Résumé du match de la Coupe de France en français en-dessous du reportage anglais
Bourges Basket started their Coupe de France defense by beating Illkirch-Graffenstaden (90-63) in the Rhenus Arena in Strasbourg.
The final scoreline has no reflection of the game, which for 25 minutes remained close.
Bourges were quickly out of the starting blocks with captain Emméline Ndongue (in picture) scoring with her first shot of the game with just over 10 seconds played.
The SIG attacked in numbers and the home fans quickly had something to cheer about with Amina Njonkou forcing her way down the lane into the paint to lay up.
However Bourges were soon in control as Cathy Joens continued to hit the target (9-2).
Nadège Drago (right in picture) started the hosts fightback with a trey. By the time Aline Fischbach opened her account for the SIG, Pierre Vincent's rotation policy for Bourges appeared to be the wrong strategy.
The SIG also had three players on the court with LFB experience: Céline Schmitt-Sender, Caroline Nestor and Drago.
The SIG pushed hard during a 15-5 run to lead (17-14).
Pierre Vincent used a time-out to calm things down. His team regained the advantage by the end of the first quarter (19-17).At the start of the second quarter Bourges stepped on the accelerator to open up a 12-point lead (36-24).
The SIG battled as best as they could with a mixture of youthful endurance and veteran maturity to stay in the game.
Lucie Battaglia (left) from the SIG hit the buzzer shot of the match to close the first half (36-49).
After the break the match became more physical. Schmitt-Sender was winning crucial rebounds as the hosts matched Bourges basket for basket.
However the SIG did not have anybody close in hight to Ilona Burgrova and struggled in containing her.
In addition Drago picked up her 5th foul halfway through the third quarter and had to leave the game for good. This handicapped the hosts further.
Bourges paced themselves through the third quarter (66-54) before stepping on the accelerator with points flying in from all over the place in the final quarter.
Joens continued her three-point shooting display while Paoline Salagnac hit baseline jumpers.
Jennifer Digbeu (her brother plays for the SIG professional men's team) and Nwal-Endéné Miyem also increased their point total.
Although the SIG were overrun, they did not give up and thrilled their supports with some shots from down-town.
Céline Pfister came on for the last few minutes and had time to add her name to the score sheet.
All 19 players scored at least two points in this Coupe de France game.
SIG: Lucie Battaglia 5, Célia Mauler 2, Chloé Westelynck 5, Aline Fischbach 11, Nadège Drago 3 (3 assists), Amina Njonkou 20 (8 rebounds), Bettina Kadila 2, Caroline Nester 4, Céline Schmitt-Sender 9 (9 rebounds), Céline Pfister 2
Bourges Basket: Anaël Lardy 3, Maja Miljkovic 5 (6 assists), Nwal-Endéné Miyem 12, Styliani Kaltsidou 7 (8 assists), Jennifer Digbeu 11, Catherine Joens 19, Paoline Salagnac 12, Emméline Ndongue 9 (12 rebounds), Ilona Burgrova 12
Le premier quart-temps a vu les Illkirchoises prendre l'avantage (17-14) avec Nadège Drago lançant un 15-5 avec un tiers-prime.
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