The Belgian Cats could not make a fist against the unapproachable Team USA. The Americans were a size too big for the Cats.
“At some moments there were too many ball losses in a row, so you can’t win a match with any team,” says Carl Berteele. “It wasn’t sparkling, but more ‘work’ basketball.”
“Breanna Stewart, the best player in the world, left her mark and was untenable at times. It quickly became 11-0. It was a wake-up call and luckily the Cats woke up after that. It was 16-15. At halftime it was 9 points difference, so they took part again.”
“Emma Meesseman was simply in the grip of the American defense, who know her so well. She couldn’t be surprised if the other players hit when she got the ball. The radar work of the Cats has been stopped very well by the American players.”
“In the 3rd quarter you saw Team USA walk away 19-20 points and I thought of a pandoering, but that didn’t happen,” Berteele continues.
“The Cats have switched to defense in zone a few times. As a result, the Americans have not been able to continue.”
“You end with a defeat that is logical, which is actually not much to complain about. But if you start well, can resist and Emma (Meesseman) is in her usual way, you might hold out longer and go a smaller suffer defeat.”
“But there has never been any question that Belgium could provide the surprise by beating America, which by the way is still missing 3 important players from the champion (Las Vegas Aces). They still have to add.”
A bright spot? “That was Maxuella Lisowa, with her commitment and fighting spirit. She was very sharp and encouraged that commitment among her teammates. That will certainly be to our advantage in the next matches.”
“But you can already say: whoever beats America becomes world champion,” concludes Berteele.