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Group:  F | 10.08.2011, 18:00h
Group:  F | 10.08.2011, 18:00h
68-48
20 - 618 - 1921 - 119 - 12
20 - 618 - 1921 - 119 - 12
Venue: Oradea (ROU) |
Spectators: 80 |
Referees: Ademir Zurapovic (BIH), Asa Jernmo (SWE), Pavel Fuska (SVK)

GAME REPORT


France Rout Belgium To Top Group F

7. Olivia Epoupa (France)
Point guard Olivia Epoupa had nine points and five rebounds, one of many French players to do a little bit of everything on the court

There could be only one unbeaten team left in Group F after the end of the Wednesday clash between the two perfect thus far co-leaders, France and Belgium.

Les Bleues made quite clear from the word go who that team was going to be.

France won the battle, 68-48, to keep their perfect record at the Global Vision U18 European Championship Women intact and claim the top spot in the group.

It was supposed to be a tight encounter, but the French flew off the starting-block like a sprinter and were far, far away by the time the Belgians thought it was a good time to join the race.

France led 20-6 at the first buzzer and made another furious run in the third quarter to have a 59-36 advantage before the last period.

Belgium couldn't find any solution to the various offensive threats of the opposing side, especially inside the paint where the French team were doing most of the damage.

They finished with 36 points from around the basket, to only 12 of the Belgians.

With the exception of Lola De Angelis, all other 11 French players wrote their names on the score sheet.

Alice Nayo scored 10 points, Olivia Epoupa and Jodie Cornelie had nine apiece, Esther Moisan Niamke and Marie Mbuyamba added together 14 points more.

It was an unbelievable team effort all over the court as, besides Christelle Diallo, all other players had at least one rebound.

France dominated almost all statistical categories, shot 46.3 percent from the field and a sensational 88.2 percent from the free throw line.

The individual effort of Julie Vanloo, who finished with 25 points for Belgium, was not sustained by any other teammate.

Emma Meesseman, one of the candidates for the MVP title at this tournament, finished with six points and eight rebounds in 33 minutes of playing time.

Belgium finished second in Group F and will meet Turkey in the Quarter-Finals.

France will have to wait for the last game of the day in Group E, Romania against Poland, to find out their next opponent, which can be either of the two teams or Slovenia.

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

46.3%

25/54
FG
M/A

35.1%

20/57

44.9%

22/49
FG2P
M/A

35.7%

15/42

60.0%

3/5
FG3P
M/A

33.3%

5/15

88.2%

15/17
FT
M/A

60.0%

3/5

42

15/27
RT
RO/RD

24

11/13

9

AS

7

16

TO

12

5

ST

5

1

BS

3

12

PF

14

68

Pts

48

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