LFB January madness ends with
three clubs fighting for fourth play-off spot


FFBB Logo © FFBB All the coaches in the LFB are relieved when January madness comes to an end. All the teams had to play five domestic games. Some teams even played six because of rescheduled games.

For the six clubs playing in the EuroLeague and EuroCup Women they also had a two extra games.

It is not possible to win the regular season title during this period. However a bad January can ruin a club's season.

Villeneuve d'Ascq is a club that in recent seasons tends to pick up in January. Yet this season they failed to get out of first gear.

As a consequence the club parted way with Julie Page after the defeat during the weekend against COB Calais and have signed Adrijana Knezevic who has already made her début.

Bourges Basket © Ligue Féminine de Basketball

For Bourges Basket (team picture above), Tarbes and Montpellier, things are going well as they won four of their five games. At the bottom end of the table Toulouse are the only team without a victory in 2011.

The LFB takes a break this weekend because of the sixteenth-final of the Coupe de France.


All the LFB news from round 16

Challes-les-Eaux drop out of the top four after falling at home to Bourges Basket (60-72).

Mistie Bass from Challes-les-Eaux continued from her weekend's performance against Tarbes with 25 points and 9 rebounds.

Her team-mate Bianca Thomas contributed 11 points. But their combined efforts were not enough to trouble Bourges Basket.

Bourges Basket went into the lead 30 seconds before the end of the first quarter and led (14-11) at the start of the second quarter.

They then controlled the second and third quarter and opened up a 17-point advantage going into the final quarter (59-42).

Collectively Bourges were too strong for Challes-les-Eaux. In addition Cathy Joens with 17 and Paoline Salagnac with 14 points (6 assists and 5 steals) were in excellent form as their side cruised to another LFB victory.


Tarbes remain in second place after overcoming Mondeville (66-63).

The first 20 minutes belonged to Mondeville, playing at home. They scored the first 10 points of the game in less than two minutes and led (28-12) by the end of the first quarter.

Tarbes woke up during the second quarter but still went into the locker room trailing (29-40).

For the first time Tarbes went ahead with nine minutes left to play in the final quarter. But they had to wait until the 35th minute to take the lead for good through Erin Thorn.


Montpellier's 14-0 run during the first quarter (17-6) put them in charge for good against Aix-en-Provence. Then Montpellier paced themselves to victory with Ana Lelas and Gaëlle Skrela doing doing most of the damage with 17 and 18 points respectively.

Hollie Grima and Natalie Hurst fired in 24 and 22 points respectively for Aix-en-Provence. Yet they were powerless in stopping their hosts.


Nantes-Rezé move back into the top 4 after an overtime victory against Charleville-Mézières (64-61). However they are tied with Arras and Basket Landes in fourth place.

Arras won another derby of the north in beating Union Hainaut (74-58) with 27 points coming from Pauline Akonga N’Simbo.

Jennifer Humphrey who played for COB Calais last season fired in 18 points for Basket Landes as they came from behind in the final quarter to overturn Calais (68-54).

Villeneuve d'Ascq beat Toulouse (87-58). But they had to wait until the second quarter to get things going. Olayinka Sanni compiled a double-double of 23 points and 15 rebounds while new signing Adrijana Knezevic scored 14 points.

You can pick up here the LFB basketball news from the previous round.


LFB round 16 results and points scored:



Challes-les-Eaux 60-72 Bourges Basket

Challes-les-Eaux: Romy Bär 3 (4 assists), Bianca Thomas 11, Alexia Plagnard 5 (4 assists), Sabrina Palie 4 4 (assists), Mistie Williams-Bass 24 (9 rebounds), Magali Lacroix 6, Clarisse Costaz 4, Jennifer Fleischer 3

Bourges Basket: Anaël Lardy 14 (4 assists), Maja Miljkovic 0, Nwal-Endéné Miyem 11, Styliani Kaltsidou 2, Jennifer Digbeu 3, Catherine Joens 17, Paoline Salagnac 14 (6 assists and 5 steals), Emméline Ndongue 3, Ilona Burgrova 8


USO Mondeville 63-66 Tarbes

USO Mondeville: Touty Gandega 2, Anne-Sophie Pagnier 2, Aija Brumermane 2, K. B. Sharp 21 (6 assists), Lenae Williams 19, Yacine Séné 6, Pauline Thizy DNP, Aurélie Bonnan 10 (8 rebounds), Valeriya Berezhynska 3

Tarbes: Jelena Dubljevic 4 (4 assists), Erin Thorn 12 (7 rebounds), Ivanka Matic 15, Pauline Jannault-Lo 5, Isis Arrondo 0, Naura El Gargati 3, Florence Lepron 11 (5 assists), Darline Nsoki DNP, Ana Maria Cata Chitiga 6, Brooke Smith 10


Lattes-Montpellier 84-73 Aix-en-Provence

Lattes-Montpellier: Virginie Bremont 7 (4 steals), Alicia Poto 11, Iva Perovanovic 14, Cyrielle Hugues DNP, Ana Lelas 17 (8 assists and 8 rebounds), Gaëlle Skrela 18 (6 assists), Sandra Dijon-Gérardin 4, Anes Ajanovic 4, Fatimatou Sacko 9

Aix-en-Provence: Emmanuelle Gorjeu 2, Zoi Dimitrakou 5, Isabelle Strunc 5, Anaïs Viale 0, Margaux Okou-Zouzouo 2, Natalie Hurst 22, Sabrina Réghaïssia 0, Carren Gay 7, Hollie Grima 24


Charleville-Mézières 61-64 Nantes-Rezé

Charleville-Mézières: Amel Bouderra 8, Belinda Mboma 1, Carine Contessi 5, Sarra Ouerghi 4, Alexia Kusion 0, Ekaterina Dimitrova 6, Kristen Mann 21, Djéné Diawara 12, Eléonore Grossemy 2, Patrycja Gulak-Lipka 0

Nantes-Rezé: Florine Basque 2, Caroline Aubert 3, Joyce Cousseins-Smith 4, Mélanie Plust 2, Allison Hightower 7, Yuliya Andreyeva 0, Mame-Marie Sy-Diop 11 (9 rebounds), Sonja Kireta 4, Sabine Niedola 10, Emilija Podrug 21


Union Hainaut 58-74 Arras

Union Hainaut: Amanda Jackson 20, Emilie Duvivier 4, Clémence Beikes 13 (10 rebounds), Emilie Silbande-Petiteau 0, Noémie Lemaire DNP, Céline Girard DNP, Laëtitia Kamba 12 (11 rebounds), Jasmon Covington 9, Elsa Martins DNP, Alison Bales

Arras: Leilani Mitchell 11, Laury Aulnette 0, Krissy Badé 2, Johanne Gomis 19, Olesia Malashenko 2, Adja Konteh 2, Marielle Amant 9, Aija Putnina 2, Pauline Akonga N’Simbo 27, Juliana Mialoundama DNP


COB Calais 58-64 Basket Landes

COB Calais: N'Deye N'Diaye 7, Sylvie Gruszczynski 16, Marine Foiret DNP, Mélanie Devaux 5, Aurélie Cibert 5, Mélanie Arnaud 8, Manon Sinico 11, Pelagia Papamichail 2, Brigitte Ardossi 4, Stela Boneva DNP

Basket Landes: Aminata Konate 3, Katarina Manic 6, Bineta Diouf 0, Anaïs Le Gluher 16, Julie Barennes 7, Tamera Young 7, Julia Borde DNP, Marion Laborde 7, Jennifer Humphrey 18 (11 rebounds)


Villeneuve d'Ascq 87-58 Toulouse

Villeneuve d'Ascq: Adrijana Knezevic 14, Carine Paul DNP, Onayssa Sbahi 0, Ingrid Tanqueray 8 (5 assists), Marjorie Carpréaux 7, Laurie Datchy 6, Fanny Ploegaerts 0, Carla Thomas 12, Olayinka Sanni 23 (15 rebounds), Bridgette Mitchell 17

Toulouse: Lou Mataly 0, Jessie de Colo 2, Camille Aubert 7, Chandrea Jones 12, Emilie Maurice 4, Leslie Matanga DNP, Lola de Angelis 2, Shanavia Dowdell 17, Suzanna Milovanovic 14


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Date created: 27 January 2011


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