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Group:  C | 10.09.2008, 17:00h
Group:  C | 10.09.2008, 17:00h
67-52
18 - 2013 - 1124 - 1412 - 7
18 - 2013 - 1124 - 1412 - 7
Venue: Spisska Nova Ves (SVK) |
Spectators: 1200 |
Referees: Jasmina Juras (SRB), Damir Javor (SLO)

GAME REPORT


Slovakia Rally Against Croatia To Secure Qualification

Slovakia defeated Croatia 67-52 in Spisska Nova Ves on Wednesday night to clinch a place in next year's EuroBasket Women in Riga, Latvia.

The Slovakians, coached by Pokey Chatman, improved to 5-3 and though Hungary could still equal their record, Slovakia would win the head-to-head tie-breaker on a superior goal differential in their two games.

France (6-1) assured themselves of a first-place finish with their overtime win over the Hungarians on Saturday.

On Wednesday, Croatia made Slovakia sweat with the score knotted at 31-31 at half-time.

The visitors even led 36-33 early in the third quarter.

The decisive blows were landed when Slovakia outscored Croatia 14-4 over the last 5:18 of the third quarter for a 55-45 lead.

Slovakian center Anna Jurcenkova poured in six of her 12 points in that decisive run.

The closest Croatia would get the rest of the way was 55-50.

Zuzana Zirková ended up with 19 points and six rebounds to lead Slovakia with Lucia Kupcikova pouring in 17 and hauling in five boards.

Marta Cakic had 12 points and eight rebounds for Croatia.

 

 

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Slovakia vs. Croatia

Pockey Chatman, Slovakia coach:

"I'm going through some great emotions  right now. I want to thank all the girls for their performance today and for the moments that we are going through right now. The game was very tight; five minutes before the end I was still only hoping that we go through and 50 seconds before the end I was pretty sure that we will win and qualify."

Zuzana Žirková, Slovakia captain:

"I'm happy that it ended up this way. After a long time there is a very good group of girls in the national team. The pressure on us was pretty big; Saturday in Romania and today as well. Our great fans helped us a lot."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

50.0%

28/56
FG
M/A

33.9%

21/62

55.6%

25/45
FG2P
M/A

38.5%

15/39

27.3%

3/11
FG3P
M/A

26.1%

6/23

100.0%

8/8
FT
M/A

50.0%

4/8

33

4/29
RT
RO/RD

39

15/24

15

AS

11

11

TO

19

15

ST

5

0

BS

1

15

PF

13

67

Pts

52

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