Slovakia pulled away early in the third quarter to destroy Lithuania 79-53 n the qualifying round at the UMCOR U18 European Championship for Women.
Nikola Kovalova had a game-high 18 points while duo Janka Mincikova and Regina Palusna added 17 points apiece for the victors.
|Regina Palusna stayed hot with 17 points and seven rebounds for Slovakia.|
It marked Slovakia's second straight win in qualifying, having stunned Russia on Tuesday.
Slovakia delivered some telling blows late in the second quarter, breaking opening a close game.
Having led 38-31 after 15 minutes played, Lithuania were then hit with a 27-5 run (54-36).
Marina Solopova's three gave the Lithuanians a breather but it by no means sparked her team as Slovakia handed them another punch by going on a 9-0 surge.
Slovakia went into the last quarter with a 63-41 and ended up leading by as many as 30 points.
Lithuania were 20 of 60 (33.3%) from the floor while their opponents were 34 of 76 (44.7%).