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Poland 73 Slovakia 63

23 August 2003

Even without the imposing presence of centre Margo Dydek who is still on WNBA duty, Poland are a very good side.

They showed as much in their first game in Lorient's Palais des Sports Kervaric on Friday night by beating Slovakia 73-63.

Poland, facing a side they could run into next month at the European Championships in Greece, established a 39-32 lead at half-time.

The Poles had the better of their opponents on the boards and also enjoyed better finishing on offence.

Tomasz Herkt’s side were unable to pull away but were never seriously threatened by Slovakia, who got 13 points apiece from both Martina Luptakova and Daniela Cikosova.

As for the 29-year-old Dydek, the 7ft 2in (218 cm) centre who scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds a game two years ago at the European Championships, she will join up with Poland once the San Antonio Silver Stars have completed their season.

Scoring

Poland:
Krupska 2, Bibrzycka 11, Trzesniewska 17, Piestrzynska 8, Wielebnowska 2, Koryzna 10, Cuprys 7, Wlazlak 8, Palka 0, Kobryn 0, Lamparska 0, Szymanska 8.

Slovakia:
Borovickova 10, Nagyova 1, Kovacova 6, Lichnerova 9, Luptakova 13, Cikosova 13, Belanska 5, Barenyiova 0, Ruzickova 2, Laskova 4.

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