Cancel
Group:  B | 21.09.2003, 16:30h
Group:  B | 21.09.2003, 16:30h
56-76
17 - 2110 - 1613 - 1816 - 21
17 - 2110 - 1613 - 1816 - 21
Venue: Amaliada (GRE) |
Spectators: 500 |
Referees: Nikolaos Papadimitriou (GRE), Vaclav Lukes (CZE)

GAME REPORT


Belgium 56 Russia 76

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Anke de Mondt guarded by Oxana Rakhmatulina
Russia accomplished their mission of limiting the contributions of Ann Wauters and as a result recorded their second victory in as many days by beating Belgium on Sunday.

Less than 24 hours after their impressive win over the Ukraine, Russia returned for their third Group B encounter and again played like the side that many are counting on to capture the title after a near miss in France two years ago.

Wauters, twice voted Europe's top player, dominated in Saturday's win over Hungary to even Belgium's record at a victory and a defeat but one day later she was just one of 10 from the field and scored only four points.

Russia kept their noses in front in the first quarter, extending a four-point lead to 10 (37-27) at half-time.

With Wauters struggling against the Russian defending down low, mounting a fightback proved to be beyond them.

Russia coach Vadim Kapranov gave his seal of approval.

"We prepared very well for this game having studied the Belgians' game over the past couple of days and we were able to work against it," he said.

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Maria Stepanova
"We controlled Belgium and especially Ann Wauters, which was very important. Today our defence was much improved and we hope to continue as such."

Centre Irina Ossipova led the way for Russia with 17 points and seven rebounds while point guard Anna Arkhipova had 16 points. She was a scintillating four off five from behind the three-point arc.

Elena Baranova, incredibly strong against the Ukraine, again had a big contribution with 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Belgium have their work cut out for them if they are going to survive the group stage and make it to the last eight.

"Unfortunately Ann Wauters did not come into her game today," said Belgium coachh Benny Mertens. "But hopefully on Tuesday she will play better as our target is now the quarter-finals."
The Belgians take on Slovakia on Tuesday while Russia face Hungary.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Belgium - Russia

Benny Mertens, Head Coach Belgium:

"We played very well today for 30 minutes and then run out of steam. We had a tough game yesterday and as a result we are a little bit tired."

"Unfortunately Ann Wauters did not come into her game today but hopefully on Tuesday she will play better as our target is now the Quarter-Finals."

Anke de Mondt, Belgium:

"We are happy with how we played because we worked hard for the entire game. We stayed reasonably close until the end of the third quarter against a very experienced Russian team."

Vadim Kapranov, Head Coach Russia:

"We prepared very well for this game having studied the Belgians' game over the past couple of days and we were able to work against it."

"We controlled Belgium and especially Ann Wauters, which was very important. Today our defence was much improved and we hope to continue as such."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

30.2%

19/63
FG
M/A

48.3%

29/60

28.3%

15/53
FG2P
M/A

57.1%

24/42

40.0%

4/10
FG3P
M/A

27.8%

5/18

77.8%

14/18
FT
M/A

54.2%

13/24

37

15/22
RT
RO/RD

44

14/30

8

AS

11

15

TO

13

7

ST

7

2

BS

1

19

PF

19

56

Pts

76

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