USA vs. Brazil Women's Basketball: Americans Must Remain Humble After Huge Win

Luis BatlleContributor IJuly 22, 2012

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 18: Natalie Stafford (L) of Standard Life Team Great Britain in action with Maya Moore of USA Women, during the match between Standard Life Team Great Britain andUSA Women, at the MEN Arena on July 18, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)
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Team USA took down arguably one of the best teams in the world in Brazil, yet this team must stay levelheaded if they expect to win gold in London.

Minnesota Lynx star Lindsay Whalen earned the coveted Tiffany Player of the Game awards after posting 21 points and five assists in the blowout victory. 

Whalen's top-notch performance was key in propelling her USA team to a blowout victory over Brazil. 

However, it will take these high-volume performances from Whalen and company in order to win gold in at London. The level of competition for the team is much too great for this team to take its foot off the gas pedal.

Easily the most proficient squad outside of the USA is Australia. One of the world's greatest units is considered the second-favorite by most to take gold at these 2012 Olympics.

This side will undoubtedly push this talented USA team to its limit based on the plethora of experience it boasts. Australia has won the silver medal at these games each of the last three Olympics, and will be right there at the finish in 2012 as well.

Team USA's arch-rivals will be battle-tested by a quality USA side this year, yet there is no question they have what it takes to come out on top against the Americans.

Russia will also be a respectable opponent that the USA should fear in London. They have taken third place in each of the last two Olympics in both 2008 and 2004. Their veteran leadership is undoubtedly going to give them a shot at upsetting either Australia or the USA.

It is clear that the Americans are the surefire favorite. Make no mistake about it. It is also understandable that a 32-point win over Brazil, a 25-point victory over host Great Britain and a 54-point win over Croatia has this team's confidence sky-high.

The confidence will be integral to finding success this summer, but maintaining humility will be just as important when it comes time to compete for the gold medal.

 

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