LFB news: Laurie Koehn hits 7 three-pointers to down Calais
USVO, queen of the North
USVO put behind them their recent reversals as they won their fifth North derby match of the season.
Laurie Koehn gave a demonstration in the art of shooting from behind the three-point line as she hit 7-of-10 as she top-scored with 23 points.
Koehn and Emilie Gomis scored the first 20 points for USVO as they broke Calais’ resistance during the first period (22-13). USVO continued to dominate the encounter and went into the interval with (44-26).
COB Calais, despite the efforts of Allyson Hardy (21 points), were never able to find a way back into this match.
Francesca Zara took over three-point shooting duties in the second half of the match, hitting 3-of-5 and dishing out 6 assists as USVO cruised to victory. Emilie Gomis scored 16 points and Nicole Ohlde pulled down 11 rebounds as USVO beat Calais (79-56).
Bourges Basket continue to dominate the Ligue Féminine de BasketBall
The LFB news of the week was the official promotion of Aurélie Lopez (left) to head coach of Mourenx. Her first assignment was a road trip to Bourges.
Bourges Basket were not in a generous mood and ran out winners (63-30) with Nora Bujdoso leading the scoring with 13 points. Céline Dumerc and Cathy Melain distributed 9 and 7 assists respectively in a disciplined team performance. For Mourenx only Ana Lelas with 16 points and 10 rebounds troubled the hosts.
Clémence Beikes and Kirsten Mann fed Gisella Vega as Tarbes overturned Arras
A lively match between two teams at the wrong end of the table. Both sides were very physical but fair as they contested every ball.
Arras and Tarbes played well defensively and points were not easy to come in the opening stanza. Arras tried to impose with Sylvie Gruszczynski and Natasa Ivancevic to lead (10-8).
Tarbes came back with Clémence Beikes and Kirsten Mann working well outside to feed the ball inside for mainly for Gisella Vega as they regained the advantage by the end of the first period (19-13).
Arras came storming back early in the second quarter to 1 point (22-23) of Tarbes. Isabelle Yacoubou started to throw her weight about in the paint taking some of the pressure of Vega as Tarbes appeared to subdue Arras going into the interval (46-31).
Sheana Mosch, with only 3 points in the first half of the match, started to find her mark and her team mate, Carla Thomas, (left) from Arras was beginning to win her battle in the paint against Yacoubou early in the third period.
Tarbes weathered the storm, tightened up in defence and still had an 11-point lead going into the final period.
The last quarter was end-to-end stuff with Tarbes maintaining their advantage to win (76-13).
Vega topped the scoring with 27 points and was supported offensively by Beikes with 16 points and 9 assists while Mann contributed 14 points and 7 assists for Tarbes. Mosch top scored with 15 points for Arras while Thomas finished with a double-double 14 points and 11 rebounds.
LFB news from the remaining Saturday matches
Challes-les-Eaux had to wait until the final period to put down Villeneuve (71-61). Matina Luptakova top-scored with 22 points. Jessica Davenport was again on good form with 16 points and 10 rebounds but had to sit out the last 4:20 in the final quarter with her fifth personal foul.
In the other Saturday match Lattes Montpellier had to thank Aurélie Bonnan for their victory against Saint Amand (67-59). Bonnan was all over the court she scoring 15 points, dishing out 7 assists and taking 17 rebounds.
Despite Montpellier having home court advantage they were not able to put enough points between themselves and the guests early on. In the final period the guests lost Tiffany Stansbury and Tamara Moore. Their departure was well exploited by the hosts who are still unbeaten domestically in 2008.
Sunday, 27 January 2008, LFB news
LFB news: Lenae William scores 31 points
Lenae Williams made LFB news in hitting 8 three-pointers
Aix-en-Provence, playing at home, were only able to keep up with Mondeville for three minutes (6-6). Back-to-back three-pointers from Lenae Williams set Mondeville on their way. With Caroline Aubert closing the first period with a trey the guests had already a 10-point lead (18-10).
Williams continued to hit shots from long distance as Mondeville put 20 points between themselves and their hosts by the interval (41-20).
Mondeville’s inside players were not having a good day and allowed their opponents with Magali Lacroix and Anda Jacobsone to dominate the paint. Aix could reduce their deficit during the third period (42-56).
In the final quarter Williams hit 3 more shots from beyond the arc as Mondeville regained their momentum and crushed the spirit of the hosts. Aubert, (left) playing in her last game for Mondeville, closed the match with a 3-pointer (81-58).
Williams top-scored with 31 points including 8-of-13 from beyond the arc. Mondeville finished with 15-of-27 from three-point territory. Lacroix scored 20 points for Aix-en-Provence.
LFB news: Saint Jacques Sports Reims first win on the road
Reims do the double over Clermont-Ferrand
Clermont-Ferrand led in this match for only 1 minute when they opened the match with a trey (3-0). Then they were hit for 12 points by their guests Reims (12-3). Two time-outs for the hosts did not help them much as Reims dominated the first period (22-13).
Reims were unable to maintain the rhythm of the first ten minutes and were hit 7-0 to start the second period. With Mia Fisher and Zuzanna Klimesova, well guarded after their first-period exploits, it was the turn of Anne-Sophie Pagnier to come up with the goods. She obliged with three shots from the land of many as Reims regained control and went into the interval leading (40-30).
Fisher was once again active at the start of the third period for Reims while Jennier Butler from Clermont was starting to dominate the boards.
Elena Nikipolskaia and Pauline Krawczyk (left) gave the home supporters hope as they countered their guests with Claire Tomaszewski hitting a trey (42-49). It appeared that Clermont would make up their deficit.
Reims though, who had become more collective in recent weeks, had Marie-Laure Fleury-Kindoki and Amélie Fresnais stepping up with a trey to restore Reims’ advantage going into the final period (61-48).
Anne-Marie Parau, having a good game distributing the ball, decided to get in the action offensively by putting the first points on the board in the last quarter. Parau and Fisher were then called upon to use their pace to draw fouls: It worked as Butler was taken out of the action and eventually Elena Nikipolskaia fouled out for the hosts.
Clermont had no answer and Reims continued to visit the free-throw line (76-62). Pagnier ended the free-throw sequence with a 3-pointer and Mame Marie Sy completed the scoring with a steal right at the end (82-61).
For Reims all the players that entered scored with five of them in double digits with Fisher leading with 16 points. Parau dished out 6 assists and Sy compiled a double-double. Pagnier hit 4-of-6 from the land of many while Klimesova scored 12 points.
For Clermont-Ferrand Elena Nikipolskaia scored 14 points.