Anete Jekabsone-Zogota scored 28 points to help Latvia prevail over the Slovak Republic 71-63.
Jekabsone-Zogota, the 2005 FIBA Europe Young Woman Player of the Year, scored 15 of the 28 on five three-point field goals as Latvia posted their second win in three games.
|Zuzana Zirkova scored 26 for the Slovak Republic.|
Through the first three and half quarters, no teams would have a lead greater than six points, setting the stage for a close finish.
Zirkova, who finished with 26 points, made a pair of free-throws to put the Slovak Republic up 58-57 just inside the four minute mark of the fourth quarter.
Ieva Kublina made a three-pointer for Latvia with 3:07 to go and following a turnover on the Slovak Republic’s next possession, Jekabsone-Zogota buried a three-pointer, putting Latvia ahead 63-58 with just over two minutes to play.
The two teams exchanged baskets on their next possessions, so the Slovak Republic still had a chance to cut into the five-point lead with just over a minute to play.
But Ivana Jalcova missed a three and Latvia took possession.
Jekabsone-Zogota was fouled and sent to the line with 42 seconds remaining. She calmly made both to put her squad ahead 67-60.
The Slovak Republic hopes of a comeback came to an end on their next possession when they turned the ball over.
Latvia would go on to make four free throws in the final 30 seconds to clinch the victory.
The Slovak Republic next play Belgium on Saturday.
Latvia will also play Belgium in the next contest, which takes place on Wednesday.