Bourges' LFB winning streak ended Other surprise results
The last round of games of the first phase of the LFB did not go well for most of the top teams. Lattes Montpellier was the only team in the top five to win by defeating leaders Bourges Basket (60-56).
At the bottom end of the table COB Calais' victory and defeats for Villeneuve d'Ascq and Aix-en-Provence are making the relegation battle more interesting.
Ana Lelas, now playing at Montpellier after two seasons at Bourges, used her knowledge of her former team-mates to good use during the final three minutes of the game with 5 points and 1 block to lead the scoring.
However it was the performance of Sandra Dijon-Gérardin (left) that swung the pendulum in favour for her side. She scored 12 points, made 3 steals and pulled down 7 rebounds. But it was her intensity throughout the game that made the difference.
Tarbes shot the ball badly and were unable to match their hosts' intensity during the dying seconds and ended up losing (54-60) to Union Hainaut Basket.
Emilie Silbande-Petiteau put the hosts in the lead late in the first quarter (8-7).
UHB stretched their advantage slowly and had a maximum lead of 13 points which had evaporated with 90 seconds left to play (52-52).
Jasmon Covington restored the advantage for the hosts with a BIG three-pointer. Emilie Duvivier did the rest from the charity stripes with 5-of-6.
In the remaining LFB matches, 26 points by Mistie Williams-Bass was not enough for Challes-les-Eaux to avoid a home defeat against COB Calais (61-73).
Charleville-Mézières had to dig deep to turn around a 17-point first-half deficit to beat Basket Landes (61-59).
Alexia Kusion (in picture) held her nerve to hit the winning free-throws in the closing seconds.
Villeneuve d'Ascq trailed for most of their match against Mondeville but stepped up in the final quarter with three-pointers flying in from all over the court to regain the lead.
With just under two minutes to play Villeneuve led (63-57). But then two bad turnovers allowed their guests back into the game with K. B. Sharp and Aurélie Bonnan doing most of the damage as Mondeville finished the game with a 10-0 run.
Nantes-Rezé ran out easy winners against Aix-en-Provence (80-55) after a strong second half.
Nantes-Rezé led (20-6) at the end of the first quarter. Yet they allowed their hosts to come back into the game during the second quarter for their advantage to be reduced at the break (36-34).
Arras closed the 13th round of the LFB with a victory against Toulouse (78-58).
Toulouse were led with 20 points by Shanavia Dowdell and did their best in an entertaining game. However they were unable to stop Pauline Akonga N’Simbo (17 points), Johanne Gomis (16 points) and Marielle Amant (13 points and 11 rebounds).