Croatia Strike Early Against Belgium

Croatia rolled to a 103-81 home triumph over Belgium on the first day of the EuroBasket Women 2009 Additional Qualifying Round.

Ana Lelas, who is enjoying an outstanding season with Bourges in the EuroLeague Women, led six players in double figures with 23 points for the winners.

The Croatians, entering this phase of the competition after just two victories in their eight games last year in Division A, reeled off the first five points of the contest and stayed in front the rest of the way.

With 3:42 still remaining in the first quarter, Ivana Jurcevic buried a shot from the arc for a 22-12 lead and took her points haul to nine.

Lelas followed with another three for a 25-12 advantage.

By the end of the opening frame, Croatia had a 34-15 stranglehold on proceedings

Belgium twice closed the gap to 10 points in the second quarter but got no closer.

Sara Leemans had a game-high 29 points for Belgium, who were 2-4 in Division A last year.

The visitors were out-rebounded 42-27.


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