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.
Poland, Bulgaria and Sweden enjoyed winning starts to the additional qualifying round for the EuroBasket Women on Wednesday.
The Poles, who narrowly missed out on automatic qualification, won 68-63 in Group A at Finland but they found themselves in danger of being upset at the end of the third quarter after Taru Tuukkanen buried a three-pointer to give the hosts a 52-46 lead.
Ukraine kept alive their hopes of playing at next year’s EuroBasket Women with a decisive fourth-quarter run to clinch a 91-74 triumph over Israel.
The victory was the eastern Europeans’ third in six games and puts them in a good position to qualify for next year’s big event in Italy.
EuroBasket Women 2007 qualifying is nearly complete and there are a number of teams who still have a chance to advance to the Final Round in Chieti, Italy.
A total of nine spots are on offer with the top teams from the each group directly qualifying to EuroBasket 2007, along with the four best second placed teams, determined according to:
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