A common question asked to womensbasketball-in-france is if LF2 is a professional league. The answer is yes although there is a development tag associated with the second division.
This means that each team must have at least four players under the age of 23 on the score sheet for each game. It is important to note that not all the players are professional.
Cavigal Nice and COB Calais are the most professional teams in the LF2 this season. Both clubs have full time coaches and rosters that would be able to compete in the LFB.
Cavigal Nice have retained their key players after their relegation from the LFB at the end of last season (2011-12). To complete their roster they have also brought in more players who had played in the LFB.
The former experience of Rachid Meziane, the coach of the Niss Angels, in running the Challes-les-Eaux basketball academy has enabled him to run a programme in which young players such as Margaux Galliou-Loko, Marie-Eve Paget and Margaux Okou Zouzou can continue their full time education programme.
Cavigal Nice had a tough road trip to Roche Vendée, but once again came out on top (62-47). Anaïs Déas led the way with 12 points and 3 assists while the ever reliable Jeanne Senghor-Sy added 10 points.
At COB Calais, Kévin Brohan inherited a stable roster. So no major changes were required.
Manon Sinico (in picture) explained that playing in the lower division can have its advantages when you are studying. She completed her nursing training last year. Sinico who is now concentrating on just playing basketball is a product of the Bourges Basket Academy.
COB Calais with the fab four Aurélie Cibert (17 points and 6 assists), Manon Sinico (16 points and 5 assists), Mélanie Arnaud (17 points and 14 rebounds) and Floriane Herrscher (22 points) beat Pau Lacq Orthez (88-57).
Léon Trégor, as Pleyber-Christ basketball club was really an Amateur organisation with most of the players coming from the region. The team struggled in the second division and always finished in the relegation zone.
The club was forced to become professional and even with a limited budget their results improved and today (2013) as Léon Trégor they are one of the best clubs in LF2.
All the players except for those promoted from the academy are now professional, but their coach Franck Simon is not.
This weekend Léon Trégor kept their challenge for the title up with a road victory against Illkirch-Graffenstaden (86-63). Oumou Touré (15 rebounds) and Marie Butard (11 rebounds) maintained their good form with 24 and 20 points each. But it was the contribution of Leslie Matanga with 19 points that tipped the game in their favour.
Angers' status as a club is not clear because most of the players are students. However they have some of the best young players in France and are currently in fourth place. This weekend they needed the efforts of their senior players Julie Barennes (21 points) and Carine Brossais (11 points) to beat the CFBB (61-49).
US Laveyron's financial difficulties mean that they should not be able to play in the LFB if they win promotion at the end of the season. However this has not stopped the players from pushing up the LF2 table. They are currently in fifth place one game down on Angers.
They defeated Dunkerque (61-60) with 21 points coming from Manon Moral. Although Dunkerque trailed for most of the game, they had the chance towards the end of the game to force overtime or even win. Yet as so often this season at home the ball refused to drop.
CFBB 49-61 Angers
Dunkerque Malo 60-61 US Laveyron
Roche Vendée 47-62 Cavigal Nice
Illkirch-Graffenstaden 63-86 Léon Trégor
COB Calais 88-57 Pau Lacq Orthez
Date created: 21 January 2013
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LF2 basketball season articles
21 April 2013: Illkirch-Graffenstaden gained LF2 sweep over Limoges
15 April 2013: Léon Trégor out, Angers in the F4
07 April 2013: Cavigal Nice have one hand on the trophy
23 March 2013: First victory of the season for the CFBB
17 March 2013: Will Nice be dethroned by COB Calais in their title chase?
10 March 2013: Calais walloped Dunkerque while Pau is chasing top 4 finish
09 March 2013: Maud Lesoudard, February player of the month
03 March 2013: Better days at Limoges
24 February 2013: Who can stop Cavigal Nice ? - not the CFBB
11 February 2013: Dunkerque Malo pull off a win
4 February 2013: Pau Lacq Orthez and Roche Vendée finally back to winning ways
21 January 2013: Dream teams of the LF2: Cavigal Nice and COB Calais
13 January 2013: Impressive performance by Célia Mauler for Illkirch-Graffenstaden
06 January 2013: Meilleure joueuse en Décembre / best player of the month
26 December 2012: US Laveyron can celebrate New Year with reassurance
22 December 2012: US Laveyron are still in the competition
16 December 2012: Illkirch-Graffenstaden produce while Dunkerque stay at the bottom
09 December 2012: Cavigal Nice and Calais won on the road
05 December 2012: Le visage de la meilleure joueuse en Novembre / best player of the month
02 December 2012: Exciting games with some surprising outcomes
26 November 2012: The pressure is on for Limoges
19 November 2012: Nothing can stop Reims in their LF2 final four aspiration
11 November 2012: Round 7: Limoges' new kit did not help, Dunkerque need inspiration
10 November 2012: Shenita Landry is LF2 October player of the month
05 November 2012: Cavigal Nice win again while there is plenty of drama elsewhere
28 October 2012: Round 5: Experience and youth make it an exciting weekend
14 October 2012: UFAB49 rocked while Cavigal Nice rolled
07 October 2012: Oumou Kalsoum Touré is again on top of the game
30 September 2012: LF2 basketball gets off to an explosive start
31 August 2012: Playing basketball: la joyeuse Margaux Galliou-Loko