Bourges are running
while Tarbes are chasing the LFB title

Romy Bär © The 17th round of the LFB went well for the leaders Bourges Basket with a comfortable victory.

Tarbes also came out on top but made hard work of the game that they had wrapped up at the interval.

Union Hainaut Basket got back to winning ways while Aix-en-Provence move further away from the relegation zone.

Challes-les-Eaux had to thank German international Romy Bär (in picture) for the last shot of the game, a big three, to get past Basket Landes in the most exciting match of the evening.

In the remaining two games Nantes-Rezé came out on top against Villeneuve d'Ascq while Montpellier put a road win against Arras.

You can read here the LFB basketball news from the previous round.

What will Tarbes do in the LFB without Jelena Dubljevic?

Jelena Dubljevic © Jelena Dubljevic (right) and Brooke Smith shared the first 16 points for Tarbes as they opened with a (16-6) against COB Calais.

Tarbes maintained their advantage (22-11) at the end of the first quarter despite the efforts of Sylvie Gruszczynski from Calais with 7 points.

Calais, who were without Brigitte Ardossi for this match, were put in more difficulty with foul problems for Greek international Pelagia Papamichail.

Tarbes took full advantage and stretched their lead (43-24) by the end of the first half. Dubljevic led the scoring with 19 points while Florence Lepron had 5 assists.

Tarbes, playing without Erin Thorn and Ana Cata-Chitiga, lost their way during the second half of the match which allowed Calais to reduce the deficit significantly.

Alain Jardel had to thank Dubljevic for the victory (63-57). She finished the match with 25 points and 5 assists. Smith also had a good game with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

For Calais Gruszczynski led the way with 20 points while Mélanie Arnaud and N'Deye N'Diaye scored 12 and 10 points each.

Tarbes 63-57 COB Calais

Tarbes: Jelena Dubljevic 25 points (5 assists and 8 rebounds), Ivanka Matic 10, Pauline Jannault-Lo 2, Isis Arrondo 3, Naura El Gargati 4, Florence Lepron 3 (6 assists), Darline Nsoki 2, Brooke Smith 15 (14 rebounds)

COB Calais: N'Deye N'Diaye 10, Sylvie Gruszczynski 20 (4 assists), Mélanie Devaux 0, Aurélie Cibert 6, Mélanie Arnaud 12 (13 rebounds), Manon Sinico 6, Pelagia Papamichail 3, Stela Boneva

Happy Birthday Cathy Joens

Cathy Joens © The LFB three-point shooting contest between Bourges Basket and Mondeville did not take place with just two successes during the whole match.

Cathy Joens, who celebrated her birthday, only fired off two shots from behind the arc. Neither connected and she finished the match with 2 points and 3 assists as Bourges Basket beat Mondeville (67-44).

The first quarter between Bourges and Mondeville was rather technical with Bourges coming out on top (14-11) with 6 points coming from the free-throw line.

In the second quarter Bourges kept Mondeville out of the paint while they were slowly stretching their advantage (19-11).

Mondeville had no option but to start shooting from beyond the arc and remained in contact with three-pointers by Anne-Sophie Pagnier and K. B. Sharp.

However Bourges' advantage was in double digits (28-17) after 16 minutes which they stretched to 14 points going into the interval (35-21).

Bourges controlled the pace of the game in the second half and cruised to victory (67-44) with Ilona Burgrova and Paoline Salagnac scoring 11 points each.

Bourges Basket 67-44 Mondeville

Bourges Basket: Anaël Lardy 7, Maja Miljkovic 1, Romane Bernies 6, Nwal-Endéné Miyem 10, Styliani Kaltsidou 9, Jennifer Digbeu 4, Catherine Joens 2, Paoline Salagnac 11, Emméline Ndongue 6, Ilona Burgrova 11

USO Mondeville: Touty Gandega 3, Anne-Sophie Pagnier 9, Esther Niamké-Moisan 4, Aija Brumermane 2, K. B. Sharp 11, Lenae Williams DNP, Yacine Séné 5, Pauline Thizy 2, Aurélie Bonnan 0, Valeriya Berezhynska 8

The rest of the LFB news from Saturday

Challes-les-Eaux escaped from Basket Landes with a victory (61-58).

In an exciting match German international Romy Bär broke the hearts of the home fans with the last shot of the match from the land of many.

Toulouse are still without a victory in the LFB in 2011 after falling at home to Union Hainaut Basket (68-82).

Alison Bales and Laëtitia Kamba  © Alison Bales and Laëtitia Kamba (both in picture) dominated the first quarter offensivley for UHB with 6 points (17-11).

Noémie Lemaire took full advantage of her time on the court to lead the scoring for UHB with 10 points as UHB increased their advantage going into the break further ahead (42-27).

UHB then paced themselves the rest of the way with Kamba leading the way with 23 points while Bales (11 rebounds) and Amanda Jackson added 15 points each.

Aix-en-Provence had to wait until the second half to put down Charleville-Mézières (77-56).

Charleville-Mézières got off to an electrifying start with Amel Bouderra scoring 8 of her team's first 10 points (10-5) with less than three minutes on the clock.

Aix came storing back with Sabrina Réghaïssia's clutch shooting from beyond the arc to edge the first quarter (19-16).

The shoot-out continued during the second quarter with both sides hitting shot after shot with the hosts holding onto the lead (41-36) as the teams headed towards the locker room.

Zoi Dimitrakou and Natalie Hurst led Aix-en-Provence after the break with 18 and 23 points each to lead their side to victory and out of the relegation battle.

LFB results and points scored of the remaining Saturday matches

Basket Landes 58-61 Challes-les-Eaux

Basket Landes: Aminata Konate 2 (4 assists), Katarina Manic 9, Bineta Diouf 0, Anaïs Le Gluher 10, Julie Barennes 9, Tamera Young 6 (4 assists), Julia Borde DNP, Marion Laborde 15, Laurie Lapeyre DNP, Marion Pujos DNP, Jennifer Humphrey 7

Challes-les-Eaux: Romy Bär 15, Bianca Thomas 3, Alexia Plagnard 8, Sabrina Palie 5, Mistie Williams-Bass 12, Magali Lacroix 9, Clarisse Costaz 7, Jennifer Fleischer 2

Toulouse 68-82 Union Hainaut Basket

Toulouse: Lou Mataly 0, Jessie de Colo 0, Camille Aubert 15, Chandrea Jones 8, Emilie Maurice 7, Leslie Matanga 2, Lola de Angelis 7, Shanavia Dowdell 8, Suzanna Milovanovic 21

Union Hainaut: Amanda Jackson 15, Emilie Duvivier 6, Clémence Beikes 4, Emilie Silbande-Petiteau 5, Noémie Lemaire 12, Céline Girard 0, Laëtitia Kamba 23, Jasmon Covington DNP, Elsa Martins 2, Alison Bales 15 (11 rebounds)

Aix-en-Provence 77-56 Charleville-Mézières

Aix-en-Provence: Emmanuelle Gorjeu 0, Claire Tomaszewski 0, Zoi Dimitrakou 18 (12 rebounds), Anaïs Viale 0, Isabelle Strunc 3, Margaux Okou-Zouzouo 2, Natalie Hurst 23, Sabrina Réghaïssia 11, Carren Gay 8, Hollie Grima 11

Charleville-Mézières: Amel Bouderra 10, Belinda Mboma 9, Carine Contessi 0, Sarra Ouerghi 4, Alexia Kusion 8, Ekaterina Dimitrova 0, Kristen Mann 11, Djéné Diawara 14, Eléonore Grossemy 0, Patrycja Gulak-Lipka 0

LFB basketball on Sunday with Montpellier in third and Nantes back in play-off contention

Emilija Podrug has light sprains on both ankles and a broken nose and yet played for 30 minutes and led Nantes-Rezé to victory with 19 points against Villeneuve d'Ascq.

Villeneuve welcomed back Elodie Bertal after her long injury break.

The first 10 minutes of the match was not pleasant to watch as both teams found it easier to turn over the ball than to shoot it.

Joyce Cousseins-Smith ©

Joyce Cousseins-Smith (left) was responsible for Nantes moving 7 points clear (27-20) with her pace and excellent shooting with three minutes left in the first half.

However Carla Thomas and Marjorie Carpréaux combined for the last 9 points of the quarter for Villeneuve to go into the locker room leading (29-27).

A full court press at the start of the third quarter by Nantes-Rezé kept Villeneuve away from the basket. In addition Cousseins-Smith and Mélanie Plust were able score as the hosts moved 10 points clear (45-35) midway through the quarter.

Unfortunately for Nantes-Rezé, their youthful exuberance led to some turnovers. So in a space of 90 seconds Villeneuve were back in the game (44-45).

Caroline Aubert and Mame-Marie Sy-Diop settled their side's nerve as they went into the final quarter ahead (51-48).

Allison Hightower and Podrug went to work for Laurent Buffard's team at the start of the final quarter. With seven minutes to play they had an 11-point advantage.

The last seven minutes were an LFB offensive festival from both sides with Nantes pacing themselves to victory.

Nantes-Rezé 82-70 Villeneuve d'Ascq

Nantes-Rezé: Florine Basque 0, Caroline Aubert 5 (5 assists), Joyce Cousseins-Smith 13, Mélanie Plust 8, Allison Hightower 18, Yuliya Andreyeva 7, Mame-Marie Sy-Diop 13 (7 assists), Sonja Kireta DNP, Sabine Niedola 6, Emilija Podrug 19

Villeneuve d'Ascq: Carine Paul 6, Ingrid Tanqueray 0, Marjorie Carpréaux 8, Laurie Datchy 0, Fanny Ploegaerts DNP, Carla Thomas 18, Olayinka Sanni 14 (9 rebounds), Elodie Bertal 10, Adrijana Knezevic 11

Arras and Montpellier produced an intense LFB match which reached its climax in the final two minutes with the game tied (51-51).

Virginie Bremont  © LFB Virginie Bremont (left) who played her youth basketball in Calais and has played many games in Arras then went to work for Montpellier. She enabled her side to snatch a road victory.

She came up with 2 steals, 1 assist and 2 points in less than 60 seconds while her team scored 8 unanswered points to end Arras' hopes of victory.

Arras 52-61 Lattes Montpellier

Arras: Leilani Mitchell 11 (5 assists), Krissy Badé 6, Sarah Michel 10, Johanne Gomis 6 (4 steals), Olesia Malashenko 5, Adja Konteh 0, Marielle Amant 0, Aija Putnina 3, Pauline Akonga N’Simbo 11 (10 rebounds)

Lattes-Montpellier: Ashley Morros 0 (5 assists), Virginie Bremont 12 (4 assists and 4 steals), Iva Perovanovic 5, Cyrielle Hugues DNP, Ana Lelas 15 (8 rebounds), Gaëlle Skrela 6, Sandra Dijon-Gérardin 9, Anes Ajanovic 8, Fatimatou Sacko 6

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Date created: 12 February 2011
Last Updated: 13 February 2011

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