Ann Wauters overcame a tough German defense to score 16 points in leading Belgium to a 63-51 victory over Germany and giving the Belgians a perfect 2-0 record and a spot in the qualifying round of the 2007 EuroBasket Women.
Wauters made just 5-of-19 shots but collected six rebounds, four assists and two steals while Kathy Wambe added 15 points.
|Ann Wauters led Belgium with 16 points.|
Belgium made just 34% of their shots from the field while Germany were held to just 39%.
"Everybody could see that there was a lot of defense out there. And that was the key of the game. Yesterday we had enough space to take our shots and today we didn't have the room," said German coach Imre Szittya.
"We didn't play that much better yesterday than we did today. But we got no easy shots in the first half and that's why we lost."
The Belgians forced the issue straight off, feeding the ball to Wauters who had five points and an assist as Belgium built a 12-5 lead in the first five minutes.
Wauters was charged with her second foul with four minutes left in the first period, but remained in the game and Belgium led 18-10 going into the second period.
A three-pointer by Anne Breitreiner trimmed the deficit to five points.
Linda Fröhlich was whistled for her third foul with six minutes to play in the second and three-pointers by Wauters and Ilse Van der Vonder gave Belgium their biggest lead of the game at 31-18.
Germany worked hard defensively to keep Belgium from pulling away further and trailed 33-22 at half-time.
Germany opened the second half with the first five points to make it 33-27.
Belgium were unable to take advantage of a German swarm of mistakes, which saw them turn over the ball on six of seven possessions in one stretch.
Still, Laurent Buffard's side led 48-36 late in the third quarter.
Germany, however, closed the gap to 48-40 going into the fourth.
Belgium led by 11 points - 55-44 - after Anke De Mondt's three foul shots with five minutes left. Breitreiner's three-pointer cut the deficit to 55-51.
But with the score 57-53 with 37 seconds left, Wambe missed a lay-up but Martina Weber had the rebound go off her hands out of bounds and Wauters and Wambe combined for four foul shots down the stretch for the win.
"Against a team like Belgium, you can't get behind too far. You have to stay equal. And we were back by eight all the time and just couldn't get closer," said Weber, who finished with 14 points and five rebounds for 1-1 Germany.
Fröhlich struggled with foul trouble the whole game and was limited to eight points, nine rebounds, two assists, one steal and a block.
Breitreiner had a nightmare shooting showing, hitting just 4-of-13 from the field but scored 11 points and contributed eight rebounds.
Belgium finish their Group B campaign on Wednesday against Romania while Germany take on Lithuania.