Basketball news: Here she comes, Temeka Johnson!

Temeka Johnson  © In WNBA basketball news stories, they talk about fans appreciating players' contribution in games. Well Temeka Johnson's (right) impact for Mondeville since has been in all the basketball sports media in France.

Last week she picked up the award of FIBA Europe EuroCup Women player of the week. In the match against Calais she led her team with 26 points, 5 assists and a couple of steals.

She had the chance to win the game for Mondeville in regulation time with about 13 seconds to play. Yet her shot failed to drop and the game had to be decided in overtime.

USO Mondeville against COB Calais, 2010  ©

Basketball news: Jennifer Humphrey is back

Jennifer Humphrey  © The big surprise of the day was the return of Humphrey (left) for Calais. She was on the injury list and also had not been cleared to play by the FFBB.

With her back in action Lauren Neaves was able to concentrate on her position under the boards.

Mondeville were caught napping for the last five minutes of the first quarter. So Calais ran riot to lead (28-15) after 10 minutes.

Mondeville defended better in the second quarter. With back to back scores they reduced the deficit to 5 points (28-33) with 15 minutes played.

Calais continued to play with intensity and went into the locker room leading despite late three-pointers from Aurélie Bonnan and Yacine Séné (46-39).

Mondeville finally tied the match with Bonnan scoring (50-50) with three minutes into the second half.

The game went flat as both sides played cat and mouse for the rest of the quarter. All the same Calais went into the final quarter leading (66-62) with Neaves scoring most of the points.

The following five minutes resembled a game of hide and seek, with Calais hanging on to their advantage (71-69).

The game went up a notch with Johnson and Lenae Williams both connecting from the land of many for the hosts to go in front (72-71).

Calais got the lead back briefly before Williams once again found the target from beyond the arc. However the two teams were back on level terms as the game became messy.

Joyce Cousseins-Smith © Calais lost Humphrey who picked up 2 consecutive fouls to take her count to 5. Furthermore Johnson's possible game winning shot failed to drop.

Calais who led for most of the game were quickly on the score board in overtime. But once they lost Joyce Cousseins-Smith (right) also for 5 fouls, Mondeville took control and went in front for good with 90 seconds left to play and held on to win (86-80).

Neaves from Calais was the best player on the court. She finished the game with 19 points and 14 rebounds while Humphrey, Cousseins-Smith and Aurélie Cibert all finished on 13 points each. Swedish international Elizabeth Egnell contributed 11 points.

For Mondeville Johnson was joined in double digits by William with 19 points while Séné and Valeriya Berezhynska scored 12 points each.

Kelly Corre who spent three years at the Mondeville basketball academy, now playing for Calais, remained on the bench.

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Date created: 11 February 2010

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