Bourges in pole position for LFB regular season title
Bourges Basket are just one victory away from securing the LFB regular season title and an automatic spot in the EuroLeague Women for next season.
However the battle of three other places for the Championship play-offs has taken another twist with Tarbes losing and dropping to fourth place.
Yet the match of the evening turned out to be the south derby between Toulouse, still looking for their second victory of the season, and high flying Basket Landes.
Toulouse may be on their way down to the second division but this did not stop them from giving Basket Landes a scare during this match.
Valérie Garnier, the coach from Toulouse, pushed her players to come back from (9-14) to edge the first quarter (18-14).
The two teams continued to trade baskets for the first eight minutes of the second quarter (29-29) before the guests from Landes gained the upper hand going into the interval (35-29).
Toulouse had not given up and quickly reduced their deficit to a single point (37-38) early in the third quarter.
This was as close as Toulouse got to upsetting their guests.
Basket Landes stepped up a gear with a 7-0 run to stretch their lead to (45-37) with 27 minutes on the game clock.
Toulouse started to tire and went into the final quarter trailing by 10 points (44-54). Basket Landes then paced themselves to win (73-54).
Elsewhere in the LFB Bourges Basket were made to work hard by Villeneuve d’Ascq. Bourges had to wait until a 10-0 run at the start of the final quarter (57-52) to finally take hold of the game and hang on for their 21st victory of the season.
Montpellier moved into second place after a comfortable victory against COB Calais (81-55). Montpellier are the only team that can stop Bourges from taking the regular season title.
However for this to happen Montpellier must win their remaining five games while at the same time Bourges must not win again.
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Tarbes' troubles continue as they lost on the road against Nantes-Rezé (65-72).
With the defeat Tarbes' defence of the regular season title came to an end as they cannot catch Bourges Basket any more.
Jelena Dubljevic and Pauline Lo were absent for Tarbes with injuries while Biljana Pavicevic made her début as medical replacement.
Tarbes went into the final quarter leading (55-49) but sloppy defending and poor shooting allowed Nantes back into the game.
Allison Hightower (left) tied the game from the land of many (60-60) with five minutes to play and the hosts did not look back as they pulled off the victory.
Lindsay Taylor also made her début for the season for Nantes-Rezé. She is the third medical replacement for Doriane Tahane this season.
Taylor who was playing in China takes over from Sonja Kireta who suffered an ACL injury.
Tarbes are now in fourth place, with just one point more than Nantes-Rezé that are in fifth.
The LFB welcomed WNBA player Lindsay Wisdom, who scored 10 points for Union Hainaut Basket in their victory against Charleville-Mézières (69-51).
Wisdom is the medical replacement for Jasmon Covington.
For UHB coach Corinne Bénintendi, this match was her club's match of the year. This victory has more or less removed them from the relegation equation.
COB Calais must now win all their remaining matches and hope that either UHB, Charleville-Mézières or Villeneuve end up losing all their remaining games to survive relegation.
In the final match of the evening Challes-les-Eaux led from start to finish on the road against Aix-en-Provence but almost came away with nothing.
A trey by Clarisse Costaz with 30 seconds to play turned out to be the winning shot for Challes (67-62).
Challes survived a late bombardment from their hosts to hold on (67-66) and as a result move into third place in the LFB.