|16 June 2012|
EUROBASKET WOMEN QUALIFIERS
Slovenia have a lot of games still to play but coach Boris Zrinski must like what he's seen so far in the EuroBasket Women 2013 Qualification Round.
After opening their campaign with a 63-59 Group C victory at Belgium, the Slovenians returned home and on Saturday pulled away from Lithuania in the second half to win, 79-68.
Teja Oblak, Slovenia's promising 21-year-old shooting guard, had 19 points, four rebounds and four assists.
Maja Erkic poured in 13 points and Nika Baric, the 2010 FIBA Europe Young Player of the Year, contributed 12 and also handed out eight assists.
Lithuania blew out the Netherlands 88-47 in midweek but Slovenia were more formidable in Kranjska Gora.
The visitors were on top 43-41 following a basket from small forward Kamile Nacickaite, but Slovenia then struck with a vengeance.
Tina Trebec hit a jumper and Baric followed with a lay-up to ignite a 9-0 run that Erkic capped with a jump shot on a fast-break.
Slovenia outscored the team from the Baltics 19-13 in the frame and were on top 56-50 going to the fourth quarter.
Twice Lithuania reduced the deficit to four at the start of the last period.
Egle Sulciute's jumper made it 56-52 and Gintare Petronyte 's jump shot reduced the deficit to 58-54.
Slovenia had their noses in front to stay, though.
Tjasa Gortnar caught a pass from Martina Dover and scored and Oblak followed with a three-ball to make it 63-54 in favor of the home side.
The hosts went in front by 14 in the quarter and eventually settled for a nine-point triumph.
Slovenia out-rebounded Lithuania 40-25 and had 21 assists to just eight for Algirdas Paulauskas' side.
Petronyte ended up with a game-high 22 points in defeat.
Lithuanian guard Sandra Linkeviciene scored 10 points but turned the ball over six times.