LFB basketball news: Tarbes and Bourges made it look easy
In the last week of action in 2009, the LFB basketball news headlines was about the cancellation of games due to bad weather.
The good news this weekend was that the bad weather in France had no effect on the basketball timetable for round 15.
Although there is still no LFB-TV, three games have been covered life by the web radio service of the LFB. Despite the heating not working in Tarbes and Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui not playing, it did not stop Tarbes beating Nantes-Rezé (86-58).
Bourges Basket showed no mercy to Armentières to comfortably win (80-33).
Challes-les-Eaux had a victory (84-77) against Arras with 23 points coming from Magalie Lacroix (left).
COB Calais were without the service of Jennifer Humphrey but welcomed back their captain Aurélie Cibert in their victory (83-62) against Limoges.
Temeka Johnson and Aurélie Bonnan scored 18 points apiece as USO Mondeville ran out winners on the road (83-75) against Villeneuve d'Ascq.
The bad weather had its say in the end because the game between Basket Landes and Lattes Montpellier was called off.
You can read our LFB basketball news from the games by clicking on the links below or by scrolling down the page:
The LFB basketball news is not improving for Limoges: Maryska Kowalik, the captain, and Johanna Tayeau joined Awa Gueye on the injury list.
Calais also had some bad news because Iva Roglic and Jennifer Humphrey's contracts have been put on hold by the LFB for financial reasons, which accounted for their absence.
Cyril Sicsic, the head coach from Calais, must have been worried after his side lost the first quarter (16-9). However his smile returned during the second quarter after a series of three-pointers by his side to go ahead (27-24) at the break.
Limoges battled away after the break. With Erica Davis (20 points) doing must of the scoring they led (43-41) with 27 minutes played.
Calais woke up and went on the rampage to score 14 unanswered points to close the quarter.
They completed the 16-0 run early in the final quarter (56-43). Limoges never recovered and Calais went on to win (83-62).
Swedish international Elisabeth Egnell led the scoring with 20 points while Anne Sophie Pagnier, Aurélie Cibert and Lauren Neaves (right) contributed 19, 17 and 15 points each.
Unfortunately the heating was not working properly. As a result, the hall was very cold and all the spectators were wrapped up.
It was not easy for the players to warm up. So François Gomez, the coach of Tarbes, decided not to play Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui, who had picked up an injury in training.
Despite the coldness, Tarbes were on the attack from the tip-off.
Charde Houston (left) was fouled on the first attack of the game and made the free-throws. Tarbes, quickly in their stride, and with a little over two minutes played, they led (8-2).
Nantes switched to a zone defense as they attempted to slow down their hosts.
Mélanie Plust was penalised early with a couple of fouls and was replaced by Yuliya Andreyeva.
Nantes-Rezé started to find their way to the basket and attempted to close the gap.
Yet three-pointers by Frida Eldebrink and Anne Breitreiner enabled the hosts to maintain their advantage (20-13).
However Andreyeva (right) kept Nantes in the game with her three-point shooting for her side to finish the first quarter trailing by just 4 points (17-22).
Nantes were more active from beyond the arc during the second quarter with mainly Plust finding her range. Fortunately for Tarbes Eldebrink (27 points) continued her scoring festival as her team held on to the advantage (31-25).
The game became a little more physical in the paint. This resulted in Tarbes picking up their first team foul after 17 minutes. Fatimatou Sacko was the guilty player as she attempted to block Mame-Marie Sy-Diop who fired in the free-throws.
The last three minutes were played out on the free-throw line as both teams started to pick up fouls. Lindsay Taylor (Nantes-Rezé) and Naura El Gargati (Tarbes) had an interesting battle at both ends of the court as the quarter fizzled out.
Houston scored the last points of the first half helping Tarbes to go into the locker room with (38-29) ahead.
Tarbes were in a hurry to get the game started with Sacko scoring 4 quick points. Although Eldebrink was not able to maintain her 100% record with a couple of missed shots, Houston enabled Tarbes to stretch the lead to 15 points (45-30).
Nantes-Rezé recovered their composure with back to back three-pointers by Leslie Ardon (left) and Kathleen MacLeod.
Gomez was not happy and called for his first time-out of the match with his team in front (47-38).
Immediately after the time-out, Eldebrink fired in a trey. But the joy was short lived for Tarbes when Houston had to leave the court after taking a knock to her head.
For Nantes Doriane Tahane’s aggressive play did not pay off. She was quickly penalised with 4 fouls which resulted in her going back to the bench.
Despite Natalia Bogdanova trying her best to get Nantes going, clutch shooting again by Eldebrink made sure that Tarbes maintained the advantage (61-44).
Isis Arrondo fired in a trey to open the scoring in the final quarter. When Pauline Jannault added another three-pointer, Nantes suddenly collapsed.
Laurent Buffard called for a time-out with eight minutes left to play with his team trailing (44-66).
Taylor who had spent most of the game on the bench made her return and quickly scored for Nantes-Rezé. But nothing changed as Tarbes extended their lead (70-46).
Emma Randall and Béatrice Castets pushed Tarbes’ advantage to over 30 points before setting for a (86-58) victory.
At last there are some positive LFB basketball news from USO Mondeville as they beat Villeneuve d'Ascq (83-75) in what turned into the most exciting game of the weekend.
It had all the ingredients of a WNBA game with current and former players on display.
One of the characteristics of French women's basketball is the three-point shot. In the first quarter of this game both sides connected three times from beyond the arc.
Six players from Mondeville scored from three-point territory, while there were three players from Villeneuve d'Ascq.
Jolene Anderson fired in 4-of-7 from beyond the arc and compiled a total of 25 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and yet finished on the losing team. Her team-mates Elodie Gomis (right), "Miss GO", and Lady Comfort scored 14 and 13 points each.
Temeka Johnson is already making her mark with Mondeville. She fired in 18 points and dished out a couple of assists. Aurélie Bonnan also fired in 18 points for Mondeville that ran out winners on the road (83-75).
The first quarter was played at an electric pace with both sides trading baskets for the full ten minutes. Johnson's buzzer beater left the teams tied (25-25).
The two teams continued to hit beyond the arc at the start of the second quarter with Mondeville slowly taking control.
Johnson stretched the guests' advantage to 10 points in the last minute (44-33). But then Mondeville relaxed a little too much which allowed Comfort to score in the paint and Anderson to drill in beyond the arc to reduce the deficit (38-44).
It is not clear what Mondeville's head coach, Hervé Coudray, told his players during the interval because they came out with an extra spring in their legs.
They finished the third quarter with an 18-4 run to take a 19-point lead into the final stanza.
Anderson scored 15 points in the last quarter for Villeneuve while Gomis contributed 7 points as they attempted to save the game.
Mondeville weathered the storm and held on for an important victory. Valeriya Berezhynska and Yacine Séné also finished in double digits with 15 points apiece for the winners.