LFB Round 4: COB Calais off the mark

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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 Logo 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.

LFB team roster and results

Arras 85 - 80 Clermont (27-26, 15-16, 18-17, 25-21)

Arras:Julie Bertin 2, Carla Thomas 32 (7 rebounds), Bianca Vescan 3, Sheana Mosch 23, Natasa Ivancevic 3, Sylvie Gruz 14 (10 rebounds), Mélanie Arnaud 0, Marielle Amant 8, Anais Déas 0.

Clermont: Anael Lardy 4, Claire Tomaszewski 11, Guiday Mendy 3, Jennifer Butler 6 (11 rebounds), Pauline Krawczyk 24, Claudia Das Neves 21, Vita Kuktiene 2, Elena Nikipolskaïa 9.

Lattes Montpellier 56-63 Valenciennes (13-18, 14-15, 14-11, 15-19)

Montpellier: Adrianinha 8, Katia Manic 0, Grace Daley 11, Chris Jouandon 4, Olga Podkovalnikova 2, Aurélie Bonnan 0, Sandra Dijon 22, Elodie Bertal 6.
Valenciennes: Emilie Gomis 5, Laurie Koehn 10, Nicole Ohlde 3, Sabrina Reghaïssia 5, Francesca Zara 18, Amélie Pochet 8, Reka Cserny 8, Camille Aubert 0, Krissy Badé 6.

Mondeville 58-70 Bourges (10-20, 7-13, 17-17, 24-20)

Mondeville: Paoline Salagnac 6, Caroline Aubert 4, Ingrid Tanqueray 3, Jennifer Digbeu 5, Leane Williams 18, Naré Diawara 7, Naura El Gargati 10 , Pauline Jannault 5.

Bourges: Sonja Petrovic 6, Belinda Snell 10, Cathy Melain 2, Endy Miyem 15, Anna Cata-Chitiga 0, Carine Paul 5, Sonja Kireta 2, Florence Lepron 4, Emmeline N'Dongue 16, Nora Bujdoso 8.

Villeneuve d'Ascq 70 - 54 Pays d'Aix ( 22-2, 10-20, 17-18, 21-14)

Villeneuve:Bintou Diémé 3, Bénédicte Fombonne 0, Ljubicaa Drljaca 12, Géraldine Robert 18, Kathy Wambé 12 (9 assists), Fati Sacko 10 (11 rebounds), Shala Crawford 4, Jasmina Ilic 11.

Aix: K.B Sharp 4, Liad Suez Karni 9, Ines Kresovic 15, Magali Lacroix 0, Nathalie Lesdéma 20 , Yacine Séné 0, Anda Jekabsone 0, Stéphanie Beuzelin 3, Kelly Santos 3.

Reims 95 - 55 Mourenx (26-14, 26-12, 20-18, 23-11)

Reims: Amélie Fresnais 3, Anne-Sophie Pagnier 16, Mame marie Sy 10, Anne-Marie Parau 22, Stéphanie Blanquart 2, Marie-Frédérique Ayissi 8, Manon Sinico 0, Zuzana Klimesova 12, Marie-Laure Fleury-Kindoki 8, Mia Fisher 14.

Mourenx : Virginie Kévorkian 0, Isis Arrondo 5, Géraldine Devaux 3, Justine Agbatan 4, Penda Sy 6, Ana Lelas 18, Béatrice Castets 5, Kaayla Chones 6, Polina Tzekova 8.

Calais 87 - 80 Tarbe (31-19, 18-26, 18-21, 20-14)

Calais: Allyson Hardy 15 , Lauren Neaves 15, Andrea Csaszar 23, Mariame Dia 4, Lucie Bouthors 0, Lina Brazdeïkyté 18, Aurélie Cibert 12, Vanessa Candelier 0.

Tarbes : Kristen Mann 13, Laure Savasta 11, Jaklin Zlatanova 5, Clémence Beikes 13 , Carole Leclair 5, Alexia Kusion, Liz Moeggenberg 13, Gisela Vega 19, Nelli Nevzorova 1.

Saint Amand 64-72 Challes (19-19, 6-19, 22-11, 17-23)

St Amand:Marie Fouteret 0, Mélanie Plust 12, Clarisse Costaz 7, Magali Lopez 4, Tamara Moore 12 , Laëtitia Kamba 0, Inès Ajanovic 6, Olena Ogorodnikova 7, Tiffany Stansbury 16.

Challes: Tiffany Jackson 10, Laine Badiane 7 (10 Rebounds), Emilie Duvivier 8, Slavka Frniakova 5, Stéphanie Dubois 3, Johanne Gomis 4, Martina Luptakova 17, Jessica Davenport 18, Marie Bacquet 1.

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