Slovak Republic76-71

8-12, 15-10, 24-19, 19-25, 10-5

Croatia

 

Date: 15.09.2004, 17:00hGroup:  BVenue:   Ruzomberok (SVK)
Referees:  Peter Vigh (HUN), Marcin Kowalski (POL)
TEAM LEADERS
Slovak Republic Croatia
Zuzana Zirková (27)PtsSandra Mandir (29)
Jana Furkova (9)RebKorana Zanze (11)
Zuzana Zirková (4)AS3 players tied with 2
Jana Furkova (6), Ivana Jalcová (6)ST3 players tied with 3
Alena Kovacova (1)BSKatarina Maloca (1)

GAME REPORT

16.09.2004
Slovakia Edge Third Win

The Slovakian women's team claimed a hard-fought 76-71 overtime victory over Croatia on Wednesday - their third win out of three in Group B - to move a step closer to qualifying for the European Championships.

Zuzana Zirkova had 27 points in the overtime thriller against Croatia
Guard Zuzana Zirkova was in unstoppable form, and her 27-point haul helped the hosts overcome a 12-8 deficit after a nervous first quarter, to battle back to go 47-41 up at the end of the third.

However the Slovaks allowed Croatia back into the contest late on, and the outstanding Sandra Popovic, who top scored with 29 points, helped lead an offensive onslaught to take the game into overtime with the score locked at 66-66.

Slovakia then regained their composure to secure the win to leave coach Jozef Resetar a relieved man.

"I would like to say that Croatia is a very good team with a good organised style in defence and offence," he told www.basket.sk.

"Our opponents played a good defence against us so our shooting percentage was low. We had chances to win this game in the final minutes of regulation but Croatia showed their power.

"We lost possession in this part of the game and we had to foul. We nearly lost the game because of these mistakes but we had more luck than Croatia in overtime."

Even if the performance at the end of regulation was not up to scratch for the coach, Resetar was aware that getting the right result was crucial.

"This third win is very important," he added.

Croatia coach Viktor Kovac said: "We were not favourites for this game but our aim was to win.

"We lost but at least the final result made me happy because the score could be important in the end of this qualification.

"We had two problems today - Zuzana Zirkova and her performance in the second half, and turnovers. We lost 26 balls today and that is too much.

"We lost this game because of these two factors."

Next up for Slovakia is a home clash against Ukraine in Bratislava on Saturday, while Croatia face Latvia in Porec on the same day.

Top performers

Slovak Republic Croatia

Zuzana Zirková

 

Sandra Mandir

27Pts29
8Reb4
4AS1
1ST1
0BS0

Accumulated statistics

Slovak Republic Croatia
29/69FG M/A26/51
23/51 (45.1%) FG2P M/A17/35 (48.6%)
6/18 (33.3%) FG3P M/A9/16 (56.3%)
12/17 (70.6%) FT M/A10/15 (66.7%)
26 (7-19) Reb (O-D) 26 (1-25)
12AS9
19TO26
22ST11
1BS1
19PF18
76Pts71
SLOVAK REPUBLIC
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Kupcikova, L. 20/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0000000000
5Mracnova, Z. DNP
6Kubatova, G. DNP
7Zirková, Z. 4510/1855.69/1369.21/520.06/785.72684510327
8Svitekova, A. 40/10.00/10.00/00.00/00.0000000010
9Bucakova, S. 413/1717.61/911.12/825.01/250.0011324019
10Ivanova, M. DNP
11Kovacova, A. 375/1241.75/1241.70/00.01/250.03142221511
12Lásková, L. 151/333.31/333.30/00.00/00.0101022002
13Jalcová, I. 357/1353.84/850.03/560.00/00.00331560517
14Michulková, L. 100/10.00/10.00/00.00/00.0000101010
15Furkova, J. 363/475.03/475.00/00.04/666.71891360310
TOTAL29/ 6942.023/ 5145.16/ 1833.312/1770.67192612192211976
CROATIA
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Mandir, S. 3910/1283.35/771.45/5100.04/4100.00441510329
5Jelavic, A. 413/1127.32/633.31/520.04/944.40221530311
6Ivezic, J. DNP
8Maloca, K. 425/771.45/683.30/10.00/00.01672831310
9Erceg, B. 90/10.00/10.00/00.00/00.0000100000
10Jurcevic, I. 214/850.01/425.03/475.00/00.00000110111
12Raguz, M. 210/10.00/10.00/00.02/2100.0011233052
13Bedalov, G. DNP
14Zanze, K. 454/1136.44/1040.00/10.00/00.001111240038
15Soda, S. 70/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0011000000
TOTAL26/ 5151.017/ 3548.69/ 1656.310/1566.7125269261111871
Legend
MinMinutes playedTotTotal reboundsBSBlocked shots
M/AMade/AttemptsASAssistsPtsPoints
%Shooting percentagePFPersonal fouls*Starters
OOffensive reboundsTOTurnoversDNPDid Not Play
DDefensive reboundsSTStealsFGField Goals
+/-Team's net points while on courtCCommitted foulsDDrawn fouls

TOP PERFORMERS

Slovak Republic Croatia

Zuzana Zirková

 

Sandra Mandir

27Pts29
8Reb4
4AS1
1ST1
0BS0
45Min39

TEAM STATS

Slovak Republic Croatia
29/69FG M/A26/51
23/51 (45.1%) FG2P M/A17/35 (48.6%)
6/18 (33.3%) FG3P M/A9/16 (56.3%)
12/17 (70.6%) FT M/A10/15 (66.7%)
26 (7-19) Reb (O-D) 26 (1-25)
12AS9
19TO26
22ST11
1BS1
19PF18
76Pts71