Lithuania Come Good Late To Win



5. Marina Solopova (Lithuania)
Marina Solopova poured in 19 points for Lithuania.

Lithuania bounced back from their setback to Slovenia by downing the Slovak Republic 78-64 on Wednesday.

In the Group C encounter played in Kaunas, Sandra Linkeviciene had 21 points to pace the Baltic side.

The Slovakians have looked strong at times this season and they gave Algirdas Paulauskas' side fits for three quarters.

The visitors' biggest lead came midway through the third frame when center Romana Vynuchalova buried a jumper to make it 45-41.

Lithuania came back, though, and 22-year-old small forward Kamile Nacickaite struck from behind the arc at the end of the third quarter to give the hosts a 54-51 lead.

The home side scored the first four points of the last quarter for a 58-51 advantage and Slovakia got no closer than four points the rest of the contest.

Marina Solopova finished with 19 points and Gintare Petronyte 17 for Lithuania.

The Slovakians missed all eight of their attempts from behind the arc.

Vynuchalova finished with 13 points and eight rebounds in defeat.


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