After two big victories over European champions Serbia last week, the Belgian Cat team suffered a notable defeat (67-80) against strong China. These exhibition games serve as preparations for the World Cup, which is scheduled for September 22 – October 1 in Australia.
Without Emma Meissmann and Julie Allmand remaining active in the WNBA, the Belgian Cats started a new and interesting exhibition game against China.
The Cats kept the competition easy, especially in the early stages, even leading 20-17 by the end of the first quarter. Hind bin Abdul Qadir was particularly impressed.
After that, sharper China increasingly took the upper hand. The score skewed to 39-41 halfway and in the third quarter the gap deepened to 12 points.
The superb Si Jinghuang doubled with 20 points and 12 rebounds, and the Chinese victory was no longer in danger in the last minutes.
Belgium will also play China tomorrow, which is scheduled to take place in Ostend. China will also be an opponent in the World Cup group stage.
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