Brazil's Marques removed from roster

Brazil's Marques removed from roster

Published Jul. 21, 2012 1:00 a.m. ET

Iziane Castro Marques was removed from Brazil's Olympic women's basketball team Friday after violating a team rule.

In a release on its website, the Brazil federation said Marques' infraction occurred off the court.

Because Marques isn't injured, Brazil will have to play with 11 players in London since the team had already submitted its roster for the games and could only change it for injury.

Marques, who helped the Atlanta Dream reach the WNBA finals the past two seasons, had 21 points in Brazil's 99-67 loss to the U.S. on Monday.


Brazil will play Australia, Russia, Canada, Britain and France at the Olympics.

This wasn't the first run-in that Marques had with the Brazilian basketball federation. She wasn't part of the 2008 Olympic team after refusing to enter a game in overtime of a pre-Olympic qualifying tournament. Brazil finished 11th at the Beijing Games.