Naples, Italy- Here is the first installment of a blog that Brittney is writing while she is on the European Tour with the USA Basketball team.
I watched four movies during the flight and when I finished, we were still in the air! I was like dang, are you serious. The food on the plane was great. I had dinner and breakfast and went to sleep, well kind of. I slept for only about 45 minutes to an hour. On the plane they served this bread that was the bomb, it was the best ever, I do remember that.
We landed in Frankfurt, Germany. Once we got there, I couldn't read anything. I just knew what gate to go to to get to my next flight. In the airport, everyone spoke a different language so I was like, dang, I felt like an outcast.
Next I caught my flight to Naples, Italy. It was a short flight, a good one though. I really didn't understand anything they were saying either. People kept coming up to me and asking me questions and I was like "sorry, I don't know". It was too funny.
I had my first smoothie ever. I told the USA people that Jeremy (our strength coach) would be very happy. It was mango tango flavored and it was really good.
We went downtown, it was cool, but the apartment buildings look like the hood. While we were down town we had pizza, REAL ITALIAN PIZZA. I fell in love, I ate a whole pizza. It's nothing like the pizza we have in the states.
Now to the bathroom. So in the bathroom is this thing that you wash your behind with (bidet). LOL, I just started laughing. All the girls were saying, you should use it, but I can't do it, just can't. And the shower, I can barely fit in it.
This must be a popular hotel, they have had a different wedding every day since we've been here. They serve food differently here too, they just bring stuff out one at a time. No one speaks English and we have to drink bottled water.
That's all for now, gotta get some rest. Check back often, I'll do more of these while I'm here.
What Coach Mulkey Said...
"I'm very happy that it looks like the Big 12 will stay together. I've always said and always believed that the Big 12 Conference is the best in the country. I think you are seeing that now with 5 of our football teams rated in the Top 25. I am also very proud of what Baylor University brings to the Big 12 Conference, both athletically and academically. Our football team is in the Top 25 and both our men's and women's basketball teams are in most pre-season Top 25 polls. Also, our softball team just finished as a semi-finalist in the Women's College World Series. I think this shows that Baylor has great athletic programs across the board - fall, winter and spring- and has great leadership with our Board of Regents, President Ken Starr and our athletic director, Ian McCaw. "
College Crush - Trace Adkins Style...
Follow this link to an interview Adkins did with Country Countdown USA - Country Countdown USA
That ranking could get tested early as both BU and Notre Dame are playing in the Preseason WNIT. If both teams advance to the finals, they will play each other in the Ferrell Center on Sunday, Nov. 20. If you can't make it to Waco for the game it will be televised on CBS Sports Network.
When looking at the Athlon rankings, the Lady Bears will play three non-conference games against teams ranked in their top 10. Tennessee (Nov. 27) is No. 2, UConn (Dec. 18) is No. 3 and Notre Dame is No. 7.
Brittney Griner was named to the Sporting News' 10-member first team All-America list while she was listed in Athlon's five-member first team list.
After posting a school-record 34-3 mark in 2010-11, winning both the Big 12 Conference regular season and tournament championships and advancing to the NCAA Championships' Elite Eight, the Baylor Lady Bears are picked second, behind NCAA runner-up Notre Dame, in Sporting News' preseason poll. The Sporting News is the first preseason college basketball magazine to hit newsstands this week.
Baylor returns four starters off last year's squad that was ranked No. 1 for seven weeks. Led by junior post Brittney Griner and sophomore point guard Odyssey Sims, the Lady Bears, again come into the season with high expectations. Griner and Sims were both named to Sporting News' All-America teams, Griner earned first team honors while Sims is a second team selection.
Griner averaged 23.0 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.6 blocked shots per game en route to earning WBCA Defensive Player of the Year and Big 12 Player of the Year honors. In addition, she was a consensus All-American and was a finalist for all major basketball awards. Sims was the second straight BU player to be named the USBWA's National Freshman of the Year (Griner was the 2010 recipient) and was the Big 12's Freshman of the Year. The rookie averaged 13.1 points and 3.1 assists a game. Both players were named first-team All-Big 12.
Of the three other teams ranked in the magazine's top four, Baylor will play two and possibly all three in non-conference action. The Lady Bears have matchups slated with No. 4 Tennessee on Nov. 27 in Knoxville and No. 3 UConn on Dec. 18 in Waco. A Baylor/Notre Dame contest is a possibility as both schools are playing in the Preseason WNIT and are on opposite sides of the bracket. That matchup would come in the tournament's championship game. All told, Baylor will definitely play seven teams (denoted by boldface) off the Sporting News' top 25 and has the possibility of playing two more (Notre Dame and UCLA in the WNIT).
Baylor ranks No. 1 in preseason rankings by two online sources, SI.com and ESPN.com.
SPORTING NEWS WOMEN'S ALL-AMERICA TEAMS
Second Team (10 players)
PRESEASON TOP 25