Semi-Final Preview: Spain vs. Belgium

13.08.2011

U18 Women

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15. Astou Ndour (Spain)
Astou Ndour is outstanding on offense, averaging 12.7 points, but she could also well be the key in Spain's effort to silence Belgium's go-to player, Emma Meesseman

Preview by Adrian Popa

Emma Meesseman's fabulous game in the Quarter-Final with Turkey earned Belgium a 60-58 win and a brought them one step from securing a medal.

Is another brilliant individual performance like that enough to upset the mighty Spain?

Some will call it mission impossible, but we will know the answer for sure on Saturday night.

Spain leads all teams at the Global Vision U18 European Championship in scoring (78.7 points per game), in points allowed per game (42.9 ppg), in field goal percentage (45.0), in total rebounds (46.9 rpg), in assists (16.0 apg), steals (13.4 spg) and there are the penultimate team in turnovers, with only 15.1 per game.

Beyond statistics, Spain perharps has, in Astou Ndour, the perfect defensive weapon to stop Emma Meesseman.

It will be an interesting duel between the two leaders of their respective teams and the main candidates for the MVP trophy, as both had a great tournament so far.

With 12.7 points, 8.0 assists and 2.4 blocks per game Ndour leads Spain in those categories.

Her long arms will help her to contest Meesseman's shots, whose 15.1 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.6 blocks best all other Belgium players.

In addition, Meesseman brings also an astonishing 3.6 steals per game, leading all players in this championship.

Spain bring on the table their excellent collective offense, with a rapid ball movement, which creates many open shots and is very difficult to defend.

On the other side, Belgium bring first their team spirit, their will to sacrifice for every ball and to fight until the final buzzer, just like it was the case in the dramatic quarter-final.

It could well be the toughest encounter yet for Spain, who are still undefeated at this European Championship.


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