|Eva Lisec will play her 3rd U18 European Championship Women for Slovenia this summer|
With some impressive preparation results already in the books, things are looking bright for Slovenia ahead of the U18 European Championship for Women and especially with Eva Lisec and Ziva Macura to call upon.
The frontcourt duo are in hot-form ahead of the big tip-off next week and after their experience in the same tournament last summer in Bucharest, they should be even stronger this time around.
Lisec in particular did a fine job in helping Slovenia to preserve their Division A status and seal a 12th-place finish in the Romanian capital, finishing at the top of four categories for her team. She led the way in points, rebounds, steals and blocks, proving she is a big force at each end of the floor.
Her tournament double-double of 13.4 points and 12.4 rebounds could be tough to improve upon, but you would not back against her surpassing those numbers with another year of experience now under her belt, playing in her homeland for Athlete Celje.
When she steps out for her country on Croatian soil, it will represent her third successive appearance at the U18 European Championship Women, but incredibly, Macura can beat that, since she is preparing to participate at the tournament for a fourth time.
Macura had barely turned 15 years old back in 2010 in Poprad, Slovak Republic, when she was a bench player who helped Slovenia to qualify for the FIBA U19 World Championship for Women in Chile the following summer.
Last year in Romania was however a little frustrating for Macura, who plays alongside Lisec at club level. She only managed brief court time after picking up an injury.
But, now back firing on all cylinders, she could be a real power this time and certainly has more experience of playing in the competition than any other player due to line up in Vukovar and Vinkovci.
The pair have both looked intent on making a noise for Slovenia in recent weeks, with Lisec top-scoring in a convincing 72-53 success against hosts Croatia on the final day of an international friendly tournament in Miskolc.
Whilst they did suffer a 71-50 reverse to Hungary, 16 points from Macura handed them a 69-52 win against Germany.
Another player who could be influential in the backcourt for Slovenia when they go up against France, Italy and Slovak Republic in Group D is Sara Vujacic, who has shown great consistency since the team started their warm-up programme.