Round 23 Ligue Féminine 2 Calais roll over leaders
Perpignan travelled to Calais with the hope of lifting the Ligue Féminine 2 regular season title but instead they came away with their biggest defeat of the season.
COB Calais won the match (66-33). Patrick Esteban, the president of Perpignan, summed up the defeat as follows "we started well, scored our first shots and then it went downhill. It started with poor passes and then for the first time this season all our shooters were unable to score."
Leading (17-10) at the end of the first quarter, Calais put an 11-0 run together at the start of the second quarter.
Perpignan scored just 4 points all through the second quarter and trailed (16-35) at the break.
After the break, the two teams matched each other for just five minutes and then it was one-way traffic all the way to the end of the match.
Aurélie Cibert (left) was the player of the match from Calais with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.
Perpignan still need one victory for the title. But if the fail to win again and Calais win twice, then Calais will win the title.
The CFBB have become the relegation killers in the last few weeks. They continue to beat teams in the relegation zone while slowly moving up the table.
The CFBB comfortably beat Limoges (65-56) and move up to 11th place while Limoges drop to 13th place. The CFBB led for most of the match but only pulled away for good during the final quarter. Bérengère Dinga-Mbomi was the leading scorer with 13 points while Valériane Ayay and Marième Badiane both added 11 points.
Depending on the results of the teams above them, Limoges could be relegated next week if they lose.
Ligue Féminine 2 - The battle continues
Matthieu Chauvet (in picture) returned to hios old hunting ground Roche Vendée and walked away with the victory with Toulouse (77-75). The game was decided in the very last second as Darline N'Nsoki kept her calm to put away the winning free throws.
Roche Vendée have now lost three games in a row, so their chances of sneaking into the play-offs may have gone for good with this defeat.
At the moment Voiron occupy 4th place. They were pushed to their limit in holding off Reims (71-65) despite cruising into the final quarter with a double-digit advantage (61-49).
Amanda Lassiter (in picture) and Cyrielle Recoura led the way with 17 points each. For Reims Iva Grbas led the way with 20 points while Astan Dabo finished with a double double of 16 points and 19 rebounds.
Dunkerque Malo took advantage of US Laveyron's poor form on the road to win (67-52). Dunkerque just need one more victory to be assured a place in LF2 next season, while Laveyron are now one game behind Voiron in the chase for the last play-off spot.
Illkirch-Graffenstaden won the most important game of the season for them against Le Havre (68-54). The SIG only have two games left this season. But if Limoges and Le Havre lose just once in their remaining three games, then the SIG will have another season in the Ligue Féminine 2.
Céline Schmitt-Sender was the match winner for the SIG with 21 points and 4 steals.
Armentières are going through another negative series which has profited Léon Trégor who won their second road game of the season (77-70). This result pushes them out of the relegation zone for the first time since their four-point deduction in January.
Céline Gerald who has been injured since the start of the season played for seven minutes in her first competitive game for Léon Trégor since her transfer from Hainaut Basket.
So after 23 games, Le Havre and Limoges are in 13th and 14th place, one game down on Léon Trégor.
If the two bottom clubs lose next week, then the relegation battle will involve just four clubs in the final two weeks: Le Havre, Limoges, Léon Trégor and Reims.
For the last play-off spot Voiron are one game ahead of US Laveyron. It is more than likely one of these two teams will be in the Final Four.
L2F, round 23 results:
CFBB 65-56 Limoges Roche Vendée 75-77 Toulouse Dunkerque Malo 67-52 US Laveyron COB Calais 66-33 Perpignan Armentières 70-77 Léon Trégor Illkirch-Graffenstaden 68-54 Le Havre Voiron 71-65 Reims BF