Slovenia took a first step towards EuroBasket Women with a 79-59 road win over Israel in qualifying action on Wednesday.
Slovenia, always one of the top national sides in the men's game, have yet to reproduce the same results in women's basketball and have never qualified to EuroBasket Women's final round.
But Wednesday's result was an encouraging one for Slovenia against an Israel side that played in EuroBasket Women as recently as 2003.
It was Slovenia who proved to be the strongest team right from the off and Maja Erkic began proceedings with five consecutive points for the visitors. Slovenia led for the entire first quarter, but it was in the second that they really surged ahead.
Israel scored the first nine points of the quarter to take a 21-19 lead, but that was just the right wake-up call for Slovenia.
A 12-0 run saw the Slovenians open up a double digit lead, 35-23 and they finished the half ahead, 40-26.
After trailing for the entire third quarter, Israel's final hope came at the start of the fourth when a Meirav Dori three-pointer cut the score to 55-50. However, Slovenia answered with a 7-0 run and maintained a two digit lead for the remainder of the contest.
Mojca Markovic top scored for Slovenia with 17 points, while Erkic had 16 and Katarina Ristic came off the bench to tally 15.
Liron Cohen led the way for Israel with 21.
Slovenia look to continue their winning ways against Ukraine on Saturday.
Israel face Turkey.