Day 6 and the last women’s game of the day featured an endearing matchup between Germany and the Netherlands. Both teams entered the game undefeated.
The first quarter was exhilarating and fast paced. The Germans scored first and the Netherlands quickly responded. But it was the Netherlands No15 Mariska Beijer dominant showing, which propelled the team into the lead scoring 9 points in the first quarter. The German opposition had no answer for her.
During the second quarter the Dutch lead grew to as much as 11. The Germans clawed their way back into it closing the gap to 8 at end the end of the second quarter the score 27-19.
The story of the half was the dynamic duo of M. Beijer and I. Huitzing who gave the Germans fits; they were so perfectly in sync. Mariska finished the half with an incredible 15 points and 6 rebounds. Her teammate No4, Inge Huitzing, finished with 8 assists at the half, most of them predominantly coming from passing to Mariska Beijer. The Netherlands defense was stifling forcing the Germans to commit 13 turnovers at the half.
During the beginning of the third quarter both teams struggled to make a basket out of the gate missing shots early on, until the Netherlands Cher Korver No11 scored with the short jumper at the 8:25 mark. The Netherlands found their scoring groove once again scoring 15 points in the third quarter of the game, and defensively held the Germans to just 5 points the whole quarter. At the end of the third quarter the point differential was 18 points. The score at the end of the third was 42-24 to the Netherlands.
The Germans had their best scoring quarter in the fourth scoring 13 points, as did the Netherlands who eclipsed their previous high by pouring in 16 points of their own. The deficit was too much to overcome for the Germans. The Germans battled all they way but couldn’t find an answer for the dominant Mariska who finished the game with a game high 27 points to lead all scorers. The final score 58-37 to the Netherlands. Germanys No10, Gesche Schunemann, had an impressive showing with a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds. Germany’s No14, Marina Mohnen, carried the scoring load for the Germans with 12 points.
1. M.Beijer 27 points
2. l.Huitzing 11 points
3. J, Visser & C. Korver tied with 8 points
1. M.Mohnen 12 points,
2. G.Schunemann 11points, 13 rebounds
3. A.Zeyen 7 points
MVP: Mariska Beijer (Netherlands)