Referees: Marco Giansanti (ITA), Ilona Kucerova (CZE), Igor Poljansek (SLO)
Serbia Need OT To Turn Back Hungary
Kaja Stankovic hit the tying jumper in the very last seconds of the fourth quarter to force overtime and Snezana Colic finished the job with a key three pointer in the extra period to give Serbia victory over Hungary 64-54. Dijana Stancic contributed 20 points and Colic added 17 for the winners.
Serbia had a slightly better start in the first quarter behind six points by Colic, but Hungary's Flóra Szabó drove inside and hit the jumper that reduced the margin to one point 10-11 just before the buzzer.
Hungary couldn't pick up their offensive rhythm until the end of the second quarter when they concentrated on the defense and Bettina Berta converted a steal into points to give her team a 21-20 advantage with 0:21 left in the first half.
Brigita Barta hit a few jumpers, added a pair of free throws and was the only scoring player for Hungary in the third quarter until Lilla Adamecz joined her with five minutes left, but Serbia responded with an 8-1 run behind two three pointers by Stancic and a jumper by Jovana Dordevic which left Hungary trailing 34-30 before the final quarter.
Adamecz took over the offensive tasks from Barta and made two free throws before nailing a tough three-pointer, but Stankovic tied the score with a jumper at 46-46 and sent both teams to extra time.
Colic fired the bomb to push her team ahead 56-51 and that appeared to be a pivotal moment that helped Serbia secure the 63-54 win over Hungary.