Clutch 3-point shooting by Mélanie Plust decides LFB match

Mélanie Plust
LFB match: Mélanie Plust Sharp shooter

COB Calais 75-84 Saint Amand (19-27, 17-22, 14-19, 25-16)

Calais were slow to get out of the blocks in this match and allowed Saint Amand to dominate the boards early on. The guests also gave an early demonstration of their collectivity as they stormed into the lead (27-19) by the end of the first period.

Saint Amand continued to hit the boards, 21 in total during the first half compared to 10 for Calais as they extended their advantage by the break (49-36).

Calais were a different team in the second half and began to run the floor efficiently and also found their range from the land of many with scores from Aurélie Cibert and Lina Brazdeïkyte as they reduced their deficit (43-53).

Olena OgorodnikovaTamara Moore and Tiffany Stansbury from Saint Amand made sure that Calais were not able to make up their deficit sufficiently by instigating their team into hitting 7 unanswered points (62-50) with 28 minutes played.

Saint Amand were to inflict more misery on Calais with treys from Mélanie Plust and Olena Ogorodnikova (left in picture) as they took an 18-point lead into the final quarter.

Four minutes to save the game

Calais had no intention of abdicating and within three minutes put 8 unanswered points on the score sheet (58-68).Calais’ progress was halted abruptly by Plust as she hit back-to-back treys to restore her side’s advantage (76-60).

Calais still had four minutes to save the game and within three minutes went on a 13-2 run (73-78).

The last 60 seconds did not go according to plan for the hosts as they were unable to turn their advantage into points and the rest of the match was played out on the free-throw line. This was an exercise that Saint Amand excelled in by finishing with a total of 23-of-26.

Stansbury finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds while Plust hit 4-of-6 from 3-point territory. Allyson Hardy hit a game high 24 points and Cibert hit 3-of-4 from the land of many for the hosts.

Calais: Andrea Csaszar 13, Allyson Hardy 24, Lucie Bouthors 2, Vanessa Candelier 0, Mariame Dia 6, Aurélie Cibert 19, Lina Brazdeïkyte 5, Lauren Neaves 6 (10 rebounds)

Saint-Amand: Tiffany Stansbury 21 (14 rebounds), Marie Fouteret 4, Mélanie Plust 12, Clarisse Costaz 11, Magali Lopez DNP, Fanny Ploegaerts DNP, Tamara Moore 13 (5 assists), Laëtitia Kamba 0, Inès Ajanovic 11, Olena Ogorodnikova 12

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LFB match pictures courtesy of the Ligue Féminine de BasketBall

Date: 10 January 2008

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