Women's Basketball Blog From Overseas - Day 3
Day 3 (September 4)
We left the hotel at 10 a.m., to stroll the Champs Elysee. We took the Metro to the end so we could explore the Arc de Triumph and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We spent about an hour and a half shopping. A couple of things struck us as odd as we don’t have anything like it in America. First was car showrooms/dealerships right on the street looking like just another normal store. So you can buy a coffee at a café and then walk next door and buy a car. Second was this winding line of people in front of a building marked Abercrombie & Fitch. Thinking we were missing out on something spectacular we asked the security guard what was going on and he said it was a clothing museum of Abercrombie & Fitch clothes. Seriously? And there’s a line for this?
We took the Metro back to the hotel and had lunch at a nearby café. After a short rest we departed for our second game against Lyon. Today they wore white dresses.
Brief Game Recap
Lyon 78, Princeton 61
Princeton came out ready to play today. The Tigers took the lead off the opening possession and would maintain the lead through most the first half. At halftime it was Lyon 42-41. With four minutes left in the third quarter, Lyon would take its largest lead up until that point, 54-50. In the fourth, Lyon started to pull away as Princeton fell into a shooting slump.
The officials' calls were once again a bit odd, but we were playing by different rules. We got a turnover because of an eight-second backcourt violation, only coaches can call timeouts and they have to tell the table not the officials, some travels weren’t called while traveling was called on plays that didn’t look like traveling. We of course didn't let it bother us and shrugged it off with a laugh.
In the end Lauren Edwards led the team with 15 points, shooting 5 for 8 from long range. Devona had a double double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Alex had 10 points and seven boards. The Tigers shot 50 percent in the first half but Lyon capitalized in the fourth quarter.
“In coming overseas we wanted to be challenged at a high level and this Lyon team is a really good basketball team, top to bottom,” said head coach Courtney Banghart. “It’s clear that our kids put in a lot of time in the off season in terms of their individual development. It appears that this is a team that wants to keep getting better. If today is our indication of steps that can be made one day at a time, we’re in for an exciting year. Our posts were physical, our guards were threatening with the pass, dribble and shot and as we’ve come to expect we play with great toughness and fight.”
After the game we headed straight to dinner at Café Francois near the Eiffel Tower. Along the way we saw the replica of the Statue of Liberty that the US gave to France to say thank you for the gift of the actual Statue of Liberty. We then rode through the tunnel that saw the demise of Princess Diana.
At the conclusion of dinner we headed to the Eiffel Tower. We took the elevator to the second level and all of us decided we wanted to take it all the way to the top. The views were spectacular and it was a perfect way to end our final night in Paris.
Q&A with junior Niveen Rasheed
What did you buy today on the Champs Elysee?
I got a sweater and a striped shirt at Zara. The selection there was really working for me today.
What is the coolest fact you learned about Paris?
That there are 1789 steps to the top of the Eiffel Tower which Gustav Eiffel designed purposefully because that was the year of the French Revolution.
What area of Paris would you most want to revisit?
When we were on the boat in the Siene we saw all these people just hanging out along the way by the water. I’d love to come back and just hang out there one night, that would be really cool.
What was your most favorite thing we did while in Paris?
Going up the Eiffel Tower. It was beautiful, it was fun, there were great views.
What was your most favorite restaurant we ate at in Paris?
The café we had lunch in today because they had roasted chicken and mashed potatoes.