July 14, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) - Florida State women's basketball incoming student-athletes Ama Degbeon and Leticia Romero wrapped up their European U20 Championships leading their respective countries to strong performances.
Degbeon, who will be a freshman center at Florida State in the fall, elevated Germany to a gold medal at the European U20 Championship in Division B. The 6-foot-2 nimble player in the post helped the Germans to an 8-1 overall record in the tournament, highlighted by a dominating 75-47 win over Romania on Sunday in the Gold Medal Game. All games were played in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The native of Grünberg, Germany, finished the Division B championship strong. Degbeon put on one of the best single-game performances against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Saturday when she registered a career-high 26 points on 12-of-16 shooting from the floor. For the entire nine-game slate, she averaged 11 points and 7.2 boards.
Degbeon ranked first among all players with a 63.1 field goal percentage for the tournament, shooting over 50 percent in eight of her nine games played. She was fifth averaging nearly five 2-point field goals per game (4.6), sixth with 5.1 defensive boards and eighth in rebounding average.
Helping clinch the gold medal on Sunday, Degbeon produced another impactful performance when she registered her first double-double of the championship. She finished with 13 points and 12 boards and earned her second career gold medal after winning the U16 championship in 2011.
Romero, a strong-shooting guard who will be eligible for competition in the 2015-16 year, led the way for Spain in its runner-up finish at the European U20 Championship played in Udine, Italy. She earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team after ranking in the Top 10 among all players in average assists (2nd with 4.7), steals (6th with 1.9) and field goals made (7th with 5.2).
The Las Palmas, Spain, native attained double figures in seven of her nine games played, including a 19-point, eight-assist game versus Italy in the semifinals. She nearly recorded a 2:1 assist-to-turnover ratio, showing more assists than turnovers in eight of her nine games played.
Both Degbeon and Romero join a talented FSU Women's Basketball roster for the 2014-15 season. Degbeon will look to raise her game even more amongst a group of post players for Florida State in sophomore Kai James, junior Adut Bulgak, sophomore Ivey Slaughter and redshirt freshman Gabby Bevillard.
Despite her ineligibility for the 2014-15 season due to NCAA transfer rules, Romero will battle in practice against a slew of strong guards for FSU. They include redshirt juniors Shakena Richardson and Morgan Jones, redshirt senior Maegan Conwright, junior Emiah Bingley, sophomore Brittany Brown and freshman Chania Ray.