LFB news: The leaders did not have it easy

Tarbes remain the focus of the LFB news this weekend with another victory that keep them top of the league.

They beat Armentières on the road (63-57) but had to wait until the 38th minute to take hold of the game.

Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui © LFBIsabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (left) was the hero of the evening with 22 points and 10 rebounds.

Elsewhere Arras survived a late comeback by COB Calais to win (54-50), while Bourges Basket won on the road against Lattes Montpellier (57-41).

Basket Landes held off USO Mondeville (61-57) while Nantes-Rezé had no trouble in beating Limoges (76-50).

Villeneuve d'Ascq waited until the third quarter to end the hopes of Toulouse before winning(70-55). Challes-les-Eaux defeated Aix-en-Provence (82-61).

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Challes-les-Eaux 82-61 Aix-en-Provence

2. Nantes-Rezé 76-50 Limoges ABC

3. SO Armentières 57-63 Tarbes

4. Arras 54-50 COB Calais

5. Lattes Montpellier 43-58 Bourges Basket

6. Toulouse 55-70 Villeneuve d'Ascq

7. Basket Landes 61-57 Mondeville

Challes-les-Eaux end negative series

Magali Lacroix and K. B. Sharp showed no mercy against their former club as they led Challes-les-Eaux to victory (82-61).

The game was close in the first half with Challes-les-Eaux going into the interval leading (35-31). However they outscored their guests 27-10 in a strong third quarter.

Sharp was the player of the match with 18 points and 6 assists while Lacroix fired in 19 points, picked up 10 rebounds and dished out 4 assists.

For Aix-en-Provence Sabrina Palie was the top scorer with 15 points.

Claire Tomaszewki(Tom Tom) made her first appearance of the season.

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Nantes-Rezé already better than last season after victory number 3

 Mame-Marie Sy-Diop © Olivier Saare
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Nantes-Rezé did not allow Limoges a chance to challenge them in this game. They led (16-10) with five minutes played with Lindsay Taylor and Mame-Marie Sy-Diop combining for 9 points.

Laurent Buffard, the coach for Nantes, changed tactics and started to turn his bench as his side stretched their lead (24-14) by the end of the first period.

Nantes dominated the second period and had the game won by the interval while leading (47-24).

Limoges started the third quarter well and scored the first 10 points of the quarter.

However they were unable to maintain the pressure and Nantes-Rezé regained control to go into the final quarter leading (63-41).

Nantes recorded their third victory of the season (76-50) whereas last season they only won two games.

Sy-Diop was the player of the match with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 4 steals.

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Tarbes win again

Armentières players thank the supporters © SO Armentières

Marie-Frédérique Ayissi and Mia Fisher were quickly in their stride and scored all their team's points as they went ahead (6-4) with less than two minutes on the clock.

Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui © SO ArmentièresTarbes then became more aggressive and with Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (left) leading the way with a couple of baskets regained the lead (10-6).

Florence Lepron conducted the play for Tarbes and scored 4 points as her side edged the first period (17-11).

Three-pointers by Béatrice Castets and Pauline Jannault enabled Tarbes to maintain their advantage (26-15) early in the second period.

However Armentières did not give in. With Cora Duval becoming more active and Fisher and Ayissi finding their way to the basket the home side went on a 9-0 run to to tie the game (26-26).

Tarbes were then on the back foot. Fisher gave the impression that she was going to drive to the basket but instead released the ball to Valérie Labbe who hit a trey to complete a 12-0 run for the hosts.

Lepron ended the barren spell for Tarbes. Yet it was the hosts that went into the locker room leading (29-28).

Kateryna Pilyasehnko © LFBKateryna Pilyashenko-Novohatna (right) from Armentières was given the task of keeping Anne Breitreiner quiet and blocked her right at the start of the third quarter.

Fisher was in her element and was soon on the score sheet again as both teams decided that attack was the best form of defense.

Yacoubou-Dehoui once again put all her energy into the battle and put her side in front before getting the same treatment as Breitreiner from Pilyashenko-Novohatna.

Tarbes were able to stay in front thanks to Fatimatou Sacko and a three-pointer by Frida Eldebrink (37-33).

Armentières started to play with more authority and with the trio Ayissi, Labbe and Fisher finding the basket, they were back in front (40-39) with five minutes left to play in the third period.

Yacoubou-Dehoui showed why she was voted the LFB player of last season as she covered the whole court to keep Tarbes in the game.For Armentières Fisher was also everywhere causing problems.

Her team-mates profited as they stayed in front (47-45).

The final quarter was end to end basketball with players from both teams giving all for the victory.

Duval gave the home fans hope of victory with back to back baskets within the first minute of the final quarter (51-45).

But Tarbes were back within 60 seconds with a trey by Isis Arrondo and 2 points by Charde Houston.

 Mia Fisher watched by Frida Elderbink and Charde Houston © SO Armentières
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The two teams played cat and mouse for a while and with 4 ½ left to play Houston tied the game with a trey (55-55).

Fisher who ran her heart out put the hosts in front once more only for Yacoubou-Dehoui to bring the teams level for the 9th and last time.

Lepron gave Tarbes the lead for good as the game entered money-time. The hosts were unable to break down their opponents' defense. With 25 seconds left, Yacoubou-Dehoui more or less made the score safe for Tarbes.

Armentières were running out of time and Mélissa Micaletto had no choice but to foul Lepron. Lepron held her nerve and hit the free-throws (63-57).

Yacoubou-Dehoui led the scoring with 22 points, 10 rebounds, 2 block, while Lepron scored 10 points and dished out 8 assists.For the hosts Fisher led the scoring with 18 points, while Duval and Ayissi scored 13 and 11 points each.

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Arras win the derby against Calais

Derby matches between Arras and COB Calais are always special because the clubs come from the same French department (Pas de Calais/62) and the regional papers have a special LFB news section for this match.

Arras, playing at home, dominated the first half of the match and went ahead into the interval (34-22).

Yet they started to struggle in the third period but went 14 points clear with scores from Leilani Mitchell and Pauline Akonga-Nsimbo (38-24) with four minutes left to play in the third period.

Lauren Neaves and Jennifer Humphrey combined for 10 consecutive points for Calais before Elisabeth Egnell completed the 12-0 run.

Arras led (38-34) with two minutes left in the third period.

Sarah Michel fired in a trey and Mitchell added a couple more points for the hosts before Anne-Sophie Pagnier was left open practically facing the basket to hit a trey.

Arras went into the final period leading (43-37) but were unable to contain Humphrey. With four minutes left to play, the teams were level (48-48).

They were still level (50-50) as the game went into money-time. Then Akonga-Nsimbo gave Arras the lead for good with 90 seconds left to play.

Johanne Gomis added a couple more points in the last minute for the hosts. But Calais' couple of three-point attempts fell short as they tried to save the game.

Arras' victory (54-50) keeps them in second place.

Akonga Nsimbo led the scoring with 12 points while Gomis scored 11.

For Calais Humphrey led the way with 14 points, Joyce Cousseins-Smith scored 12 points and dished out 5 assists while Neaves scored 10 points.

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Bourges Basket win on the road

Bourges Basket did not waste any time at the start of the match with Greek international Styliani Kaltsidou scoring twice from beyond the arc and a jump shot for the first 8 points of the game with just two minutes played to lead (8-0).

Valéry Demory © womensbasketball-in-france.comValéry Demory (left) from Montpellier had a time-out and changed defensive systems, which more or less ended the Bourges' offensive options.

Both sides became more defensive with all the remaining points coming from within the paint. They traded baskets for the rest of the period with Bourges holding onto the lead (14-8).

Leslie Fournier opened the scoring with a trey for Montpellier but it was Nwal Endéné Miyem with back to back baskets who put Bourges back in the driving seat.

Paoline Salagnac added 2 more points for Bourges to lead (20-11) after 13 minutes. Scoring once again became difficult for both teams with most of the points coming from outside the paint.

Montpellier struggled and were able to take advantage of the foul problems of Emméline Ndongue.

She had to return to the bench after 16 minutes with 3 fouls. All the same Bourges Basket went into the locker room ahead (31-19).

Constance Jinks was doing all she could for Montpellier after the break.

Yet that did not stop Bourges from controlling the pace of the game during the third period before stepping on the accelerator during the final period to win comfortably (58-43).

Miyem led the scoring for Bourges Basket with 17 points, while Kaltsidou (although she hurt her shoulder during the final quarter) finished on 14 points. Salagnac contributed 10 points.

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Villeneuve D'ascq do enough to hold off Toulouse

Toulouse opened the match with (8-0) to the delight of the home fans.

Villeneuve responded with a 6-0 run and then the two teams traded baskets as the game was tied (13-13).

Toulouse edged the first period (16-15) and stayed in front until Emilie Gomis tied the game again (29-29) with three minutes left to play.

Carine Paul gave Villeneuve the lead. With Elodie Bertal's perfect shooting from the free-throw line her side went to the locker room leading (39-33).

Bertal fired in 3 more shots from behind the arc as Villeneuve moved 12 points clear (52-40) with 26 minutes played.Villeneuve dominated all sectors of the game and had an advantage of 20 points at one stage.

They went into the final quarter leading (63-45) and paced themselves to victory (70-55).

Bertal led the scoring with 21 points and Gomis contributed 14 points and added 5 assists. Emmanuelle Hermouet scored 14 points for the hosts.

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Basket Landes holding off Mondeville

Basket Landes were aggressive from the start and led (13-8) after five minutes but then fell behind to Mondeville (13-15) after a 3-pointer by Lenae Williams.

With just over two minutes to play in the first period Aminata Konate tied the game and by the end of the first quarter Basket Landes led (19-15).

Mondeville were unable to score for almost six minutes in the second period while Basket Landes added 13 more points to complete a 19-0 run to lead (32-15).

Caroline Aubert scored 7 of her team's 12 points as Mondeville reduced their deficit slightly by the interval (27-39).

Sabrina Reghaissïa © LFBSabrina Reghaissïa's (left) clutch shooting enabled Basket Landes to go into the final quarter with an 8-point advantage (48-40).

Aurélie Bonnan started the Mondeville fight back in the final quarter with back to back baskets, which was followed by a trey by Williams to reduce the deficit to a single point (47-48).

Anaïs Le Gluher responded with a three-pointer for Landes. But three minutes later Williams fired in one for Mondeville.

Bineta Diouf scored twice for Landes but once again Williams found the target for Mondeville.

Yet with the game entering money-time Le Gluher fired in a shot from down-town (58-52).

With just over a minute to play Williams fired in her third three-pointer of the evening.

Reghaissïa hit a jumper for Landes but once again Williams was on target from beyond the arc.

Basket Landes was leading (60-57) with 21 seconds left to play. In order to stop the game clock both sides continued to foul each other.

Diouf was the only player to go to the free-throw line. She split a pair for the last score of the match (61-57).

Le Gluher led the scoring for Basket Landes with 19 points while Reghaissïa contributed 17 points.

Williams scored 20 points for Mondeville.

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Week 6 LFB news: Tarbes are the only leaders

LFB news picture credits:

Ligue Féminine de Basketball (LFB)
SO Armentières
Olivier Saare @basquetebol.org

Date: 31 October 2009
Last Update: 01 November 2009

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