Lucia Kupcikova was a big reason why Slovakia had a good EuroBasket Women last year in Latvia.
On Tuesday night in Schio, she reminded everyone of that fact with a terrific performance to lead Good Angels Kosice to 70-67 win over Beretta-Famila.
|Lucia Kupcikova stepped out of the shadow to lift her team over Schio|
Kupcikova had 12 points by half-time, including a tip-in that left them ahead, 48-36 at the break.
With Schio fighting back and trailing just 56-51 at the start of fourth, Kupcikova hit a three-pointer.
It took a team effort for Kosice to claim this valuable road win, though.
After the sensational Laura Macchi scored on a drive for Beretta-Famila to reduce the deficit to 59-55, Luisa Michulková replied with a basket for Kosice.
Schio kept the pressure on and twice reduced the arrears to two points, at 61-59 and 63-61, following baskets by Elisabetta Moro and Mudju Ngoyisa.
Each time, Miljana Musovic responded.
She first made a lay-up and then, following Ngoyisa's shot, drilled a three-pointer for a 66-61 advantage.
The home side continued to battle and when Raffaella Masciadri hit a shot from the arc with 15 seconds left, her team trailed 69-67.
Schio fouled Kosice's Angel McCoughtry and she sank just one of two free-throws to leave the door open for the hosts but Masciadri missed a potential game-tying three-ball.
Macchi finished with 24 points while Kupcikova scored a team-high 17 points and added nine rebounds in defeat.