July 6, 2009
BELGRADE, Serbia – Assisted in their efforts by Florida State women’s basketball star Jacinta Monroe, the USA Women remained undefeated at the 2009 World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia following two games over the weekend.
Victories against host Serbia and Poland over the weekend improved the USA team’s overall record to 4-0 and set up a contest against Preliminary Group D No. 1 seed Czech Republic on Tuesday. That game will be played at 9 a.m. EDT.
Against Serbia on Friday, Monroe chipped in with five points and a team-high eight rebounds in the USA Women’s 84-50 victory. For the game, Monroe was 2-of-6 from the field and 1-for-2 from the free-throw line.
She also added two steals.
Against Poland, the USA squad had its toughest matchup thus far in Serbia. The Americans were pushed to the brink by the Polish team, before eventually earning a 75-67 win.
In that game, Monroe played 14 minutes and contributed six points. She also posted three rebounds, an assist and one steal.
Over the course of play at the World University Games, FSU’s standout forward has averaged 8.5 points and 4.8 rebounds – and next up is the Czech Republic
“The Czech Republic is the winner of their pool,” said USA and Arizona State University head coach Charli Turner Thorne in a USA Basketball release. “They’re a stronger team than Poland. They’ve got two really good scorers. They’re very similar, in terms of run, transition offense, spread the floor, take us off the dribble attack, make the extra pass.
“I think they’re going to play us more man, but at the same time (Poland) is the only team that hung around us and they played a zone. So if the Czechs have a zone, I’m sure we’ll see it.”
After each team plays two games against their crossover opponents, the top two finishing teams in Groups E and F will advance to the medal semifinals on July 9. The bottom two teams will play for 5th-8th place.
Results from the preliminary round for advancing teams carry over into the second round standings.