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(photo credit: Ido Rosenthal)
Israel's women's basketball team defeated Slovakia 84-71 in its first game of the additional qualifying tournament on Wednesday night in Italy and can book its place in EuroBasket 2007 with another win on Thursday.
The national team was led by Liron Cohen, who scored 24 points, and by Merav Dori who added 20 points. Liad Suaz-Karni and Shay Doron scored 10 points each.
Israel led by a single point after three quarters (60-59), but a 24-12 fourth period secured the team's win. The blue-and-white face Poland on Thursday in its second and final game of the tournament and will guarantee itself first place in the group with a victory. Only one team from the group will progress to the European Championships and will join Turkey, Latvia and the Czech Republic in the main draw.
Israel reached the EuroBasket four years ago in Greece, but failed to qualify for the championships in Turkey in 2005.