The Toledo women’s basketball team arrived at its final destination, Rome, Saturday during its seventh day in Italy.
The Rockets toured the historic Colosseum and posted an emphatic 84-39 victory over the Rome All-Stars to complete their three-game exhibition schedule with a perfect 3-0 mark.UToledo made the four-hour bus trip from Sorrento to Rome this morning before going on a guided tour of one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Colosseum is the main symbol of Rome and can be traced back almost 2,000 years. During the tour, Toledo had the opportunity to discovery the way of life in the Roman Empire.
“The Colosseum was simply amazing,” senior Sara Rokkanen said. “It was unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. I find it very interesting that many of the modern-day arenas have a lot of the same features as this almost 2,000-year-old structure.”
In tonight’s final exhibition contest, the Rockets were led in scoring by the tandem of junior Tanaya Beacham and freshman Soleil Barnes with 14 and 11 points, respectively.
“We played really well tonight,” said Beacham, who was named the game’s MVP. “We moved the ball well, took good shots, and took the right shots. I thought we played very well as a team.”
Toledo also received eight points from Mariella Santucci, seven from freshman Sophia Wiard and sophomore Lexi Lance, and six by Arianne Whitaker, junior Tatyana Davis, freshman Mali Morgan-Elliott and freshman Quinesha Lockett, respectively.
“The biggest takeaway from these three exhibition contests is teaching our players all the nuances of the game at both ends of the floor,” said Head Coach Tricia Cullop. “It takes time to learn the game, sometimes by succeeding and sometimes by failing. Because we were able to play everybody in each game, I thought everyone got quality reps.
“What I love most about this group is that not only do they work hard, but they are extremely coachable.”
Toledo will have the opportunity to attend Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral in the morning, followed by a guided bus tour of the city in the afternoon.