July 2, 2009
BELGRADE, Serbia – For the second day in a row, Florida State women’s basketball star Jacinta Monroe and her USA Women teammates earned a blowout victory in the 2009 World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia.
After dismantling France by 85 points on Wednesday, the USA Women earned a 93-59 over Great Britain on Thursday to improve to 2-0.
Monroe played 16 minutes off the bench for the USA team, scoring seven points on 3-for-3 shooting from the field. She also added five rebounds, an assist and one steal. Through two games in Serbia, Monroe is averaging 11.5 points and four rebounds per contest.
The USA Women were paced by 17 points and eight rebounds from Ohio State’s Jantel Lavender while Kansas’ Danielle McCray and Xavier’s Ta’Shia Phillips poured in 15 and 11, respectively.
“I was pleased. I thought we really set the tone with our defense,” USA and Arizona State University head coach Charli Turner Thorne said in a USA Basketball release. “We knew they could shoot it well and they were going to try to pull our posts out, spread us out. I think we handled it well and created a lot of offense off of our defense. We had some lulls. It’s always hard when you go up that big to stay focused.
“All in all, it was a great team effort.”
The U.S. squad wraps up preliminary play against host Serbia on July 3 at 5:30 p.m. (11:30 a.m. EDT).
Second round action takes place July 5-7, the medal semifinal round will be played on July 9 and the medal finals will be played on July 11.