Our Belgian ladies abroad - Emma Meesseman, player of the month

Part 2 - 03 / 12 / 2012


There are not many games left before the Christmas break, slowly but steadily the year 2012 comes to an end. Most of the Belgian expatriate players are already looking forward to coming home and spending the holiday season amongst their loved ones, but before that a lot of effort and dedication is still demanded from them.

Ann Wauters (Galatasaray/Tur)
Our Belgian ladies abroad - Emma Meesseman, player of the month
Ann Wauters led her team Galatasaray Istanbul to a 54-67 victory against Botas last weekend. Ann was once more the topscorer and toprebounder of the game with 20 points and 9 rebounds while playing for 23 minutes. Galatasaray has now won four games in a row and is second in standings behind Fenerbahce with a 6-1 record. Galatasaray is playing on Wednesday against Wauter’s former team Ekaterinburg in the Euroleague. It is the big showdown between the two only undefeated teams of the competition. Some other good news for Galatasaray: Spanish star player Alba Torrens who has been side-lined for several months after a serious ACL knee injury seems to able to join her team again in only a few weeks.

Anke de Mondt (Wisla Krakow/Pol)
Our Belgian ladies abroad - Emma Meesseman, player of the month
Anke de Mondt and her Polish team Wisla Can-Pak have a past week with ups and downs. First they won last Wednesday against Rivas Ecopolis in the Euroleague with 62-66. It was their second consecutive win in that competition and the 33 year old Belgian swingman Anke de Mondt contributed with 3 rebounds and 3 assists to that victory. It was a great night for her teammate Tina Charles who had an impressive double-double with 31 points and 11 rebounds. Next up, they will face the Turkish team Tarsus tomorrow. Later in the weekend however, Wisla struggled against Pruszkow in the Polish competition and was handed a 68-51 loss. Anke’s 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists were not enough to prevent the defeat. Wisla stays third in the competition with a 8-2 record followed by Pruszkow with a 6-5 record.

Kathy Wambe (Schio/Ita)
Our Belgian ladies abroad - Emma Meesseman, player of the month
Kathy Wambe and Familia Schio were off the last gameday in the Euroleague. They had some rest to prepare for the big game amongst the leaders of group B tomorrow: Familia Schio (4-1) against Fenerbahce (4-1). In the Italian A1, they had a pretty easy game this weekend. They crushed Orvieto at home with a 20 points margin (66-46). Kathy Wambe’s teammate US center player Jantel Lavender, had an impressive game with 29 points and 8 rebounds. Kathy Wambe chipped in 6 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and handed out 4 assists for the winning side. With their five game winning streak Familia Schio stands at the top of the Italian competition with only one defeat.

Evelien Callens (VS Praha/Cze)
Our Belgian ladies abroad - Emma Meesseman, player of the month
Evelien Callens’ VS Praha has won a tight game with 81-79 against Trutnov in the first Czech division. The Belgian power power forward is still not back on the court after her knee surgery, but it should only be a matter of weeks until she is back. Her team is currently fifth among twelve contenders with a 8-5 record.

Emma Meesseman (ESBVA/Fra)
Our Belgian ladies abroad - Emma Meesseman, player of the month
Emma Meesseman (player of the month) and her team Villeneuve d’Ascq grabbed an important victory in Toulouse the past weekend. Against the higher ranked team Toulouse, they showed fighting spirit and ended the five-game winning streak of the newly promoted team. Villeneuve has now won two games in a row (3-8) and moved up to the 12th place in standings. They leave behind them Thibault Petit’s team Arras (2-9) and Romina Ciappina’s former team Union Hainaut (1-10). Emma started the game and recorded 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal along with 9 points for the winning side. Next weekend Villeneuve will have to face Eurocup contender Tarbes.
Romina Ciappina unfortunately has not yet found a new team so far.

Kim Mestdagh (#4 - Zamarat/Spa)
Our Belgian ladies abroad - Emma Meesseman, player of the month
First-year-professional Kim Mestdagh and her team Caja Rural Zamarat were handed a sour defeat. They lost with 81-69 against lower ranked Conquero. Kim only played for 11 minutes and did not have the best of her nights. Her team stays at fourth position with a 4-4 record. Kim’s sister, Hanne Mestdagh is in her sophomore year at the Colorado State University. She redshirted this year to work on her recovery and to keep her basketball eligibility for another three years. Her NCAA division 1 team has lost their past two games and has a 3-4 record so far in the season.

Hatti Nawhezi (Limoges/Fra)
Harriet (Hatti) Bende Nawhezi’s team Limoges got crushed once again in the second French division. They lost against Roche with 97-30. The ’94 born center however did not get any playing time that game. After nine games, her team still has to wait for their first victory of the season.

Elodie Lemmers (Racing Luxembourg/Lux)
Elodie Lemmer’s team Racing also still remains winless. Although both her (18 points, 6 rebounds, 5 steals, 2 assists) and Kayla Tetschlag (31 points, 15 rebounds, 2 steals) had a good night, they were unable to prevent a 69-77 defeat against T71 Dudelange.

Caroline Bourlioux (Lindenwood University/USA)
Caroline Bourlioux (Lindenwood University (NCAA Division II)) has been unable to lead her team to a victory in the past two games. Her 2 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, respectively, 2 points, 9 rebounds and 2 steals were not enough to prevent losses against McKendree University (71-86) and Missouri-St.Louis (62-67). - 2015