July 7, 2009
BELGRADE, Serbia – Florida State’s Jacinta Monroe contributed nine points and six rebounds and the USA Women defeated the Czech Republic 115-78 Tuesday to advance to the medal semifinals round of the 2009 World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia.
Monroe, who was averaging 8.5 points per game entering Tuesday’s contest, was 4-for-5 from the field and 1-for-2 from the free-throw line in 15 minutes of action.
She also registered one of the Americans’ two blocks and one steal.
For the game, five different USA players scored in double figures as UConn’s Tina Charles led the way with 20. As a team, the USA Women shot 58.9 percent from the field and 46.2 percent from 3-point range.
The USA squad outrebounded the Czechs 51-21 and had 19 assists to their opponent’s 12.
“This was much better; it was a big improvement over Poland,” said USA and Arizona State University head coach Charli Turner Thorne in a USA Basketball release. “Anytime you can outrebound a team by 30, you’re going to be happy. I thought we controlled the boards and we controlled the game. They responded well after the Poland game. They really came back with a greater sense of urgency, better focus, better energy. I think that if we can carry this into the medal round, we’re going to be in great shape.”
The USA advances to the medal semifinals as Group E’s No. 1 seed, and will play No. 2 seeded Australia (4-1) at 5:30 p.m. local time (11:30 a.m. EDT) on Thursday, July 9.
Also on Tuesday, Russia (5-0) beat Australia (4-1) to secure Group F’s No. 1 seed and will play Czech Republic at 8:00 p.m. on July 9th. The two semifinal winners will meet in the July 11th gold medal game at 3:00 p.m. (9:00 a.m. EDT), while the semifinal losers will battle for the bronze medal at 12:30 p.m. on the 11th.