With Germany estabishing and sustaining a ten point lead early on, star 4.5 handicap players Marina Mohnen and Gesche Schunemann led a display of accurate shooting from their team. In contrast to more errant shooting from the Netherlands through the first half, Germany top scorer Schunemann was 100% on nine two-point attempts (20 points first half). The score at halftime reflected this, with a 39-31 lead for Germany.
Germany’s attacks and shots came mainly from the sides of the three-point line, but there was little the Netherlands could do about this with the German team proving to be successful in complementary shorter passes and exchanges. Though the Netherlands had been dominant winners through their group and knockout matches, it was going to be up to them to come up with something different in the second half.
Responding by marking their opponents much more tightly, the Netherlands prevented the German team from shooting with as much accuracy as they had done before the halftime break. Netherlands guard Inge Huitzing (double-double for the match of 32 points, 10 rebounds) was the one complementing this in attack, claiming rebounds, providing assists and scoring aplenty herself in a comprehensive performance.
But despite a valient fightback in front of the equally spirited oranjegekte culminating in the gap being narrowed to four points with five minutes to go, the Netherlands were unable to prevent Germany from closing out the victory. Gesche Schunemann’s numerous defensive rebounds and two-point shots (double-double for the match of 26 points,16 rebounds) proved the difference, earning her the game’s MVP award.
MVP: Marina Mohnen (Germany)