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16 Aleksandra Kroselj (SLO), 7 Rebeka Abramovic (SLO), 6 Annamaria Prezelj (SLO), 1 Eva Lisec (SLO) | Photo: Aleš Fevzer
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Slovenia ready to hit a historical high

LJUBLJANA (Slovenia) – Two years after their maiden appearance at the FIBA Women’s EuroBasket, Slovenia are looking to go one better this time around and make more history by making it past the first phase of the competition.

They came agonizingly close to accomplishing that feat on their historic debut and only just missed out.

Slovenia 15-player squad for FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2019
Nika Baric Tina Cvijanovic Merisa Dautovic Shante Evans
Zala Friskovec Teja Gorsic Tina Jakovina Gala Kramzar
Aleksandra Kroselj Eva Lisec Sara Meden Teja Oblak
Annamaria Prezelj Eva Rupnik Marusa Senicar  

With that experience under their belts, Slovenia will be eyeing up a new high tide mark as they prepare to take on Hungary, Italy and Turkey in Group C.

They will be led by backcourt duo and Euroleague Women Final Four participants, Nika Baric who won the title with UMMC, and also Teja Oblak, who had a standout campaign with ZVVZ USK Praha.

 That backcourt rotation is extended further with the skills of rising stars Annmaria Prezelj who recently made it to the Polish Championship Finals with Gorzow , while the exciting Zala Friskovec has lit it up regularly at youth level and is now expected to make her Final Round debut.

The biggest concern for play-caller Damir Grgic will be a lack of experience in the frontcourt, although  Famila Schio center Eva Lisec has taken her game to new levels in recent times and was impressive in the Qualifiers, while the naturalized Shante Evans brings added scoring and rebounding power to the table.