Ligue Féminine 2 Toulouse Métrople: two games clear
Jamie Braun who was signed to play in the Ligue Féminine with US Laveyron this season appears to be on the way out for personal reasons without even playing a match.
There are no shock results this weekend with the home teams having the advantage in most games.
On paper Toulouse was the hosting team but the game was played in Soncourt due to the non-availability of their own hall. In addition Nina Bogicevic was absent.
The encounter against US Laveyron was not a match that either coach would want to talk about. It was a festival of missed shots and in the end the match was decided by the foul count. Both teams were tied (45-45) with just under two minutes to play.
The player of the match Maud Medenou with 16 points and 12 rebounds managed to draw Aïda Fall into committing her 5th foul. Fall left the court and Medenou hit the free throws.
Laveyron had the chance to draw level or take the lead but missed the chance. Then Toulouse added another point from the free-throw line to win (48-45) and with this are two games clear at the top of Ligue Féminine 2. Elena Vishnyakova was once again the leading player for US Laveyron picking up 12 rebounds while scoring 8 points.
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Amina Njonkou (20 points and 12 rebounds) and Céline Schmitt-Sendner (18 points and 9 rebounds) were once again on form as Illkirch-Graffenstaden were the only team to win on the road, against Limoges (70-61).
The game was close all the way until the end with the visitors' better free throw percentage winning the day. Hillary Klimowicz and Belinda Mboma with 18 and 14 points were the leading players for the hosts.
Armentières's negative series continues in Ligue Féminine 2 with their third consecutive defeat. However the encounter between COB Calais and Armentières was an excellent derby match with top quality basketball played. Neither side had the advantage for long.
Calais led (63-61) as the game was approaching the last minute when Mia Fisher (15 points and 4 assists) was called for an intentional foul on Manon Sinico. The result was Sinico split the free throws and Calais had the ball for the next attack.
Calais messed up the attack with Fisher redeeming herself with the steal. However her team failed to convert and Aurélie Carmona scarified herself with her 5th foul to stop the clock.
Yet Sinico hit her free throw. Still Calais had not won because seconds later Anaïs Déas fired in a shot from the land of many.
Armentières failed to score again and COB Calais hung on for the victory (67-64). Aurélie Cibert (17 points and 3 assists) and Mélanie Arnaud (11 points and 14 rebounds) were the outstanding players of the match.
Carole Leclair (in picture) and Reims finally had something to celebrate after beating the CFBB (62-44) to snap a four-game losing streak. Leclair who missed the start of the season due to injury scored 12 points while Astan Dabo led the team with 13 points. The victory was painful for Mélissa Micaletto who rolled her ankle and was unable to complete the match.
Bérengère Dinga-Nbomi was the leading scorer for the CFBB with 12 points.
If you want to watch Léon Trégor play, it is like travelling to the end of the world. But the contest between Aude Kernevez and Magali Mendy (Voiron) was worth the visit. The two players were team-mates last season under the name of Pleyber-Christ.
Kernevez played the full 40 minutes and scored 22 points and dished out 6 assists in the victory for Léon Trégor (81-75) against Voiron. The hosts' victory came from the free-throw line in which they hit 31-from-38 attempts.
Mendy played for 32 minutes and also scored 22 points while dishing out 3 assists.
Once again Le Havre pulled off a victory in a tight game at home. They beat Roche Vendée(88-83) in overtime with a balanced scoring attack. They also took advantage of their many trips to the free-throw line (21-from-31) to secure the win.
Michelande Auger was most consistent with free throwing with 6-from-8 for her 17 points. Bintou Dieme also scored 17 points and dished out 7 assists while Kayla Smith put in 16 points.
Roche Vendée, handicapped by fouls, were also wasteful from the charity stripes with 10-from-16. Johanna Tayeau was the game leading scorer with 23 points.