Mariame Dia is back in the basketball news headlines
Four years ago Mariame Dia (in picture below) was in all the basketball news in France and in Senegal because she was drafted into the Senegalese national team for the 2006 FIBA World Championship for Women.
While her country women were preparing for the 2010 edition of the World Championship with a match against the USA in Spain, Dia was sitting on the bench in Dunkerque watching the young players from the CFBB score the first 8 points of the game.
Dia's introduction did not change much as the CFBB went 10-0 up. Yet she ended the negative series for Dunkerque with 2 points from the free-throw line.
Dia scored 7 of her team's 13 first-quarter points.
The CFBB led (19-13) at the end of the first quarter and went into the locker room leading (35-34).
Dunkerque were unable to get anything going and were lucky to take the game into overtime (69-69) after Bénédicte Fombonne somehow got Jodie Cornelie to foul her while attempting a three-pointer. Fombonne hit all three free-throws.
Dunkerque held their nerve during overtime with Dace Brumermane doing most of the scoring to win the game (83-77).
Dia finished the game with 26 points and 11 rebounds for the player-of-the-match award.
The rest of the basketball news from day 2
Lyon BF beat Illkirch-Graffenstaden on the road (73-60). They had to wait until the final quarter before putting away the hosts. Lyon spent the whole evening shooting from beyond the arc and hit 12 times in 37 attempts.
Marion Arfelis (right) was the most efficient player with 6-from-11 attempts to top score with 22 points.
For the SIG the new signing Amina Njonkou led the scoring with 21 points and picked up 15 rebounds while Nadège Drago dished out 6 assists.
Reims BF had to work hard in beating Le Havre on the road (67-58) with 21 points coming from Floriane Herrscher.
However the attraction of the match was the dual between the Lokoka sisters for the first time in their basketball careers.
Lorraine Lokoka who joined Reims BF this season came out on top with 18 points while her junior sister in her first season at AL Aplemont Le Havre scored 4 points.
Armentière's home record in playing basketball in the second division is very good. They did not allow Roche Vendée any chance of surprising them with a (69-57) victory.
Cora Duval (left) and Marie-Frédérique Ayissi scored 19 and 16 points each for the home side.
Voiron had to wait until the second half of the match to put away second division newcomers Angers (65-47).
Fire fighter Mélanie Vernier marked her home début with 6 three-pointers to lead all scoring with 18 points.
Marie Ruzickova fired in 20 points for Perpignan as they beat Rennes (79-68).
Magali Mendy was on fire for Pleyber-Christ and scored 23 points in the victory against Limoges (74-59).
Elan Béarnais Pau Lacq Orthez got past Nice in a match that went to the wire with Clarisse M'Paka securing their first victory of the season (67-65) from the charity stripes.
Perpignan 79-68 Rennes Pleyber-Christ 74-59 Limoges Armentière 69-57 Roche Vendée Etoile de Voiron 65-47 Angers Illkirch-Graffenstaden 60-73 Lyon BF Dunkerque Malo 83-77 CFBB Elan Béarnais Pau Lacq Orthez 67-65 Nice