Belgian Cats are no match for battered America for the first World Cup assignment | World Cup basketball

Belgian Cats are no match for battered America for the first World Cup assignment | World Cup basketball
Belgian Cats are no match for battered America for the first World Cup assignment | World Cup basketball

Unbeatable and unapproachable: that is the status that Team USA has enjoyed for several years. A defeat against the defending champion was already calculated in advance, but there was still a glimmer of hope in advance because 3 players from Las Vegas were still missing after the WNBA final.

But it soon became apparent on the field that the US was a size too big for the Belgian Cats with its nine. Under the impulse of Jewell Loyd and top scorer Breanna Stewart (22 points), America started like a whirlwind: 11-0.

Belgium’s answer could also be there. Emma Meesseman may have been in the pincers of the American defense throughout the game, but Vanloo – the Belgian top scorer – and Allemand brought the Cats back on the track of the US in no time.

The remonte was promising, but was quickly nipped in the bud, partly due to a cartload of Belgian ball losses, 25 in total. Those many turnovers ensured that America could constantly keep the Cats at a safe distance.

Halfway through the 2nd half it became clear that a stunt was no longer possible and Belgium switched to saving mode. The basic players got more rest than usual and a sharp Lisowa made use of that to show themselves with an eager defense and also some nice scores.

In the end there was still a moment of panic when Linskens had to go to the side after a duel with a sore knee. Hopefully for Belgium that will remain without consequences, because the Cats will still need Linskens’ centimeters in the remainder of the tournament.

Final score: 87-72, tomorrow morning at 5 am Belgian time it is serious against South Korea. Then you really have to win in order to realize the ambitions, at least a place in the quarterfinals.

Belgium: Vanloo 13, Allemand 10, Linskens 9, Lisowa 9, Delaere 8, Ben Abdelkader 6, Becky Massey 5, Billie Massey 5, Meesseman 4, Resimont 3, Joris 0, Ramette 0

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