Globe-Trotting Jayhawks: McKenzie Calvert & Eboni Watts
From Aug. 8-18, the Kansas women’s basketball team and staff will embark on a 10-day foreign tour through France and Switzerland, as the Jayhawks aim to build team chemistry and grow together on and off the hardwood. Throughout the tour, which includes four games, a different player on KU’s 2016-17 roster will share what the team was up to each day while abroad.
Day 4 – Paris, France
On day four in Paris, we started our day off with the Amazing Race. This was a scavenger hunt throughout Paris with stops all over at different landmarks. To complete the scavenger hunt, each team had to get a picture of the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Louvre Pyramid and the Cathédrale Notre-Dame. In order for a team to win, each team had to have at least two of three group members in a photo at each historical site. Each team had to find a way to get to around the city using a cab, train or bus.Eboni Watts dancing on the Trocadero.
Also, on day four we had our first game in Paris. We defeated the AMW All Stars, 77-71. It was neat to see two teams from different countries brought together by basketball. The rules were a little different, but we didn’t notice too much. It was a lot of fun to play against a team from another country and we can’t wait to get back on the court.
McKenzie & Eboni
Amazing Race Paris
After dividing up into five groups of three, the Jayhawks hit the city to find four major landmarks and get back to the hotel the fastest. Using the Metro, bikes, walking, buses and cabs, the groups navigated the streets of Paris.
Several teams completed time bonuses along the way to shorten the overall finish time. Watts showed off her break dancing moves on the Trocadero, while Sydney Benoit did the worm.
The finish times range from over four hours to under two. Jessica Washington, Caelynn Manning-Allen and Chelsea Lott won the 2016 Amazing Race France finished the scavenger hunt in just under two hours.
Kansas defeats AMW All-Stars, 77-71
Kansas women’s basketball opened competition abroad with a 77-71 victory over the AMW All-Stars in the first of two games in Paris.
The Jayhawks outscored its foreign opponent in three of four periods to move to 1-0 during the 10-day tour through France and Switzerland. Four Jayhawks recorded a double-digit scoring effort led by junior Jessica Washington, who netted 13 points in the win.
Sophomore McKenzie Calvert scored 12 points while senior Caelynn Manning-Allen and sophomore Aisia Robertson rounded out the double-figure performances with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Manning- Allen led KU on the glass with nine rebounds while Robertson grabbed five.
Up next Chayla Cheadle wraps up the Jayhawks stay in Paris before heading to Switzerland.
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