Horakova Opts To Skip EuroBasket Women

11 March 2013
Hana Horakova - Czech Republic
Hana Horakova has been the driving force for Czech national teams for more than a decade but will not feature this June in France

Moments after lifting the Czech Cup above her head in celebration for BK Imos Brno, Hana Horakova revealed she won't be suiting up for the Czech national team at EuroBasket Women 2013.

The 33-year-old star was the stand-out player in an absorbing Final win against arch-rivals ZVVZ USK Prague, amassing 30 points in a superb 87-83 success.

However, the former FIBA Europe Player of the Year revealed she won't be linking back up with her national team colleagues on their preparation schedule ahead of taking to the floor in France - even if her display in the Final was one of her best in recent years.

Speaking to the guard revealed, "I have decided EuroBasket Women will happen without me. That's enough."

National team play-caller Lubor Blazek added, "Although I would be glad if she wanted to play, she wants to have fun and think of the family. I have to respect this."

Not always someone who leads the way in scoring but normally the provider for others, Horakova could barely remember the last time she racked up such a phenomenal score.

She was naturally delighted with the Cup success for Brno for what has to date been a challenging season - and especially since her team have been out of form recently, dropping a couple of league games against the likes of Hradec Kralove and Trutnov.

She said, "I have probably never given 30 points in my life and yet it was mainly because we played as a team. Due to good ball movement, I just kept getting into good positions.

Horakova's career high in FIBA Europe competitions is 36 points, dating back to a U16 European Championship game against Bulgaria in 1995.

"Recently, we too did not work well, this is true. It was not underestimating (opponents), we were just troubled.

"But, before this game, I felt that a lot of the girls were charged. Now we will go into every game really hard," she added.

Horakova played for the Czech Republic at the Olympic Games in London last summer but had also missed EuroBasket Women 2011 in Poland.


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