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Lauren Cannatelli, Lakota West Girls Basketball 2015 Alum, recently returned from Italy where the UD Women’s team increased their global awareness and also played exhibition basketball games. The Flyers went undefeated on the Italy tour with games in Rome, Florence, and Venice (basketball news headlines below). Visits to Italian cities overall included Rome, Florence, Venice, Verona, and Bellagio. Lauren says, “We saw the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Academia Galleria to see Michelangelo’s “The David” sculpture, took gondola rides in Venice and visited the city of Bellagio on Lake Como.”

Some of the basketball news headlines featuring the typical Lauren Cannatelli scoring exploits were:

#UDWBB Earns Win In Italy Tour Opener

#UDWBB Powers To 49-45 Win Over Hannover

#UDWBB Wins Final Italy Tour Contest


As far as life experiences, Lauren shares, “Our Italian tour was an amazing experience, not only for me as a basketball player but as a person. It was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to see and learn about the Italian culture and history and enjoy time traveling with some of my best friends. It was great to get on the court and compete against some professional players and experience the European style of basketball. I am very thankful for my start at Lakota West, and our University of Dayton program for giving us this new perspective on the world and providing us with memories with our teammates that we will cherish forever.”