On Sunday, the Belgium women’s national basketball team defeated Belarus 77-69 in the third-place game of FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2021 to win the bronze medal.
Washington Mystics forward Emma Meesseman was back to her normal self after a poor 8 point performance against Serbia in the semifinals yesterday, which they almost won. She scored 21 points on 10-of-14 shooting, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished 5 assists. She finished the tournament with
In addition, Antonia Delaere scored 17 points on 8-of-9 shooting. For Belarus, Anastasiya Verameyenka led with 15 points and Alex Bently added 12 more.
The Belgians won this game by shooting 34-of-65 from the field (52.3 percent) though their three point shooting was off (5-of-19, though that was largely due to Kim Mestdagh having a 2-of-10 performance from deep). The final score was in single digits, but Belgium led for over 37 minutes in this game and grew their lead to double digits during the fourth quarter.
With the bronze medal in hand, Belgium will now prepare for the Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Meesseman has not decided whether to play in the WNBA season, but we’re hopeful that she will return.