10th February 2024 – (Antwerp) The United States basketball team crushed Nigeria with a resounding score of 100-46, while Belgium overwhelmed Senegal with a commanding 97-66 victory. These games took place during the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament held on Friday.
Leading the charge for the United States was Jewell Loyd, who showcased her talent by scoring 18 points. This victory came on the heels of the reigning Olympic champions’ narrow 81-79 win over Belgium in a thrilling match on Thursday. Loyd’s stellar performance played a crucial role in securing the triumph for her team.
Emma Meesseman, a pivotal player for Belgium, displayed her exceptional skills by contributing an impressive 32 points and seven rebounds. Her remarkable performance proved instrumental in Belgium’s dominant performance against Senegal. Yacine Diop led the Senegalese team with 22 points, showcasing her talents on the court.
As the tournament takes a brief hiatus, it will resume on Sunday with two highly anticipated matches. The United States will square off against Senegal, while Belgium will face Nigeria. These games are expected to be fiercely contested as the teams battle for a coveted spot in the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.
The United States has already secured a spot in the upcoming Olympic Games as the reigning title-holder of the FIBA Women’s World Cup. This means that there are two remaining Olympic berths up for grabs among the other three teams in the group, namely Belgium, Nigeria, and Senegal. The stakes are high, and the teams will undoubtedly leave no stone unturned in their quest for Olympic qualification.