Nantes-Rezé lost for the first time in the LFB this season in a close encounter with USO Mondeville.
The match itself was very technical and only came to life in late in the final quarter. In the end overtime and a little magic from K. B. Sharp was required to split the teams.
Neither side was able to get much done from distance with just 2 shots each from beyond the arc. Mondeville's complicated systems resulted in 20 turnovers. But the hosts failed to take advantage.
Sharp led the attack for USO Mondville with 16 points while Latvian international Aija Brumermane added 14 points.
For Nantes Sabine Niedola was one of four players in double digits with 14 points.
LFB Game report: Overtime required to split the teams
The first quarter was very tactical with neither side able to gain the upper hand.
Jennea Smith and Sabine Niedola combined for 15 first-quarter points for Nantes while K. B. Sharp (8 points, right in picture) was allowed to run coast on coast on several occasions for Mondeville.
Despite picking up 2 fouls Niedola continued to contest rebounds as Nantes won the first quarter (17-16).
The second quarter was more open but neither side was able to find space to shoot from beyond the arc.
Esther Niamké-Moisan's youthful exuberance saw her score 6 points as she took advantage of the rigid structure of the Nantes-Rezé defense to keep Mondeville in the game.
Mame-Marie Sy-Diop and Allison Hightower did most of the scoring for the hosts. However this was not enough to keep Mondeville at bay.
Aurélie Bonnan scored the last points of the quarter to leave the teams tied (35-35) at the interval.
After the break the floodgates opened and shots started to go in for both sides from all over the court with Nantes-Rezé staying in front (45-44) after 25 minutes played.
Smith and Niedola continued to battle inside while Hightower finished up scoring the points for Nantes.
Lenae Williams and Aija Brumermane were the main force for Mondeville.
Both teams were once again level (51-51) after Anne-Sophie Pagnier hit 2 free throws after Laurent Buffard was called for a technical. He was contesting a decision not to call a foul on Niedola.
Sharp took Mondeville into the final quarter leading (55-53) after hitting 2 shots form the charity stripes.
Caroline Aubert got the home side off to a good start at the beginning of the final quarter before leaving her place to Joyce Cousseins-Smith (left).
Cousseins-Smith went on the attack and scored 6 points in less than 30 seconds for Nantes to lead (64-59) with seven minutes to play.
Williams reduced the deficit but did not have a great time with the officials and was called for charging for her 4th foul of the match.
Buffard decided to play small and used the speed of Cousseins-Smith and Mélanie Plust to counter Sharp as the game reached its climax.
With the game in money-time Nantes' advantage was just 2 points (66-64). But with a minute left to play the teams were level once more (68-68).
With 20 seconds left to play Sy-Diop was sent to the charity stripes and did not tremble to give the hosts a 2-point advantage.
However Sharp was once again allowed all the time in the world to score and take the game into overtime (70-70).
Then Emilija Podrug was everywhere for Nantes. Yet it was not enough to prevent defeat.
Sharp and Valeriya Berezhynska put Mondeville in the driving seat during the last 30 seconds to win the game (76-74).
Nantes-Rezé: Florine Basque DNP, Caroline Aubert 5, Joyce Cousseins-Smith 8 (6 assists), Morgane Eusache DNP, Emilija Podrug 8, Mélanie Plust 2, Allison Hightower 12, Yuliya Andreyeva DNP, Mame-Marie Sy-Diop 12 (10 rebounds), Jenna Smith 13, Sabine Niedola 14
USO Mondeville: Touty Gandega DNP, Anne-Sophie Pagnier 6, Esther Niamké-Moisan 6, Aija Brumermane 14 (2 blocks), K. B. Sharp 16 , Lenae Williams 9, Yacine Séné 8, Pauline Thizy 3, Aurélie Bonnan 8 (13 rebounds), Valeriya Berezhynska 6
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Date created: 07 November 2010