In a somewhat shocking move considering Olympic basketball competition begins in eight days, the Brazilian Basketball Federation has made a roster change - and a big one. Iziane Castro Marques will not be participating in the Games and Brazil will be playing a woman down, barring team injury.
Translated from the release:
"Because of an act of indiscipline off the court, she was turned off by the dean of the delegation Hortencia Marcari, who made the decision together with the technical committee. Therefore, Brazil will continue with 11 players to London, for not longer be able to entering a new athlete, except in case of injury proved."
This weekend's tune-up in France will be without Castro Marques and will be the first look at the adjusted squad. In Olympic competition, Brazil has scheduled games in pool play against Australia, Russia, Canada, Great Britain and France.
Castro Marques was an integral part of Brazil's scoring efforts in Monday's exhibition game against the U.S. on Monday. She started and played 25 minutes in the 99-67 loss, contributing 21 points on 7-of-17 and committing five turnovers.
The current Brazilian roster consists of Adriana Moisés Pinto (PG),Karla Cristina Martins Da Costa (SG), Patrícia De Oliveira Ferreira (SG), Joice Cristina De Souza Rodrigues (PG), Franciele Aparecida Do Nascimento (PF), Silvia Cristina Gustavo Rocha Valente (SF), Clarissa Cristina dos Santos (C), Damiris Dantas Do Amaral (PF), Nádia Gomes Colhado (C), Érika Cristina De Souza (C), Tássia Pereira De Souza Carcavalli (PG).