Turning Point: Tatsiana Likharovich ignited a 7-0 run in the third period that put Belarus 41-28 in front and broke Israel's resistance.
Game Hero: Natallia Marchanka had 11 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds and was a calming presence in the backcourt.
Stats Don't Lie: Israel shot just 15 of 58 from field goal range. Belarus went 26 of 65.
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Belarus became the first Group B team to book a place in the second round of EuroBasket Women 2011 with a comprehensive, if not completely emphatic, 68-41 victory over Israel in Bydgoszcz.
And the World Championship semi-finalists will now likely battle it out with the Czech Republic for top spot in the pool when they meet on Monday evening.
All signs pointed towards a Belarussian cruise when two 7-0 runs in the first quarter sent the group favourites 18-9 in front, their superior size proving tough to handle.
The Israelis have speed on their side and they turned to their strengths, pushing the pace with Shay Doron capping a flurry that put her side within two points midway through the second quarter.
Belarus responded with a 6-0 burst to move 26-18 ahead but for the final 2:27 of the half, neither side could find the basket despite a rush of turnovers at each end.
Israel, paced by 12 points from Liron Cohen, hit six unanswered points in the third period to cut the gap to 34-27 but could come no closer.
With Tatsiana Likharovich scoring a team-high 12 points amid a balanced offensive effort, Anatoli Buyalski's side finally showed their best in the fourth quarter as the Israelis, who now face a must-win final game against Britain, slipped away.