ORCHIES (EuroBasket Women/FIBA World Championship for Women) - The pressure on Turkey will be immense when they host the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women, but point guard Isil Alben isn't afraid of cranking it up even further.
Having helped her team take a bronze medal by rolling over Serbia
92-71 at EuroBasket Women in Orchies, Alben was adamant that having also snatched silver during the last couple of years, it won't be long before Turkey complete the full podium set.
"Overall as a team, we have a lot of talented players and each and every one of those player have proven themselves many times," said the 27-year-old.
"Getting this bronze medal is important as far as consistency is concerned.
"We wish we had the gold medal, but I am 100% sure that in the future, either the current players or our young sisters can get a gold medal at a tournament."
Alben also paid tribute to the hard work of those who have paved the way for the recent medal success.
"There have been a lot of different efforts in the past which have fed into these successes - including former coaches, managers and players who all laid down this road for us and I would like to thank them," she pointed out.
"I am so proud that I am part of this team and of my country."
It was backcourt partner Birsel Vardarli who ensured Turkey shrugged off their first-half blues which had seen Serbia take a 44-43 lead to the locker room.
With the decidedly leaky Turkish defense fixed, Vardarli shifted through the gears offensively and took over the game in spectacular fashion, sinking 15 points in the third quarter - most of which came during a stunning 14-0 run that sealed the win.
Both Nevriye Yilmaz and Quanitra Hollingsworth were also on fire, wreaking havoc in the paint, combining for 37 points, with the latter pulling down 16 boards to post one of her finest displays yet for her adopted country.
Meanwhile, Serbian head coach Marina Maljkovic was philosophical afterwards and had nothing but praise for her players who played well but faded - not helped by the dangerous Ana Dabovic ruled out with a knee injury.
"Fourth place for my team shines like gold itself,” she insisted.
"I congratulate my players not only for showing here in the tournament what they are capable of, but for way beforehand, when nobody really believed we were going to even going to qualify for EuroBasket Women."
Serbia will line up for the very first time next year at the FIBA World Championship for Women which will be held in Istanbul and Ankara.