In their first real tune-up in advance of the 2012 London Olympics, the USA women's basketball team rolled over Brazil in the first half of a doubleheader at Verizon Center. Lindsay Whalen scored 21 points for Geno Auriemma's squad, as they blew out Brazil 99-67. Whalen was filling a spot for Sue Bird, who left the team because of a death in the family.
In addition to Whalen, former UConn star Diana Taurasi chipped in 16 points and added seven assists. Taurasi looked solid controlling the ball after missing the past month of WNBA play. With Bird unavailable, the women's team really didn't miss a beat in their final game before crossing the pond to train in advance of the London games. They have won 33 straight games in Olympic play and are looking for their fifth straight gold medal.