May 6, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 2009 USA Women’s World University Games Team Trials roster was officially released Thursday and Florida State standout Jacinta Monroe is one of 29 players that are set to compete for one of 12 spots on the final roster.
Trials to select finalists for the 2009 USA Basketball Women’s World University Games Team will be held May 14-17 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The selected finalists will return to Colorado Springs on June 18 for training camp and the team is expected to depart for Serbia on June 25. The 12-member roster will be announced prior to the team’s departure.
This marks the second time that Monroe will try out for USA Basketball. After her freshman season, FSU’s 6-foot-4 post-player was invited to compete for a spot on the U19 Women’s Junior National Team.
“For my name and Olympics to be mentioned in the same sentence is a dream come true,” Monroe said. “I’m definitely blessed to have another opportunity to play for my country with some of the top women’s players in college.
“Hopefully I put on a good showing and get selected.”
In addition to Monroe, three other Atlantic Coast Conference athletes were invited to the trials as North Carolina’s Jessica Breland and Cetera DeGraffenreid and Boston College’s Carolyn Swords will make the journey to Colorado.
The World University Games is organized by the International University Sports Federation and held every other year. The 2009 women’s basketball competition will take place July 1-11 in Belgrade, Serbia. Eligible athletes for the USA team must be currently enrolled in a college or university and have remaining NCAA athletic eligibility.
The 2009 squad will be coached by Arizona State women’s basketball coach Charli Turner Thorne.