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Group:  C | 04.12.2013, 19:00h
Group:  C | 04.12.2013, 19:00h
64-67
10 - 2115 - 1025 - 2214 - 14
10 - 2115 - 1025 - 2214 - 14
Venue: Polkowice (POL) |
Spectators: 800 |
Referees: Antonis Demetriou (CYP), Alin Faur (ROU), Andrei Sharapa (BLR)

GAME REPORT


Dubljevic Hot Streak Keeps Prague Perfect

7. Jelena Dubljevic (ZVVZ USK Prague)
Jelena Dubljevic made sure ZVVZ USK Prague keep their record tidy, producing another stand-out performance

Jelena Dubljevic continued her rich vein of form as ZVVZ USK Prague survived a late scare at CCC Polkowice to take a 67-64 win and stay perfect in EuroLeague Women Group C.

The Montenegrin forward was once again tough to stop in the paint and showed the same clinical touch which lit-up her previous three games as the Czech club collected a fourth win of the season.

Her masterful 22-point contribution was central to the victory as the visitors almost contrived to snatch a defeat from the jaws of victory in a nervous finale.

A stunning 19-5 opening encapsulated the continued confidence of Prague and it looked like a potential blowout was in the mix after the first eight minutes of the clash.

But, CCC Polkowice stemmed the early bleeding as they slowly but surely, hauled themselves back into contention - feeding out of the hand of Australian wing Belinda Snell who eventually finished with a fine 22 points.

It was a score by Snell which got the hosts to within a point at 53-52 by the start of the final quarter, but with Czech veteran Eva Viteckova finding her range from distance, ZVVZ USK Prague made a decisive seven point unanswered run.

That gave them the most precious of crunch-time cushions and they were to need it, since CCC Polkowice almost prevailed in the closing stages, but instead slumped to a fourth loss in five games.

Viteckova had 17 points and Laia Palau had seven assists against her former team.

 

COACH QUOTES


Quotes CCC Polkowice vs. ZVVZ USK Prague

USK Prague head coach Natalia Hejkova
"We expected a tough game and that is what it was. In the first half we played well, but in the second we had problems with the zone defence, but eventually we won and that is the most important thing. We are happy because we won another game this season."

CCC Polkowice head coach Jacek Winnicki
"We tried to play the best we can, but Prague was better. We had a lot of problems in the paint, because Magdalena Leciejewska could not play in the match. In the end we had a chance to tie the game, but did not succeed. We fought very hard, however, and I am happy."

USK Prague forward Jelena Dubljevic
"We won another game, we played maybe not as good as in the previous three games, but the important thing is that in those critical moments we show that we are a team. I think we have a lot of space for that to improve and be a better as a team."

CCC Polkowice player Belinda Snell
"We put a lot of heart in the game, we fought all the time and in the end we were very close to our rivals. Too bad it did not happen, but we played a good game. We have to work for the next games to be even better."

Accumulated statistics

40.7%

22/54
FG
M/A

44.3%

27/61

42.1%

16/38
FG2P
M/A

53.7%

22/41

37.5%

6/16
FG3P
M/A

25.0%

5/20

70.0%

14/20
FT
M/A

57.1%

8/14

34

7/27
RT
RO/RD

33

7/26

12

AS

18

17

TO

9

2

ST

9

2

BS

1

18

PF

20

64

Pts

67

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