Great Britain’s women defeated hosts Belgium 95-69 to win the Tournoi 4 Nations in Liege on Sunday.

It was a polished all-round performance from Tom Maher’s side, as they took charge from the second quarter, defensively shutting down the Belgium attack and dominating on the boards at both ends, allowing for easy scores.

For the second game running, Natalie Stafford led Great Britain with 21 points and she also pulled down six rebounds.

“I thought we did a good job defensively although we fouled a lot throughout the game, but we did improve our defensive switches and we got quite a few steals in the game leading to us getting some good lay-ups,” Stafford said.

“No doubt for us, this was an improvement and a good step forwards going to the Olympics.”

Jo Leedham supported with 16 points, while Manchester-born forward Julie Page hit 13.

Despite a slow beginning from both sides, the pace of the game quickened, leading to GB taking a slender 24-22 lead at the end of the first quarter.

It was from the second period that Great Britain showed its class, going on a 19-3 burst in the final five minutes to lead 51-35 at the half.

Belgium were a beaten side from there, as GB pushed the lead to 20 mid-way through the third quarter and maintained their cushion to lead 74-54 going into the final ten minutes where they controlled the tempo to record an easy victory.

GB’s next outing is next weekend at the two-day Standard Life Game On Tournament in Edinburgh when Maher’s squad faces Canada in friendlies on Saturday and Sunday at Meadowbank.


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