Bourges Basket are the second club to qualify for the quarter-final of the Coupe de France after their (62-55) victory against Tarbes on Thursday evening.
Bourges spent most of the first half chasing the game allowing Tarbes to go into the interval leading (29-24). Isabelle Yacoubou was in impressive form for Tarbes and finished with a double-double 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Bourges put their foot on the accelerator at the beginning of the third quarter with 7 quick points. They only managed to put their hosts down in the final period and had a maximum lead of 12 points (57-45) after 38 minutes of action.
Kristen Mann led all scoring with 20 points for Tarbes while Belinda Snell and Sonja Kireta for Bourges scored 14 and 11 points respectively.
COB Calais have also qualified for the quarter-final after the forfeit of Mourenx.
Aix-en-Provence knocked out USVO
Aix-en-Provence beat USVO in the final of the Coupe de France in 2000 (51-48) and today (Saturday, 23 February 2008) they knocked USVO out of the cup (49-42). This will be the first final of this competition without USVO since the turn of the century.
The first half of the match was "a comedy of errors". Aix went into the interval leading (23-19). The two teams combined for only 17-of-57 attempts in the first two periods.
Aix attempted to raise the standard after the interval and stretched their advantage (33-25) midway through the third period. Aix hampered by foul problems were unable to increase their advantage. The game returned to its mediocrity and only a trey by Laurie Koehn for USVO and by K. B. Sharp in the last minute of the third period lightened things up.
Aix leading (36-28) going into the final period weathered the initial intrusion of Sabrina Reghaïssia to maintain their advantage. For USVO it then went from bad to worse as Nicole Ohlde picked up her fifth foul with still four minutes left to play.
Sharp (left) held her nerves during money-time to guide her side to victory. She finished with 13 points of 5-of-6 from the field.
Challes-les-Eaux do the double against Saint Amand
Challes-les-Eaux beat Saint Amand for the second time within a week. Again Saint Amand had the better start and were leading (26-15) after the first period.
The second quarter belonged to the home side as they eventually tied the game (28-28) and went in front briefly. Yet Saint Amand under the impulsion of Tamara Moore went into the interval (38-35).
The second half of the match was end to end basketball. Only in the final period Challes put down their opponents with some excellent defending and offensive action by Davenport and Laina Badiane.
Martina Luptkova (left) and Jessica Davenport compiled double-doubles for Challes with 15 points apiece and 10 and 11 rebounds respectively. Tiffany Stansbury was the best player in the match but her 24 points were not enough for Saint Amand to stay in the 2008 edition of the coupe de France.
Grace Daley and Sandra Dijon seeing Montpellier through
Grace Daley (left) made her return after six weeks out and led all scoring with 16 points as her side held off Clermont-Ferrand (71-62).
Clermont are difficult to beat on their home court. Despite the efforts of Sandra Dijon with 7 points, the home side held the early advantage (14-11). Daley came on for the last three minutes of the first period and with the assistance of Christelle Jouandon, Montpellier finished the first period in front (17-14).
Clermont regained the lead at the start of the second quarter. But they were to lose it for good after some magic from Gunta Basko (27-20). Montpellier managed to control the pace of the game for the rest of the period and went into the break in front (32-27).
Montpellier maintained their intensity and led by as much as 17 points and held off Challes’ challenge to qualify for the next round of the coupe de France.