Women's Basketball Italy Tour

VENICE, Italy - Venice was the highlightof the sixth day of the Washington State Cougars'Italy tour, Sunday.For the first time, the Cougarsexperienced some inclement weather as rain greeted theteam on its departure from Cervia at 9 a.m. However,duCerviahe three-hour bus trip to Venice, the weathergradually broke and the team was greeted with blueskies upon its arrival at Venice.During the bus ride,Jessica Perry and Adriane Ferguson gave a presentationto the group about the city. Perry stated that Venicewas home to 100,000 pigeons.

After taking a boat rideto Venice and upon first setting foot on the city, theteam may have wondered if Perry's number was toominuscule as there seemed to be pigeonseverywhere.After meeting in the Piazza San Marco, avast open plaza in the hearSanf Venice, the first itemon the agenda was a tour of Palazzo Ducale. Thebuilding was once thPalazzonDucaleeadquarters of thecity as well as a prison and torture chamber. Also inthe building were countless paintings, which impressedthe team.Another impression was made at the end of thetour.During the layover at the Copenhagen Airport, May18, the coaching staff met some Cougar alumni en routeto their gate. For the second time in the tour, theCougars ran into WSU alumni as they exchangedgreetings with MattWSUlass of '93) and Suzanne (classof '94) Lessard at Palazzo Ducale.

After PalazzoDucale, Lessardm toPalazzoiDucaler of theBaPalazzodDucaleMarco, the cathedral ofVenice.Afterward, thedieSanwas free to shop, sightseeand eat for a few hours. Once again, the Cougars metup with some locals -- from Washington that is -- asthey ran into a couple from Spokane.When the shoppingwas over, the team took a boat ride to its hotel andended a busy day.

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