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FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2021: Belgium clinches quarterfinal spot while Sweden loses final group match

Emma Meesseman scored 15 points and dished 8 rebounds in Belgium’s latest win.

Emma Meesseman didn’t have an easy third game, but she’s off to the quarterfinals which keeps Belgium’s 2022 World Cup hopes alive.

The group stage games are now finished for Belgium and Sweden in FIBA Women’s EuroBasket. So here’s where they are now.

Belgium vs. Turkey final score: Meesseman scores 15 points to lead Belgians to a tight 63-61 victory and automatic quarterfinals berth

Emma Meesseman scored 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting while grabbing 8 rebounds and dishing 3 assists to lead Belgium to close 63-61 win over Turkey.

While the game was close, the Belgians were in control for most of this game, leading from the second quarter on, holding a double-digit lead to close the first half and for much of the third quarter. While Turkey did make things interesting in the fourth, it was ultimately a smoother-than-not (is that a term) ride for the Cats.

In addition to Meesseman, Antonia Delaere scored 13 points, making both of her three point shots while Hanne Mestdagh (Kim’s younger sister) added 9 points, all on three three-pointers (in six attempts).

Quanitra Hollingsworth led Turkey with 16 points.

While Meesseman has been her efficient self throughout EuroBasket, Julie Allemand and Kim Mestdagh, Belgium’s starting backcourt are having shooting woes that mirror the same issue the Mystics’ backcourt right now. Kim played 28 minutes, scored 7 points and only shot 1-of-6 from the three point line. Allemand scored 4 points on 2-of-8 shooting. In group play, Allemand and Mestdagh are shooting just 34.5 and 24.4 percent from the field, respectively. That’s gotta change if they want to leave this tournament with a medal.

Belgium also got additional good news today because they won Group C. Slovenia beat Bosnia and Herzegovina, 91-81 which handed Belgium the win and a much-needed quarterfinals spot for their World Cup hopes. If Slovenia won by over 55 points (total points scored determine tiebreakers), Belgium would have still advanced to the elimination rounds, but would have to win an additional game to get there.

The quarterfinals will be on Wednesday, June 23, when Belgium plays against the winner of a game between Slovenia and the second-place team in Group D (France/Russia/Croatia). Time is to be determined.

Until then, PROOST et SANTÉ Stéphanie! Have the sparkling cider today and save the champagne for the gold medal game next week!

Sweden vs. Belarus final score: Swedes blown out in 78-54 loss

The Belarusians shot 55 percent from the field and broke the game open in the second quarter to win 78-54. Sweden had no answers, where they shot just 36 percent from the file and heated in nearly every single category.

Alex Bentley led Belarus with 20 points off the bench, shooting 8-of-11 from the field while Maryia Papova added 17 more points. For Sweden, Frida Eldebrink scored 13 and was the only player to score in double figures. Mystics signee Klara Lundquist scored 3 points off the bench.

Sweden’s fate in EuroBasket will depend on the outcome of Group A’s final game between Spain and Slovakia which starts at 3 p.m. ET. If Spain wins (they’re at home and heavily favored), then Sweden will advance to the quarterfinal qualifiers tomorrow and play either Montenegro or Italy, depending on whether they are seeded second or third. However, if Slovakia wins, Sweden’s going home.