July 11, 2009
BELGRADE, Serbia — Jacinta Monroe has added new meaning to the words garnet and gold.
The Florida State women’s basketball star earned a gold medal Saturday as a member of the USA team at the 2009 World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia.
The Americans defeated Russia, 83-64, in a showdown between the tournament’s only undefeated teams and finished with a perfect 7-0 record.
Monroe capped off her trip to Serbia with a four-point, six-rebound performance against the Russians. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla. native was 1-for-3 from the floor and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line.
The USA squad was led by UConn’s Tina Charles, who registered 28 points and 18 rebounds.
Quotes from Monroe:
How does it feel to win your first gold medal?
It feels great. I haven’t gotten it yet. I guess I will cry when I get it because I’m still trying to let it soak in.
Is it better winning the gold over such a good team like Russia?
I’m glad we didn’t have to be on the edge of our seats all the way to the end of the game. It felt great to know that even with 10 minutes left, we were going to win the gold medal.
Did you get better during the experience?
Of course I did. Playing against the best players in the country in practice, you learn everything – defense, better offense and smarter play.