June 22, 2009
Colorado Springs, Fla. – Florida State star women’s basketball player Jacinta Monroe has been named to the 2009 Women’s World University Games Team, USA Basketball officials announced Monday.
Monroe (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and her new teammates will now travel to Belgade, Serbia on July 1 with the hopes of earning a gold medal.
In addition to Monroe, team members include Jantel Lavender (Ohio State / Cleveland, Ohio); Maya Moore (Connecticut / Lawrenceville, Ga.); Kayla Pedersen (Stanford / Fountain Hills, Ariz.); Tina Charles (Connecticut / Jamaica, N.Y.); Alexis Gray-Lawson (California / Oakland, Calif.); Tiffany Hayes (Connecticut / Lakeland, Fla.); Ashley Houts (Georgia / Trenton, Ga.); Danielle McCray (Kansas / Olathe, Kan.); Jacinta Monroe (Florida State / Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.); Ta’Shia Phillips (Xavier / Indianapolis, Ind.); Jeanette Pohlen (Stanford / Brea, Calif.); and Danielle Robinson (Oklahoma / San Jose, Calif.).
The team members were selected by the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee, chaired by Sue Donohoe, the NCAA Vice President for Division I Women’s Basketball, following four days of training for 15 finalists June 18-21.
The World University Games is organized by the International University Sports Federation and held every other year. Eligible athletes for the USA team must be currently enrolled in a college or university and have remaining NCAA athletic eligibility.
“I think that the committee has done a tremendous job of selecting this team,” said USA and Arizona State University head coach Charli Turner Thorne. “We have everything that we need to bring home a gold medal. Our perimeter and our post game are exceptional. I don’t think we have any kinks in our armor. Now it’s just a matter of becoming a team – really working with each other and learning our offenses and our defenses in a very short amount of time. I could not be more excited about the individuals I’m going to coach and the opportunity in front of us.”
Quotes from Monroe:
How does it feel this morning to learn you made the 12-member roster?
I’m very excited. Once again, I didn’t think I was going to make the team. I just gave it my all, and I made it.
What was your focus during training camp?
It was definitely rebounding, defense, and running (the fast break). I wasn’t really focused on scoring because there are so many scorers here, and I don’t feel like I need to score. I was just mainly focusing on being a great perimeter defender because I heard that international players move outside a lot.
Do you think defense, rebounding and getting out on the break will be your role with this team moving forward?
Yes. I think so, and I’m perfectly comfortable with that. I think I will fulfill that role really well.