Slovak Republic Shoot Down Ukraine

20 August 2012

9. Marta Páleníková (Slovak Republic)
Marta Paleníkova made three three-pointers en route to a team-high 16 points

An impressive team performance and some sharp three-point shooting helped the Slovak Republic to a convincing 72-63 success against Ukraine as the Second Round swung into action at the U20 European Championship Women.

It was an excellent performance which will no doubt have delighted head coach Maros Kovacik. He was able to watch on with contentment as his team dropped nine of their eighteen triple attempts.

Most importantly of all however, the Slovak Republic managed to sufficiently contain the dangerous offensive threat posed by Alina Iagupova and that was decisive.

For whilst she finished with a tournament high of 33 points, she only shot 33% from the field and was forced to earn them from the free-throw line.

Indeed her frustration at being continually fouled and not getting any of her usual scores in transition was palpable.

The Slovak Republic was on top form right from the outset and whilst the contest was still tied up after the first ten minutes of action, successive quick-fire triples by the dynamic 1994 born guard Barbora Balintova sparked her team.

They moved into a 30-21 advantage and never looked back as Ukraine continued to labour in the second half which allowed the Slovak players to revel in a 66-48 lead early in the last quarter.

It was only a late burst of scoring which added more respectability for Ukraine but in truth, Slovak Republic was very good value for their victory.

Beata Janoscikova cleaned up on the glass for the winning team, hauling down an impressive 15 rebounds.




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