August 18, 2012

Women's Basketball in Italy: Bobcats Top Pallacanestro Montecchio, 73-44

The seventh day of the Quinnipiac women's basketball team's Tour of Italy found the Bobcats in Vincenza. After a week of traveling, the Bobcats were give a relaxing off-day in Vincenza, which also including a walking tour of the city. In Vincenza, the team was given a warm welcome from the mayor, Achilli Variati. Mayor Variati presented Bobcats' head coach Tricia Fabbri with a book for Quinnipiac University before also posing for pictures with teh team.
 
The team was also able to visit Teatro Olympico (Olympic Theater) which was constructed during the Italian Renaissance. It remains as the oldest surviving stage set that is still in existence. The theater resembled many of the old architecture present around Italy. The quiet town allowed for some of the players to grab some coffee, gelate and cannoli prior to their game. 
After the team's pregame meal, the Bobcats set out for their game against Pallacanestro Montecchio, a Division B1 team from outside of Vincenza. The team was greeted with a warm welcome from Pallacanestro Montecchio and its coaches. Before the game, both teams were introduced and exchanged t-shirts. 
The Bobcats jumped out early, holding a 10-point lead at halftime, that eventually resulted in a 29-point victory. Senior Felicia Barron led the way with 14 points while Shelby Sferra and Brittany McQuain each contributed seven apiece. Sam Guastella and freshmen Katie Carroll and Maria Napolitano also contributed in the Bobcats' win. 

At the end of the game, the Bobcats were congratulated and presented with a trophy for their performance, while Barron was recognized as the game's Most Valuable Player. All of Quinnipiac's student-athlete were presented with posters and books to remember their time in Vincenza. 
As the Bobcats' trip comes to a close, they prepare for their final game in Castellanza, outside of Lake Como.