Montpellier ended LFB season for

Lattes Montpellier are back in a LFB Championship final series after a four-year absence (2008). They eliminated Challes-les-Eaux in the deciding game (52-47) to clinch the series 2-1.

Edwige Lawson-Wade who was named as the Ligue Féminine de Basketball 2011-2012 player of the year was the match winner for Montpellier with 17 points and 5 assists.

In similar circumstances to last season Mistie Mims disappeared offensively during the big game in the post season.

She managed to score just 7 points which is 12 points below her season average and she just took 3 rebounds.

In the absence of Mims' offensive skills, Emilija Podrug scored 14 points while picking up 13 rebounds. Danielle Page also finished in double digits with 11 points.

 Edwige Lawson-Wade © Challes-les-Eauxs started the game well with an (8-0) opening. However the hosts Montpellier were fortunate that Ana Lelas and Lawson-Wade (in picture) were able to connect from the land of many as they struggled to get going.

Challes-les-Eaux led (16-8) at the end of the first quarter and had their biggest advantage of the game (21-12) on the 14- minute mark after a trey by Alexia Plagnard.

Challes-les-Eaux were unable to push their lead any further which allowed Montpellier to stay within striking range (24-29) thanks to some exceptional shooting by Lelas.

After the break Montpellier played a different game and with Fatimatou Sacko taking over from Lelas in scoring and also Lawson-Wade firing on all cylinders Montpellier were soon level (31-31).

For Challes-les-Eaux the game became more difficult with Romy Bär sitting on the bench with 4 fouls, and Mims not able to break the double-team marking on her.

Challes' turnover count went up and Montpellier finished the third quarter with a 6-point lead (39-33).

Montpellier were then in total control. By the 36th minute their advantage had grown to 14 points and the contest was more or less over.

Although Challes-les-Eaux did reduce the deficit in the closing minutes to single digits, Montpellier were not in danger of letting this game escape them.

Lattes Montpellier: Léa Blatrie DNP, Virginie Brémont 3, Mathilde Roche DNP, Diandra Tchatchouang 0, Edwige Lawson-Wade 17 (5 assists, 3 steals), Ana Lelas 12, Gaëlle Skrela 3, Sandra Dijon-Gérardin 5, Stephany Skrba 6, Fatimatou Sacko 6

Challes-les-Eaux: Anaël Lardy 1, Romy Bär 7, Alexia Plagnard 7, Mistie Mims 7, Mélanie Plust 0, Sara Chevaugeon 0, Claire Michel DNP, Danielle Page 11, Emilija Podrug 14 (13 rebounds)

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Date created: 26 April 2012

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