July 11, 2009
BELGRADE, Serbia - University of Connecticut senior Tina Charles (Jamaica, N.Y.) erupted for 28 points and 18 rebounds to lead the 2009 USA World University Games Team to an 83-64 win over Russia in the gold-medal game on Saturday at the 2009 World University Games.
Charles posted her third double-double effort over the USA's eight games and registered double-figure points for the seventh time over those eight games.
Charles shot 11-of-16 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free throw line while playing just 21 minutes, en route to her 28-point, 18-rebound effort.
"I just wanted to go out and play the way I know how to play," Charles said. "I treated this like it was a national championship game or a Big East Conference championship game. I know everybody worked hard, everybody wanted to win, and that's what was always on my mind."
She posted averages of 14.1 points and 7.1 rebounds over the USA's eight contests at the World University Games.
UConn rising sophomore Tiffany Hayes (Lakeland, Fla.) chipped in three points and two rebounds in 16 minutes.
Connecticut junior Maya Moore (Lawrenceville, Ga.) also was a member of the gold-medal winning squad, but did not see any action after suffering a sprained knee during training.
The USA dominated the glass, outrebounding Russia 52-32 and scoring 22 second-chance points to Russia's four.
For the tournament, the USA squad posted a perfect 8-0 mark and won those games by an average of 29.0 points.
Also today, Australia (5-2) defeated Czech Republic (4-3) 88-77 to take home the bronze medal.
USA Basketball women's teams have participated in 15 World University Games tournaments and collected a record seven golds, six silvers and one bronze medal. Since 1973, the first year the USA women competed in the WUGs, the United States has compiled an 89-15 record.