Basket Landes opened the 22nd round of the LFB with a (68-57) victory against COB Calais. Basket Landes had four players in double digits and secured the victory with an 11-0 run late in the third quarter.
Aix-en-Provence' challenge at home lasted five minutes against Tarbes. It was one-way traffic for the remaining 35 minutes with Tarbes easing to victory (91-57).
Five players finished in double digits with Frida Eldebrink leading the way with 19 points.
Bourges Basket were made to work hard in beating Villeneuve d'Ascq (62-58). Katarina Manic (left) was the player of the match with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists for Bourges.
Arras hit Limoges 28-0 during the third quarter and cruised to victory (80-45).
Nantes-Rezé, playing away, had an easy victory against Armentières (68-50) while Mondeville had to battle on the road to beat Challes-les-Eaux (80-73).
The LFB weekend of basketball was completed with Lattes Montpellier beating Toulouse (66-47). Montpellier took control of the game in the opening minutes and never looked back.
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Jennifer Humphrey, this season playing for COB Calais, was given a warm welcome from the fans of Basket Landes. Humphrey had played for the hosts from January to April 2009 and had helped them to finish outside the LFB relegation zone.
The hall was packed to the brim. The home fans had a lot to cheer about in the opening minutes with two fast break baskets by Anaïs Le Gluher (4-4).
Sabrina Reghaissïa put Basket Landes in front once again before Le Gluher was called for an intentional foul (blocking).
Lauren Neaves from Calais split the pair of free-throws beforeLe Gluher made amends for her error with 2 more points to keep her side in front.
The game lost its shape and went through a scrappy phase with a number of unforced turnovers. Calais took full advantage and regained the lead when Humphrey picked up an offensive rebound to score.
This fired up Aja Parham (left) who scored twice for the hosts to wrestle back the advantage.
Yet it was Calais who edged the first quarter with back to back scores from Neaves (17-16).
Basket Landes went into the three-point shooting mode with Reghaissïa and Marion Laborde connecting as they moved 5 points clear (24-19) with 12 minutes played.
Anne Sophie-Pagnier fired in a trey for COB Calais. 6 straight points by Humphrey kept Calais on the tail of the hosts (26-28).
Calais levelled the score on two occasions with Aurélie Cibert and Kelly Corre. But a three-pointer by Le Gluher allowed the hosts to remain in front (33-30).
Once again the game became messy. In addition key players from each side picked up fouls, in the case of Humphrey and Parham, the coaches decided to withdraw them from the action.
The two teams went into the locker room tied (36-36).
The pace of the match went up during the the third period. The two teams traded basket for basket for the first five minutes with Calais holding on to the lead (45-44) after 2 points from Swedish international Elisabeth Egnell (right).
Basket Landes changed tactics and stepped on the accelerator. Laborde started the charge with 2 points.
Parham and Aminata Konate made steal after steal as Basket Landes went on an 8-0 run which forced Cyril Sicsic from Calais to call for a time-out with his team trailing (45-52).
After the time-out neither team scored for three minutes.
Le Gluher concluded Basket Landes's 11-0 run with a trey. Yet it was Cibert from Calais who brought the quarter to an end with a three-pointer before the buzzer (48-55).
Basket Landes continued the three-point shooting festival with treys from Laborde and Bineta Diouf at the start of the final quarter (61-48).
Calais' game fell to pieces with their opponents going 17 points clear (68-51) with just under four minutes to play.
Sicsic called for a time-out and changed tactics.
The result was that Calais scored the last 6 points of the game without conceding a single point.
Basket Landes beat Calais (68-57) with Le Gluher leading the scoring with 15 points. Calais had won the first game between the two teams by 11 points.
Basket Landes and Calais have identical records in the LFB with 8 wins each, so point average will be used to determine their position in the domestic table.
It appears that the games in midweek took the sting out of many players this weekend as most of the matches failed to take off.
Tarbes made up for the midweek defeat against Arras by thrashing Aix-en-Provence (91-57).
François Gomez (left), the coach from Tarbes, used his 11 players for the match with nobody playing less than 12 minutes.
All the players scored with Frida Eldebrink, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui, Fatimatou Sacko, Béatrice Castets and Emma Randell scoring 19, 17, 14, 11 and 11 points respectively.
However the player of the match was from Aix-en-Provence, Tiffany Stansbury who scored 21 points and pulled down 9 rebounds before she fouled out of the game.
Arras were having a difficult time against Limoges and went into the locker room leading (29-22).
Their coach Bruno Blier must have said something to his players during the break because during the third quarter they went on a 27-0 run to end the game as a contest.
They went on to win (80-45) with everybody getting on the score sheet. Johanne Gomis (right) was the pick of the players with 22 points, 7 assists and 9 rebounds.
Armentières did not wake up until it was too late against Nantes-Rezé. Nantes-Rezé led (12-2) with less than five minutes played and (20-9) by the end of the first quarter.
Laurent Buffard profited by turning his bench frequently while his team cruised to victory (68-50).
Bourges Basket and Villeneuve d'Ascq played the most technical game of the evening. The first 20 minutes was not enjoyable to watch as neither side was able to take control (36-36).
Bourges took the lead for good at the end of the third quarter through the player of the match, Katarina Manic (left) (46-45). Despite losing the battle of the rebounds, Bourges went 6 points clear with five minutes to play and paced themselves to victory (62-58).
Challes-les-Eaux and Mondeville provided the most exciting match of the evening. The first quarter was just end to end basketball, with little defending and a lot of scoring.
Temeka Johnson won the battle against K. B. Sharp during the first quarter as Mondeville won the first quarter (23-17).
Challes-les-Eaux spent the rest of the match chasing after the score. They allowed Mondeville to open up double digit leads on several occasions during the match before bringing the score down.
Mondeville led by 13 points going into the final quarter and with Aurélin Bonnan (8 points and 5 assists) and Valeriya Berezhynska (19 points) made sure that Mondeville survived the the final onslaught to win (80-73).
K. B. Sharp (left) led the attack for Challes with 19 points. She went 4-of-6 from beyond the arc.
Toulouse lost the tip-offj. But they took advantage of Pauline Krawczyk's error to regain the ball and score the first points of the game.
This was the only joy for the visitors as Montpellier fired in 7 quick points to take control of the game for good.
Despite a trey by Katharina Finkel (left) for Toulouse, Montpellier continued to dominate under the boards and outscore their opponents 10-1 at the end of the quarter to lead (17-6) after ten minutes.
Khadijah Whittington (right) led the way with 9 points while Sandra Dijon-Gérardin contributed 4.
The first two minutes of the second quarter belonged to Krawczyk. She scored the first 6 points to stretch the lead (23-6) of Montpellier. This more or less ended the game as a contest with less than 13 minutes played.
Toulouse finally stopped the leakage and neutralised their opponents for almost five minutes while scoring 7 points.
Montpellier were forced to change tactics which resulted in Constance Jinks (left) and Gäelle Skrela taking over the scoring duties.
Montpellier finished with a flourish of baskets to go into the interval with a commanding advantage (43-27).
Montpellier's control of the rebounds enabled them to also control the pace of the game all through the second half as the contest fizzled out.
Valéry Demory had the luxury of allowing Manon Vierne, Linda Bousbaa and Leslie Fournier to play the last six minutes of the game. He introduced the fourth youth player, Cyreille Hughes, for the last two minutes.
Montpellier won the game (66-47) and remain in seventh place in the LFB standings, just one game behind Mondeville in fourth place.
LFB Basketball news picture credits: womensbasketball-in-france.com Ligue Féminine de Basketball - LFB Romain Chaib @ Basquetebol.org Olivier Martin @ Basquetebol.org Date created: 20 March 2010 Last update: 21 March 2010