July 1, 2009
BELGRADE, Serbia – Florida State women’s basketball player Jacinta Monroe registered 16 points, three rebounds and three steals in the USA Women’s 115-30 win over France in the opening game of the 2009 World University Games Wednesday morning.
Monroe was one of five USA members to score in double figures as UConn’s Tina Charles scored 18, Ohio State’s Jantel Lavender had 16, and UConn’s Tiffany Hayes and Cal’s Alexis Gray-Lawson finished with 15 and 14, respectively.
Playing a total of 19 minutes, Monroe was 5-for-9 from the field and 6-for-7 from the free-throw line. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla. native’s three rebounds tied for third most on the team.
For the game, the USA Women (1-0) shot 56.1 percent from the field and 76.1 percent from 3-point range in the 85-point victory. Their 35 points in the first quarter of play was more than France scored in the entire contest.
The USA Women also forced a staggering 44 turnovers and held France to just 27.1 percent shooting from the field and 11.1 percent shooting from long distance.
“We wanted to focus on outworking teams, outrebounding teams significantly, which we did, and taking care of the ball,” said USA and Arizona State University head coach Charli Turner Thorne in a USA Basketball release. “We wanted to be more patient on offense. I thought we did well in all of those areas.
“I was very pleased with our 3-point shooting and our field goal percentage in general, but I still want us to slice and dice a little more against zones.”
Monroe and her USA teammates will now face Great Britain on Thursday.