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FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2019 Semifinals Preview: France, Spain, Great Britain, Serbia look to win medals

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Bria Hartley and Astou Ndour just helped their national teams clinch an Olympic qualifying berth. Now, it’s time to win a medal.

Spain and Chicago Sky center Astou Ndour is among the WNBA stars playing in the Women’s EuroBasket semifinals.
Photo credit should read ILMARS ZNOTINS/AFP/Getty Images

The FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2019 semifinals are on Saturday, July 6, featuring four teams who have already clinched berths to next year’s Olympic qualifying tournament. But the quarterfinal losers aren’t out of it just yet: They will play a playoff game to try to punch their tickets as well.

Who won the quarterfinals?

  • Great Britain defeated Hungary, 62-59
  • Spain defeated Russia, 78-54
  • France defeated Belgium in overtime, 84-80
  • Serbia defeated Sweden, 87-49

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.

Olympic qualifier consolation game information

The first two games on Saturday are consolation games with Olympic qualifying tournament spots on the line.

Belgium vs. Hungary

When: Saturday, July 6, at 6:30 a.m. ET

Where: Belgrade, Serbia

Notable WNBA players: Belgium has Emma Meesseman (Mystics) and Kim Mestdagh (Mystics). Hungary has Yvonne Turner (Mercury).

Keys to the matchup: The Belgians should enter this game as favorites. However, they have lost three games to traditional European powers like Belarus, Serbia and France in late-game situations. Hungary isn’t as strong, but Yvonne Turner could make things interesting.

Russia vs. Sweden

When: Saturday, July 6, at 9 a.m. ET

Where: Belgrade, Serbia

Notable WNBA players: Russia has Maria Vadeeva (Sparks) and Sweden has Amanda Zahui B (Liberty).

Keys to the matchup: The Swedish look to upset the Russians and get closer to earning their first-ever berth in a world tournament. Russia looks to get back toward the world stage with a win after missing the 2016 Olympics and the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup.

Semifinals game information

France vs. Great Britain

When: Saturday, July 6, at 12 p.m. ET

Where: Belgrade, Serbia

Notable WNBA players: France has Bria Hartley (Liberty) and Marine Johannès (Liberty). Great Britain has Temi Fagbenle (Lynx).

Keys to the matchup: After Thursday’s big win over Belgium, the French should be favorites tonight against the British. That said, Great Britain looks to continue their historic run, though they won’t have the depth France brings tonight.

Spain vs. Serbia

When: Saturday, July 6, at 2:30 p.m. ET

Where: Belgrade, Serbia

Notable WNBA players: Spain has Astou Ndour (Sky).

Keys to the matchup: This will be the presumptive match of the night since it features two of Europe’s perennial powers. Serbia may not have any active WNBA players, but Ana Dabović, Sonja Petrović and Jelena Brooks are the team’s top players and spent time playing in America.