The very last spot in the 2008 Beijing Olympics women’s basketball competition was claimed Sunday by Brazil, which earned it with a 72-67 victory over Cuba in the finals of the FIBA Olympics Qualifying Tournament. It took a late comeback for Brazil, which trailed 61-56 inside the final five minutes before going on a 13-4 run to claim the lead for good.
Storm center Kelly Santos, headed to her third straight Olympics having won Bronze in Sydney in 2000, scored 10 points and grabbed four rebounds in 30 minutes of action. She finished the tournament having averaged 10.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, shooting 48.7 percent from the field and a solid 81.2 percent from the free-throw line.
Santos joins Storm teammates Sue Bird (USA) and Lauren Jackson in the August Olympic Games.