LFB suspense at the top and bottom of the table

Leilani Mitchell © Romain Chaib

Any chance of Toulouse upsetting the LFB ambitions of Arras and improving their position was destroyed during the third quarter by Leilani Mitchell (left) who scored 14 of her 28 points and dished out 4 of her 11 assists.

Toulouse led at the interval(46-39). But they were blown away during the third quarter 36-15 and ended up losing the match (77-90).

Tarbes were made to work hard by Villeneuve d'Ascq. Yet they ended up winning (80-74). Frida Eldebrink regained her scoring touch but it was the money-time exploits of French international Florence Lepron that won the game.

Bourges Basket's well oiled defensive systems kept Mondeville at bay as they won (68-51). This defeat takes Mondeville out of the top 4.

trailed at the interval (27-39). However they turned things around during the second half to win (69-64) with the inside duo of Lindsay Taylor and Mame-Marie Sy-Diop combining for 38 points.

Lattes Montpellier huffed and puffed their way to victory with 22 points coming from Gaëlle Skrela against Armentières (68-63). Montpellier move up to fourth place in the LFB standings.

Challes-les-Eaux had little trouble in overcoming Limoges (76-49) while Aix-en-Provence beat Cob Calais (73-54).

You can read the LFB basketball match reports from two games and highlights from the rest of the games by clicking on the links below or by scrolling down the page:

Tarbes were made to work hard by Villeneuve d'Ascq

Bourges Basket did not allow Mondeville to play

Winners and losers from round 24

Match results and statistics

Tarbes are one step closer to the title

From the tip-off Villeneuve refused to allow Tarbes to settle. They scored the first points of the game through Miss Go "Emilie Gomis".

Elodie Bertal © womensbasketball-in-france.comGomis and Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui traded all the baskets at the start of the game (4-4). Elodie Bertal (left) then took over the offensive duties as Villeneuve started to gain the upper hand.

However it was the work inside the paint from Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga and Lady Comfort. This allowed Villeneuve to open an advantage of 9 points by the end of the first quarter (24-15).

Laurie Datchy for Villeneuve and Frida Eldebrink from Tarbes scored twice each from beyond the arc as the game opened up.

Villeneuve led (34-27) after 15 minutes but struggled for the rest of the quarter as Tarbes changed tactics.

Naura El Gargati came off the bench and scored 6 points as Tarbes outscored Villeneuve 14-4 to go into the locker room in front (41-38).

Frida Eldebrink © womensbasketball-in-france.comVilleneuve were back on level terms with a trey from Bertal with the first shot of the quarter. The lead changed several times as neither side was able to gain the upper hand.

The game was tied (51-51) with 18 minutes played before Tarbes put a 6-0 run together with 4 points coming from Fatimatou Sacko which enabled them to go ahead into the last quarter (57-53).

The final quarter turned into a three-point shooting contest between the two sides as shots started to fly in from all over the court.

Eldebrink (right) did most of the scoring from either side as Tarbes hung onto the lead (73-72) as the match entered money-time.

Florence Lepron turned the game upside down and won the LFB match for her team with the last 7 points of the game.

She ended the match on a high with a game ending buzzer-beater trhee-pointer for Tarbes to win (80-74).

Tarbes are one victory away from taking the LFB regular season title.

Tarbes: Hamchetou Maïga-Ba 7, Anne Breitreiner 8, Frida Eldebrink 21, Pauline Jannault DNP, Isis Arrondo 0, Naura El Gargati 9, Florence Lepron 7, Béatrice Castets DNP, Fatimatou Sacko 10 (12 rebounds), Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 12, Emma Randall 6

Villeneuve d'Ascq: Lady Comfort 12, Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga 7, Ingrid Tanqueray 6, Laurie Datchy 8, Carine Paul 0, Emilie Gomis 20, Rudiane Eduardo DNP, Elodie Bertal 15 (10 rebounds), Jolene Anderson 11

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Bourges outplayed Mondeville

The game started slowly with the teams trading early baskets (4-4) during the first three minutes.

Bourges then took control of the game and dominated to go in front (23-11) by the end of the first quarter.

Emméline Ndongue © Olivier MartinBourges continued with their aggressive defense for the first five minutes of the second quarter. They restricted Mondeville to 3 points but only managed 5 points themselves.

Bourges went into the interval ahead (37-23) thanks to a 3-point play by Emméline Ndongue (left).

After the break Bourges controlled the pace of the game. With 25 minutes played they led by 19 points (47-28).

Bourges did not allow Mondeville an opportunity to play their natural game as they went into the final quarter (56-41).

Bourges were never in trouble in this match and played out the game in the same manner as the first three quarters.

Bourges Basket: Anaël Lardy 6, Katarina Manic 6, Nwal-Endéné Miyem 12, Margaux Galliou 0, Styliani Kaltsidou 0, Jennifer Digbeu 9, Ana Lelas 1, Paoline Salagnac 13, Emméline Ndongue 15 (12 rebounds), Ilona Burgrova 6

Mondeville: Temeka Johnson 12 (6 assists), Esther Niamke-Moisan 0, Fanny Cavallo DNP, Aija Putnina 0, Lenae Williams 7, Clarisse Costaz 5, Yacine Séné 5, Pauline Thizy 6, Aurélie Bonnan 10, Valeriya Berezhynska 6

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Who are the LFB losers in round 24?

Tarbes and Bourges both won. Yet neither team gained anything from the victory, they remain in 1st and 2nd place. However it was not so good for the teams they defeated. Mondeville dropped from 4th place alone into a three-way tie in fifth place.

For Villeneuve d'Ascq the defeat means that the LFB play-off qualification depends on Lattes Montpellier, Nantes-Rezé and USO Mondeville losing their reaming games.

Lattes Montpellier 2009-2010 © Ligue Féminine de BasketballLattes-Montpellier made hard work of beating Armentières. They allowed their guests to lead (6-1) before coming back to take the first quarter (16-9) in a festival of turnovers for both sides.

Montpellier looked to have everything in control leading (20-9). But Armentières went on a 13-3 run to make it a 2-point game before the hosts recovered to go into the break leading (36-26).

This was the general pattern of the game: Montpellier opened a lead and Armentières came back. However Armentières were unable to get the lead back. Yet with 50 seconds left to play, Montpellier's advantage (64-61) was down to 3 points.

Gaëlle Skrela was the the player of the match with 22 points. Her free-throwing enabled Montpellier to hold on for the win (68-63).

Montpellier play Mondeville next, a victory for Montpellier will eliminate Mondeville from the play-offs.

Tiffany Stansbury © Ligue Féminine de BasketballAix-en-Provence have to win one more game than Armentières and Toulouse to escape relegation, so a defeat against Calais would have meant relegation.

Tiffany Stansbury (left) had one of those games where everything worked as she scored a game high 22 points. Her team-mates Claudia Das Neves, Julie Page and Claire Tomaszewski backed her up with double-digit scores. Aix went a perfect 14-of-14 from the free-throw line as they beat Calais (73-54).

Joyce Cousseins-Smith © Ligue Féminine de BasketballCOB Calais played well for the first 10 minutes and then fell away. Although Jennifer Humphrey scored 16 points, she still missed most of her shots. Joyce Cousseins-Smith (right) ran her heart out as usual and scored 15 points and dished out 6 assists.

Toulouse had the better of Arras for 20 minutes and were leading (46-39). Arras, a team for third-quarter exploits, outscored Toulouse 36-15 to take hold of the game.

Leilani Mitchell fired in 3 three-pointers in a row at the end of the third quarter as Arras took control. Mitchell finished the game with 28 points, 11 assists and 2 steals.

K.B. Sharp © Ligue Féminine de BasketballChalles-les-Eaux are in no-man land in the LFB table. They cannot qualify for the LFB championship play-off and are well clear of relegation.

K. B. Sharp (left) had her best game of the season for Challes-les-Eaux. She went 6-of-7 from beyond the arc for a total of 22 points. She also picked up 8 rebounds and gave out 4 assists as Challes-les-Eaux beat Limoges (76-49).

Basket Landes were hoping to leave the relegation zone for good and were well on their way by leading (39-27) at the interval against Nantes-Rezé.

Lindsay Taylor © Ligue Féminine de BasketballHowever Laurent Buffard must have given his players a good telling off during the break, because they were a different team in the second half.

Leslie Ardon and Yuliya Andreyeva found their range from beyond the arc while Lindsay Taylor (right) and Mame-Marie Sy-Diop dominated the paint as they reduced the deficit.

Basket Landes were on the back foot and in trouble but managed to go into the final quarter leading (50-47).

The final quarter was an ugly affair as neither side gave an inch.

The game was tied (64-64) with a minute to play. Basket Landes used a time-out and Buffard decided to bring Kathleen MacLeod back into the game.

MacLeod's next action was to find Sy-Diop free, who hit a trey for Nantes to take the lead for good. The rest of the points came from the free-throw line with Camille Aubert making 2-from-4.

Nantes won the match (69-64) and stay in the hunt for a top 4 finish while the loser of the round is Basket Landes.

Basket Landes have to play Toulouse and Armentières in the last two games. If they win one match, then they are out of the relegation picture.

In the case of two defeats it is possible that they may be involved in a tie for 13th place.

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LFB round 24 results

Aix-en-Provence 73-54 COB Calais

Bourges Basket 68-51 USO Mondeville

Challes les-Eaux 76-49 Limoges ABC

Basket Landes 64-69 Nantes Rezé

Arras 90-77 Toulouse

Lattes Montpellier 68-63 SO Armentières

Tarbes 80-74 Villeneuve d'Ascq

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LFB Basketball news picture credits:
Ligue Féminine de Basketball - LFB
Romain Chaib @basquetbol.org
Olivier Martin @basquetbol.org

Date created: 31 March 2010

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