It was a pity that the final weekend of Ligue Féminine 2 action for the 2011-12 season could not have been played in front of the cameras of LFB-TV.
Voiron and US Laveyron were in a battle for the last play-off ticket while Leon Trégor, Limoges and Reims were playing to avoid relegation.
In addition Illkirch-Graffenstaden, although not involved in the relegation battle, had a big part to play in the final relegation placing.
The task for Limoges at the final day was simple, they had to win otherwise they would be relegated, no matter what happened elsewhere.
They played one of their best games of the season in holding off SO Armentières (77-75).
In a game that saw the lead change hands 20 times SO Armentières looked on track to win the match with a 7-point lead with four minutes to play. Hillary Klimowicz had decided that she did not want to end the season with a defeat and scored 9 of her team's last 11 points. She also prevented Armentières by having the last shot by cutting off a pass by Mia Fisher.
Klimowicz finished with 26 points while Linda Bousbaa (5 assists) and Perrine Le Leuch scored 14 and 11 points. Fisher had 22 points and 5 assists in defeat.
With this victory Limoges' fate in LF2 depended on the results of the other games:
Léon Trégor saved themselves from relegation by beating Toulouse (73-65). However for Toulouse this defeat pushed them into third place in the play-offs which means that they need to win the Final Four to guarantee promotion.
Reims lost at home to COB Calais (51-76).
Aurélie Cibert fired in 27 points and picked up 13 rebounds while Mélanie Arnaud picked up 20 rebounds while scoring 19 points for COB Calais. With Toulouse losing, Calais moved back into second place.
Limoges required a victory from Illkirch-Graffenstaden (SIG) against Dunkerque Malo to avoid the drop. Their hopes were dashed as Dunkerque dominated the SIG from the tip-of to win the match (69-61).
As a consequence Limoges lost out on the three-way tie with the SIG and Reims and have been officially relegated. So in the end for Limoges the final day of the season became a case of "La douleur après la joie".
Only time will tell if Limoges is relegated. The FFBB have to check all the clubs including those promoted to make sure that they meet all the requirements to play in the Ligue Féminine 2.
L’Etoile de Voiron qualify for the Final Four
Voiron's defeat last weekend to US Laveyron meant that they needed to win this weekend and hope for US Laveyron to lose in order to qualify for the Final Four.
Voiron hosted the CFBB and won comfortably (70-56) with Amanda Lassiter and Magali Mendy leading the way with 21 and 17 points each while Faëza Bouderra chipped in 11 points and had 4 assists.
However the player of the match was Olivia Epoupa in what should be her final game for the CFBB. She scored 19 points (6-of-8 from the floor), picked up 6 rebounds and made 6 steals.
Despite having one of their best seasons in recent years the CFBB still finished in last position.
All US Laveyron had to do was to win against Roche Vendée on their court and they would have been going into the Final Four. But the pressure got to them and they went 16-of-67 (24%) from the floor despite dominating the rebounds 54-to-34.
Roche Vendée took the lead for good with 34 seconds remaining in the second quarter and won the match (57-53) with all eight players getting on the score sheet with at least 5 points.
In the only game that had no bearing on league positions was the match Perpignan against the already relegated Le Havre which the number one seeds won (83-70).
L2F, round 26 results:
Léon Trégor 73-65 Toulouse Le Havre 70-83 Perpignan Reims BF 51-76 COB Calais Illkirch-Graffenstaden 61-69 Dunkerque Malo Limoges 77-75 SO Armentières US Laveyron 53-57 Roche Vendée Voiron 70-56 CFBB
2011-2012 final regular season standing - Ligue Féminine 2: