EUROBASKET WOMEN 2015 QRWhile all the talk ahead of the EuroBasket Women 2015 2nd Qualification Round was how Slovakia had turned to Kristi Toliver, they didn't need their naturalised star to rack up a fine 74-58 win against Slovenia.
|Zuzana Brezániova's play finished off any Slovenian hopes for a comeback|
A collective effort from his players witnessed Maros Kovacik take a debut win at the helm of his nation - a strong third quarter proving to be the breaking point in the encounter.
A perfect shooting night for Katarina Tetemondova was also a major headline as she claimed a team-high 13 points.
There was no daylight between the two teams during the early exchanges and while Slovakians moved 32-26 ahead approaching half-time, Slovenia scored six straight points as Maja Erkic locked the game up early in the third.
But, the wheels would soon come crashing off for the visitors as the home team made the pivotal burst which decided the outcome.
They registered a 17-4 run which was rounded off by a triple from Dominika Baburova.
And, rather than responding, things got worse for Slovenia in the final quarter when Zuzana Brezianova made it 59-40 and killed off any hopes of a fight-back.
Teja Oblak finished with 14 points in defeat.