Who will qualify for the LFB championship play-offs?
Basket Landes' LFB victory against Lattes Montpellier (79-58) has set up an interesting end to the regular season.
Basket Landes led from start to finish with everybody scoring at least 4 points. They also won the rebound contest 35-21.For Montpellier this defeat hurts their championship play-off ambition because they drop to fourth place and will meet Tarbes and Bourges in their final two games.
Although Basket Landes were comfortable winners, they will still be thanking Tamera Young (in picture) who scored the last points of the game with 20 seconds to play.
Her 2 points enabled Basket Landes to win by the same margin they lost to Montpellier earlier in the season. Basket Landes are currently in sixth place but just one point behind Montpellier.
Basket Landes will host Union Hainaut Basket before visiting Charleville-Mézières to conclude their season.
Nantes-Rezé stay in the hunt for LFB title
When Laurant Buffard decided to rest Mame-Marie Sy-Diop (right) last weekend. He was repaid in full when she came up with the block of the evening on Leilani Mitchell from Arras with the clock winding down.
Nantes-Rezé won the match (77-76) and hold on to fifth place on point average against Basket Landes.
Nantes face Toulouse next and end the regular season against Aix-en-Provence.
If they win both games and if Montpellier or Challes-les-Eaux drop points they could snatch a top four finish.
However they will need to play more consistently then in the game against Arras.
Leading by 9 points going into the final quarter, they found themselves trailing (64-68) with four minutes to play. Sy-Diop then went to work at both ends of the court with assists, blocks, points and steals.
Emilija Podrug led the scoring with 17 points. Lindsay Taylor added 16 points and picked up 10 rebounds while Sabine Niedola added 10 points.
Arras cannot finish any higher than 7th place after this defeat.
In the LFB musical chair game Challes-les-Eaux moved into third place after beating Villeneuve d'Ascq on the road (83-73).
Mistie Bass (left) was yet again the lady on form. She went 10-of-10 from the charity stripes in compiling a total of 24 points. Bianca Thomas was not far behind with 21 points.
Challes-les-Eaux' last two games of the LFB regular season are against Mondeville and COB Calais.
Tarbes who are currently second, finished poorly against Aix-en-Provence but had enough points in reserve to hang on for the victory (70-64).
Tarbes just need to win one from the remaining two games to qualify for the championship play-off. They meet Montpellier next and finish the season against UHB.
For the first time in the history of the Ligue Féminine de Basket so many teams are fighting for a top finish with just two games remaining.
In the rest of the LFB action COB Calais were beaten at home in double overtime by Union Hainaut Basket (77-84).
Mondeville suffered a home defeat (47-59) against Charleville-Mézières.
Bourges Basket waited until the third quarter to blow away Toulouse with a 24-6 run to win comfortably (71-44).
LFB results of round 24:
Basket Landes 79-58 Lattes Montpellier
Basket Landes: Aminata Konate 4, Katarina Manic 10, Bineta Diouf 4, Anaïs Le Gluher 12, Julie Barennes 13, Tamera Young 13 (5 assists and 4 steals), Marion Laborde 9 (5 assists), Laurie Lapeyre DNP, Jennifer Humphrey 14 (14 rebounds)