EUROBASKET WOMEN QUALIFIERS
The Slovak Republic enjoyed a winning start to the EuroBasket Women Qualification Round with a 64-49 triumph over Belgium.
Saturday's Group C game was knotted at 23-23 early in the second quarter when the hosts went in front to stay.
Romana Vynuchalova scored all six points in a 6-2 run for the Slovakians as they went into a 29-25 lead.
A basket by Erin Lawless and a one-of-two effort at the line by Katarina Tetemondová stretched the advantage to 38-30 at half-time.
Slovakia then lowered the boom after the restart with six unanswered points.
Timea Sujova hit a jumper and Klaudia Lukacovicová followed with two straight baskets as the hosts went in front by 13. Emma Meesseman's basket in the last minute of the third quarter gave Belgium hope at 50-39.
Jana Raman followed with a three-ball to cut the gap to 50-42, only for Lucia Kupcikova to answer with a basket.
Lawless then added a jumper and a lay-up to push the advantage to 56-42.
Slovakia ended up winning by 15.
Ivana Jalcova scored 14 points and Lawless 13 for Slovakia.
Anne-Sophie Strubbe led the Belgians with 10 points.