LFB split into two
with seven games to play

With the top five winning in LFB round 19, it is very unlikely that the teams below them can finish above them by the end of the regular season.

Bourges Basket, Lattes-Montpellier and Villeneuve d'Ascq have all secured their tickets for the LFB Championship play-off series while Basket Landes and Lyon are battling for the fourth place.

Veuillez trouver des informations en français en bas de la page sur la dix-neuvième journée de la ligue féminine de basket 2013-14.

Elsewhere the remaining teams are involved in two battles: to take part in the LFB Challenge Round qualification and against relegation.

Fighting for 4th place Basket Landes has the edge over Lyon after seeing off Nantes Rezé (67-57) in an untidy game. Neither team hit more than 35% of their shots from open play as defense was the order of the day. Basket Landes took more risks and fired off 18 more shots than their opponents.

Lyon on the other hand were more clinical in taking down Angers (95-77). Emilja Podrug was back to her best with 23 points for the victors.

However Lyon must win at least two more games than Basket Landes from the remaining games to finish fourth.

Nantes Rezé stay in 7th place while Angers drop a position to 11th place.

LFB Challenge Round contest

Tarbes 2013 LFB Challenge Round winners

This is the last season that the LFB Challenge Round will be played and the contest to qualify gets interesting.

With one place going to either Basket Landes and Lyon, there are only three games separating the teams placed from 6th - 13th place.

Tarbes, winners of the Challenge round competition in 2013 have more or less condemned Cavigal Nice to relegation after beating them on their own court (71-62). Tarbes' victory keeps them out of the direct relegation fight.

Charleville-Mézières who are currently in sixth place continue to struggle. They lost to Villeneuve d'Ascq (68-80). Lenae Williams continued from where she left off against Dynamo Moscow in the EuroCup Womem, hitting 7-from-9 shots to lead the scoring with 18 points.

However it was former Charleville-Mézières player Djéné Diawara who did most of the damage to finish with 14 points and 9 rebounds.

The performane of Ambrosia Anderson (21 points), the player of the match, was not enough for her side to take the win.

Anaël Lardy and Pauline Krawczyk

The most exciting game of the weekend saw Arras end their losing streak with a 1-point victory against Toulouse (57-56).

Toulouse were one second away from winning when Naignouma Coulibaly slashed to the basket and was fouled. She is not a steady free-throw scorer. But on this occasion she hit both her shots and Arras celebrated as if they won the championship.

Arras are still in 13th place. Yet with Mondeville and Angers also losing they still have a good chance of beating the drop.

Hainaut Basket who are in the last Challenge Round position at the moment were blown away by Lattes-Montpellier (89-64).

The contest was over by the end of the first quarter with Lattes-Montpellier ahead (31-14). Belarus international Katsiaryna Snytsina played her first game for Montpellier and helped herself to 13 points.

Tango Bourges Basket's generosity against Mondeville lasted just ten minutes. Trailing (18-21) at the end of the first quarter, for the remaining 30 minutes Mondeville only scored 27 points while Bourges helped themselves to 78 points (96-48).


La dix-neuvième journée de la LFB :
Rien est joué pour Arras

Après 11 défaites consécutives, Arras resurgit avec une victoire pour se relancer à son maintien dans la première ligue d'autant que son adversaire de la journée 20, Mondeville, perd sa rencontre et est douzième dans le classement.

La lanterne rouge, Cavigal Nice a que trois victoires sur son compte et est dorénavant plus au moins condamné à la relégation en L2F.

Basket Landes et Lyon BF sont placés derrière Bourges Basket, Lattes-Montpellier et Villeneuve d'Ascq et cherchent à obtenir la quatrième place dans le tableau avec les Landaises d'un avantage de deux matchs sur les Lyonnaises.

Basket Landes vainc Nantes Rezé (67-57) en prenant plus de tirs. Mais le taux de réussite n'est pas très élevé pour les deux équipes avec que 35%.

En revanche, Lyon, emmené par Emilja Podrug avec 23 points, domine Angers (95-77).

Angers tombe à la 11e position pendant que Nantes reste à la 7e du classement.

C'est à Tarbes, actuellement neuvième, de plus au moins sceller le sort des Niss'Angels en les battant (71-62).

Charleville-Mézières, sixième dans le classement, perd à nouveau bien que Ambrosia Anderson est en bonne forme (21 points). Lenae Williams contribue 17 points (7 sur 9) et ancienne Carolo, Djéné Diawara, avec 14 points et 9 rebonds fait la merveille pour les vainquers, Villeneuve d'Ascq (80-68). 

Arras fans

Toulouse s'incline d'1 point à Arras (56-57). Naignouma Coulibaly sauve son équipe d'une douzième défaite consécutive en mettant ses lancers francs à la fin de la rencontre.

Trainant de 17 points après le premier quart, Hainaut Basket succombe à Lattes-Montpellier (64-89).

La nouvelle joueuse pour Montpellier, l'internationale Bélarussienne Katsiaryna Snytsina se fait remarquer avec 13 points.

Tango Bourges Basket bat logiquement Mondeville (96-48).


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Round 19

Arras 57-56 Toulouse Métropole

Tango Bourges Basket 96-48 USO Mondeville

Lattes-Montpellier 89-64 Hainaut Basket

Angers 77-95 Lyon

Cavigal Nice 62-71 Tarbes

Basket Landes 67-57 Nantes Rezé

Villeneuve d'Ascq 80-68 Charleville-Mézières

Week 19 standings

Club P G W L
1 Bourges 37 19 18 1
2 Lattes-Montpellier 36 19 17 2
3 Villeneuve d'Ascq 35 19 16 3
4 Basket Landes 33 19 14 5
5 Lyon 32 19 13 6
6 Charleville-Mézières 27 19 8 11
7 Nantes Rezé 27 19 8 11
8 Hainaut Basket 26 19 7 12
9 Tarbes 26 19 7 12
10 Toulouse 25 19 6 13
11 Angers 25 19 6 13
12 Mondeville 24 19 5 14
13 Arras 24 19 5 14
14 Nice 22 19 3 16