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FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2021: Belgium makes second semifinals in last three appearances

Sweden loses a rematch against Belarus.

BASKET WOMEN EUROBASKET 2021 BELGIAN CATS VS RUSSIA
Emma Meesseman continued to dominate for Belgium in Women’s EuroBasket.
Photo by VIRGINIE LEFOUR/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images

The quarterfinals are now finished in Women’s EuroBasket. Here are the results involving players whom Washington Mystics will be interested in.


Sweden vs. Belarus final score: Cold shooting keeps Swedes down in 58-46 loss

The Belarusians blew out the Swedes in the third game of group play, so the result shouldn’t be surprising. That said, Sweden held Belarus to 37.7 percent shooting and no one besides Anastasiya Verameyenka (16 points on 7-of-12 shooting) shot above 40 percent individually.

For Sweden, Frida Eldebrink led with 11 points. Klara Lundquist added 2 points in 11 minutes of play. Their last game is this Saturday against Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Belgium vs. Russia final score: Meesseman leads Belgians to 85-83 win and second-ever semifinals berth

Emma Meesseman played like Emma Meesseman with a 33 point, 11 rebound and 4 assist performance on 16-of-25 shooting.

And FINALLY! Meesseman had help from the starting backcourt! Kim Mestdagh played like Kim Mestdagh as she shot 8-of-12 from the field for 19 points! And Indiana Fever guard Julie Allemand played like Julie Allemand with 9 points and 6 assists.

The end result was an 85-83 win over Russia which sends the Belgian Cats to their second semifinals appearance in their last three cycles.

Russia provided a tough challenge for Belgium as Los Angeles Sparks center Maria Vadeeva scored 30 points.

While the score was close and Belgium led the majority of this game, Russia made a 4-0 run in the last minute of the game to tie it at 83-all. Allemand made what ended up being the game-winning shot with 6 seconds left. The Russians made two more shot attempts but were unable to capitalize.

Belgium heads to the semifinals to face off against Serbia in Valencia, Spain this Saturday.