Women's Basketball Italy Tour

May 25, 2004

COMO, Italy - After over a week of traveling across Italy, the Washington State women's basketball team was finally able to take a breath as it heads into the final stretch of its Italy tour, Tuesday.

After checking in and out of five hotels since arriving in Rome, May 18, the team checked into its sixth and final hotel of the tour when it reached the Hotel Palace in Como. The team will spend its final three nights of the trip at this northern Italian city.

The city of Como sits on the south shore of Lake Como in the extreme northern part of Italy. In fact, the team was able to see Switzerland, which was just a stone's throw away, en route to the lake.

Nestled by the Alps, Lake Como is approximately 30 miles long north to south and is Europe's deepest lake (almost 1,350 feet). Como is a town known for its resort characteristics, where people can enjoy the lake, restaurants and shops while also being an industrial center as the city is well-renowned for its silk production.

Upon arriving at the city at around 4 p.m., the team was able to enjoy what Como and the lake has to offer.

But before coming to the city, the Cougars made a side trip to the city of Verona.

Coming off a win over Crupp Udine, Monday the team was in high spirits as it left the town of Udine at 9 a.m., for a nearly two hour bus ride to Verona. While known for many things, Verona has a romantic reputation as it is the setting of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

When arriving to the city, the Cougars' tour guide for the trip, Giancarlo Manti, led them to the balcony where Juliet once is said to have stood.

After an hour at Verona, the team boarded a bus for the two plus hour trip to Como.

On the agenda for Wednesday is a boat tour of Lake Como and the fourth and final game of the tour against Pool Comense. The Cougars are 2-1 thus far in the tour.

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