Basket Landes back in the LFB basketball news spotlight

LFB Logo © Ligue Féminine de BasketBallBasket Landes have been in previous additions of the LFB basketball news for their failure to win games in the final quarter.

However this weekend with 19 seconds left to play against Clermont-Ferrand, they went in front and held on for the victory (73-71).

For once Tarbes did not keep their fans on the edge of their seats as they cruised past Aix-en-Provence (78-55).

Bourges Basket had to work hard in beating Montpellier (68-58).

Leilani Mitchell returned for Arras and scored 14 points and was credited with 7 assists as her team beat Mondeville (94-69).

With the victory Arras move up to 7th place and remain in the fight for a place in the LFB championship play-off.

For Mondeville the dream is over this season for a place in the top 4.

Villeneuve d’Ascq was slow out of the starting blocks in their match against Nantes-Rezé.

They trailed (2-10) before waking up. They went on to win (85-60) with once again Jolene Anderson leading the way with 23 points.

SJS Reims will be disappointed in losing at home (66-68) against Union Hainaut Basket. This defeat eliminated them from a possible top place finish.

Union move back into fourth place.

COB Calais beat Challes-les-Eaux (63-60) at home but had to wait until the last seconds.

This is the first time since Cyril Sicsic took over as head coach in 2005, that Calais will play in the end of season play-offs.

You will be able to read more LFB basketball news with all the statistics by following the links below or scrolling down the page:

Basket Landes battling for survival in the LFB

Bourges, Tarbes and Villeneuve keep on winning

Who will be fourth

All the results from round 23

Basket Landes require one more victory

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Clermont-Ferrand's last victory in the LFB was against Basket Landes (77-70) in round 10. This time for the first ten minutes they appeared to have the better of the home side as they led (21-12).

Anaïs Le Gluher © Ligue Féminine de BasketBallThen Basket Landes picked up during the second period and managed to reduce their deficit (32-35) at the interval after the efforts of their captain Anaïs Le Gluher (left) and Jennifer Humphrey who combined for 21 points in the first half.

Pauline Thizy and Noémie Lemarie stepped up offensively for Clermont-Ferrand as they regained control and went 10 points clear (52-42) at one stage during the third quarter.

However back to back three-pointers by Le Gluher and Bineta Diouf ended the dominance of their guests. But it was not enough for them to regain the lead by the end of the third period (53-56).

Yet another trey from Le Gluher brought the teams level (56-56) at the start of the final quarter.

The lead was to change several times as neither side was able to open a gap.

Clermont-Ferrand managed to go 4 points clear with the game in money-time through Thizy (71-67)

Le Gluher who had hit six three-pointers in the game scored for only the second time within the two-point zone.

This was quickly followed by 2 points from Humphrey to tie the game once again (71-71).

With the game in the last minute neither side was able to create scoring chances and with about 20 seconds left to play Claudia Das Neves was called for a foul on Marion Laborde.

Laborde scored the free-throws to give Basket Landes the lead (73-71). They then survived a three-point attempt from Anaël Lardy to hold on to victory.

Jennifer Humphrey © Ligue Féminine de BasketBall

Le Gluher top scored with 22 points which included 6-of-9 from behind the arc. Humphrey (right) finished on 19 points.

Ana Perovic and Diouf joined them in double digits with 12 and 11 points respectively.

For Clermont-Ferrand Das eves was once again the leader with 19 points. Lardy finished with 13 points while Thizy and Nemarie scored 10 points each.

Due to the fact that Clermont Ferrand won by 7 points in the first meeting of the season, they still have a chance of escaping the relegation zone.

They must win the last three games of the season and Basket Landes must lose all three.

LFB basketball news Box Score

Top three keep on winning

Villeneuve d’Ascq are just one win away from qualifying for the 2009 LFB championship play-off after beating Nantes-Rezé (85-60).

Nantes-Rezé had a dream start leading (10-2) with three minutes played which silenced the home crowd.

Jolene Anderson © Ligue Féminine de BasketBallJolene Anderson (left) started the Villeneuve fight back as her side went on a 18-2 run to take the lead.

Sandrine Ronot ended the Villeneuve run with a three-pointer as Nantes finished the period with an 8-2 run to trail (20-24) by the end of the first period.

Villeneuve never allowed their guests back into the game and quickly opened up a 10-point advantage (34-24). Leslie Ardon ©

They would have gone into the locker room with a larger advantage (44-36) if not for the shooting of Leslie Ardon (right).

Villeneuve were too strong for Nantes-Rezé during the third period.

Furthermore with Jolene Anderson scoring another three-pointer at the end of the third period (68-46) the game as a contest was over.

Villeneuve turned their bench during the final period and Tracy Albicy made a rear appearance as Villeneuve controlled the pace to win comfortably after a flourish of three-pointers at the end of the game.

Anderson finished with 5-of-7 from beyond the arc in her game high 23 points. She also had 4 assists. Fatimatou Sacko scored 17 points, while Lady Comfort had 15 points. Géraldine Robert had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Ardon scored 15 points with 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. Ronot, Jessica Moore and Michel Van Gorp all finished in double digits with 13, 11, and 10 points each.

Official statistics have not been available at the time of writing this report.

LFB basketball news Box Score

Tarbes 2008-2009 © Tarbes BasketDespite playing at home Tarbes had a bad start against Aix-en-Provence and trailed (9-16) after seven minutes to lose the first period (15-21).

However they turned things around in the second period and dominated their guests (22-4) to lead (37-25) at the interval.

The players from Aix looked tired and were unable to get going. They trailed by 20 points (45-25) with only 22 minutes played.

Also they never recovered and Tarbes went into the final period with a comfortable lead (64-39).

Tarbes won (78-55) with all nine players getting on the scoresheet. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui led the scoring with 18 points.

Frida Eldebrink was the only other player in double digits with 15 points. Tanisha Wright scored 9 points and had 9 assists.

Aix who played with a roster of seven players have more or less ended their chance of finishing in the top 4 after this defeat.

Hollie Grima and Lauerence Van Malderen led the scoring with 18 and 12 points each in their defeat.

LFB basketball news Box Score

Bourges Basket were pushed to the limit by Montpellier before taking the victory (68-58).

Bourges Basket started well to lead (11-2) with less than five minute played and (23-12) by the end of the first period.

Sheana Mosch © Ligue Féminine de BasketBallMontpellier got things working in the second period and once Pauline Krawczyk and then Sheana Mosch (right) got going offensively Bourges found themselves trailing (30-31) with 17 minutes played.

6 points by Cathy Melain enabled Bourges to go into the locker room in front (37-33).

The third quarter was evenly contested and Montpellier will regret their generosity from the free-throw line as they failed to close the gap going into the final period (48-53).

Once again Bourges controlled the last quarter of the match.

It was a former player from Montpellier Katarina Manic that provided the knock-out blow with a three-pointer for Bourges Basket immediately after a Montpellier time-out (62-50) was taken with five minutes to play.

Bourges Basket kept Montpellier to win by 10 points.

Emméline Ndongue led the scoring for Bourges with 15 points while Mosch scored 16 for Montpellier.

The offical statistics were not avialable at the time of writing this report.

LFB basketball news Box Score

Who will be fourth

Union Hainaut Basket have had an up and down season and are currently lying in fourth place after a road victory (68-66) against SJS Reims.

Bernadette “Mudju “ Ngoyisa © womensbasketball-in-france.comIt was not a match that either team will be proud of.

Bernadette “Mudju “ Ngoyisa (right) was the match winner for UHB with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Laëtitia Kamba was the only other player from UHB to give a good impression with 8 points and 6 rebounds.

Union Basket went into the final period leading (63-50) but then allowed Mame-Marie Sy-Diop

Despite the 24 points of Sy-Diop, Reims left it too late and are now out of the battle for a top 4 finish.

LFB basketball news Box Score

Cob Calais left it to the last play to outscore Challes-les-Eaux (63-60). Calais did not play well despite the return of Lauren Neaves to the starting line-up.

Aurélie Cibert © womensbasketball-in-france.comIt was Aurélie Cibert, who always plays to the last second, that won the game for Calais in the last seconds.

Challes-les-Eaux only have themselves to blame as they turned the ball over 27 times in this game.

Carly Wilson who scored 24 points and shot 4-of-7 from beyond the arc was the player of the match.

Kirby Copeland managed to scored 12 points and hand out 5 assists. But she also turned the ball over 7 times including the one that resulted in Cibert scoring the winning basket.

Despite this defeat Challes-les-Eaux are joint fifth alongside Calais and Montpellier and just one game behind Union Hainaut.

For Calais this is the first time since 2005 that they will play in the end of season play-off for a place in Europe.

LFB basketball news Box Score

Asptt Arras ended the dream of Mondeville of finishing in the top 4 with a comfortable victory (94-69).

Marielle Amant © Ligue Féminine de BasketBallMarielle Amant (left) led the scoring with 21 points shooting 10-of-12 from the field. Leilani Mitchell was also in fine form with 14 points, 4 steals and 7 assists.

With Arras shooting 62% from the field, it was a difficult match for Mondeville who managed just 41% from the field.

Lenae Williams found her scoring touch, which had been missing in the last match, and scored 19 points.

Mondeville scored the first points of the match, which was the only time they led in the game. Then the teams traded basket for basket for the first few minutes with both sides tied (15-15).

Arras then went on an 8-0 run and finished the first period ahead (25-19).

The pace dropped during the second period as both sides cancelled each other out with Arras maintaining their advantage (41-35).

Arras quickly increased their advantage at the start of the third period (54-35) and never looked back.

They dominated the rebounds and made less turnovers than their opponents during the second half of the match to win by 25 points.

LFB basketball news Box Score

All the results from round 23:

Villeneuve d'Ascq 85-60 Nantes Rezé

Asptt Arras 94-69- Mondeville

SJS Reims 66-68 Union Hainaut Basket

Tarbes 78-55 Aix-en-Provence

COB Calais 63-60 Challes-les-Eaux

Basket Landes 73-71 Clermont-Ferrand

Bourges Basket 68-58 Lattes Montpellier

LFB Basketball News from round 22

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Date created: 29 March 2009

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