Women's Basketball Canadian Tour
Aug. 19, 1999
Vancouver, British Columbia -
DIARY – Day 4 (8/19/99) - Abby Salscheider
Not wasting any time, we started off our day going on another bus tour of Vancouver. Along the way, we stopped at the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park. The bridge, measuring about 450 feet long and 230 feet above Capilano River, was basically made of rope, wooden boards and a few cables.
Needless to say, it was not perfectly steady while venturing across it. The bridge wobbled and swayed enough to keep Max from joining us on the other side. I think everyone went all the way across the bridge except Max and Wanda (Nikki's mom). I guess that's pretty commendable.
About half way across, Kelly decided to jump a couple of times on the bridge, sending Vnemina into hysterics. I got a kick out of it, though.
After our little bridge adventure, we continued our bus tour, driving by some of the priciest neighborhoods in Vancouver. Evidently, though, the whole bridge experience must have worn everybody out. A good majority of the team was out like a light shortly after the bus started moving.
We ate our pre-game meal at the boathouse. It was a seafood restaurant, but I think most of us had chicken or beef. About mid-meal, I asked our waiter if I could get one of the t-shirts that the waiters and waitresses were sporting. He came back and told me they were $15, to which I explained that I meant I wanted one for free. Well, somehow I ended up leaving with a free t-shirt, thus making me a happy camper.
The game tonight was against basically the same team, plus or minus a few players from Simon Fraser University. We had another slow start, putting us down, 38-32, at the half. We stepped it up quite a bit the second half and ended up winning, 77-62.
Quite a few of us did some really good things. Kristen, Max and Becky were probably the co-MVPs of the game – hard to imagine, huh. Personally, I learned from this game that it wouldn't hurt to spend a little extra time on practicing my free throws. We'll just say that I struggled a little bit from the line.
That pretty much wraps up day four of our tour. I think everyone is having a good time. And the best part for me is that I have been fully alert throughout the trip thus far. I somehow bypassed the jet lag stage, considering I went from Brussels, Belgium to Vancouver, British Columbia in a day and a half. (Editor's Note: Abby was a member of the Big Ten All-Star Team that toured Germany and Belgium and she returned to East Lansing the night before MSU departed for its Canadian Tour).
I hope all of you are doing fine and I look forward to seeing you in a few months.
- Abby Salscheider
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