A last-second three-pointer from Alena Hanusova gave the Czech Republic a dramatic 73-70 win over Belarus, who suffered their first defeat at EuroBasket Women 2015.
Turning Point: In a second half full of twists, Katerina Elhotova - who scored a team-high 25 points - completed a 10-3 run that pushed the Czechs 67-59 ahead before a 9-1 burst, finished by a three from Lindsey Harding, from Belarus tied the game at 70-70 with 8.8 seconds left. Step forward Hanusova for the heroics.
Stats Don't Lie: No doubt the Czechs' inside shooting helped, going 24-for-46 while their Group E rivals converted only 45.5%. Belarus were struggling with ball movement - their assist to turnover ratio (9-to-17) illustrated the issue.
Game Hero: The last play out of a time out wasn't drawn up the way it turned out, Czech coach Lubor Blazek admitted. The winning shot wasn't perfect either. "I saw the ball go and I thought it was short," Hanusova admitted. "But I made it and it felt amazing."
The Bottom Line: The Czechs have gained a huge boost, even without the injured Tereza Vyoralová (back) whose return time is uncertain. Belarus have had a walk-up call. They just had too many lapses and it was fatal.