2012 Coupe de France No surprise in the eighth-final
With a place in the EuroLeague Women for the winner of the Coupe de France Basket (French Cup), it gives the teams outside the top four of the Ligue Féminine de Basketball a second chance of top European club basketball.
Challes-les-Eaux have not had the honour of playing a final in Paris Bercy. They came up on top (69-57) against Lyon BF.
Lyon BF played well for the first eight minutes of the game leading (19-11) but a 0-7 reversal to end the quarter (19-18) put them on the back foot from which they never recovered.
Challes stepped on the turbo during the second quarter and went into the locker room (44-36) ahead. Then they played out the second half with Danielle Page (19 points) and Alexia Plagnard (13 points and 4 assists) leading the way.
Perpignan Basket won the battle of the two top teams in LF2 (61-55). For the first time at home this season Perpignan were given a real test as they fought Toulouse for 40 minutes. Once again Héléna Ciak provided the decisive plays. She finished with 13 points, 20 rebounds and 8 blocks.
The president of the club Patrick Esteban is already thinking that Perpignan Basket could return once again to Paris Bercy, six years after their last appearance in 2006.
For Nantes-Rezé the best chance of playing in the EuroLeague Women next season is to win the Joë Jaunay trophy.
Laurant Buffard was without Johanne Gomis and then lost Aminata Nar Diop early in the third quarter. But he was able to smile as his team qualified for the quarter-final against Union Hainaut Basket.
Union Hainaut, playing at home, were defeated (61-71) in a match that Sarah Michel (in picture) dominated. She finished with 26 points, 5 assists, 4 steals and drew 8 fouls.
Cavigal Nice also qualified by winning on the road against Aix-en-Provence. The score remained close for most of the match but with 3:25 left to play it appeared that Aix-en-Provence was heading to the next round leading (70-62).
However they failed to score again for the rest of the match while Cavigal Nice calmly scored 13 straight points to win the match (75-70).
Once again the scoring was shared by five players in double digits and a total of 12 assists. For Aix-en-Provence Sylvie Gruszczynski was the only player to score more than 20 points with 24. She also dished out 5 assists but her solo effort was not enough.
Basketball can be cruel at times. Villeneuve d'Ascq had three chances in the last second to beat Charleville-Mézières with Olayinka Sanni. She missed three times while picking up her own rebound twice for the ball of the match.
Her miss enabled Charleville-Mézières to hang on for the victory (65-64) thanks to Valeriya Berezhnska who blocked Sanni twice at the end of the game. Berezhnska also hit what turned out to be the game winning shot with 15 seconds to play.
Montpellier are the defending champions of the "Coupe de France" and they made no mistake against LF2 opponents Roche Vendée.
The suspense lasted eight minutes (18-18) before Montpellier took control of the game for good with an 8-0 run to finish the first quarter. Gaëlle Skrela was unstoppable with 23 points with 8-from-10 from the floor and a perfect 5-of-5 from the free-throw line as Montpellier cruised to victory (85-59).
Bourges Basket had little trouble overpowering USO Mondeville (68-45). The contest was over by the interval with Bourges Basket leading (32-12). Nwal-Endéné Miyem was the game leading scorer with 20 points.
Arras survived a tough battle against LF2 opponents SOA Armentières (80-74) in overtime.
Arras were 38 seconds away from elimination when Nadezdha Grishaeva (in picture) saved them with her 30th point of the game. Grishaeva had a perfect shooting day with 10-of-10 from the floor and 10-of-10 from the free-throw line.
Arras escaped in overtime with three-pointers by Krissy Badé, Leilani Mitchell (17 points) and Gabriela Marginean (13 points) to finish the game with an 11-5 run.
For the hosts Aurélie Carmona and Mia Fisher both scored 22 points.
2012 Coupe de France Basket - Eighth-final results