After winning against Greece and Croatia, the women’s basketball team lost twice in the preparatory cycle in Cheddar. The Slovenians lost to the Italians with 70:83 and against the Spaniards with 56:60.
The selector took eleven basketball players to the preparatory tournament in Cheddar. Compared to the Maribor team, he is no longer in the team Ana Šarićwho fell ill, and Mojca Jelencwho joined the U20 national team.
As expected, the duel with the Italians was much more demanding than the duel with the Greeks and Croatians, which the Slovenes beat last weekend. Already the opening minutes belonged to the hosts, who immediately took the lead and did not lose the advantage in the first half.
At the end of the first quarter, they led with 30:24, and then with a partial result of 5: 0, they increased the advantage to eleven points (35:24). The Slovenians then played much more aggressively in defense, approaching only two points behind (37:39), but they did not succeed in the turnaround. The Italian basketball players went to the main break with a lead of 48:40.
In the second half, the Slovenians went hunting for the Italians, but they were always one step ahead of them and did not allow a turnaround. They led from the first to the last minute and deservedly won 83:70. It is for Slovenian women Teja Oblak scored 24 points Eva Lisec she scored 15 points and 10 rebounds on her birthday, Tina Jakovina however, she added 12 points.
“In any case, the match with Italy was much harder than the first two in Maribor. We didn’t bother too much with our competitors. We were mainly interested in our game and the selector’s ideas. In these two matches in Italy we want to try some new things that we have been training in the last few days and we are changing them during the match. They serve us as a great play and I think we took a lot away from this match as well,said Jakovina.
Against Spain, the Slovenians were in a subordinate position for most of the match, but they won the last quarter with 18: 8 and in the end lost to the Spaniards by four points. She was the most effective Zala Friškovec, who scored 19 points and picked up seven balls under both hoops. Eva Lisec and Teja Oblak scored ten points each.