Slim Pickings For Kovacik

06 May 2014
7. Zuzana Zirková (Good Angels Kosice)
The name of Zuzana Zirková is the big positive on a depleted Slovak roster

New Slovak Republic head coach Maros Kovacik will be without several key players when his team steps out in the EuroBasket Women 2015 2nd Qualifying Round next month.

As many as ten players who would have pushed hard for a spot in the play-caller's first ever final roster at the senior level, are all out and that leaves him with much slimmer pickings to choose from than he would have initially hoped for.

The Good Angels Kosice coach will be without the top three offensive contributors from EuroBasket Women 2013, with Lucia Kupcikova, Romana Vynuchalova and Klaudia Lukacovicova all absent from the 14-name roster.

Playmaker Gabriella Kubatova is also missing, while there is to be no return for EuroLeague Women guard Ivana Jalcova who played the pivotal role in getting her nation to France.

On a more positive note, Kovacik could field up to five of his own club players and most notably, the legendary Zuzana Zirkova.

The 34-year-old looks set to end her five-year hiatus from the international stage, having last stepped out at EuroBasket Women Final Round in Latvia during 2009, when she produced some typically scintillating displays. She recently came out of retirement to play with Good Angels Kosice.

There are also a couple of very important returnees in Anna Jurcenkova and Katarina Tetemondova, who played in EuroLeague Women with UE Sopron and BK Imos Brno last season.

Slovak Republic will compete with Luxembourg, Poland and Slovenia in Group A.*

The full roster is as follows: Katarina Tetemondova (UE Sopron), Anna Jurcenkova (BK IMOS Brno), Timea Sujova (SBK Samorin), Eva Kmeťova (MBK Ruzomberok), Lucia Krc-Turbova (Piestanske Cajky), Zuzana Brezianova (MBK Ruzomberok), Dominika Baburova (MBK Ruzomberok), Barbora Balintova (Good Angels Kosice), Katarina Pindrochova (Good Angels Kosice), Martina Kissova (Good Angels Kosice), Zuzana Zirkova (Good Angels Kosice), Zofia Hruscakova (Good Angels Kosice), Maria Felixova (Piestanske Cajky), Sabina Oroszova (Dartmouth University)

*The participation of the Slovak Republic in the EuroBasket Women 2015 2nd Qualifying Round is subject to the national federation meeting the requirements of FIBA in order to have a current suspension lifted.


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