Aug. 10, 2011

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Video Journal from Rachael Hencke

ISTANBUL, Turkey - The Miami RedHawk women's basketball team had another amazing day in Istanbul Wednesday. The day started with tours of the city's most famous markets and finished with a victory over the Galatasaray Sports Club, 72-56.

The RedHawks visited the Grand Bazaar and the Egyptian Spice Market in the morning. The Grand Bazaar featured thousands of shops that sold all sorts of jewelry, clothing and carpets. The Spice Market was more focused more on food. The players and staff used the opportunity to purchase some souvenirs for home.

In the evening, Miami finally got a chance to get a game under its belt. The rust was evident early on as Miami fell behind, 10-1. The RedHawks picked up their defensive intensity to pull within two at the end of the first quarter, 21-19. The Red and White's offense got going in the second quarter as it outscored Galatasaray, 23-6 during the period to seize control. Miami outscored its opponent by one in the second half to secure the 16-point win.

Everyone contributed to the Miami's victory on Wednesday. Rachael Hencke led the way with 12 points. Hannah Robertson and Kelsey Simon each contributed 11. Lillian Pitts was the leading rebounder with 11, including six offensive.

Now for a player's perspective, here is senior guard Rachael Hencke's journal entry for the day.

Dear Journal -

Istanbul, Turkey never ceases to amaze me. It is day three and it seems like I constantly see or learn something new. The water is so blue and the city is massive. There is constant activity everywhere we go. One interesting and potentially harmful aspect of the city is the traffic pattern. Cars seem to take the traffic laws more as mere suggestions. I don't think that I have seen one stop sign and it seems like drivers are as impatient and as quick to the horn as in New York City.

The day started out with the team going to the Grand Bazaar. This was a huge indoor market place with rows and rows of different vendors trying to sell you things. They picked up right away that we were foreigners and were more than eager to talk to us. Since we were all decked out in Miami gear, they asked us if we played basketball and were we were from. When we told them, they would be very excited and said things like "I love basketball" or try and imitate a person shooting a shot. I even had a shorter vendor say "how is the weather up there" and motioning how tall I was. Overall, everyone is incredibly friendly.

We also played our first game as a team. We were all very eager to finally play as a team with an us versus them mentality. We had to adjust to some of the different rules and the differences on the court. The three point line was farther back then even our new three point line in America and there was a 24 second shot clock. Our focuses before the game were playing aggressive defense and running in transition. I believe that we were successful in both. As a team, we are excited about the potential that we see in each other and in ourselves. This trip is a good start to see what will become a great season.

Can't Wait `Til Tomorrow!

Rachael

We would like to thank Crowne Charter for their financial donations and all of their support.