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Group:  A | 15.06.2013, 12:30h
Group:  A | 15.06.2013, 12:30h
77-63
14 - 1819 - 1726 - 1718 - 11
14 - 1819 - 1726 - 1718 - 11
Venue: Vannes (FRA) |
Spectators: 1000 |
Referees: Ingus Baumanis (LAT), Fabiana Martinescu (ROU), Aliaksandr Syrytsa (BLR)

GAME REPORT


Montenegro Ease To Opening Win

Jelena Dubljevic (Montenegro)
Jelena Dubljevic and Montenegro started on the right foot in France

Turning Point: With the game finely poised, Montenegro found some offensive rhythm during the third quarter and made a 10-0 scoring run to take control at 59-50 and did not look back.

Stats Don't Lie: Montenegro made a lot of points the easiest way of all - from the free-throw line. They made 25-of-30 foul shots.

Game Heroes: Jelena Dubljevic has had back problems this year, but looked sprightly as she finished with 20 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

Montenegro produced a dominant second-half performance to ease their way to a 77-63 success against Slovak Republic and open their account in EuroBasket Women Group A.

However, they didn't have it all their own way, especially in the first twenty minutes. Whilst the Slovak Republic started slowly and trailed 11-3, they burst into life and left Montenegro stunned, by scoring 15 of the next 18 points to lead at the end of the first quarter.

Katarina Tetemondova caught fire from long-range and Timea Sujova added one for the highlights reel with a triple from way downtown, right before the shot clock expired.

Montenegro tried to wrestle the initiative back during the second period via teenage powerhouse Ana Turcinovic who scored eight quick-fire points but Slovak Republic still led 35-33 heading into the second half.

Then, Montenegro stepped up offensively, pouring in 26 points during the third period which left the Slovak players floundering and unable to recover as the Montenegrins cruised home. Milica Jovanovic played an important cameo for Montenegro with 12 points and was delighted with the way her team turned around their lacklustre first-half display.

"They key was our defence in the second half because we got more steals and took more rebounds which provided us with better offence," she said following the game.

Montenegro play fellow Group A favourites Turkey on day two whilst the Slovak Republic face Ukraine.

 

 

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Montenegro vs. Slovak Republic

Slovak Republic Player Romana Vynuchalova

"Today we had two main problems: First of all they are more experienced, they played more fastbreaks and they took the rhythm of the game. And the second main problem was the difference on free throws, we were all the game in foul trouble and a difference of 15 free throws between both teams is too many"

Montenegro Player Milica Jovanovic

"The key of the game was our defence. In the second half we started better and we were better at rebounding"

Slovak Republic Head Coach Ivan Vojtko

"We didn't start very well, we were sleeping. We also were in a foul trouble all the game. I think during 25 minutes it was a close game but their experience and quality decided it."

Montenegro Head Coach Miodrag Baletic

Slovak Republic is a very good team with a good attack, very young and talented players who play very good pick and roll. From the second half we were more organised and we could get the victory"

Accumulated statistics

40.0%

24/60
FG
M/A

45.3%

24/53

45.5%

20/44
FG2P
M/A

46.3%

19/41

25.0%

4/16
FG3P
M/A

41.7%

5/12

83.3%

25/30
FT
M/A

62.5%

10/16

36

14/22
RT
RO/RD

35

10/25

17

AS

16

14

TO

20

11

ST

6

3

BS

3

19

PF

26

77

Pts

63

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