There were no surprises from the first games of the Coupe de France quarter-final.
had to wait until the third quarter before getting past Arras.
Greek international Styliani Kaltsidou came to life in the third period. She scored 15 points which put Bourges Basket on track for qualification. Leilani Mitchell led the Arras attack with a game high 23 points.
Tarbes went on to win (61-54) with 20 points coming from Swedish international Frida Eldebrink.
Mondeville are the last team to qualify after getting past LFB rivals Challes-les-Eaux for the second time within a week (79-70).
The semi-final of the French Cup will take place on Sunday, 18 April 2010 in Boé with the matches scheduled for 15:00 and 17:30 (CET).
15:00 Charleville-Mézières vs. Bourges Basket
17:30 USO Mondeville vs. Tarbes
Bourges continue defense of the Coupe de France
Arras did not have the best of starts. They committed 4 fouls within the first three minutes, which allowed Bourges free trips to the free-throw line.
Bourges, playing at home, took full advantage with Paoline Salagnac (left) and Styliani Kaltsidou having fun from the charity stripes as they led (9-5).
Johanne Gomis scored 7 points for Arras as they chased after the score. Marielle Amant reduced the deficit to a single point (14-15) with three minutes left to play.
A trey by Ana Lelas restored the advantage for Bourges. Arras were unable to find any rhythm offensively and continued to pick up fouls. This gave Bourges Basket more points from the free-throw line.
Bourges edged the first quarter (20-16) with 11 points coming from the free-throw line.
Despite the foul problems Arras continued to be aggressive at the start of the second quarter and their bravery paid off.
Leilani Mitchell (left) scored. This was quickly followed by back to back baskets from Marielle Amant for their side to take the lead (22-20) for the first time with 30 seconds played in the quarter.
Pierre Vincent from Bourges Basket called a time-out immediately and changed his tactics.
Emméline Ndongue muscled her way into the paint for back to back scores to Bourges back in front. Arras drew level briefly but Bourges fired in 4 more points.
This situation forced Bruno Blier from Arras to call a time-out with his side trailing (24-28).
Arras's shooting was off target and even the unmissable was missed. They fell further behind with 2 points coming from Anaël Lardy.
Blier decided to call a second time-out. This time he did not hide his unhappiness and made some changes.
Mitchell's response to her coach was to hit a three-pointer. Arras continued to be aggressive and Mitchell scored again, this time within the arc.
Arras continued to attack. With Amant and Gomis finding the target they went in front. But a last-second two-pointer by Katarina Manic sent both teams into the locker room level (33-33).
No smiles from Bourges after the break and within seconds of the start Kaltsidou (right) connected from beyond the arc. Nwal-Endéné Miyem and and Salagnac scored from open play as Bourges went 6 points clear (40-34).
The pace picked up from both sides. Kaltsidou was doing most of the scoring for Bourges with 15 of her team's 21 points in the quarter while Mitchell was on fire for Arras with 9 quarter points (54-47).
Bourges went into the final quarter leading (56-47).
Arras looked tired and failed to get going during the last quarter. They allowed Bourges to open up a 15-point lead (69-54) with just over five minutes to play.
The Coupe de France match fizzled out with Bourges winning the match.
Bourges Basket: Anaël Lardy 2, Katarina Manic 12 points (9 assists), Nwal-Endéné Miyem 12, Styliani Kaltsidou 19, Jennifer Digbeu 0, Ana Lelas 9, Paoline Salagnac 11, Emméline Ndongue 5, Ilona Burgrova 8
Arras: Leilani Mitchell 23, N’Deye N’Diaye 8, Sarah Michel 1, Johanne Gomis 16, Olesia Malashenko DNP, Hanna Bouldwin-Biernacka 0, Marielle Amant 8, Pauline Akonga-Nsimbo 13, Juliana Mialoundama DNP
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Tarbes continue the Coupe de France journey
Roche Vendée allowed Tarbes the first 5 points of the match, and needed almost four minutes to open their account.
The hosts played on equal terms with Tarbes for the rest of the first quarter and trailed by a single point (14-15).
Roche Vendée played more aggressively at the start of the second quarter and take the lead to the delight of the home fans.
Tarbes' difficulties continued and with a minute before the break they trailed (26-32).
Pauline Jannault scored the last points of the half as Tarbes went into the locker room trailing (28-32).
Tarbes played differently after the break. Emma Randall fired in a trey which was quickly followed by 2 points by Hamchetou Maïga-Ba for them to regain the advantage.
The players from Roche Vendée shared the scoring as they traded basket for basket with Frida Eldebrink and Fatimatou Sacko to go in front into the final quarter (45-44).
Sacko and Eldebrink continued to keep Tarbes in the game as the two teams remained on equal terms (50-50) with four minutes to play.
Tarbes' experience made the difference as they finished strongly (61-54).
Roche Vendée: Laura Barreteau 0, Stéphanie Dufour 0, Sylvaine Grelier 2, Mylène Balat 2, Elodie Demortier 2, Elodie Gérard 14, Maïté Fouquez 15, Gabriela Kubatova 0, Christelle Morel 8, Livia Libicova 11
Tarbes: Hamchetou Maïga-Ba 2, Anne Breitreiner 5, Frida Eldebrink 20, Pauline Jannault 2, Isis Arrondo 0, Naura El Gargati 1, Florence Lepron 4, Béatrice Castets 0, Fatimatou Sacko 19 (11 rebounds), Emma Randall 8
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Coupe de France semi-finalists: USO Mondeville and Charleville-Mézières
Mondeville ran out winners against Challes-les-Eaux (79-70) with Temeka Johnson, Valeriya Berezhynska, Lenae Williams and Aija Putnina (left) scoring 17, 14, 13 and 11 points respectively.
Despite leading for most of the first half, the teams went into the locker room tied (38-38) thanks to a K. B. Sharpe buzzer beater.
Mondeville made their break during the third quarter to open up a 13-point lead (57-44) going into the last 10 minutes.
The final quarter was an offensive shoot-out with a total of 48 points from the two teams. However it was a case of too little too late for Challes-les-Eaux.
Latvian international Elina Babkina (right) led the attack for Challes-les-Eaux with 16 points and 3 assists. Magali Lacroix and Sharp scored 13 and 10 points each, Sharp also had 6 assists.
Charleville-Mézières' run in the Coupe de France continues after beating LFB strugglers Aix-en-Provence (70-57).
Aix-en-Provence started well and led (19-8) by the end of the first quarter.
Amel Bouderra (22 points) led the hosts' revival with an outstanding performance of point guard play as they finished the third quarter all square (48-48).
Djéné Diawra (14 points, 12 rebounds) and Sarra Ouerghi (16 points) then outmuscled their opponents to secure the victory.
Claudia Das Neves and Claire Tomaszewski scored 14 and 11 points respectively for Aix-en-Provence.
Game highlight video from Ardennes TV on the victory of Charleville-Mézières.
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