The Standard Life Great Britain women soundly defeated hosts Belgium 95-69 on Sunday evening in Liege to finish the Tournoi 4 Nations on top of the table with a 2-1 record after the Ukraine defeated previously unbeaten Germany in the earlier game of the day.
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. GB out-rebounded their opponents overall 43-24.
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. We improved 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, leaving Maher a happy man.
"We're not getting too carried away with the win, we're not at that level to be doing that yet but in these last two games, our positive aggression has jumped to a new level which is great to see," he said.
Maher added: "We are now showing a new and improved mental toughness which is great and technically, we are still trying to get through things but we have a long way to go and time is on our side."
Jasmina Roseel led Belgium's scoring with 22 points.
GB will now head home to play two test matches against Canada next Saturday and Sunday afternoon in Edinburgh.
In a roundup of the weekend action for GB's Women, we start with Temi Fagbenle who had two great performances, one win and one loss, over the weekend. On Saturday her NCAA Division 1 side Harvard, were up against Long Beach State 49ers where she went head-to-head with fellow GB player Ella Clark.
In our regular report card, we follow the progress of more of the players who will be looking to make the Standard Life GB squad for next summer's EuroBasket qualifiers. Here is a summary of some of the highlights from the weekend games.
GB Standard Life players Devon van Oostrum and Jo Leedham are being considered for the most prestigious individual honours in European Basketball, as FIBA Europe announces the nominees for its annual Player of the Year awards for 2013.