Slovakia women's coach Vladimir Karnay believes his team underestimated rivals Israel after missing out on a place at EuroBasket Women on Friday night.
Karnay's team lost 84-71 to Israel in the additional qualifying tournament on Wednesday - a result which ultimately cost them a place at the finals in Italy.
Slovakia edged Poland 76-74 in Lanciano in the final game of the Additional Qualifying Tournament on Friday night to ensure that Israel advanced to the EuroBasket Women.
Needing only to win the game after their victory over Israel, the Polish failed.
Israel led 58-52 early in the fourth quarter but Poland held their nerve and fought back to win 78-71 in the additional qualifying tournament for the EuroBasket Women.
Fresh off their 84-71 win over Slovakia, Israel were hoping to book their place in the finals.