Semi-final place for the Belgian Cats

Our national women’s basketball team the Belgian Cat has earned a place in the semi-finals of the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in Tenerife. The Belgian Cats beat the team ranked 3rd in the world France 86-65 in their quarter final game on Friday evening.

Our women will take on the favourites the United States in a semi-final game on Saturday evening.  

The Belgians came into their quarter final game full of confidence after their surprise win against Spain (ranked 2nd in the world) in the group stage. Nevertheless, they knew that France would be no push over. There was a difference in quality between the two teams: the Belgians were clearly better than the French. Kim Mestdagh and Julie Allemand were especially efficient in helping push the French into having their backs against the wall.

Julie Allemand that plays her club basketball for Lyon was excellent having produced 9 assists in just 20 minutes. Her partnership with the world-class Kim Mestdagh was instrument in ensuring that the Belgians were in the driving seat.

The French team didn’t know what had hit them and were 28 points behind at one stage.  

Nevertheless, there was a nail-biting climax to the match with the Cats’ lead narrowing to just 10 points at one stage in the fourth quarter.  

Despite their youth the Belgian Cat kept their cool and with intelligent and mature basketball they were once again able to widen their lead and finished the job that they had started.  

The match ended 86-65 in Belgium’s favour.