Big Fourth Quarter Leads Serbia Past Croatia

24.09.2007

By Cindy Garcia-Bennett

Serbia came from behind and scored an emphatic 88-70 triumph over Croatia in Group D at the EuroBasket Women in Ortona.

With Croatia leading 55-47 midway through the third quarter, Serbia went on a 21-1 run to take a 68-56 lead and they marched to victory.

Emilija Podrug (Croatia)
Emilija Podrug had 13 points and seven rebounds in the loss.
Serbian guard Miljana Musovic led her team in scoring with 19 points while team-mate Ivana Grubor contributed 17 - including 10 in the third quarter.

"We have done three good things today," said Serbian coach Jovica Antonic.

"I have a young team and they got experience in this game. We were able to hit back even when we were down by 10 points.

"We have also won by a big margin which could be useful later on in this competition."

Croatia led 40-38 at the break and reeled off nine straight points at the start of the third quarter, with Sonja Kireta scoring seven points in that surge.

But Serbia hit back with a vengeance.

Despite missing their first six shots from the arc, Serbia finished six of 17 (35.2%) from long range while their opponents were three of 14 (21.4%).

Petra Stampalija had a game-high 20 points in defeat.

Serbia take on Spain on Tuesday while Croatia face Belarus.


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