The FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women kicked off yesterday, but Brazil had the day off. Today, Brazil got an easy warmup by playing Fiji. Your final: Brazil 125, Fiji 45. Even in the fourth quarter, with the outcome already long decided, Fiji managed just four points. Ouch.
As for Storm center Kelly Santos, she had 15 points in 20 minutes, shooting 7-of-8 from the field and pulling down eight rebounds. Former Storm forward Iziane Castro Marques led the Brazilians, scoring 28 points in 20 minutes and knocking down six three-pointers.
The competition gets serious tomorrow, when Brazil will play Spain to decide the winner of Group C. Both teams are through to the quarterfinals, but the winner of tomorrow’s game will get a more favorable matchup against the runner-up from Group D (the winner of Belarus-Taiwan) instead of Group D champion Cuba. Cuba beat Brazil in the semifinals of last year’s FIBA Americas Championship.