Slovak Republic80-72

16-20, 26-22, 15-25, 23-5

Russia

 

Date: 19.09.2003, 21:30hGroup:  BVenue:   Amaliada (GRE) Spectators: 300
Referees:  Zoran Sutulovic (MNE), Jakub Zamojski (POL)
TEAM LEADERS
Slovak Republic Russia
Zuzana Zirková (21)PtsIoulia Skopa (18)
Alena Kovacova (7)Reb3 players tied with 10
Jana Lichnerová (5)ASElena Baranova (6)
Zuzana Zirková (6)STIoulia Skopa (2), Irina Osipova (2)
BSMaria Stepanova (2)

GAME REPORT

19.09.2003
Slovak Republic 80 Russia 72

Russ-Slo09.jpg
Zuzana Zirkova had 21 points, 4 assists and 6 steals
Slovakia slew giants Russia 80-72 on the opening night of the women's European Championships
in Group B.

Peter Kovacik's surprise package held Russia to just two points during the first eight minutes of the fourth quarter and fought back to create the shock of the tournament on day one.

Russia, runners-up to France two years ago at the Europeans and again last summer at the World Championships to the United States, started this year's event in Greece as most of the experts' picks but they have fallen sensationally to a side which has struggled for most of the summer.

Having stumbled and bumbled their way through their preparation games - Slovakia suffered the indignity of losing to their B team in the Grand Prix Slovakia tournament - Slovakia now seem to have steadied a sinking ship.

What is amazing is that the Russians appeared to be in control, going on an 11-0 run at the end of the third quarter as they built a 67-57 advantage.

But Slovakia's defensive pressure, Russian mistakes and Zuzana Zirkova's much-needed offence brought the Slovaks back.

By the end of the game, Slovakia had limited Russia to just five fourth-quarter points and scored 23 of their own to win by eight points.

Guard Zirkova, who expressed frustration at the criticism coming Slovakia's way because of their poor results this summer, gave the best possible answer with a game-high 21 points and six steals, while also dishing out four assists and grabbing five rebounds - four of them on the offensive glass.

The defensive intensity from the Slovaks told on the Russians, who turned the ball over 27 times in the game.

Top performers

Slovak Republic Russia

Zuzana Zirková

 

Ioulia Skopa

21Pts18
5Reb3
4AS0
6ST2
0BS0

Accumulated statistics

Slovak Republic Russia
25/56FG M/A23/55
20/42 (47.6%) FG2P M/A18/41 (43.9%)
5/14 (35.7%) FG3P M/A5/14 (35.7%)
25/30 (83.3%) FT M/A21/29 (72.4%)
25 (7-18) Reb (O-D) 42 (15-27)
14AS16
13TO27
12ST8
0BS4
25PF26
80Pts72

PHOTO GALLERY

SLOVAK REPUBLIC
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Borovickova, B. 60/10.00/10.00/00.00/00.0000110030
5Mracnova, Z. DNP
6Belanska, A. 20/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0000000000
7Zirková, Z. 366/1250.05/862.51/425.08/988.94154160021
8Svitekova, A. 183/475.03/475.00/00.04/4100.00110120110
9Barényiová, M. 314/580.01/1100.03/475.03/475.00442200514
10Hirakova, R. 171/425.00/10.01/333.32/2100.0022000045
11Kovacova, A. 294/850.04/850.00/00.02/2100.02572520510
12Lásková, L. 20/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0000000000
13Lichnerová, J. 324/1428.64/1136.40/30.01/250.0134510039
14Ruzicková, M. DNP
15Gyurcsi, M. 263/837.53/837.50/00.05/771.40220220411
TOTAL25/ 5644.620/ 4247.65/ 1435.725/3083.37182514131202580
RUSSIA
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Arteshina, O. 101/520.00/30.01/250.00/00.0101010043
5Rakhmatulina, O. 112/450.02/450.00/00.00/00.0000320014
6Firsova, O. 20/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0000000010
7Goustilina, D. 60/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0101110020
8Baranova, E. 333/1225.02/922.21/333.33/475.019106411410
9Skopa, I. 344/580.02/366.72/2100.08/1080.02130420118
10Korstin, I. 313/650.03/475.00/20.01/520.04610111037
11Stepanova, M. 133/475.03/475.00/00.01/250.0336141227
12Kalmykova, M. 50/10.00/00.00/10.00/00.0000000020
13Shchegoleva, T. DNP
14Osipova, I. 293/1030.03/933.30/10.02/2100.03710152148
15Arkhipova, A. 274/850.03/560.01/333.36/6100.00113510215
TOTAL23/ 5541.818/ 4143.95/ 1435.721/2972.41527421627842672
Legend
MinMinutes playedTotTotal reboundsBSBlocked shots
M/AMade/AttemptsASAssistsPtsPoints
%Shooting percentagePFPersonal fouls*Starters
OOffensive reboundsTOTurnoversDNPDid Not Play
DDefensive reboundsSTStealsFGField Goals
+/-Team's net points while on courtCCommitted foulsDDrawn fouls

GALLERY

TOP PERFORMERS

Slovak Republic Russia

Zuzana Zirková

 

Ioulia Skopa

21Pts18
5Reb3
4AS0
6ST2
0BS0
36Min34

TEAM STATS

Slovak Republic Russia
25/56FG M/A23/55
20/42 (47.6%) FG2P M/A18/41 (43.9%)
5/14 (35.7%) FG3P M/A5/14 (35.7%)
25/30 (83.3%) FT M/A21/29 (72.4%)
25 (7-18) Reb (O-D) 42 (15-27)
14AS16
13TO27
12ST8
0BS4
25PF26
80Pts72