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Group:  C | 01.09.2007, 16:00h
Group:  C | 01.09.2007, 16:00h
61-66
16 - 2216 - 1414 - 1115 - 19
16 - 2216 - 1414 - 1115 - 19
Venue: Kiev (UKR) |
Spectators: 450 |
Referees: Fatih Söylemezoglu (TUR), Iskren Manolov (BUL)

GAME REPORT


Slovakia Put Away Ukraine Late

Lucia Lásková keyed a decisive 10-0 run in the fourth quarter with a made jump shot as Slovakia got off to a winning start in the additional qualifying tournament for the EuroBasket Women.

The Slovakians prevailed 66-61 in Kiev, leaving themselves and Sweden with one win in Group C and Ukraine 0-2.

Trailing 51-50 with less than seven minutes remaining, Lásková’s basket gave Slovakia a 51-50 lead.

Zuzana Zirková, who had 22 points to lead the Slovakians, followed with a three-pointer, and then Anna Jurcenkova went up strong for a lay-up.

Bronislava Borovickova capped the burst with another three-pointer - one of eight drilled on the night by the Slovakians – to leave them in command at 60-51 with five minutes remaining.

The closest Ukraine would get would be four points, but that was 65-61 with only 10 seconds remaining.

They fouled Borovickova and she converted one of two at the line for the five-point win.

After the match, Slovakia coach Vladimir Karnay admitted on www.basket.sk: "The game against Ukraine was a little bit harder than I expected.

"Our players started badly and they were very nervous during the first minutes of this game. I am satisfied with the key players of our team but Bronislava Borovickova played a good game today as well."

The Slovakians were just 19 of 50 (38%) inside the arc but eight of 17 (47.1%) beyond it.

Ukraine, led by Olexandra Gorbunova’s 23 points and nine rebounds, did much of their damage at the free throw line where they sank 20 of 28 (71.4%).

Slovakia will have to improve on their foul shooting because on Saturday, they were an abysmal four of 12 (33.3%).

Next up in the group is a battle between Sweden and Slovakia in Poprad on September 5.

Accumulated statistics

28.3%

17/60
FG
M/A

40.3%

27/67

30.3%

10/33
FG2P
M/A

38.0%

19/50

25.9%

7/27
FG3P
M/A

47.1%

8/17

71.4%

20/28
FT
M/A

33.3%

4/12

43

14/29
RT
RO/RD

50

16/34

7

AS

11

16

TO

17

10

ST

12

4

BS

2

15

PF

21

61

Pts

66

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