L'Union Féminine Angers Basket 49 (UFAB 49) picked up their second Trophée Féminin Coupe de France by beating Saint-Etienne (CASE Basket) (65-63) in the final at Paris Bercy.
Aurélie Favre's missile from beyond the arc with just under a minute to play put UFAB 49 in front for good (63-60). However the suspense was total as the game went to the wire with Clarisse Mpaka knocking down a three-ball for CASE with 15 seconds to play.
CASE had the chance to force overtime but it was not the day for Ingrid Bunel whose attempt failed to drop. Angers Basket 49 who were relegated from LF2 last season won this competition in 2010 by beating AS Villeurbanne (90-76) in overtime.
All the same Saint-Etienne dominated the opening quarter. They put together a 10-0 run to open up a 14-point lead before having to settle for a 10-point advantage by the end of the first quarter (20-10).
Anger's were second best when it came to rebounding. But with a smooth transition game they scored the first 6 points of the second quarter which resulted in a time-out called by Sébastien Nivet, the coach from CASE.
Nothing happened much after the time-out as both sides had a competition in missing free throws. Angers finished the second quarter with a 5-0 run to go into the interval trailing (30-34).
After the break Angers continued from where they left off with the first 7 points and Carine Brossais (in picture) on fire. The 11-0 run over the two quarters allowed Angers to lead for the first time in the match after 22 minutes (37-34).
Angelia Crealock then stepped up big time for CASE with 8 consecutive points for her side to edge back in front (42-40) with around 25 minutes played.
The intensity finally picked up as the game became more interesting with both sides hitting the target more regularly.
Angers went into the final quarter in front (48-47) and stayed until the 33rd minute when Alexandra lvovskaya tied the game (51-51).
Apart from the free throws both teams were playing excellent basketball and were still locked together after 39 minutes (60-60).
Aurélie Favre who is a product of the Bourges Basket youth academy swung the match in favour of Angers with a three-pointer just before the 24-second buzzer.
Favre and Sophie Le Marrec went on to split pairs of free throws in the remaining seconds as they hung on for victory.
Brossais' performance of 18 points which included a perfect 5-of-5 from the charity stripes made her the player of the match.
Angers: Johanna Cortinovis 6 (7 rebounds), Juliane Hohne 0, Mélodie De Sousa 2, Juliane Hohne 0, Aurélie Favre 10, Aurélie Besson 11, Elise Prodhomme 0, Carine Brossais 18, Elise Vieira 5, Sophie Le Marrec 5, Marion Devynck 8
Saint-Etienne: Clarisse Mpaka 7, Babette Nivet 13 (10 rebounds), Alexandra lvovskaya 6 (11 rebounds), Ingrid Bunel 2, Marie Chaverondier DNP, Angelia Crealock 20, Morgiane Eustache 0, Léonore Duchez 3, Yasmina Berrabah DNP, Katalin Kurtosi 12 (11 rebounds)
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