Kathleen MacLeod led the scoring with 24 points which included 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. She also drew 9 fouls and dished out 5 assists.
Leslie Ardon, the captain added 14 points and 3 assists, while Mame-Marie Sy-Diop controlled the defensive boards where she collected 10 of her 12 rebounds and scored 13 points.
Lindsay Taylor had another solid game defensively with 8 rebounds and also scored 8 points.
For Melanie Plust it was not a good shooting day but she dished out 5 assists.
Arras started the game well and led (13-7) after six minutes. Then they allowed their guests too much room from beyond the three-point line and fell briefly behind (15-16) before regaining control to go in front (22-18) in the first period.
The two teams exchanged baskets frequently during the first five minutes of the second period with Nantes taking the advantage (32-29).
The highlight of the match came from Taylor with a block on Hanna Bouldwin-Biernacka to immediately pick up the defensive rebound.
Then she started the next attack. She was then down the court in a flash and Ardon passed the ball back to her for her to score a trey (35-29).
Nantes maintained the advantage and went into the locker room leading (42-36).
Johanne Gomis (15 points) and Pauline Akonga-Nsimbo (11 points) did their best to pick up Arras in the second half of the match. Yet the three-point shooting of Nantes-Rezé kept them at bay.
Nantes-Rezé did not allow their hosts a chance to lead again in the match and went on to win (72-62).
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Basketball news game report: Bourges, too strong for Calais
A slow start to the game profited Calais as they scored the first 4 points of the game with Lauren Neaves and Elisabeth Egnell scoring.
Katrina Manic scored the first points for Bourges Basket after almost three minutes of play. Bourges scored 7 more points to lead (9-4).
Calais changed their defensive options with a 2-3 zone and restricted the offensive option of Bourges.
Essence Carson fired in a trey for Bourges. But 5 points from Aurélie Cibert and 2 points from Neaves brought Calais to within a single point (11-12).
Styliani Kaltsidou managed to put in the ball to score the last points of the first quarter (14-11).
The second period was played at a slow pace with both sides exchanging baskets. Calais’ effective zone systems caused problems for Bourges all through this period:
Kaltsidou was called for an intentional foul against Engnell with three minutes played in the quarter. Engnell then split a pair of free-throws. However she missed from beyond the arc on the next attack. Paoline Salagnac was down the court in a flash to immediately score for Bourges (20-16).
Neaves went down during the action and had to leave the court for treatment. Calais somehow picked up their game and with back to back baskets from Joyce Cousseins-Smith and Iva Roglic tied the game (20-20).
Neaves was to return and the two teams remained tied until Carson fired in a shot from down-town. Her last action of the quarter was a pass to Kaltsidou who scored for Bourges to lead (29-24) at the interval.
Bourges opened the scoring with three-pointers by Nwal-Endéné Miyem and Manic to move 11 points clear with 24 minutes played.
Jennifer Humphrey (right) who was not having a lot of luck in the first half started to hit the basket for Calais to score 6 unanswered points.
Bourges’ only solution was to shoot from beyond the arc with Jennifer Digbeu and Carson connecting. as they pushed their advantage up to 8 points again. Humphrey continued her show and with the help of Cousseins-Smith they kept Calais in the match.
Bourges then made a mistake in not getting back to defend. So Engnell was allowed to shoot from the middle of the court on the buzzer. The ball went in and Calais trailed (43-47).
Calais started to tire in the final quarter and were unable to get anything going offensively. This allowed Bourges to open the first significant lead of the game (53-43) with seven minutes left to play.
Bourges stretched their advantage to 15 points (58-43) with five minutes to play.
Anne-Sophie Pagnier ended Calais’ barren spell with a trey with 3 ½ minutes to play. She scored a second trey but that was as near as Calais were to get.
Bourges Basket were not troubled for the remaining time and went on to win (66-49) with Manic leading the scoring with 11 points and 3 assists.
Miyem, Kaltsidou, Ilona Burgrova and Carson all scored 9 points while Salagnac finished with 8 points and 5 assists.
Humphrey led the scoring for COB Calais with 14 points.
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|Basketball News: Jolene Anderson had a game evaluation of 25|
The game was a sea-saw affair with a total of 15 lead changes. Challes-les-Eaux was ahead (58-53) with four minutes left to play.
Anderson and Elodie Bertal came to the rescue for Villeneuve to regain the lead (60-59) with the game in money-time.
Lady Comfort (19 points) came up with some big plays in the closing stretch with the guests holding on to win.
Kirby Copeland was the only player for Challes-les-Eaux in double digits with 19 points.
Lattes Montpellier had no problems in defeating Limoges (72-40).
Limoges were without Awe Geye for this match. Montpellier dominated from the tip-off and led (34-18) by the interval.
Although Limoges tried harder during the second half of the game they never troubled the hosts who had five players in double digits.
They recovered in the second period and went on a 13-0 run that enabled them to lead at the interval (56-52).
Tiffany Stansbury (27 points and 15 rebounds) from Aix-en-Provence and Aurélie Bonnan (24 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists) from Mondeville had an intense battle at both ends of the court.
Mondeville spent most of the second half chasing the game and trailed by 10 points with five minutes left to play.
They lost Valeriya Berezhynska and Bonnan for 5 fouls in the closing minutes and were unable to reduce the deficit any more to trouble their hosts.
For Aix-en-Provence this win (79-68) is the third victory of the season.
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Tarbes beat Basket Landes (79-62) in the derby match that was shown live on the internet.
This game was played in a typical fashion from the south of France. There was a lot of passion and tension. Both teams had key players handicapped with early fouls.
Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui from Tarbes picked up 3 fouls in the first quarter. Aja Parham picked up 2 fouls in the first quarter and eventually fouled out in the final quarter.
Frida Eldebrink is becoming the three-point queen of the LFB and her performance in this match should make the basketball news headlines in France this week. She was 7-of-7 from beyond the arc and finished the game with 29 points.
After an even first quarter, Tarbes took control of the match in the second period to lead (39-28) at the interval.
Basket Landes continued to play aggressively and with 20 seconds left to play in the third quarter they trailed by 5 points (48-53).
Le Gluher (17 points) was called for an off-the ball foul and then picked up a technical one as she had a heated discussion with Eldebrink and the officials.
Le Gluher was taken off by her coach to cool down, while Eldebrink went 2-of-4 from the free-throw line. On the very last play of the quarter, Yacoubou-Dehoui was fouled driving to the basket and was awarded a couple of free-throws.
She split the pair and Tarbes went into the final quarter (56-48).
Aminata Konate's energy and good passing enabled Basket Landes to reduce their deficit (57-60) after a three-pointer by Le Gluher with six minutes to play.
This was as close as the hosts would get because Tarbes went on a three-point shooting spree with two from Eldebrink and one from Anne Breitreiner.
A comedy of errors by Basket Landes led to Sabrina Reghaissïa (15 points) picking up a technical foul after Parham was called for her 5th one.
Breitreiner split the pair of free-throws to complete the 17-0 run of Tarbes.
Both sides played out the rest of the game with players from the bench with Julie Barennes from Landes firing in a trey to the delight of the home fans.
Béatrice Castets scored the last 5 points for Tarbes as they comfortably won the match (79-62).
Charde Houston was the third player from Tarbes in double digits with 15 points.
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Basketball news picture credits:
Ligue Féminine de Basket - LFB
Luke Laissac - Sud Quest
La Dépêche du Midi