Slovaks Down Belgium



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 Tetemondov√° 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 Lukacovicov√° 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.


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