France had beaten Poland last month by over 40 points in a preparation game. But the French coach Arnaud Guppillotte was aware of the danger and had to work hard in keeping his players focused for this game.
Things started well for France with a three-ball by Esther Moisan Niamke with the first shot of the game. Christelle Diallo (in picture) who was to have her best game of the tournament till now made it (5-0).
Poland managed to draw level at (5-5). But France were soon on their way for good with a 9-0 run started by Lola De Angelis and concluded by Diallo (14-5) with less than six minutes played.
Poland are fighters and the remaining four minutes were an offensive festival from both sides. The French players came out on top (29-16).
France settled down during the second quarter and played much better defensively.
Jodie Cornelie (right) took over the offensive duties from Diallo. By half time France led by 20 points (49-29).
Guppillotte continued to turn his bench so that his players would remain focused. By the end of the third quarter the spectacle was over (69-42).
All 12 players from France scored and only Sara Chevaugeon (she is not 100% due to a knock picked up during the qualifying round) played less than 10 minutes.
The intensity dropped during the final quarter. By then France was home and dry.
Dominika Owczarzak was the leading scorer for Poland with 14 points while Monika Skrzecz and Magdalena Wojdalska had 11 and 10 points each.
French players: Romane Bernies 9, Claire Stievenard 2, Esther Moisan Niamke 8 (3 assists), Olivia Epoupa 2 (3 assists), Mamignan Touré 2, Alice Nayo 8, Sara Chevaugeon 2, Margaux Galliou-Loko 11, Jodie Cornelie 14, Lola De Angelis 6, Christelle Diallo 14 (9 rebounds and 3 assists), Marie Mbuyamba 3
Due to the fact that Romania's classification game was shown on local television, the final quarter-final had to be played in smaller arena.
Emma Meesseman (in picture) came up big for Belgium during the last 90 seconds of the game as she outscored Turkey by herself 6-0 to take Belgium into the semi-final (60-58).
Meesseman finished the game with a complete statistic line of 24 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. When she was not scoring Antonia Delaere took over and finished the match with 15 points while Julie Vanloo dished out 4 assists while scoring 7 points on a poor shooting game by her standards.
For Turkey Ayse Cora was the go-to player. She led her side with 20 points but ended up missing the shot to take the game into overtime. Olcay Cakir followed up with 18 points and 10 rebounds while Özge Kavurmacioglu finished with 11 points.
Belgium were lucky that Turkey had an off day from the free-throw line with 14-from-23 but Meesseman was unstoppable when it mattered most.