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Email from the CEO of Royal Caribbean International

I wanted to share an email I received just today from the President/CEO of Royal Caribbean International discussing the safety of cruising. I myself have cruised many times on Royal Caribbean International and several other cruise lines, and have never once had any safety concerns. Wilcox World Travel and Tours sells a lot of cruises each year, non with any safety nor security concerns. We welcome you to discuss with our staff of Professional Travel Counselors any concerns you may have about cruising by calling us @ 1-800-2-WILCOX or emailing us @

WILCOX WORLD TRAVEL AND TOURS, an American Express Travel Service Representative


Glenn Wallace Wilcox, Jr.


Dear Wallace,

All of us at Royal Caribbean International continue to extend our heartfelt sympathies to those affected by Carnival Corporation’s recent tragic incident on the Costa Concordia. As a Crown & Anchor Society member, loyal Royal Caribbean guest, and Travel Agency Partner, we know you may have some questions as the situation continues to unfold.

At Royal Caribbean International, the safety and security of our guests and crew is our highest priority. It is fundamental to our operations. Our maritime safety record over our 42-year history illustrates our commitment to the safety of the millions of guests and crew that sail on our ships. The measures we take in the interest of safety are many, often exceeding the regulatory requirements – these are all part of our ongoing commitment to innovation and continuous improvement in every aspect of our business.

To address some of your questions and concerns, here is a video that will provide an overview of safety onboard our ships; the training of our crew, officers and captains; and the many regulations that govern our practices.


As a past cruiser, we know your friends and family may be asking about your own time at sea. We hope that you’ll share this video along with your personal Royal Caribbean experiences with them, and reinforce that cruising continues to maintain the best safety record of any industry in travel.
Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to welcoming you aboard again soon on one of our ships sailing to 270 destinations worldwide.


Adam Goldstein
President and CEO
Royal Caribbean International

Langer cruises to 4-shot ACE Group lead

PGA Tour Money List 2009

NAPLES, Fla., Feb. 19 (UPI) — Bernhard Langer separated himself from the pack Saturday, firing a 6-under-par 66 to take control of the ACE Group Classic by four shots after two rounds.

Langer was tied for the top spot after 18 holes, but put considerable distance between himself and four players tied for second Saturday, finishing 36 holes at 14-under 130, which matched Tom Watson‘s 2002 tournament record.

The German began the round with a brilliant 12-foot birdie putt on the first hole and went on to also birdie the next two holes, never looking back after that.

First-round, co-leader Russ Cochran shot a 2-under 70 to fall into a tie with Fred Funk (66), Mark Calcavecchia (67) and Mark O’Meara (69) in second place at minus-10.

Knotted in sixth place were David Frost and Nick Price, both of whom posted rounds of 5-under 67 to finish at 9-under 135.

Fredette, BYU cruises past TCU

Jimmer Fredette had 23 points to lead
seventh-ranked BYU to a 79-56 victory over TCU at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
Fort Worth, TX (Sports Network) – Jimmer Fredette had 23 points to lead
seventh-ranked BYU to a 79-56 victory over TCU at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

Stephen Rogers had 15 points while Brandon Davies added 11 points and six
rebounds for the Cougars (25-2, 11-1 MWC), who have won their past five games.
Jackson Emery added 11 points in the win.

J.R. Cadot had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Horned Frogs (10-18, 1-12),
who have now dropped 10 straight. Garlon Green added 10 points in the loss.


  • NCAA Game Summary – Seton Hall at Marquette
  • Kansas easily beats CU 89-63
  • CSU loses key MWC game to UNLV 68-61
  • NCAA Game Summary – Arkansas State at Troy

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After losing Eric to knee injury, Temple cruises past Richmond

Last night at the Liacouras Center, where they haven’t lost in nearly 14 months, they were down starting forward Micheal Eric. Only this time, it’s for a while. The 6-11 junior fractured his right patella on a freak play at Tuesday’s practice. Now, he’s done for the season, as are his seven points, six rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 20 minutes a game.

Richmond was in town, in a matchup of second-place teams in the Atlantic 10. Again, the Owls responded, to the tune of 73-53.

“It’s unfortunate for Mike,” said junior guard Ramone Moore, the team’s top scorer. “We’re going to miss him a lot. It’s kind of sad. He’s an important part of our team, and he was getting better every game. But you’ve got to move on.”

The 23rd-ranked Owls (20-5, 10-2 A-10), who host Saint Joseph’s on Sunday before heading to Duke on Wednesday, have won seven straight overall and 20 in a row on North Broad Street. They’re one loss behind Xavier in the conference standings, tied with Duquesne. Those are the teams the Owls lost to. But that seems like a long time ago.

The Spiders (20-7, 9-3), who lost to Temple in the A-10 final last March, 56-52, had won their last eight on the road, as well as five of their last six against ranked opponents.

“When you make shots, it looks like you know what you’re doing,” said Temple coach Fran Dunphy, whose team went 30-for-54 from the floor, 7-for-14 from the arc. “That’s not who we are. We played our best game of the year, I thought. About as good as we can.”

They also held the Spiders to a season-low total, which never hurts. It was also the fewest points Richmond had scored since losing to Owls in that A-10 title game.

“I think if you’re good, and tough and intelligent – and we have some good ingredients with this group – you say this guy’s out and someone else has to pick it up and take his place,” Dunphy said. “When this kind of thing happens, your first concern is always for the guy. He’s such a good man, who worked hard to get where he is. So when you get the news, that’s pretty devastating to your guy. It’s a shame. You’re not worried so much about the team. They have that resiliency about them. They’ll come together, form a support system with one another and be OK.

“You kind of ride it out, up and down the line. If we’re going to be good, that’s what we have to do. He’s a big body. We’ll miss his presence. We’re in a good stretch right now, but we’ve got a long way to go.”

The Owls were up by as many as 12 late in the first half, but it became a five-point game early in the second. Not for long. They scored 16 straight in a little less than 4 minutes, and that was pretty much it. The margin got as large as 23.

“One thing I told our guys was in our last home game against Fordham, we had a big lead, but they came back,” said Moore, who finished with 24 points on 10-for-15 shooting. “That was in the back of our mind. We didn’t want to let that happen again.”

Allen, whose sprained left ankle still wasn’t 100 percent, played 37 minutes and contributed eight points, seven rebounds, four assists and three blocks. To go with his usual solid defense. Juan Fernandez, who’d been in a shooting slump, had his second straight monster effort. At Dayton, it was nine assists and no turnovers. This time, it was 20 points, which tied a season high, on 9-for-10 shooting. And another zero turnovers, in 30 minutes. His lone miss was a rushed 30-footer as the shot clock was about to expire, after getting a late pass from T.J. DiLeo.

“It was [his] fault,” Fernandez joked. “I hope I can say [the slump's] over. I was trying to get my confidence back. Today was a big game for me, personally. But it was a good team win. We got [Richmond] behind us.

“I definitely wasn’t thinking about myself. I was just trying to step my game up to help everyone else. You miss, because you think too much before you shoot. So you try to put it up without thinking. It’s not an easy thing to do.”

Moore has been there.

“Two weeks ago, I went through a bad stretch,” he said. “You have to keep your head. We were [still] winning.”

Richmond, which converted 39.3 percent from the field, got 15 points from Kevin Anderson, the reigning A-10 Player of the Year. Leading scorer Justin Harper, the reigning A-10 Player of the Week, had 14, four below his average.

“We do a great job of protecting our home court,” Moore said. “That’s always an important thing . . . It’s going to be tough [without Eric]. It’s hard to replace him. You hope Lavoy doesn’t get in too much foul trouble. If we just do our job, we’ll be good.”

It’s not as if there’s another option. The bench will be shorter, the lineup smaller. But Rahlir Jefferson has played significant minutes before. And Khalif Wyatt, a guy a lot of teams would like to have, will just have to play more.

The Owls can still do a lot of things in the next month or so. It’ll just be a little harder. And the last person who’d ever use it as an excuse is Dunphy.

“That’s the first time [Allen's] run much in a week,” he said. “Again, he’s a horse. A strong, strong guy.”

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Windstar Cruises Offers 64 Shore Excursions on Italy Voyages in 2011

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SEATTLE, Feb. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Windstar Cruises, which operates a three-ship fleet of luxury yachts that explore hidden harbors and secluded coves of the world’s most treasured destinations, offers 64 shore excursions on 7-day Italian voyages sailing between Venice and Rome; Rome and Rome; and Nice and Rome.

Designed to explore Italy intimately, the shore excursions encompass land and sea adventures, cultural and historical experiences, food and wine tours, and walking journeys.

Highlighted 2011 Italy Shore Excursions include:

  • Amalfi, Italy: Ancient Pompeii –  Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Pompeii which was buried by a catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius before it was re-discovered in the 1500s. Guided tour through Pompeii’s baths, theaters, temples, markets and forum which showcases Roman life from ancient times.
  • Capri, Italy: Blue Grotto – Step aboard a small rowboat to enter The Blue Grotto, a sea cave, that is famous for its brilliant blue light created by sunlight reflecting through the water.
  • Livorno, Italy: Wine Tasting and Carriage Ride at Lari – Wine tasting at Torre a Cenaia winery, a Tuscan wine cellar, before enjoying a romantic horse carriage ride.
  • Livorno, Italy: The Leaning Tower of Pisa – Journey to Pisa which is located 20 miles from Livorno, and view the Leaning Tower, the Piazza de Miracoli, the Baptistry and the historical churchyard.
  • Sorrento, Italy: Boat Tour to Positano – Private motorboat ride along the coast to Positano, once a sleepy fishing village and to home renowned artists, features Moorish-style houses set in luxurious gardens.
  • Portoferraio, Italy: Countryside Drive and Wine Tasting – Visit the enchanting village of Porto Azzurro and enjoy wine tasting at a vineyard frequented by Emperor Napoleon.
  • Rome, Italy: Private Vatican Tour – Explore Porta di Bronzo on Viale Vaticano, special sections of the Vatican Museums, Cappella Niccolina (private worship place of the Pope), artwork masterpieces, the Sala degli Ori displaying precious Etruscan jewels and St. Peter’s treasure.
  • Rome, Italy: Rome Highlights – Panoramic drive passing the Pyramid, the Circus Maximus, Imperial Avenue, Arch of Constantine, the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Venice Square, Triton Fountain, Via Veneto, Borghese Gardens, Aurelian Walls, Sant’Angelo Fortress, the ancient Hadrian Mausoleum and a visit to St. Peter’s Square (Vatican City).    
  • Venice, Italy: Venice Essential Sights – With a local guide, explore St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Cathedral, Doge’s Palace, Golden Staircase, St. Mark’s Basin and the Bridge of Sighs.  
  • Venice, Italy: Venice by Gondola – Admire the beautiful sights of Venice from a gondola, gliding along the canals accompanied by traditional Venetian music.

For more information or to book Windstar’s shore excursions, please visit Windstar’s 7-day Italy voyages sail May through October 2011, with cruise fares starting from $2,299 per person, double occupancy.

About Windstar Cruises

Windstar Cruises operates three sailing yachts known for their pampering without pretense and their ability to visit the hidden harbors and secluded coves of the world’s most treasured destinations.  Carrying just 148 to 312 guests, the luxurious ships of Windstar cruise to nearly 50 nations, calling at 100 ports throughout Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas. For more information including rates and itineraries contact a professional travel agent or call Windstar at 1-800-258-7245.  Visit Windstar Cruises online at

Windstar is a division of Ambassadors International Cruise Group, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ambassadors Cruise Group, LLC.

Hebridean Island Cruises Makes North American Debut

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Feb. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ – Hebridean Island Cruises, serving the ultra-luxury small ship cruising market, has launched its North American presence with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and a new North American website (  

Carrying only 50 guests with a passenger to crew ratio of close to one-to-one, Hebridean Island Cruises’ Hebridean Princess (2,100 gross tons) offers an exclusive number of guests the highest standards of luxury cruise ship accommodations together with a level of service from an almost forgotten era.  

“We are delighted to introduce this new and exciting cruise brand to our U.S. and Canadian region, especially at a time in our industry when avid cruisers and mature travelers are seeking a one-of-a-kind vacation experience,” states Steve Novello, President of All Discovery Cruising, North America.  “Initial sales and market feedback have been extremely positive, and we are seeing incredible interest from our new web site,” adds Novello.

The Hebridean Princess has attracted many loyal guests over the past 20 years.  The Hebridean Princess was especially pleased to welcome back Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and members of her family when the ship was privately chartered in 2010.  

In 2011, Hebridean Princess offers a collection of 4-to-10 night cruises to majestic and idyllic ports along the Highlands and Islands of Scotland – one of the last remaining unspoiled regions in Europe – as well as to Ireland, England, Channel Islands, Wales and Northern France.  Most cruises depart from the Scottish home port of Oban.  Other departure ports are Greenock, Invergordon, and Leith in Scotland; Portsmouth and Tilbury (London) in England; and Cardiff in Wales.  As the smallest luxury cruise ship afloat, the Hebridean Princess sails to remote coastal villages, picturesque islands, and inaccessible locations in bays and lochs that are normally visited by only private yachts.  Hebridean’s signature “Footloose” cruises incorporate a spectacular walking adventure along the awe-inspiring Scottish Highlands, and are tailored to both seasoned walkers and those who prefer a gentle stroll.  Itineraries are carefully designed to visit unforgettable destinations that inspire and enrich the minds of inquisitive travelers.  Guests who prefer a mysterious element will enjoy the 7-night “Hebridean Surprise” itinerary departing October 4th (round trip Oban) where only the Captain knows the full details of the itinerary that will be unveiled…

Cruising in British country elegance, the Hebridean Princess offers a 5-star, all-inclusive cruise experience that is remarkably exquisite.  All meals (including picnics ashore), beverages and select wines, spirits and champagne are included, as well as privately escorted tours, a distinguished guest speaker program, and all port charges and gratuities (“no tipping” policy).  Also included are a variety of activities such as the use of the ship’s bicycles to explore ashore, fishing, bridge, speedboat rides and more.  Guests will savor fine dining and tantalizing culinary delights in The Columba Restaurant  fused with fresh local ingredients, and black-tie gala dinners are one of the highlights of every cruise.

The Hebridean Princess, equipped with all the comforts and décor of a warm and elegant country home, has a total of 30 cabins (with 10 single occupancy cabins), each individually designed and poetically named after Scottish Isles, castles, lochs and sounds (such as her largest cabin, the Isle of Arran Suite).  An extraordinary onboard feature is the welcoming Tiree Lounge with a large Inglenook-style fireplace and mesmerizing views through its large panoramic windows.  Relaxation is the key emphasis with an intimate ship ambience that invites you to unwind and escape to a world of discovery, friendships, insight, and light evening entertainment.  The Hebridean Princess with her five passenger decks offers a well-stocked library, a waterfront deck gym, two lounges, a conservatory, and a restaurant.

Hebridean’s new comprehensive North American website provides a wealth of information for consumers, travel agents, and anyone wishing to learn more about Hebridean Island Cruises.  The site includes access to virtual tours and online brochures, and the opportunity to attend webinars and receive periodic news and promotional offers.

Hebridean Island Cruises’ “small is personal” philosophy is echoed throughout the company – both onboard, with an exceptional crew that has earned Hebridean Princess a world-class reputation for superior service, and ashore with a dedicated North American team that delivers a “boutique” approach to service.  

“We look forward to welcoming our U.S. and Canadian guests aboard the Hebridean Princess and reaching a similar level of recognition as she received in Europe over the years.  We’ve made it easier for our market to consider a Hebridean Princess cruise as guests and travel agents are now able to book in U.S. Dollars and establish a local relationship with our North American team.  Together with her sister brands, 2010 marked a successful sales year for the North American region, with fourth quarter results that almost doubled our gross quarter revenue for the same quarter in the prior year,” states Novello.  

Most cruises aboard the Hebridean Princess sell well in advance of her March through November season with 4-to-10 night all-inclusive fares starting at $1,860 per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability.

For more information or to make reservations, contact Hebridean Island Cruises – North America Toll-Free at (877) 600-2648 or visit

Travel agents can become a discovery cruising expert on Hebridean Island Cruises and her sister brands by accessing All Discovery Cruising’s easy-to-follow video-based training site  

All Discovery Cruising ( is the marketing trade arm for all cruise brands in its portfolio Hebridean Island Cruises, Swan Hellenic, and Voyages of Discovery and serves the North American region from its office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  The three niche brands, each with their own distinctive characteristics and unique style, share a combined focus on discovery cruising with destination, enrichment, and small ship cruising as key product attributes.  All Discovery Cruising is part of All Leisure Group PLC, the largest-British owned cruise ship company operating a fleet of four vessels – Hebridean Princess (Hebridean Island Cruises), Minerva (Swan Hellenic), Discovery (Voyages of Discovery), and Alexander von Humboldt (the newest addition, to be introduced in the future).  A Swan Hellenic river cruising program is available.  All Leisure Group PLC, publically-traded and listed on the London Stock Exchange, is the only UK listed cruise company to have maintained shareholder dividend payments in the current global economic climate.  

Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo cruises to 72-49 win

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP)—Shawn Lewis grabbed a double-double of the
season, scoring 20 points and pulling down 11 rebounds, as Cal Poly-San Luis
Obispo cruised past Cal State Northridge 72-49 on Wednesday night.

The Mustangs (14-11, 9-4 Big West) never trailed and were ahead by as many
as 31 points on the way to their sixth straight victory, continuing their
longest winning streak in the past four seasons.

David Hanson added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Mustangs, who took a
49-24 advantage on the boards.

Lenny Daniel had a double-double for the Matadors (10-16, 7-6), scoring 18
points and grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds. Josh Greene chipped in with 11
points for Northridge.


Princess Cruises Ships to Broadcast Historic Royal Wedding of Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton

Passengers Can Watch the Future Princess Walk Down the Aisle with BBC World Coverage on “Movies Under the Stars” Screens

Santa Clarita, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) February 14, 2011

The highly anticipated Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton will be televised live on Princess ships on April 29. Passengers will be able to follow along with full coverage of the pomp and majesty of the historic wedding through BBC World’s broadcast of the event.

Not only can passengers follow along as the future princess walks down the aisle, but they’ll enjoy viewing parties on board as they watch the most extensive coverage of this royal event. BBC is the official wedding broadcaster and has exclusive access inside Westminster Abbey during the ceremony.

The onboard viewing parties will add a celebratory flair to the event with British-style refreshments and special royal-themed cocktails. Passengers can also test their knowledge with royal wedding trivia competitions and participate in a William and Kate look-alike contest.

“As this is the first British royal wedding in years we know there will be wide interest among our passengers,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. “We at Princess also feel a connection with Prince William because his mother, Princess Diana, christened our original Royal Princess back in 1984.”

Royal Wedding broadcasts are planned for all ships in the Princess fleet, subject to satellite availability. In some time zones the broadcast may be delayed for viewing at a convenient hour.

The Royal Wedding is one of several special events shown on the Movies Under the Stars screens, including the Super Bowl and the Academy Awards. The giant LED screens are more than 300 square feet in size with a 69,000-watt sound system and have sufficient lighting power to be seen clearly at mid-day and heard even while the ship is moving at full speed – offering cruise passengers a movie experience comparable to the best shoreside movie theater.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company’s website at

About Princess Cruises:

One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global cruise and tour company operating a fleet of 17 modern ships renowned for their innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and amenities, all provided in an environment of exceptional customer service. A recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess carries 1.3 million passengers each year to destinations around the globe ranging in length from seven to 107 days. The company is part of Carnival Corporation plc (NYSE/LSE:CCL; NYSE:CUK).

Princess Cruises is a proud member of World’s Leading Cruise Lines. Our exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America, Cunard Line, Costa Cruises and Seabourn. Sharing a passion to please each guest and a commitment to quality and value, World’s Leading Cruise Lines inspires people to discover their best vacation experience. Together, we offer a variety of exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world’s most desirable destinations. Visit us at

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For further information contact:

Karen Candy, kcandy(at)princesscruises(dot)com, 661-753-1540

Julie Benson, jbenson(at)princesscruises(dot)com, 661-753-1530


Karen Candy
Princess Cruises
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MSC Offers ‘Best Fare, Best Room’ Rates on 2011 Summer Europe Cruises

MSC Cruises is offering travelers planning to cruise Europe this summer an opportunity to take advantage of its “Best Fare, Best Room” savings promotion between now and Feb. 28.

Guests receive the best available staterooms at the lowest price within their general type of accommodations (oceanview, balcony, superior balcony, etc.) at the time of booking. Consumers are encouraged to book as soon as possible to obtain the best room and fare before higher category staterooms sell out.

Rates begin at $699 per person plus government fees and taxes (GFTs) on select 7-night cruises and $899 plus GFTs for 10-night and positioning cruises visiting some of Europe’s most exotic ports.

Cruises to Europe featuring special “Best Fare, Best Room” rates on 7-night sailings include:

  • MSC Splendida: Western Mediterranean “The Splendid Mediterranean” roundtrip from Barcelona, Genoa, Naples, or Marseille, from $699 plus GFTs;
  • MSC Fantasia: Western Mediterranean “Mediterranean Fantasy” roundtrip from Genoa, Barcelona, Naples, Civitavecchia (Rome), or Marseille, from $699 plus GFTs;
  • MSC Magnifica: Italy, Greece, Turkey and Croatia “The Magnificent Mediterranean” roundtrip from Venice or Bari, from $699; from $1,049 plus GFTs;
  • MSC Lirica: Western Mediterranean “Mediterranean Marvels,” roundtrip from Genoa or Civitavecchia (Rome), from $699 plus GFTs;
  • MSC Sinfonia: Western Mediterranean “Sparkling Mediterranean Rivieras” roundtrip from Naples, Livorno, Valencia and Catania, Venice, Livorno, or Naples, from $829 plus GFTs;
  • MSC Musica: Eastern Mediterranean “Greek Islands in the Sun” roundtrip from Venice or Bari, from $1,099 plus GFTs;
  • MSC Armonia: Eastern Mediterranean “Jewels of the Adriatic” roundtrip from Venice and Ancona, from $699 plus GFTs;
  • MSC Poesia: Baltic or Norwegian Fjords roundtrip from Copenhagen or Kiel, from $1,149 plus GFTs;
  • MSC Orchestra and MSC Poesia: Baltic or Norwegian Fjords roundtrip from Copenhagen or Kiel, from $1,099;

Select 10- or 11-night cruises and positioning cruise itineraries include:

  • MSC Poesia: 11-night roundtrip from Copenhagen or Kiel, from $1,394 plus GFTs.
  • MSC Opera: 10-night roundtrip from Southampton, Amsterdam or Copenhagen, from $999 plus GFTs.
  • MSC Melody: 11-night roundtrip from Genoa, from $1,199 plus GFTs.

Kids cruise free (11 and younger) when sharing a stateroom with two full-fare-paying adults. GFTs vary by itinerary and departure port.

For more information about MSC Cruises, visit us online at or contact a local travel professional.

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Jamal Coombs-McDaniel scores 12 more than previous career high as UConn cruises

Top Performers

Providence: M. Brooks 25 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

Connecticut: K. Walker 22 Pts, 6 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl