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 © womensbasketballl-in-france  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.

The rest of news from the LFB

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.

Allison Hightower © LFB  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.

The final match of round 21 was played in April between Arras and USO Mondeville.

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

LFB results of round 21:

Toulouse 54-74 Basket Landes

Toulouse: Lou Mataly DNP, Jessie de Colo 5, Camille Aubert 12, Chandrea Jones 9, Emilie Maurice 8, Leslie Matanga 2, Lola de Angeli 1, Shanavia Dowdell 12 (9 rebounds), Suzanna Milovanovic 5 (4 steals)

Basket Landes: Aminata Konate 0, Katarina Manic 14, Bineta Diouf 8, Anaïs Le Gluher 16, Julie Barennes 2, Tamera Young 9, Julia Borde 2, Marion Laborde 11, Laurie Lapeyre 2, Marion Pujos 0, Jennifer Humphrey 9 (9 rebounds)

Bourges Basket 66-58 Villeneuve

Bourges Basket: Anaël Lardy 8, Maja Miljkovic 6, Nwal-Endéné Miyem 4, Styliani Kaltsidou 4, Jennifer Digbeu 5, Catherine Joens 8, Paoline Salagnac 13, Emméline Ndongue 12, Ilona Burgrova 6

Villeneuve d'Ascq: Carine Paul 0, Ingrid Tanqueray 0, Marjorie Carpréaux 2 (4 assists), Laurie Datchy 2, Emilie Gomis 15, Carla Thomas 11, Olayinka Sanni 15, Elodie Bertal 6, Adrijana Knezevic 7 (9 rebounds)

Lattes-Montpellier 81-55 COB Calais

Lattes-Montpellier: Johanne Drozd 3, Virginie Bremont 4 (5 assists), Alicia Poto 12 (6 assists), Iva Perovanovic 17, Cyrielle Hugues 0, Mathilde Roche 0, Ana Lelas 10, Gaëlle Skrela 9, Sandra Dijon-Gérardin 8, Ines Ajanovic 9, Fatimatou Sacko 9

COB Calais: N'Deye N'Diaye 9, Sylvie Gruszczynski 10 (5 assists), Marine Debaut 2, Aurélie Cibert 5, Mélanie Arnaud 12, Manon Sinico 9, Pelagia Papamichail 0, Brigitte Ardossi 8

Aix-en-Provence 66-67 Challes-les-Eaux

Aix-en-Provence: Emmanuelle Gorjeu DNP, Claire Tomaszewski 0, Zoi Dimitrakou 7, Isabelle Strunc 7, Anaïs Viale 0, Margaux Okou-Zouzouo 2, Natalie Hurst 18 (5 assists), Sabrina Réghaïssia 13 (5 assists), Carren Gay 1, Hollie Grima 18 (9 rebounds)

Challes-les-Eaux: Romy Bär 14, Bianca Thomas 3, Alexia Plagnard 5, Sabrina Palie 6, Mistie Williams-Bass 14 (11 rebounds), Magali Lacroix 18, Clarisse Costaz 5, Jennifer Fleischer 5

Nantes-Rezé 72-65 Tarbes

Nantes-Rezé: Florine Basque DNP, Caroline Aubert 10, Joyce Cousseins-Smith 4, Mélanie Plust 2, Allison Hightower 7 (6 assists), Yuliya Andreyeva 12, Mame-Marie Sy-Diop 5 (5 assists), Lindsay Taylor 9, Sabine Niedola 5, Emilija Podrug 18 (10 rebounds)

Tarbes: Roneeka Hodges 18, Ivanka Matic 7, Pauline Jannault-Lo DNP, Biljana Pavicevic 2, Isis Arrondo 8, Naura El Gargati 6, Florence Lepron 11, Darline Nsoki 3, Brooke Smith 10, Hristina Tyutyundzhieva DNP

Union Hainaut Basket-St Amand 69-51 Charleville-Mézières

Union Hainaut: Amanda Jackson 11, Emilie Duvivier 9 (6 assists), Clémence Beikes 6, Emilie Silbande-Petiteau 14, Noémie Lemaire 0, Céline Girard DNP, Laëtitia Kamba 12 (11 rebounds), Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton 10, Elsa Martins DNP, Alison Bales 7

Charleville-Mézières: Amel Bouderra 11, Belinda Mboma 1, Carine Contessi 3, Sarra Ouerghi 4, Alexia Kusion 6, Ekaterina Dimitrova 5, Djéné Diawara 17 (9 rebounds), Eléonore Grossemy 2, Patrycja Gulak-Lipka 2

Arras 56-48 Mondeville (Game played 8 April 2011)

Arras: Leilani Mitchell 2 (5 assists), Laury Aulnette DNP, Krissy Badé 6, Sarah Michel 5, Johanne Gomis 7, Olesia Malashenko 7, Adja Konteh 0, Marielle Amant 3, Aija Putnina 9, Pauline Akonga N’Simbo 17 (11 rebounds)

USO Mondeville: Touty Gandega 0, Anne-Sophie Pagnier 0, Esther Niamké-Moisan 0, Aija Brumermane 6, K. B. Sharp 14, Lenae Williams 7, Yacine Séné 0, Pauline Thizy 0, Aurélie Bonnan 11 (15 rebounds), Valeriya Berezhynska 10

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Date created: 19 March 2011
Date updated: 09 April 2011

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