Italy pulling away in the third period to beat Belgium
Belgium, playing their second game of the series, did not have the best of starts and trailed (4-0).
Sara Leemans scored Belgium's first point after two minutes of play.
Then Belgium managed to go in front (7-6) after a trey from Laurence Van Malderen. The lead was to change on several occasions during the first period with Italy edging the quarter (22-20).
During the second period neither side was able to take command of the match. The hosts managed to get the lead back (28-24) and despite the Italians levelling the score, Belgium still had the advantage (38-33) after 17 minutes of play.
Belgium started to accumulate fouls. Italy seized the opportunity to go on a 12-2 run to regain the lead and go into the interval leading (47-43).
The Italians took control during the third period. With 24 minutes played Raffaella Masciadri put Italy 10 points up (55-45).
Belgium were unable to bring the score down and went into the final period trailing (56-67).
Then they went all out in the final period to try and save the game but their foul problems hampered their progress and Italy held on to their advantage to win (81-69).
Van Malderen led the scoring with 21 points for Belgium while Simona Ballardini scored 17 points for Italy.