For the first time this season the wbbif LFB player of the month award is not going to a player from Lattes Montpellier despite the fact that Géraldine Robert and Gaëlle Skrela were once again well supported.
Other players to make an impression in December were the Aix-en-Provence Australian duo of Marianna Tolo and Cayla Francis; Laura Garcia (Hainaut Basket), Jovana Rad (Tarbes), Naignouma Coulibaly (USO Mondeville) and Emma Meesseman (Villeneuve d'Ascq).
However all these players could not beat the hard working Bintou Diémé from Villeneuve d'Ascq who scored 47 points, pulled down 24 rebounds while dishing out 18 assists. In addition Diémé covered a lot of kilometres running up and down the court as she covered for her team-mates returning from injury.
Bintou Diémé has been the battery that has kept Villeneuve d'Ascq going this season. Villeneuve have been hit with many injuries and were only back to full strength for their last LFB match of 2012.
Diémé's career almost ended in 2010 after an achilles injury that kept her off the basketball court for a complete season.
The road back to the Ligue Féminine de Basketball took a detour with a season in LF2 (2011-2012) with L'Amicale Laïque Aplemont Le Havre.
When Fred Dusart, the coach of Villeneuve d'Ascq contacted Diémé about returning to the club she had played for between 2006-2008 after Kathy Wambe's departure due to them failing to qualify for either the EuroLeague Women or the EuroCup Women competition, she did not hesitate to return.
Before her injury in 2010, Diémé played for four other clubs in the Ligue Féminine de Basketball: COB Calais (2003-2005), Aix-en-Provence (2005-2006), Hainaut Basket (2008-2009) and Toulouse Métropole (2009-2010). She also played for a few months in the Spanish League in 2009.
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