Team USA took gold and guaranteed their Olympic berth with a 101-71 victory yesterday over Cuba, the only team that had given them trouble in the tournament. Cuba was competive in the first game of the tournament, losing in the final four minutes of the game. In the finals, the US took over immediately and never looked back. Cuba played with great heart, but never recovered from the initial 14-0 US run that started the game. Brazil won the bronze by defeating Argentina.
Storm origianl Simone Edwards of the Jamaican national team was the tournaments leading scorer and Yakelyn Plutin of Cuba was the tournament MVP.
I haven't written about the last couple of games because they have been progressively less interesting as the US found their rythm and played every minute in top form. The best games of the tournament for me were the opening US/Cuba battle and the down to the final seconds Cuba/Brazil semifinals game were Storm starter Izi Castro Marques cost her team a trip to the finals by missing her final two free throws and the unnecessary three she took down by one with around 14 seconds left in the game. She is their star, however (and the tournaments second leading scorer) and sometimes the games fall with their stars.
In other news, Sonics season ticket holders are filing a class action lawsuit in King County today against the Seattle Sonics alleging breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation and violation of the State of Washington's Consumer Protection Act.