LFB Challenge Round semi-finalists are known

The semi-finalists for the LFB Challenge Round are Challes-les-Eaux, USO Mondeville, SJS Reims and Union Hainaut Basket.

Lina Brazdeïkyte © Ligue Féminine de BasketBallSJS Reims were the last team to qualify for the semi-final despite falling (72-81) to Cob Calais in the second leg of their series.

Lina Brazdeïkyte (right) led the scoring for Calais with 25 points and Mariame Dia followed up with 19 points.

Reims were never in trouble of losing all of their advantage from the first leg with a success rate of 62% shooting from the field. They only took 45 shots during the game.

LFB Challenge Round box score Box Score

The next round of matches start on Tuesday, 28 April 2009.

You will find box scores and some news from the three other games played earlier in the week by moving down the page:

Mondeville lost but still qualified

For Aix-en-Provence the 2009 Challenge Round came to an end with a victory. They beat Mondevillle (73-60) with Hollie Grima scoring 24 points and picking up 10 rebounds. K. B. Sharp fired in 15 points and dished out 5 assists.

However Mondeville qualified for the semi-final after winning the first match by 22 points.

Mondeville started the game well and led (22-15) after the first period and led by as many as 9 points during the second period. Aix finished the first half stronger and trailed by just 2 points at the interval (34-36).

Aix started to take control during the third period and went ahead into the final quarter (51-47).

They continued to dominate the match but Mondeville were no in danger of losing their overall advantage.

Mondeville will play Reims in the semi-final.

LFB Challenge Round Box Score

Challes-les-Eaux turning things round

Asptt Arras went into the match leading by 7 points but with Julie Bertin injured and Bernice Mosby already in America, their roster was thin.

To make things more complicated Leilani Mitchell suffered an injury to her back and Julie Barennes hurt her ankle before the second leg.

Not withstanding Challes-les-Eaux played well and took control of the game from the tip-off and ran out winners thanks to their captain Martina Gyurcsi-Luptakova who compiled a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds.

Challes-les-Eaux will meet UHB in the second semi-final.

LFB Challenge Round Box Score

Union Hainaut Basket edging out Basket Landes

Laetitia Kamba © womensbasketball-in-france.comNot many people attended the game and there was no atmosphere in the hall.

Basket Landes only travelled with seven players. Ana Perovic was the player missing as she had to return home (Serbia) last week.

UHB had a full bench and started the game well leading (20-9) by the end of the first period.

Basket Landes came fighting back in the second period and trailed by only 5 points at the interval (32-37).

Basket Landes took the lead briefly during the third period but still trailed by a single point going into the final period (54-55).

Laëtitia Kamba's (right) energy and good will helped UHB hang on for the victory during a tight final period.

LFB Challenge Round Box Score

Second Leg Results

Aix-en-Provence 73-60 USO Mondevillle

Challes-les-Eaux 67-41 Asptt Arras

Union Hainaut Basket 73-67 Basket Landes

Cob Calais 81-72 SJS Reims

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Date created: 26 April 2009

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