Belgian defense overwhelms Lithuania


Belgium's defense overwhelmed Lithuania for a 75-46 victory in the Qualifying Round Group E as Belgium remained undefeated at the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women.

Julie Vanloo poured in 17 points and handed out five assists while Inge Meylemans added 13 points and Emma Meesseman had 10 points in leading Belgium to a 3-0 record.

Viktorija Dimaite (Lithuania)
Viktorija Dimaite (Lithuania)
Lithuania dropped to 0-3 in the group as they committed 34 turnovers against Belgium's pressure defense. Paulina Zaveckaite came off the bench for a game-high 12 points while Monika Grigalauskyte gathered seven points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots in a losing cause.

Vitalija Kaminskyte gave Lithuania the lead to start the game but the Belgian defense put the locks on Zivile Mikalauskaite's attack and reeled off a 10-0 run. The lead grew to 13-4 on Lut De Meyer's foul shot before Lithuania would pull to within 14-8 after one period. Grigalauskyte and Gabija Morkunaite opened the second quarter with baskets to make it a two-point game only to see Meylemans and Lynn Delvaux hit long balls to help Belgium pull away again. And Vanloo's triple allowed Belgium to go into the locker-rooms ahead 25-15.

Vanloo spearheaded an 11-0 run early in the second half for a 20-point lead 36-16 and it was still 20 points after Meylemans's foul shot for a 43-23 scoreline. Zaveckaite began producing for Mikalauskaite's side and helped Lithuania trail just 51-36 after three periods. But Belgium blew the game wide open in the early stages of the fourth with Meesseman scoring six points and Meylemans knocking down a three-ball in a 20-5 run for a 73-43 advantage.

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