Belgium Crush Ukraine In Opener

04 August 2011
U18 Women
11. Emma Meesseman (Belgium)
Emma Meesseman of Belgium led all scorers with 23 points on 61.5 percent shooting from the field

Belgium had four players in double digits and used their strong defense to crush Ukraine in the first game of the Global Vision U18 European Championship Women, 87-60.

Emma Meeseman was the star of her team, finishing with a double-double 23 points and 11 steals, and added 5 rebounds to her performance.

Meeseman, who played this summer also with the senior national team of Belgium at the  Eurobasket Women Qualifying Round, did much of the damage inside the paint.

She was helped from outside by Sien Devlieghere, who had 14 points, nine of them from beyond the arc, and by Julie Vanloo, who finished with 13 points and six assists.

Belgium had a flying start and they were leading 7-1 after two minutes.

Their strong defense led to some furious fast-breaks.

Ukraine closed the gap by a long three pointer from Krayevska, who make it 8-11 but Belgium managed to keep the distance and they were leading 22-14 after the first quarter.

The Ukrainia side lost control of the game in the second quarter when they were outscored 13-30, and then in the second half Belgium did nothing more than merely keeping the pace of the game.

Belgium coach Benny Mertens made use of all his players from the bench, trying to rest some of the starters ahead of the long tournament.

Oleksandra Chek had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Ukraine who paid the price for not protecting the ball too much as they finished with 40 turnovers.

Naumenko scored 13 points and Kiriyenko added 10 for the losing side.


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