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Fordham Women's Basketball Returns from Two-Week European Tour

Release: 08/29/2017
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Bronx, N.Y. – The Fordham women's basketball program returned Sunday afternoon from its nearly two week foreign tour to Italy and Spain. The Rams flew out to Venice from JFK airport and, over 12 days, visited Padova, Verona, Milan, Rome, and Barcelona, and played in five exhibition contests against local teams. Fordham swept the trip, winning all five games.
Click above for photo galleries from all five contests, including the team's basketball clinic in Barcelona, and check out many more sight-seeing photos on the team's Twitter (@FordhamWBB) and Instagram (FordhamWBB) pages.
Fans are also encouraged to view the Fordham YouTube page above for five separate videos recapping the five games and sight-seeing and a slew of Catching Up with Coach G videos, featuring players, administrators, and numerous members of the extended Gaitley clan.
"It's hard to put the impact of our foreign tour into a few sentences," said Head coach Stephanie Gaitley, "I think all of us were deeply affected by all of our stops all the way… the Vatican, the Sagrada Familia, visiting the memorials of Las Ramblas. We obviously combined our cultural experiences with our growth on the basketball court. Our chemistry was terrific on the trip and the basketball experience was invaluable four our eight freshmen on the trip. On behalf of the women's basketball program, I would like to thank [Fordham president] Father McShane, Jeff Gray, and Dave Roach for allowing us to experience memories of a lifetime!"
The team and staff landed at Marco Polo International airport in Venice on Wednesday morning, August 16, and traveled to their hotel in nearby Padova. After a long night of travel, the group set out to see the sights of Old Padova, the city center, to round out the afternoon and evening. The next day was quick to bring the trip's first exhibition. Before the team traveled an hour north of Venice to the town of Latisana, the group took a water taxi to Murano Island to see the area's world famous glass-blowing in action. Seniors G'mrice Davis and Asnate Fomina even got to try their hand at it. Soon after, the Rams defeated the University of Trieste, 84-27, at the Palazzetto dello Sport, with freshman forward Johanna Klug leading the way with 17 points and seven rebounds. Davis double-doubled with 12 points and 10 boards. (Video recap)
Friday brought a full day of exploration through Venice, culminating in the piazza San Marco and dinner at a fresh seafood restaurant by the water. Saturday, the team traveled through Verona on its way to Milan for the night. The main stop in the city was the home of Juliet Capulet, of Romeo and Juliet fame, where some of the players and staff, as is custom, left notes and love letters. Sunday brought game two, among the hills of picturesque Costa Masnaga, where the Rams downed ASD Basket Costa, 75-28. Davis exploded for a game-high 25 points on 10-of-14 shooting with 12 boards, seven on the offensive glass, while freshman Halei Gillis added 11 points and eight boards. Both freshman Zara Jillings and redshirt freshman Breanna Cavanaugh tallied three assists and three steals. (Video recap)
The entire group then hopped on a train bound straight for Italy's capital and the eternal city, Rome. There, the Rams made days out of trips to Vatican City, on Monday, and to the Colosseum and the ancient Roman Forums the following day. Game three was on the latter, against an All-Star selection team in nearby Pamphili Village, just 30 minutes outside of the city. Fordham kept its foot on the gas for a 108-55 win, with Davis again leading the way with 26 points and 15 rebounds (nine offensive). All three of Cavanaugh, Fomina, and Lauren Holden notched 17 points on very efficient lines. Fomina added three assists and five steals and junior Mary Goulding chipped in eight points and nine rebounds. (Video recap)
The team set off yet again for its final destination – Barcelona, where everyone split off into groups to explore the nearby area around the hotel but most spent time viewing the touching memorials at the top of Las Ramblas. Wednesday brought the Olympic Stadium (where much of the '92 games were held) and the sights from Montjuic, overlooking the coast and views of the city from high up, and Thursday brought Sagrada Familia and game four. The Rams fought off their Spanish professional counterparts for a 75-51 win. Davis continued with her scoring outburst, tallying 25 points and 12 rebounds, while both Gillis and Goulding put up 10 points. (Video recap)
The next day, Fordham played its final match at the Escola Virolai, defeating Santa Rosa di Lima-Horta, 96-64. Before the game, the Rams hosted many locals for a very fun and successful basketball clinic, pictures of which can be seen at the link above. Davis nearly double-doubled with 21 points and nine boards, Holden reached double figures for a second time with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting, and the freshman Kiwi duo of Jillings and Kendell Heremaia added 10 and 11 points, respectively. Heremaia enjoyed a great all-around game, hitting all six free throws, dishing out three assists, tallying four steals, and notching the team's lone block. (Video recap)
The Rams finished off their European stay with a trip to a Flamenco show and dinner after the game and flew back to the Bronx the next morning. The team's travels and experiences can be seen via all the links above. Fordham's 2017-18 campaign begins November 10 at home against UMBC at 5 p.m.

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