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FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2019 Quarterfinals Preview: Spain, France among teams looking to qualify for pre-Olympic tournament

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Bria Hartley, Emma Meesseman and Astou Ndour are among the WNBA players who will represent European teams in the quarterfinals.

New York Liberty guard Bria Hartley (right) has been a much-needed reinforcement for the France women’s national team.
Photo credit should read ILMARS ZNOTINS/AFP/Getty Images

FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2019 is underway, with the tournament now in the quarterfinals. Of the eight remaining teams in the tournament, six of them will get berths to the 2020 Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

FIBA Europe is world’s most competitive continental region, and any of the remaining teams can win it all!

Who won the groups?

  • Group A: Spain won with a 3-0 record
  • Group B: France won with a 3-0 record
  • Group C: Hungary won with a 2-1 record
  • Group D: Serbia won with a 3-0 record

How can I watch the games?

All games can be streamed on WatchESPN. If you have cable/satellite TV or an OTT (over-the-top) provider like Roku, you can watch online with a $4.99/month ESPN+ subscription. LiveBasketball.TV also offers a paid subscription.

Quarterfinals game information

Hungary vs. Great Britain

When: Thursday, July 4, at 6:30 a.m. ET

Where: Belgrade, Serbia

Notable WNBA players: Hungary has Yvonne Turner (Mercury) and Great Britain has Temi Fagbenle (Lynx).

Keys to the matchup: The British finished second in Group A and played Spain close in a 67-59 loss in the group stage. They have otherwise won every game by double digits. The Hungarians are the underdogs, however, since all of their games were decided by single digits. Their lone loss was 59-58 to Turkey, who finished last in their group.

Spain vs. Russia

When: Thursday, July 4, at 9 a.m. ET

Where: Belgrade, Serbia

Notable WNBA players: Spain has Astou Ndour (Sky) while Russia has Maria Vadeeva (Sparks).

Keys to the matchup: The Spanish have been without UMMC Ekaterinburg forward Alba Torrens due to injury. Ndour has stepped up to be the Spaniards’ leading scorer at 14.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. She will face off against Vadeeva, who led the Russians out of a very tough Group D and is averaging 17.0 points and 9 rebounds per game. Spain should still be favored to win, but it will be a close game.

France vs. Belgium

When: Thursday, July 4, at 12:30 p.m. ET

Where: Belgrade, Serbia

Notable WNBA players: France has Bria Hartley (Liberty) and Marine Johannès (Liberty). Belgium has Emma Meesseman (Mystics) and Kim Mestdagh (Mystics).

Keys to the matchup: This is the presumptive game of the day. France and Belgium share a common border, language, history and much more. Plus, France has two Liberty players and Belgium has two Mystics players. In last year’s FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup, Belgium beat France 86-65 in the quarterfinals thanks to their high-powered backcourt of Mestdagh and Julie Allemand. But France now has Hartley to boost their backcourt after last year’s loss. Could her addition be what the French need to defeat the Belgians?

Serbia vs. Sweden

When: Thursday, July 4, at 2:30 p.m. ET

Where: Belgrade, Serbia

Notable WNBA players: Sweden has Amanda Zahui B (Liberty).

Keys to the matchup: The Serbians rode home-court advantage in the “Group of Death” as one of the hosts to get to the quarterfinals. Sonja Petrović is their leading scorer with 13.0 points per game. Amanda Zahui B. is leading the Swedish with 16.3 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. Expect Serbia to punch its Olympic qualifiers ticket here.