Croatia did just enough to hold off Romania as they emerged from a tense finish with a 66-64 win in a EuroBasket Women qualifying Group C clash on Wednesday night.
Having trailed 52-51 early in the fourth quarter, Croatia soon took the lead but could not shake off Romania.
Petra Stampalija's lay-up with 2:09 gave them a seven-point lead, 63-56, but they could not hold it as Claudia Pop made a lay-up and then adding a jump-shot to cut the lead to three.
|Marta Cakic had 13 points for Croatia|
Jelavic missed a pair of free throws to give Romania their chance, but Ildiko Vass came up empty on a jumper, and Ilijanic split a pair of free throws to put Croatia up by four with three seconds to go.
There was still time for Maria Pascalau to hit a jump-shot for Romania, but they could do nothing to catch their hosts.
Marta Cakic led Croatia with 13 points while Jelavic had 11 points and Stampalija collected 10 points and nine rebounds.
Romania wasted 22 points and nine rebounds from Pascalau.
The win is only Croatia's second of a tough campaign, lifting them to 2-4, while Romania stay last in Group C at 1-4.