LF2 basketball starts slowly

The LF2 basketball season has finally started with just four matches. The CFBB's first round match has been rescheduled because four members of the team are involved in the 3x3 U18 FIBA World Championship.

With the late withdrawal of SO Armentières from the competition it is likely that the schedule of matches could be modified all through the season.

If the LF2 is to stay at 14 teams with the championship next year (2013-2014) and the current rules remaining in place then there should be no relegation at the end of this season.

However we are still waiting for an official communique on the rules for this season from the French Basketball Federation (FFBB).

Janeka Lopp   ©  womensbasketball-in-france.com

The place to be this weekend for LF2 basketball was Dunkerque. Élan Béarnais Pau Lacq Orthez, the LF2 newcomers hit 71% of their shots during the first 20 minutes to lead (52-45) against Dunkerque.

Dunkerque's shooting was not that bad as they hit 50% of their shots in the first half.

With Pau's shooting percentages dropping during the second half of the match they still held on to win (96-90).

Dunkerque ended up taking 13 more shots than their guests and managed to draw level (82-82) with just under four minutes to play in the final quarter.

However a three-ball by Janeka Lopp (above in picture) put the guests back in front for good. Lopp finished the game as the top scorer with 21 points. For the hosts Sabrina Scott who went 10-of-14 from the floor was the leading scorer with 20 points.

It appears that Aude Kernevez is on her way to lead again the league in minutes played. She had to play a little over 42 minutes as Léon Trégor won in overtime on the road against Limoges (87-79).

With a minute to play in overtime Aida Fall fouled out of the game. With her gone, Limoges managed to score just 2 points which was not enough to stop the ladies from Léon Trégor running away with the victory with 31 points and 14 rebounds coming from Oumou Kalsoum Toure.

Thazina Cook and Iva Grbas scored 22 and 21 points each for Limoges.

Camille Aubert   ©  womensbasketball-in-france.com

Illkirch-Graffenstaden (SIG) are back for another season of LF2 basketball despite losing one of their major sponsors. This loss means that they have not been able to sign the contract for Amina Njonkou.

The SIG made things difficult for themselves by trailing (8-18) after the first quarter against Angers. They used a lot of energy chasing after the score without ever going in front.

They went into the final quarter trailing by 2 points and yet ended up losing the game by 14 points. Camille Aubert (in picture) was the leading scorer for Angers as they won the game (65-51).

The grand slam for visting teams was completed by Cavigal Nice who made hard work of beating Reims (66-57). The finishing was poor by both sides. However Jeanne Senghor-Sy was in a class of her own and made sure that the "NISS Angels" opened with a win. She scored 16 points and pulled down 14 rebounds.

The results of the weekend:

Dunkerque Malo 90-96 Pau
Reims BF 57-66 Cavigal Nice
Limoges 79- 87 Léon Trégor
Illkirch-Graffenstaden 51-65 Angers

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