Lindsay Whalen showed that the U.S. women's Olympic basketball team has depth at point guard.
Whalen scored 21 points to lead the Americans to a 99-67 rout of Brazil on Monday night in an exhibition game. She started in place of Sue Bird, who left the team Sunday after the death of her stepfather Dennis.
''I wanted to come out and make sure we got some good looks, move the ball, be aggressive when the time presents itself,'' Whalen said. ''I think it was a good start for us.''
Bird practiced with the team this weekend and when she plans to rejoin the Olympic squad are unclear.
''I said take whatever amount of time you need, come back when you need to come back,'' U.S. coach Geno Auriemma said. ''She may or not play in the game in Manchester. She might meet us there or meet us in Istanbul, we'll know'' Tuesday.
Bird was the starting point guard on the 2008 team and also played on the 2004 team.
''It just goes to show we have really good depth,'' Tamika Catchings said of Whalen'...