Women’s Senior Basketball National Team of Serbia has, within the preparations for FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2019, played a game against national team of Slovakia. At the end the result in “ Vizura Sport” hall in Zemun was 93:60 (22:16, 31:14, 24:16,16:14) for the girls selected by Marina Maljkovic.

The national team of Serbia imposed aggressive rhythm from the very beginning and reached the lead of 12:5 in the fourth minute .Nevertheless, Slovakia answered with fast game and precise shooting for three points , and our players went to fist mini break with plus six points (22:16).

The first two digit advantage Serbia reached in the 14th minute of the game after brilliant action that ended with three-point field goal scored by Nevena Jovanovic. The score was 30:20. After another three-point field goal scored by Jelena Brooks , Serbia came to 36:22. By the half time owing to beautiful actions of Cadjo , Dabovic and Brooks our team had adavantage of 26 points ( 53:27). At the end of the first half the score was 53:30.

The highest advantage in the third quarter our team has in the 28th minute when the score was 73:39. In this period of game Nikolina Milic was confident in the paint, and , with the pressing along the court, our players did not allow the guest players to cross their half. The third quarter ended with 77:46.

The things did not change in the last ten minutes, when our team with its aggressive play managed to preserve the high advantage and celebrate in the end with 93:60.

Today we have for the first time had an opportunity to feel the real game. I think that we still do not have desired play and fitness, but anyway the improvement in the game can be seen compared to some past trainings. There are things that are satisfactory , but we still have a lot of work ahead of us. – said Sonja Petrovic.

Very positive impressions. We have had several games before this one and I am glad to see the improvement as we work hard and it would be pity not to see that on the court. There are lot of mistakes, too, as well as a lot of space for improvement, but it can be seen that we work well- concluded Jelena Brooks, the captain.

We are working and that’s all. Our general rehearsal for EuroBasket 2019 will be in France next week. We are playing three games there against France, Turkey and Russia, the teams that are completely another class, and then we will know more about us. Bosnia and Slovakia without their leading players are not real opponent. Both teams have meant lot of to us in terms of grit, as they play tough basketball that is expected at the EuroBasket and that is the reason we have chosen them in the introductory games as to find out what is ahead of us. – said the head coach Marina Maljkovic.

Our team has spent three weeks at Zlatibor , and during their stay there our players have worked on condition and strength for the championship, and from this week our team is in Belgrade, where the head coach Marina Maljkovic prepares our team for big temptations that will Serbia have at the competition.

Our national team is playing its group games in Zrenjanin, and their rivals will be Belarus, Russia and Belgium. The championship starts on June 27.

SERBIA: Miljkovic 5, Popovic, Petrovic 4, Cadjo 11, Krnjic 2, Jovanovic 4, Brooks 12, Butulija 9, Crvendakic 7, Stankovic 1, Milic 12, Topuzovic 11, Stanacev 2, Dabovic 13, Dugalic.