LFB regular season champions are Tarbes

Arras Celebrating © Olivier MartinArras booked their LFB championship play-off spot with a derby victory on the road against Armentières (78-64).

The first quarter was typical of a north derby match with very physical offensive basketball. The game was tied (21-21) after the first quarter and the teams were still level (25-25) after 14 minutes of play.

Arras then went on an 8-0 run to take the lead for good (33-25) after 18 minutes going into the interval with a 12-point advantage (40-28).

Mia Fisher and Virginie Bremont scored 25 and 18 points each for Armentières. But their effort was not enough to stop Pauline Akonga-Nsimbo, Johanne Gomis and Olesia Malashenko with 18, 15 and 12 points respectively for Arras.

Leilani Mitchell dished out 10 assists and scored 8 points in the victory. This win secures third place for Arras.

Tarbes players acknowledge fans © Alain BouchardFor Tarbes, the date of the 3 April 2010 will enter into the history books of the LFB because Tarbes ended the stranglehold of Bourges Basket and USVO in winning the regular season title.

Tarbes had to travel to Calais and walked away with the victory (70-54) with Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (25 points) and Fatimatou Sacko (17 points) dominating the scoring and rebounding with double-doubles. They both picked up 11 rebounds.

Bourges Basket will finish in second place and play in Arras in the LFB championship semi-final. They ran out winners against Limoges (78-56).

Temeka Johnson © Olivier MartinUSO Mondeville moved back into 4th place after beating Lattes-Montpellier (81-58). Montpellier led just once in this game, right at the start with the first points of the game.

Auréline Bonnan and Temeka Johnson (left) got Mondeville on their way with the first 9 points of their team as they took control of the game (9-6) with just under four minutes played.

Lenae Williams scored the next 8 points for Mondeville as they extended the advantage and finished the first quarter leading (21-11).

Montpellier fell further behind by the interval (26-41) and more or less conceded the game by the end of the third quarter (36-63).

Johnson was the player of the match with 20 points and 6 assists for Mondeville. Williams and Valeriya Berezhynska scored 17 and 13 points each.

Pauline Krawczyk scored 22 points for Montpellier. This defeat eliminated Montpellier from the championship play-off battle.

Nantes-Rezé had to work hard to get past Challes-les-Eaux (81-74). Kathleen MacLeod led the attack with 20 points and 5 assists.Sabrina Reghaissïa © LFB

For Toulouse Emmanuelle Hermouet returned. She played for 15 minutes and hit a trey. However this was not enough to stop Basket Landes from securing the road victory (80-64).

Sabrina Reghaissïa (right) led the scoring with 20 points. This victory has secured a LFB place for Basket Landes next season.

Aja Parham's season in France is now over. She will leave for America on Tuesday to be ready for the WNBA training camp.

Villeneuve d'Ascq fell at home to Aix-en-Provence (83-84). Elodie Bertal had the chance to take the game into overtime. But she split a pair of free-throws at the end of the game.

Aix' aggressive play during the first quarter (28-16) paid off because Villeneuve spent the rest of the game chasing after the score.

Elodie Gomis did give the hosts the lead from the free-throw line (81-79) with 35 seconds to play.

The advantage did not last long because Claudia Das Neves found Julie Page open just beyond the arc, for a trey.

This victory moved Aix-en-Provence into 11th place.

The regular season comes to an end on Wednesday, 14 April with either Nantes-Rezé or Mondeville qualifying for the play-offs and either Aix-en-Provence, Armentières or Toulouse taking the second relegation spot.

LFB round 25 results

SO Armentières 64-78 Arras

Toulouse 64-80 Basket Landes

Nantes Rezé 81-74 Challes-les-Eaux

Limoges ABC 56-78 Bourges Basket

Villeneuve d'Ascq 83-84 Aix-en-Provence

COB Calais 54-70 Tarbes

USO Mondeville 81-58 Lattes Montpellier

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Basketball news picture credits:
Ligue Féminine de Basketball - LFB
Olivier Martin @basquetebol.org
Alain Bouchard
Date created: 03 April 2010

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