Emma Meesseman shines with her comeback at Fenerbahce Istanbul and ready for the Belgian Cats.
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Emma Meesseman shines with her comeback at Fenerbahce Istanbul and ready for the Belgian Cats.

Julie Allemand is uncertain for the two international matches this week with the Belgian Cats. © BELGA

thumbnail: Emma Meesseman shines with her comeback at Fenerbahce Istanbul and ready for the Belgian Cats.
thumbnail: Julie Allemand is uncertain for the two international matches this week with the Belgian Cats.

The Belgian Cats gathered in Leuven on Sunday and started preparing for the two important European Championship qualifiers this week against North Macedonia (Thursday) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sunday) in the Sportoase. Emma Meesseman made a great comeback at Fenerbahce Istanbul, but Julie Allemand (foot) drops out.

Patrick Ceulemans

Emma Meesseman is after her calf injury, which she sustained at the end of September at the World Championships in Australia/Sydnye, back in business. After she helped win Fenerbahce Istanbul in the Euroleague in Virtus Bologna, Italy, she also shone in her first match in the Turkish BKSL. The Belgian Cat scored a double-double (22 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists) but lost with Fenerbahce Istanbul 77-75 against Nesibe Ankara. Emma Meesseman showed last week that she is ready for her comeback with the Belgian Cats. The Cats will play against North Macedonia on Thursday and against Bonsia and Herzegovina on Sunday.

Julie Allemand has also arrived in Leuven, but has to drop out with a foot injury for both duels of the Belgian Cats. The ASVEL Lyon guard will leave the selection of the Cats in the course of the week and will continue his rehabilitation at her French club.

Selection Belgian Cats: Julie Vanloo, Elise Ramette, Hind Ben Abdelkader, Maxuella Lisowa , Heleen Nauwelaers, Antonia Delaere, Laure Resimont, Becky Massey, Nastja Claessens, Billie Massey, Morgane Armant, Serena-Lynn Geldof, Emma Meesseman, Kyara Linskens, Ine Joris

First loss for Delaere in Italy, Ben Abdelkader wins against Vanloo/Linskens

In the Italian Serie A1 there was a first loss after nine matchdays for Antonia Delaere (10 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists) with Venice: 85-71 against Virtus Bologna. In the French LFB, Hind Ben Abdelkader (11 points, 3 rebounds) won the “Belgian” duel with Villeneuve D’Ascq and 69-82 against Montpellier. Julie Vanloo signed with Montpellier for 12 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists and Kyara Linskens for 8 points, 6 rebounds and 1 assist. Rachid Meziane is the coach at Villeneuve D’Ascq. He is the new national coach of the Belgian Cats. By the way, he won with Villeneuve against … Valéry Demory, coach of Montpellier and former national coach of the Cats.

In the Spanish Lega Femenina, Serena-Lynn Geldof (10 points, 2 rebounds) with Zaragoza won 48-90 against IDK Eustotren. Elise Ramette (5 points, 4 rebounds) lost to Gernika with Cadi La Seu 68-70. Also loss to Billie (7 points, 3 rebounds) and Becky Massey (8 points, 2 rebounds) with Estudiantes Madrid: 87-75 against Girona.

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