Basketball news of LF2 teams thinking about the French Cup
The basketball news of the weekend from the Ligue Féminine 2 was the failure of many clubs to provide live stats.
Under normal circumstances this would pass without mention. But next week all the clubs from LF2 will be hosting LFB teams in the first round of the "Coupe de France" and live play-by-play is a requirement. So this was the last weekend for the clubs to get used to technology.
Basketball news from Ligue Féminine 2, round 18
Lyon were pushed all the way by Le Havre (63-59) in a pulsating game in which the lead changed hands 15 times. Julie Legoupil (in picture) was the top scorer in the match with 16 points.
Etoile de Voiron led Roche Vendée by 16 points at the interval and then held off their guests in an exciting finish (80-76).
Voiron had five players in double digits and are now in a three-way tie for fifth place. The Vendée team remain in second place but are now three games behind Lyon.
In the battle for places in the final four Reims BF won on the road against Dunkerque (60-55) while Nice also won away (58-43) against Perpignan.
Pleyber-Christ won the Brittany derby (Bretagne) against Avenir de Rennes (56-50).
Despite dominating the rebounds, Pleyber-Christ did not hit many shots and made the difference from the charity stripes with 20-of-31. Magali Mendy led the way with 14 points while Naignouma Colibaly (18 rebounds) and Aude Kernevez scored 12 points each.
For Rennes Yvette Assilamehou also finished with 12 points.
Armentières also made up for their overtime defeat last weekend by beating Limoges (70-55). The two teams were locked together for 25 minutes (38-38). Then Armentières made the break with a 10-0 run taking them into the final quarter with the first significant lead of the match (49-39).
With five players in double digits, better rebounding and fast break play Armentières held on to victory.
Elan Béarnais Pau Lacq Orthez finally move off the bottom of LF2 after beating the CFBB (73-58).
The CFBB caused their hosts problems for 35 minutes in which there had been 27 lead changes (54-58).
However the last five minutes proved to be too much for the youngsters as they scored just 4 points allowing the hosts from Pau take the game (73-58).
Despite ending up on the losing side Mariene Badiane (right) scoring 17 points with 100% shooting from the field and free-throw line is the LF2 player of the weekend.