LFB basketball news from round five of the Ligue Féminine de BasketBall

The LFB basketball news of the fifth round reviews some of the highlights as the home sides won 6-of-7 matches.

Bourges Basket cruised past Nantes-Rezé while Tarbes were taken to the wire by Villeneuve. Both sides remain unbeaten domestically and should be ready for the first matches in the EuroLeague Women and EuroCup Women next week.

Elsewhere UHB got back to winning ways as they defeated Mondeville. In the meantime Aix-en-Provence defeated Montpellier.

Arras won again as they stopped Clermont-Ferrand in the LFB match of the round. Reims and Challes ran out winners against Calais and Basket Landes respectively.

Asptt Arras 2008-2009 ©  Ligue Féminine de BasketBall

Mia Fisher is enjoying herself as Arras beat Clermont-Ferrand

Emma Randall has been the talk of the town since her arrival in France with her consistent display match after match for Clermont-Ferrand.

However against Arras her side was to come out second best as Mia Fisher (no.15 in team picture) huffed and puffed her way around the court. She also led the scoring with 23 points as Arras won (89-70) on their home court.

Fisher scored the very first points of the game as both sides went to work offensively from the tip-off. Randall hit her first trey of the evening to level the game for the third time (8-8) with less than three minutes played.

The lead was to change on three further occasions during the first period with Arras edging the first period (24-21) with Leilani Mitchell leading the scoring with 7 points.The second quarter was end to end basketball with shots flying in from all over the court.

Claudia Das Neves and Randall put Clermont back in front early in this period before Fisher and Mitchell brought the teams back on level turns.Arras then went in front before Guiday Mendy and Randell were to bring the teams level for what turned out to be the last time in the game (34-34).

A Stéphanie Beuzelin trey put the home side in front. By the time Mitchel hit her third three-pointer of the game at the end of the quarter Arras had opened the first significant lead of the game (47-41).

After the fireworks of the first half the rest of the game was calm in comparison. Arras dominated most of the play during the third period and stretched their advantage progressively from (55-43) to (71-56) going into the final period.

Clermont-Ferrand are still not able to play with their full roster but put up a good fight in the last quarter.

Arras were to lose Mitchell and Marielle Amant for 5 fouls during the final minutes. Yet this was of no consequence as they went on to win by 19 points.

Randall was still the player of the match with 16 points and 21 rebounds for Clermont-Ferrand .

Fisher may have stolen the show for Arras. But with Mitchell scoring 15 points and dishing out 7 assists and in addition Jenna O'Hea, Vaïda Sipaviciute and Amant scoring 14, 11 and 10 points respectively, it was a complete collective effort.

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Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui on fire with Tarbes holding off Villeneuve

Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui ©  womensbasketball-in-france.com Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (right) is back to her best. She had missed most of last season as she was recovering from an injury she picked up while playing for France.

She finished as joint top scorer with Tanisha Wright on 18 points as Tarbes held off the late challenge of Villeneuve d'Ascq to win (71-69).

Yacoubou-Dehoui scored the first 7 points of the game and her team's first 9 points as they led (9-4).

Villeneuve came quickly back with Florence Lepron starting to find holes in the Tarbes' defence to trail by a single point (9-10).

Wright and N'Deye N'Diaye then took over the offensive duties for Tarbes as they edged the first period (17-11).

The second quarter was an even affair with neither side able to take control for long. Jolene Anderson, looking more comfortable in her role, was in the thick of the action as Villeneuve tried to get on equal terms.

Tarbes finished the quarter with Yacoubou-Dehoui adding 5 points to her tally as they went into the locker room leading (35-29).

Fatimatou Sacko and Anderson went to work after the break. So Villeneuve went in front for the first time in the match with Géraldine Robert scoring her first points of the match (45-44).

Tarbes managed to get the advantage back. By the time Béatrice Castets fired a shot from down-town (51-48) they appeared to have weathered the storm.

Robert had not read the script and once again put her side in front briefly. Yet Castets was to hit another shot from the land of many for Tarbes to go ahead into the final period (54-52).

The last quarter was tough on both sides. Tarbes opened up a 6-point lead (60-54) before conceding 9 points to fall behind before Liz Moeggeberg tied the game (63-63).

Tarbes once again appeared to have the upper hand (67-63). However they were punished for lapses in concentration with Anderson bringing the teams level once more (67-67).

Money time was kind to Tarbes. N'Diaye scored and drew a foul. She also scored the free throw (70-67).

Lepron was to score soon after for Villeneuve. Both sides had chances to win the game during the last 90 seconds. Somehow they failed to score until Moeggenberg went to the foul line to close the scoring and secure the victory as she split a pair (71-69).

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LFB basketball news from the rest of the games

Challes-les-Eaux 2008-2009 ©  Ligue Féminine de BasketBall

Basket Landes went down (67-70) to Challes-les-Eaux as Carly Wilson (no. 4 in team picture) hit a game-winning buzzer shot from behind the arc.

Basket Landes were leading (34-24) at the interval and had stretched their lead to 13 points early in the third quarter (40-27).

Wilson then hit back to back three-pointers to start a sequence of 5 consecutive three-pointers by Challes. Marion Laborde from Basket Landes joined in the three-point festival to keep the home side in the lead (47-42).

Her side was in difficulty for the rest of the period and went into the final quarter with a two-point lead (54-52).

Challes eventually drew level in the final quarter(59-59) thanks to Ivona Bogoje.

Martina Luptakova-Gyurcsi was causing mayhem for the home side and appeared to have put Challes in the driving seat for good (64-61) with the game in money time.

However Bineta Diouf thought she had done enough for the game to go into overtime until Wilson knocked in her fifth three-pointer of the game on the buzzer.

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Bourges Basket 2008-2009 ©  Ligue Féminine de BasketBall Bourges Basket did not show any mercy to Nantes-Rezé and kept them scoreless for the first 5:30 of the game while scoring 11 points.

Pierre Vincent had to make some adjustments early as Alessandra Santos De Oliveira was taken out of the game.

Bourges led (19-7) after the first period and ended the game as a contest by the interval (37-14).

It was one way traffic for most of the game with the high point when Cathy Melain hit a three-pointer at the end of the game. Bourges went on to win (69-35).

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There was not much drama in the match between Aix-en-Provence and Montpellier. Aix went to work defensively during the second period of the game and led going into the interval (37-25) after trailing by the end of the first period.

Aix had restricted Sheana Mosch to 4 points during the first half. They allowed her to score 5 more points during the third period.

However three-pointers by K. B. Sharp and Yacine Séné allowed them to go into the final quarter with a significant advantage (49-34).

Despite the late challenge by Montpellier, Aix never appeared in danger of losing this match and went on to win (56-50) with Hollie Grima leading the scoring with 15 points. Séné and Sharp scored 12 points each.

Mosch finished on 16 points while Elodie Bertal scored 15 points.

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Union Hainaut Basket got back to winning ways against Mondeville (70-52). The victory was set up with a strong second period performance (28-13).

Sabrina Reghaïssia finished with a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds for UHB. She was the player of the match.

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In the last game of the weekend SJS Reims beat COB Calais (68-63).

All the results from round five of the Ligue Féminine de BasketBall:

S.J Reims 68-63 COB Calais

Tarbes 71-69 Villeneuve d'Ascq

Basket Landes 67-70 Challes

Union Hainaut 70-52 Mondeville

Aix 56-50 Lattes-Montpellier

Bourges Basket 69-35 Nantes-Rezé

Arras 89-70 Clermont-Ferrand

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Date created: 11 October 2008

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