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Minnesota Olympic Roundup: Whalen has a big night for the US women's basketball team

LONDON -- Hutchinson native Lindsay Whalen came off the bench to spark a big finish to the third quarter for the United States women's basketball team in yesterday's 89-58 victory over Turkey.

Whalen scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the contest, but was poured in six points during a 10-0 run near the end of the third quarter which broke the game open. Whalen's Minnesota Lynx teammates Seimone Augustus and Maya Moore scored nine and five points, respectively. The U-S women, who are 3-and-oh in Olympic play, are off today and play the Czech Republic tomorrow. Whalen should know a thing or two about that team, as she plays professional ball in the Czech Republic during the WNBA offseason.

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Team USA women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma had high praise for Lindsay Whalen after the Hutchinson native turned in another stellar performance in yesterday's win over Turkey. Auriemma says his confidence in Whalen is "unquestioned." He added that some people may have thought Whalen didn't belong on the Olympic team until she won the WNBA title with Minnesota last year, but he says she has belonged on the national team for a long time. The UConn coach said is proud of the way Whalen plays. He called her style of play "hard-nosed, smart, and creative. He recalls when his Connecticut team played against Whalen's Golden Gopher team in the 2004 NCAA Final Four.

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The United States beat China in straight sets to remain unbeaten in the women's indoor volleyball tournament at the London Games. The United States posted a 26-24, 25-16, 31-29 victory over the Chinese yesterday and has earned a trip to the quarterfinals with a perfect mark of 3-0. The Americans are coached by University of Minnesota head coach Hugh McCutcheon and are captained by former Golden Gopher star Lindsey Berg. The U.S. still has two games left in Group B play against Serbia and Turkey.

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Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love will be on the floor with the rest of his Team USA teammates for a game this afternoon against Nigeria at the London Olympics. Love bruised his knee in Tuesday's win over Tunisia, but he is expected to play today. The U.S. has won both of its games so far in these games. Today's game gets underway at 4:15 p.m., Minnesota time.

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Minneapolis native Megan Kalmoe won a bronze medal at the London Olympics early yesterday as part of the United States women's rowing team. Her four-person boat finished third in the Quadruple Sculls Finals this morning, trailing only the Ukraine and Germany. The 28-year-old Kalmoe was born and raised in Minnesota, and has lived in Wisconsin, Washington State and New Jersey since. This was the first medal for the Americans in women's rowing quads since the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

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