Stadium, where our opponent, AMW All-Stars, had a few more players dressed than last night and played much improved, jumping out to a lead before we rallied back.
AMW led 20-15 at the end of the first quarter, but we started the second with a 13-3 run to go up by one, 28-27, at halftime. A high-scoring third quarter saw AMW regain a 49-48 advantage, but we stormed out with a 10-0 run to start the fourth, holding AMW without a basket for nearly six minutes, to come away with a 67-58 victory and improve to 3-0 on our European tour.
Sophomore Caira Washington was named the game's most valuable player after posting a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Freshman Brianna Cummings earned the start and impressed as she also notched a double-double with 10 points and 13 boards. Seniors Chakecia Miller and Lauren Chase each had four assists, and Miller tallied eight points, as well. Sophomore Shannon Cranshaw also scored eight points, as she was 2-for-2 from three-point range and has six treys in three games on this trip. As a team, we outrebounded AMW, 54-31, and held then to just 30 percent shooting.
In addition to our travel party, we had an additional fan at the game - former GW men's tennis standout Alexander van Gils ('13) lives in Paris and stopped by Le Stadium sporting his Buff and Blue! It was great to see him and we thank him for his support tonight!
Tomorrow we leave Paris and travel by train a few hours southeast to Marseille in the South of France, and we're looking forward to taking in the beautiful city on the Mediterranean coast.