Žabiny Brno did it again. Viktor Pruša`s team showed excellent team play to beat Horizont Minsk 81-72 and secure the first ticket to the playoffs on Saturday, November 30, at Diplomat Arena in Pieštany, Slovakia.
Players of the game
Michaela Vondračkova scored 17 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field. She also connected all seven free throws and forced five fouls for a efficiency rating of 18.
Katerina Zohnova followed with 16 points, including a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line.
Michaela Vackova posted double-double. She had 10 points and 13 rebounds for a efficiency rating of 17.
Justina Matuzonyte added 10 points and nine rebounds, while Janee Thompson (Kentucky) contributed with 11 points and four assists.
Horizont point guard Volha Ziuzkova answered with 26 points. She made 5-of-8 three pointers. Ziuzkova grabbed six rebounds and dished four assists for a game high efficiency rating of 24.
Belarus international Yulia Rytsikava chipped in 15 points and six rebounds.
Žabiny Brno scored 24 points off turnovers, compared to 15 points for Horizont.
The Czech team grabbed just six offensive rebounds but scored 12 second chance points. It was the reverse story for Horizont players as they got six points off 12 offensive rebounds.
Every Brno starter scored in double figures, while Žabiny bench outscored their opponents 17-6.
Horizont players – Ziuzkova, Rytsikava and Morgan Green – were excellent from the three point line. They combined for 60% accuracy from the deep (9/15) but their team struggled closer to the basket.
Brno registered 94% accuracy from the free throw line (17/18).
Žabiny Brno improved to 4-0 and secured at least the fourth place in Group A. They have three more games to play before the playoffs.
Žabiny Brno – Horizont Minsk 81:72
Pieštanske Čajky – PINKK Pecsi 62:57
Best players, presented by Helissa Collagen
Žabiny Brno: Michaela Vondrackova
Horizont Minsk: Volha Ziuzkova
STANDINGS, as of November 30
Žabiny Brno 4-0 (+71) Qualified
Orange Lions 4-1 (+42)
Nika Syktyvkar 3-2 (+45)
Pieštanske Čajky 3-1 (-12)
Horizont Minsk 2-2 (+38)
Dynamo Moscow 1-4 (-46)
Liepāja/LSSS 1-4 (-83)
PINKK Pecsi 0-4 (-55)
SCHEDULE (arrival day included)
November 22-24, Syktyvkar: Liepāja, Dynamo Moscow, Orange Lions, Nika Syktyvkar
November 29-December 1, Piestany: Žabiny Brno, Pieštanske Cajky, Horizont, PINKK Pecsi 424
December 5-7, Ostrava: Rostov Don, Young Angels, SBŠ Ostrava, Dynamo Novosibirsk
December 6-8, Grodno: Tsmoki Minsk, Olimpia Grodno, Astana Tigers, Kibirkštis
January 7-9, Saulkrasti, Latvia: Dynamo Moscow, Horizont, PINKK Pecsi 424, Nika Syktyvkar
January 9-11,Liepāja: Liepāja/LSSS, Žabiny Brno, Pieštanske Cajky, Orange Lions
January 15-17, Novosibirsk: Tsmoki Minsk, Rostov Don, Astana Tigers, Dynamo Novosibirsk
January 17-19, Vilnius: Olimpia Grodno, Young Angels, SBŠ Ostrava, Kibirkštis
Playoffs: January 20 – March 1, 2020; best-of-two
A1 – B4, A2 – B3, B2 – A3, B1 – A4
Final Four: March 21-22
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