|16 August 2013|
U18 WOMEN DIV B
|Belgium were able to celebrate a convincing start to their tournament in Mickolc|
Belgium began their U18 European Championship Women Division B campaign with a 99-40 thrashing of Austria in Miskolc, Hungary on Friday.
The Belgians had to sit out day one and watch Austria race to the top of Group D with a win over Denmark.
But they did not waste any time getting started on day two, jumping out to an 8-0 start after a three-pointer from Anneleen De Baets before taking a 36-14 advantage into half-time.
Such urgency and intensity was a feature of the Belgians' play as they forced Austria into 26 turnovers, which converted into 36 points.
This, coupled with the Austrians' poor shooting percentage of 29%t, meant Belgium could pull away, Manon Grzesinski leading them with 14 points while three team-mates also scored in double figures.
Elsewhere in Group D, Germany bounced back from day one defeat to beat Denmark 64-50.
After a nervous opening, the Germans pulled away in the second quarter behind a 19-0 run as Noémie Rouault recorded an impressive stat line of 16 points, 11 rebounds and five steals.
There were games in Group A too as Lithuania built on their day one demolition of Norway with an 87-64 success against Estonia.
Lithuania led from start to finish once again but were pushed much closer this time as Trine Kasemägi kept Estonia in it by scoring 21 points.
Five players scored in double figures for Lithuania however, Dalia Belickaite leading them with 18 points while her teammates converted an efficient 7-of-11 from three-point range.
Group A's other game saw Poland start their competition with a 65-39 success over Israel.
Again the victors held the lead from wire to wire but in this case it was Poland's ability to get points from a greater number of sources than their opponents that proved the difference.
In fact, six of Israel's players were scoreless. Shahd Abboud led them with 16 while Poland shared the load, 36 of their points coming from the bench.