No change at the top of the LFB table during the weekend as the top two teams won. Aix-en-Provence are the only team without a victory so far this season.
Villeneuve did not waste much time in welcoming Aix-en-Provence to their hall as they scored 19 consecutive points. Nathalie Lesdema ended their opponent’s run and put the only points for Aix-en-Provence in the first period (22-2). In the second quarter Aix fought back in the second quarter and put a 12-0 run together within six minutes (22-14). This was as close as they ever came as they matched their hosts up till the end of the third period (49-40). Géraldine Roberts (18 points), aided by Jasmina Ilic (11 points), were on hand in the final quarter to batter a tired looking Aix-en-Provence (70-54). Aix are now occupying the last position in the LFB table.
Calais have not won a game in the LFB since December last year and have now put this negative series to an end after beating Tarbes (87-80): Allyson Hardy who has been on fire for Calais since the beginning of the season was the driving force as her side raced off to a first-period lead (31-19). Lina Brazdeikyte, back to her best, hit critical 3-points during the second quarter as Tarbes fought back and reduced their deficit to 4 points at the interval (49-45).
One of Calais’s problems this season has been to play concentrated for a full 40 minutes and during the third period when Tarbes edged in front (56-53) Calais did not break down and both sides exchanged basket for basket with Calais going into the final quarter with a 1-point lead (67-66).
Then Calais managed to score the first 9 points of the final period with Andrea Csaszar (23 points and 9 rebounds) doing most of the damage (76-66). Liz Moeggenberg from Tarbes performed wonder after wonder as her team chased the game and brought her side to within 3 points (78-75). With a little under four minutes remaining it was again the turn of Brazdeikyte to show what she can do as she led Calais to victory (87-80). This victory puts Calais in eleventh place in the LFB standings.
In the other Saturday game which remained close throughout Arras just did enough to outscore Clermont-Ferrand (85-80). Carla Thomas top-scored with 32 points and Sheana Mosch added 23 for the hosts. A full match report is available here for the fourth Saturday LFB match between Reims and Mourenx including an after-match audio comment from Mia Fisher.
The Ligue Féminine de BasketBall (LFB) continued with three matches on Sunday:
USVO are always dangerous after a defeat in the EuroLeague and Montpellier will not be able to say anything different. Despite Montpellier were out to avenge their home defeat last season and had put an effective plan in place to stop Nicole Ohlde USVO had another alternative in Reka Cserny and Francesca Zara (18 points) conducting the play. USVO readjusted quickly and went into an early lead (13-6). Sandra Dijon (22 points and 7 rebounds) was in no mood to allow USVO their way and used all her experience to bring her side back within 2 points before Zara hit a period-ending-buzzer 3-pointer to increase her team’s advantage to (18-13). Not withstanding the game was tied early in the second period (22-22) after Adrianinha from Montpellier went from coast to coast and hitting a trey to put her side in front. Laurie Koehn does not miss much these days and scored the last 8 points of the quarter to put USVO back in front (33-27) at the interval.
The third period was end to end stuff with both teams having their moments in a thrilling and entertaining game. USVO went into the final period ahead (44-41) and doubled their advantage of the back of a trademark 3-pointer from Sabrina Reghaissia. Dijon once again managed to pull Montpellier back to within 3 points (51-48) but this was as close as they came. Once Amélie Pochet came off the bench and hit a couple of shots from the land of many USVO finally broke their opponents’ resistance and secured with (63-56) a victory for their side. USVO remain second in the LFB current standings.
Furthermore Challes’ good form in the LFB continued with a road victory against St Armand (72-64) with Jessica Davenport and Martina Luptakova combining for 35 points between them. On the other hand Bourges had no problems in putting away Mondeville (70-58) after a good start to the match. Mondeville never really got into their stride thus allowing Pierre Vincent the opportunity to turn his bench at will.