Mondeville booked place in
the LFB challenge round final
The news of the LFB transfers this week has taken more space in the basketball news than this semi-final.
While Basket Landes had not made any announcements it was the opposite at USO Mondeville.
Valeriya Berezhynska's transfer to Charleville-Mézières has been confirmed while Lenae Williams and Aurélie Bonnan are reported to be the new recruits for Nantes-Rezé.
In addition Anne-Sophie Pagnier who signed for two years will not be coming back next season.
All these movements did not stop Mondeville qualifying for the Ligue Féminine de Basket challenge round final with an aggregate score victory (133-124).
Basket Landes won the second game of the series (65-63) with Jennifer Humphrey (in picture) scoring 20 points and pulling down 11 boards.
However they failed in overturning their 11-point deficit from the first game at any time during the game.
For the second match in the series Aurélie Bonnan from Mondeville was the player of the game with 23 points.
You can read here the game reports from the first leg of the challenge round semi-finals .
Basket Landes failed to make up the deficit
Straight from the tip-off, Basket Landes went on the attack and scored the first points of the game through Jennifer Humphrey.
Valeriya Berezhynska (left) responded on the next attack for Mondeville.
However Basket Landes continued to attack with Marion Laborde, Bineta Diouf and Anaïs Le Gluher all getting on the score board as they went 6 points clear with four minutes on the clock (10-4).
Aurélie Bonnan and Berezhynska did most of the scoring for Mondeville as they reduced the deficit to 3 points (11-14) with three minutes left in the first quarter.
Basket Landes had no choice but to continue attacking and pushed the lead up to 9 points before settling for a 7-point advantage by the end of the first quarter (20-13).
Basket Landes led by as many as 10 points twice during the second quarter but were unable to level the aggregate score.
The players from Basket Landes started to tire and Mondeville took full advantage.
Bonnan and Berezhynska continued to control the paint while Touty Gandega, K. B. Sharp, Lenae Williams and Yacine Séné added important points in coming to within 2 points of their hosts (30-32).
Katarina Manic's (2+1) at the buzzer enabled Basket Landes to go into the locker room leading by 5 points (37-32).
The yo-yo continued between the two teams after the break. The first three minutes belonged to Basket Landes who for the third time in the match led by 10 points (46-36).
Mondeville then picked themselves up to control the following five minutes, keeping their hosts scoreless while scoring 8 points.
Basket Landes managed to end their scoring draught with a pair of free throws by Le Gluher with 20 seconds remaining to play in the quarter.
However Bonnan (right) had the last word for her 19th points of the match to close the quarter (47-48).
Basket Landes needed to win by 12 points or more to qualify for the final but had the worst possible start to the final quarter allowing the pendulum to swing in favour of their opponents.
Mondeville scored added 7 consecutive points to conclude a 9-0 run to lead for the first time in the game (54-48) with 32 minutes played.
Basket Landes picked up the pace and scored 12 points in less than three minutes (61-56) to go back in front.
But Basket Landes were not able to maintain neither pace nor intensity during the final five minutes and managed just 4 more points to win the game (65-63) but to lose the series (124-133).
Basket Landes' fifth place finish during the LFB regular season should be enough for them to qualify to the EuroCup Women next season. So all was not lost for them in defeat.
Basket Landes 65-63 Mondeville
Basket Landes: Aminata Konate 2, Katarina Manic 7 (4 assists), Bineta Diouf 4, Anaïs Le Gluher 16, Julie Barennes 0, Julia Borde 0, Marion Laborde 14, Laurie Lapeyre 2, Jennifer Humphrey 20 (11 rebounds)
USO Mondeville: Touty Gandega 7, Anne-Sophie Pagnier 2, Esther Niamké-Moisan 0, Aija Brumermane 6, K. B. Sharp 6 (5 assists), Lenae Williams 6, Yacine Séné 2, Pauline Thizy DNP, Aurélie Bonnan 23, Valeriya Berezhynska 11
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Date created: 29 April 2011