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September 2018
8 Harriet Bende Belobi N. (BEL), 42 Jana Raman (BEL)
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History makers Belgium celebrate first success in style

TENERIFE (FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2018) - Belgium have written a line in the history books after racking up their first-ever win at the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2018.

The Belgians, making their first appearance in the competition, not only got off the mark, but did so in style after smashing fellow debutantes Puerto Rico 86-36, as the Central American side endured a nightmare opening -half. They recorded just six points, which set an unwanted record for fewest points in a half in the modern era.

As for Belgium, they enjoyed coasting to their first success, with Kyara Linskens taking the honor of scoring her country's opening basket in the tournament.

"I don't know if scoring our first basket really means a whole lot, but it was just important that we had a good start as a team - both in the game itself and also the tournament," said the center, as Belgium handed out a dazzling 29 assists in the contest.

"Our defense was not as good in the second half - even though we went into half-time and the Coach told us to try and keep our focus.

"Now we have Japan and Spain, which means our defense will have to be better as they are good shooters from outside and we must be ready." 

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