Latvia Aim To Slow Down Perfect Belgium

30.09.2007

By David Hein

Belgium head into their showdown with Latvia as one of two teams still undefeated at the 2007 EuroBasket Women while knowing they have already booked their spot in the quarter-finals with a 3-0 record.

Zane Tamane (Latvia)
Zane Tamane will have to try to stop Belgiums Ann Wauters.
Latvia meanwhile are 2-1 and could force a three-way tie atop the Group E qualifying round with a victory.

Last Time Out: Belgium put together another convincing victory, 85-63 over Turkey, and Latvia destroyed Lithuania 76-46.

Key Match-Up: Anke De Mondt vs Anete Jekabsone-Zogota- The Latvian guard is one of the top players in the EuroBasket Women with tournament-high averages of 20.3 points and 4.8 assists to go with 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals. De Mondt will have the tough task of trying to slow down Jekabsone-Zogota.

X-Factor: Zane Tamane- The Latvian center played just 13 minutes against the Czech Republic but will have to show up on Sunday to stop Beglian star Ann Wauters in the paint.

Key Stat: Belgium will be well-rested after no starter played more than 21 minutes in their blow-out of Turkey.

Sounding Off:  Jekabsone-Zogota: “The key to winning will be to play good defense against Kathy Wambe and Ann Wauters and we'll see.”

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