Nwal-Endéne Miyem appears to be a permanent fixture in the LFB news as she once again led Bourges Basket with 21 points and 11 rebounds.
Essence Carson added 13 points which included 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. Emméline Ndongue added 10 points.
Tarbes lost the battle on the rebounds and did not have much success in the paint. They were penalised for their physical play and did not have many chances from the free-throw line.
With just 2-of-8 from the free-throw line, they were dependent on the long range shooting of Frida Elderbrink (17 points) and Anne Breiteiner (11 points).
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Tarbes went on the attack from the jump-off and scored quickly through Frida Eldebrink after 30 seconds. However the scoring festival did not happen as both sides were unable to find their scoring touch.
Elderbrink scored again. This was quickly followed with a trey by Anne Breitreiner to give Tarbes a (7-0) lead with four minutes played.
Ilona Burgrova finally scored for Bourges Basket. This was the catalyst that her side needed as they clawed their way back and drew level (11-11) with two minutes remaining in the first period.
The game became more intense and a three-pointer by Pauline Jannaut allowed Tarbes to lead at the end of the first period (18-15).
Emméline Ndongue scored to give Bourges the lead
The stop and go nature of the game suited Bourges during the first eight minutes of the second period to go in front (23-22).
During the last minute of the quarter the players found their range and started to score.
Breitreiner fired in another trey for Tarbes and almost immediately Essence Carson replied with a trey for Bourges.
Elderbrink and Nwal-Endéné Miyem then traded baskets before Elderbrink closed the scoring with a trey and her 11th point to the game for Tarbes to lead (30-28).
Miyem was quickest out of the starting blocks at the beginning of the third period and scored almost immediately. Charde Houston who was having a difficult time responded almost immediately for Tarbes.
Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui was also having a game to forget this evening. She had three attempts on scoring when she kept winning her rebound but she could not get the ball to drop.
In the meanwhile Miyem tied the game again (32-32).
Elderbrink and Breitreiner put Tarbes 5 points clear. But then Carson hit back to back three-pointers that got the home fans on their feet as Bourges went back in front (38-37).
The game changed completely as the teams played open offensive basketball with the ball flying in from all over the court.
Bourges were then in command and the confidence grew.
Bourges went into the last quarter ahead (53-48) after Anäel Lardy fired in the last trey of this quarter with a little over 10 seconds to play followed by Florence Lepron's 2 points.
Jannault opened the final period with a trey for Tarbes. But Jennifer Digbeu and Lardy made sure that Bourges maintained their advantage.
François Gomez called for a time-out with six minutes to play with his team trailing (52-59).
Tarbes committed too many fouls early which left them with four players on 4 fouls. In addition Bourges were having free trips to the free-throw line.
Bourges were rather generous from the free-throw line with just 1-of-6 but still went 10 points clear (64-54) with 2 points from Ndonge with four minutes to play.
Bourges had no problems for the rest of the game and went on to win (73-58).
Montpellier had it all their way in the first period offensively and led (9-0) after five minutes. They continued controlling the pace of the game throughout the first quarter to increase their advantage (17-6).
Aix had no joy in the second period and suffered a 16-0 hammering. Julie Page from Aix did not give in and with 5 points brought some respectability to the score line at the break (22-40).
The guests battled away during the second half of the match and more or less traded basket for basket with Montpellier. However foul problems and the elimination of Page and Tiffany Stansbury during the final quarter for 5 fouls ended any hope of victory.
Montpellier went on to win (72-59) with Pauline Krawczyk once again leading the scoring with 20 points.
Toulouse were caught sleeping at the start of the match and allowed their guests to open with (9-2) with less than two minutes played.
Toulouse woke up after the time-out and started to find their way to the basket and trailed (8-13) midway through the first period.
Both sides forgot about defending and went on the attack. Toulouse went in front briefly after Emmanuelle Hermouet hit a three-pointer with 90 seconds to play in the quarter.
The teams traded baskets with Nantes-Rezé edging the first quarter (23-22) after Doriane Tahanne scored a couple of free-throws.
After the fireworks of the first quarter, the teams cooled down and played moor defensively during the second period.
The lead changed several times with the guests from Nantes going into the interval in front (40-38).
Nantes led for most of the third period but were unable to build a lead of any significance and went into the final period (56-55).
The final quarter was tense and the two teams were tied (62-62) with four minutes left to play.
Nadine Niang-Peruch's season ended with just under three minutes to play when she was replaced by Swanne Gauthier.
Nantes had just taken the lead after Mame Marie Sy-Diop (15 points) split a pair of free-throws (65-64).
Most of the scoring during the last three minutes came from the free-throw line. However Toulouse had the last chance to win the game or take the game in overtime.
Hermouet (18 points) was way behind the three-point line when she fired in the last attempt. Unfortunately the ball did not drop and despite Emile Maurice picking up the rebound, Toulouse had no more time for another attack.
Lindsay Taylor, Kathleen MacLeod and Mélanie Plust all finished in double digits with 15, 11 and 10 points each for Nantes who have won their 4th game of the season.LFB news Box Score