Globetrotting WNBL star Jacinta Monroe happy to live life out of a suitcase

She's the globetrotting, gun-for-hire pro-basketballer who's brought her wares to the WNBL with Adelaide Lightning but life could have easily unfolded very differently for Jacinta Monroe.

The 34-year-old Florida State University export has played professionally in 14 countries and overcome a crippling fear of flying to live out her hoop dreams.

"I used to be deathly afraid of flying so the fact I'm addicted to it now is a testament of me growing emotionally and mentally and overcoming that fear to continue to pursue my dream," Monrow told ESPN.

"I had to get on a plane in order to get to where we were playing when I was in college at Florida State. The first time we had to get on a plane I was like 'Is there another means of transportation we can take?' That lasted until I was 25.

"I fought through it and would try and blast music, watch movies and it wasn't too long ago that I got over it. I noticed why and when I'd be most anxious and it would be when I was tired and that's when the anxiety would kick up and the fear would kick in.

"I said 'OK I've got to make sure I'm rested, I've eaten' and was more intentional about how I am and how I was feeling and it definitely helped.

"I've now tapped into every space and crevasse of the world the sport allows me to so I'm very content and happy with that."

The 196m centre has taken the court in China, Spain, France, Turkey, the Czech Republic, Puerto Rico, Paraguay, Uruguay, Ecuador, Israel, Jordan, Russia, South Korea and now Australia.

"I like crossing countries off my list and adding stamps to my passport. I love to play and wherever it takes me I'm willing to go if the scenario and country suits me," Monroe says.

"I'm a butterfly, I travel a lot. My branches span out and reach out pretty much everywhere. I have so many friends in so many places around the world because of basketball.

"It's great meeting new people, experiencing different cultures and how everybody does things."

Monroe has become a meticulous packer and her essential travel items include a trusty iPod she'd had and kept in working order since 2010, teddy bear Jean-Pierre - a gift from her best friend at the height of her flying anxiety - and crime novels.

Setting up temporary home abroad, Monroe has made the most of incredible opportunities to explore and loves visiting museums and monuments. Food is always a big focal point.

"I love the croissants in France. I'd literally pack them in my shorts when I'd go to practice and pull the miniature ones out of my pockets and snack on them right before we started, I was so addicted," Monroe laughs.

"The food in Puerto Rico was really good and the BBQ in South America."

Lived experience has helped Monroe take the pressure out of being a team's overseas pro with big expectations placed on them by clubs.

"For me, it's what I make it and how I approach each season and where I am," she explains.

"There's pressure if I put it on myself otherwise it's what I do, it's my profession and it's my job to be in shape and ready to go.

"There'll be a couple of bumps in the road, in pre-season learning chemistry, new coaches and the leagues but if you keep your foundations and base up to par by keeping your body in shape and mind right, you can easily overcome those small obstacles.

"There's only pressure if I tell myself 'OK, I got to be perfect' and I used to do that when I was much younger 'I've got to score this, I need to average that.'

"That's when you're too much into your mind, you freeze and it's paralysis by analysis.

"Go play, have fun and you're good to go."

Motivation to push her game as far as she could and take it all over the planet was the result of cruel injuries.

"My desire to get better and actually realise the potential I know I can reach has kept me going," Monroe, who was selected by the Washington Mystics with Pick 6 in the 2010 WNBA draft, said.

"The first part of my young career, I dealt with injuries a lot, broke my hand in my rookie WNBA season then had a knee surgery so I wasn't able to really realise that dream completely, but I knew I still wanted to play, and I knew what I was capable of doing.

"So, I wanted to get all I could out of what I knew I could do.

"I just want to keep playing until I no longer have that desire. When the desire starts to dissipate that's when I'll say 'OK it's time to hang them up' but I still feel like a little kid when it comes to basketball and travelling around the world."