May 14, 2012
Random people have a way of making their way into photos of the Lady Quakers.
By COURTNEY TUCKER
Day 8 in China and everybody's getting worn out. It's been a long trip, but today was something everyone was looking forward to, the Oriental Pearl Tower.
The tower is 468 meters high with 2 ruby-like crystal balls. It really is an eye catcher. We went all the way up to floor 263, ears popping and all. We got to look at the ground below us through the glass floor. We were so high up that it was scary to walk on it. It almost felt like you could fall through at any minute.
A lot of things have changed from Beijing to Shanghai, but one thing that hasn't changed were the Chinese people wanting to take pictures at the tower. They still love us Americans.
Next was the Buddha Temple. It was interesting because when we first walked in people were worshipping Buddha with in-scents. There was a big fire that they burned them with then just stood outside bowing to each temple to worship Buddha.
Walking into the temples, we were greeted with big statues everywhere. The smiling Buddha was the most famous in China and brought happiness to people. We ran into some monks there too. They didn't seem to like the flashes on our camera too much, but they did start singing a little tune as we were leaving.
It's crazy to think that they have to live there day in and out, that's dedication. We took a look at the Jade Buddha which is a female Buddha. We weren't allowed to take pictures because the flash would ruin the jade.
Game 4 and of course we ran into more trees. This girl was 6'10" and more lanky than ever. The team wasn't as good as expected, but then again LQB got off to a rough start.
The game was close until the second half. We managed to pull away and start playing better. No 6'10" girl was going to stop us now! We salute Bethany Kincer seeing as it was her last game with LQB. We'll miss her and she had a great season.
LQB leaves China with a record of 3-1. And the trip continues.
May 13, 2012
Spencer Robles, LeAnn Topp, Haley Howard and Emily Zimmerman stand tall against their somewhat taller Chinese counterpart.
SHANGHAI, China — Wilmington College ended the playing portion of its China tour with a 60-42 win over Shanghai Sports University.
The Lady Quakers finish play in China with a 3-1 record.
The game was tight early as Wilmington managed a 24-23 lead at halftime against the tall Shanghai team, which featured a 6-9 center — the third straight 6-7 or taller post player the Lady Quakers had faced.
The second half, though, was all Wilmington as the Lady Quakers outscored their Chinese opponents 36-19 to post the win.
Spencer Robles led Wilmington with 16 points. Haley Howard added nine points.
“This was a great way to finish the trip. It was a nice way to rebound from yesterday's game,” Wilmington head coach Jerry Scheve saidl “I thought it was our best game of the trip, especially the second half. We shot the ball well and played with a lot of energy and enthusiasm.”
May 13, 2012
Brianna Peters (at left) uses her bargaining skills during a shopping trip in Shanghai.
By LeANN TOPP
Today LQB got the chance to use their bargaining skills at a market this morning. After spending some time visiting the Yu Garden, filled with flowers, flowing river, bright colored fish, and more, we continued into the market.
The market was packed full of people and LQB learned how to push and shove politely right along with the Chinese.
Many of the girls had the chance to bargain with the vendors and a lot of them were pretty good. Many vendors would start at a very high price and the girls would bargain them to a super low price.
After the market the group got to enjoy a Mongolian BBQ style of lunch before they headed to the game. The game today was very different from the previous games. The opposing team was in the WCBA which is equivalent to America’s WNBA so the team was a lot more experienced and talented than the previous teams.
The game was held in a brand new stadium that had been built to mimic the Houston Rockets stadium in Texas. LQB was privileged to be the first team to play on the court against the Shanghai City Sharks. LQB fought hard but lost to the tall and extremely talented and athletic Chinese.
This evening we finally had the chance to dine on some fine American food, KFC. The team was happy for the change in pace of food.
After dinner we watched an acrobatic show. The acrobats had been trained very hard and since a very early age. The performance was phenomenal and a great entertainment for LQB.
May 12, 2012
SHANGHAI, China — The Lady Quakers have enjoyed a variety of new tastes since arriving in China last weekend, but they got their first taste of defeat in three outings with an 89-40 loss to Shanghai City Basketball Team.
Shanghai is a member of the Women’s China Basketball Association and finished fourth in the league’s national championship last season.
Shanghai was playing its first game ever in their new 7,000-seat arena that was modeled after Houston Toyota Center, home of the NBA’s Houston Rockets.
Former Rockets’ star and Chinese national hero Yao Ming played for the men’s version of this team before coming to the United States.
Bethany Ahrens led the Lady Quakers with nine points and LeAnn Topp scored seven.
“This game was a great experience for our team, playing the first game ever in a brand new beautiful arena against a fully professional team with outstanding players,” Wilmington head coach Jerry Scheve said. “Shanghai played pressure defense for 94 feet, and we had trouble handling it. But we got better as the game went on.
“Our kids were really playing on fumes with all that we have been doing, and Shanghai made us pay for every mistake. They had a 6-6 post player and several other 6-foot-plus kids, and we were mainly trying to shut them down inside, and then they turned around and hit 10 3-pointers from the NBA line. Hopefully we can regroup for tomorrow’s game."
May 11, 2012
Shown, from left, are Spencer Robles, McKenzie Kilburn and Haley Howard.
By BETHANY AHRENS
and MAKENZIE WIPPEL
Today LQB flew from the huge city of Beijing to an even larger city, Shanghai (23,000,000 people).
We got off to a slow start with a one-hour delay on the plane because of the weather. There are a lot of immediate differences that we noticed between the two cities. The biggest thing is how modern Shanghai is.
There are thousands of high rise buildings that outline the skyline of the city. Some of the buildings are businesses and hotels, and others are apartment buildings with clothes waving out of their windows.
After a late lunch we began our tour of Shanghai with a cruise along the Pudong River. This river separates the old and new parts of the city.
On this cruise we were treated like celebrities. While taking pictures on the top level of the boat, numerous people stood by us and tried to take a picture without us knowing, but they weren't very successful.
When we invited a couple to take a picture with us, dozens of others came over to have their picture taken as well. All in all our first day in Shanghai has been great.
May 10, 2012
By HALEY HOWARD
and CHELSIE KARLING
LQB had a busy third day in Beijing! We started off by visiting Old China. It was here where we experienced the rickshas. We loaded on these carriages, two Quakers per sha and an entertaining driver for each, and toured Old China.
Old China was very interesting with all its open food markets, people and the street sellers, who wouldn't give up on selling the pushover Americans their cheap souvenirs. It probably didn't help that we found bargaining with them to be like a sport, especially Coach Scheve!
After finally breaking free from the craziness of the street market we headed to New City for lunch, where we ate the best of the best of course, chicken and rice!
The restaurant was in the top of a pearl jewelry shop, and of course being the shopaholics that we are we spent a good amount of time picking out beautiful pearls for ourselves and loved ones back home.
From there we went to the summer palace where we learned about the lady dragon and toured the palace.
We had a choice at the end of the tour to either walk to meet the bus or take a boat across the lake. Now, being the fit athletes that you all know we are, we of course chose to take the boat!
By this time in the day we were tired of walking and our feet were sore but the day was far from over. We headed to a traditional tea tasting ceremony where we finally got to sit down and relax while enjoying the different flavors of China's finest tea.
Once we all got off our feet for a while and recouped during the tea ceremony and dinner we were ready to shop! We went to a shopping center that was located underground! It was something we had definitely never experienced before, and LQB went wild.
There was three floors in this mall and all were occupied by us shopping deprived girls, as if we hadn't been buying things all day! By the time we met back up for the subway we were exhausted and ready for bed. We rode back to the station near our hotel and crashed immediately.
So far China has succeeded at wearing us out. So until tomorrow, this is Chelsie and Haley signing out.
May 10, 2012
Bria Eslick scored 15 points in Wilmington's win over Tsinghua University.
BEIJING, China — The Lady Quakers raised their 2012 China record to 2-0 with a 52-40 win over Tsinghua University.
Bria Eslick and Shelby Kies led the Lady Quakers with 15 and 14 points, respectively.
The game was played at 3:30 p.m., 2 ½ hours after the team finished climbing the Great Wall.
“We played hard again, but we didn’t have our legs,” Wilmington head coach Jerry Scheve said. “We didn’t shoot it very well, but we gutted out a good win against a good team.”
Tsinghua had the size advantage with a front line that went 6’7, 6-2 and 6-1.
“We held our own against their size,” Scheve said.
May 09, 2012
By HALEY HOWARD
and CHELSIE KARLING
Our second day in Beijing we started out bright and early. The first place we visited was Tiananmen Square. This place was huge! I can see why it is one of the biggest city squares in the world. This was also the location of emperor's palace.
The architectural design of these buildings was unbelievable. It was very colorful. When you walked through one of these big palaces on the other side awaited a big courtyard followed by another palace. This continued many times.
We got to see the Forbidden City, which was a big courtyard with beautiful bridges going over the water. It is called the Forbidden City because in the past years no one could get inside unless invited by the emperor.
After sightseeing we ate lunch. This lunch was very similar to the others. After lunch we visited the silk factory, which was pretty cool. We were able to learn about where silk came from and all the work that had to be done in order to make one blanket or pillow.
The temple of heaven came next. This building was very similar to the emperor's palaces. This building however was circular and was surrounded by numerous green trees. It was beautiful.
After that we went to a Kung Fu show at the Red Theatre. When it started it was very intense. It was a very unique show because it told a story of a boy turning into a man, but at the same time everyone was continuously doing kung fu moves. It was a very enjoyable show and definitely fun to watch.
Finally we ate dinner. This dinner was very different from the rest. They served us unique food including: chicken with sprinkles on top and shrimp with strawberry icing. These seem like weird combinations but it was actually pretty good. Today was a very long day but we were able to see a lot and learn many things.
May 08, 2012
Shown, from left, are LeAnn Topp, Emily Zimmerman, Shelby Kies and Danielle King at Beijing's Olympic Stadium.
Lady Quaker Basketball has officially went international ... and by that we mean we've experienced squatty potties. What a day!
This is Emily and Chelsie reporting live from Beijing, China. Here we go!
Our first day in China proved to be very eventful. Our itinerary was put together by our tour guide, Ping, who kept us very busy. The first place we visited was the site of 2008 Olympic Games, also known as "The Bird's Nest". The 2008 Olympics was the biggest spectacle to ever come to China, which brought a sense of honor and prestige to the country, unlike anything it had ever seen before. To accommodate for all the people coming into the country they built a whole new airport and modified their transportation system.
Once inside the stadium, Ping made the mistake of letting us loose! LQB WAS EVERYWHERE. Coach and Ty (Michael Snarr's son) paid to ride Segways on the track where Olympic stars from all over the world once stood. As this was happening, LeAnn's mom was handed a random Chinese baby to hold. It was an interesting day to say the least.
We thought we looked like tourists taking pictures of everything we saw, but at the same time, the Chinese people were just as fascinated with us. Chinese people would pose to take pictures and discretely catch a glimpse of the good looking Americans that we are in the background. Naturally, once we realized this we just invited them over for a picture as well! We felt like celebs.
After the bird's nest, we went to the Run-Ze Jade Garden for a family style meal, followed by an educational tour of their Jade Museum. The meals were served at large circular tables, and the food just kept on coming! The waitress brought out about 5 main dishes and put them on a glass plate that spun around to reach everyone at the table. This was our first taste of real Chinese food.
From there we went to Beijing Agriculture University to play our first game. It was there that some of our teammates had an experience they will never forget — Chinese toilets! This is one thing that made us really appreciate America a little more!
We made a brief stop at the hotel to clean up before enjoying another large meal in Beijing. By this point in time, everyone was basically checked out. The time change, plus the busy itinerary had run its course on us. Upon arrival back to the hotel, we all went straight to bed. Our first day in China was a success.
May 07, 2012
BEIJING, China — The Lady Quakers opened their playing tour of China with an 86-31 win over Beijing Agricultural University.
Wilmington came out red-hot and took a 51-15 lead after the first quarter.
Thirteen players scored for Wilmington, with Shelby Kies leading the way with 13 points.
LeAnn Topp and Haley Howard scored 12 apiece.
“We played hard and shot the ball well,” Wilmington head coach Jerry Scheve said. “We did a nice job of pushing the ball.
“Considering that we arrived in China just 15 hours before the game, I was really happy with how we played. It was a good first game for us, but the competition will be much tougher in our next three games.”
Lady Quakers' Tour of China
Playing basketball at Wilmington College is an international experience. Every three to four years, the Lady Quakers make an international journey that involves both culture and basketball. From May 5-15, 2012, the Lady Quakers will be touring China. In addition to playing four games, the Lady Quakers will visit Shanghai and Beijing and get a close-up look at world-famous landmarks like the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Come along with the Lady Quakers on their journey, thanks to updates from team members.
P R E V I O U S P O S T S
- And the Trip Continues
- LQB Ends China Tour With 60-42 Win
- Lady Quakers Use Bargaining Skills
- Lady Quakers Get First Taste of Defeat in China
- LQB Arrives in Shanghai
- LQB Checks Out Old China, New City and Underground Shopping
- Lady Quakers Raise China Record to 2-0
- Lessons Learned in Beijing
- Lady Quaker Basketball Goes International
- Lady Quakers Win Beijing Opener
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