The Belgium women’s national team is in their first FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup just like Latvia. But unlike Latvia, Belgium has Mystics forward Emma Meesseman, a player who easily cracks the WNBA’s top 10 in overall talent. Belgium just accomplished “Mission: Impossible” by defeating Team Spain, 72-63 on Tuesday evening.
Beating a world power is great. But beating Spain, the hosts of this FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup to get there? That is just unreal!
Emma Meesseman was dominant once again where she scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Kim Mestdagh added 21 points where she scored 11 points in the third quarter alone.
For Spain, Alba Torrens led the Spanish with 16 points.
Belgium was able to get a double digit lead on Spain early on and maintained it for nearly the rest of the way. This game definitely shows that Belgium could surprise anyone at any time despite their lack of an established history. And now, the Belgians are headed to the quarterfinals — the exact goal that they had in mind before this tournament.
I don’t really know what to say. But what I can say is this: Emma Meesseman is Elena Delle Donne and Breanna Stewart combined in this World Cup.