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November 5, 1998

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Love might be the international language, but referee bashing is a close second.

Kansas University's women's basketball team defeated Myjava Slovakia, 76-64, on Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse, in an exhibition that featured a 25-12 foul deficit and two technicals called against the visiting team.

"The play was very aggressive. The fouls on our side was eight and on the other side, 23 or 24," said Vladimir Vavrin, president of the club team. "But, it was very nice play, I think. It was the same performance on both sides. At the end of the game your team played very good, but the referee helped them.

"Kansas was better, but not 12 points."

The Jayhawks, clinging to a 57-56 lead with 4:46 remaining, capitalized on a five-point trip and Slovakia couldn't climb within two the rest of the way.

After Kansas junior Lynn Pride's basket with 4:27 to play, Slovakia coach Boris Zbirka was whistled for a technical foul. KU senior Suzi Raymant made one of two free throws and a lay-up by sophomore Heather Fletcher on the ensuing possession pushed the Jayhawks' advantage to 62-56.

Zbirka's technical was the result of his storming onto the floor after he believed one of his players took an intentional elbow to the head.

"Our play in Europe is not the style of this game. It was our first time in USA that our opponent played so aggressive, so hard," said Vavrin, whose team finished third in its professional league last season. "In Europe we play more technical, not so aggressive. Our players were a little nervous."

Or perhaps a little tired.

Slovakia, touring the United States for the fourth straight year, played its third game in as many nights, losing to Nebraska, 84-65, on Tuesday night in Lincoln, Neb.

"We are acclimating to the travel," Vavrin said. "We have a lot of driving by car, for example, today 240 miles from Lincoln. We are a little tired."

The tour, which continues Friday night against Missouri, calls for 10 exhibition games in a 13-day span.

In the last four years, the Slovakians have visited Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Louisiana, Tennessee, Florida, California, Nevada and Arizona. Last year's trip to the southwestern United States resulted in a 6-4 record.

"We know the American system," Vavrin said. "I think our players are older and more experienced and your girls are aggressive and very good motion. But certainly the play of Kansas University was perfect."

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