ZKK Croatia nearly pulled off a remarkable upset on Thursday night in the EuroCup Women, overturning a 19-point deficit in the last 10 minutes of their game with DKSK Miskolc to only fall agonisingly short of victory.
ZKK, who made the FIBA Europe Cup Women Final Four in 2005, dug themselves into a hole after leading by as many as seven points in the second quarter.
But from leading 23-30, ZKK were outscored 42-16 over the next 18 minutes by DKSK and trailed 65-46 at the end of the third quarter.
It took DKSK five minutes to register their first field goal of the final period, by which time ZKK had reduced their opponents' lead to 10 points, 65-55.
Dea Klein-Sumanovac and Yelena Solovyeva were the architects of the remarkable comeback attempt and they combined for 19 points in the fourth quarter.
A Solovyeva lay-up with just over one minute to play brought ZKK to within three points, 71-68, and Ivezic added a jump shot to cut the lead to one, 71-70.
But despite their poor form in the quarter, DKSK found the right play at the right time to hold on for the win. It was Ambrus who took the initiative and after a foul from Klein-Sumanovac, drained two free throws to put her side up 73-70.
With just 13 seconds remaining, ZKK were nearly out of time and although they managed two free throws, it was not enough to complete the comeback.
Ambrus top scored for DKSK with 20 points and also grabbed 9 rebounds.
Klein-Sumanovac had 22 points for ZKK.