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Basketball

September 22, 2000

South Korea 75, Russia 73--Lee Jong-ae's 12-foot jumper with 2.8 seconds left in overtime--only her second field goal of the game--kept alive South Korea's hopes for a quarterfinal berth.

South Korea (2-2) would have virtually been eliminated from advancing from pool play if it lost to Russia (2-2). But an 11-for-17 performance from three-point range allowed the South Koreans to stay with the taller, more experienced team.

Natalia Zassoulskaia's fastbreak layup with 7.2 seconds left in regulation brought Russia into a 69-69 tie.

Chun Joo-wean, who led South Korea with 22 points, scored on a drive as the shot clock ran out to tie the score, 73-73, with 44 seconds to play in overtime.

Russia turned the ball over with 23 seconds left and South Korea worked the ball around for a final shot.

Chung Eun-soon, who had 16 points, got the ball down low, turned and hit Lee with a bounce pass for the winning shot.

Russia shot 60% from the field compared with South Korea's 46.7% and finished with a 30-15 rebound advantage.

Svetlana Abrosimova, an All-American last season for national champion Connecticut, led Russia with 17 points and six assists. But she had five turnovers, including the final one with 23 seconds left when her entry pass to Zassoulskaia was stolen.

Slovakia 68, Canada 56--Zuzana Zirkova scored eight of her 11 points in a 22-5 run to open the second half as Slovakia (1-3) moved into good position to advance to the quarterfinals.

Slovakia, which led, 29-28, at halftime, broke the game open with Zirkova making two three-pointers and another jumper, one that capped the run and made the score 51-33.

Slovakia's only remaining pool game is against winless Senegal and, barring an upset of Brazil by Canada, it should finish fourth in the six-team pool in its first Olympic appearance. That would most probably mean a quarterfinal matchup with the United States.

Renata Hirakova led Slovakia with 16 points.

Tammy Sutton-Brown, who plays at Rutgers, had 16 points for Canada (1-3).

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