Arras, Challes-les Eaux and Montpellier top of Ligue Féminine de Basketball
The Ligue Féminine home début of Valérie Garnier as coach of Bourges Basket ended in defeat against Basket Landes (55-58) in the big surprise of the third round of games.
En bas du page vous trouvez un résumé sur la troisième journée en français.
Bourges Basket had a great start to the game leading (12-4) with just five minutes played. Kiesha Brown from Bourges Basket was unstoppable during the first ten minutes with 10 points, while Céline Dumerc dished out 4 assists.
However Jennifer Humphrey and Anaïs Le Gluher-Cano with 6 and 4 points apiece kept Basket Landes in the hunt.
Bourges without the injured Cathy Joens and Styliani Kaltsidou were short on rotations. So Valérie Garnier, the coach decided to introduce Pauline Lithard with Margaux Galliou-Loko at the start of the second quarter while resting Dumerc and Jennifer Digbeu.
Although Nwal-Endéné Miyem scored first for Bourges, Garnier's tactic did not pay off because Camille Aubert (in picture) scored back to back scores for Basket Landes to bring down the deficit (14-18) with 12 minutes played.
Bourges were able to wrestle their way back into control with 5 points by Ieva Kublina and the hustle of Brown to open up a 10-point lead (30-20) with a minute left in the first half.
However the second quarter ended in drama as Marion Laborde from Basket Landes was fouled by Dumerc while going for a buzzer beater three-ball. Dumerc was not impressed by the call.
Laborde kept her cool and hit the 3 free-throws to close the quarter (25-31).
Both teams appeared fired up on return to the court and the game started with a 60-second scoring blitz. Bourges Basket firing in two-pointers by Nwal-Endéné Miyem and Kublina (in picture) stayed in front while Basket Landes responded with shots from the land of many (35-31).
The pendulum was swinging more in the direction of the guests who continued to hit shots from beyond the arc.
Bourges continued to struggle while Basket Landes landed their 4th try of the quarter before Humphrey tied the game (40-40) after 27 minutes.
Katarina Manic put the guests in front for the first time in the game from the free-throw line on the 28-minute mark. But Bourges managed to get the lead back by making 3-of-4 from the charity stripes (43-42).
Miyem was not having the best of games. Yet she managed to give Bourges some breathing space early on in the final quarter with back to back scores (47-42).
However this was not enough to stop Basket Landes whose collective game was strong. The players shared the scoring and despite losing Manic for 5 fouls midway through the quarter they went in front for good (53-51) with just over two minutes to play.
The game was more or less played out on the free-throw line. Bourges had the chance to tie the game in the dying second with an And-1 opportunity. However Miyem failed to convert the free-throw.
Gluher-Cano from Basket Landes was fouled immediately as Bourges needed to stop the game clock. She scored both free-throws leaving Bourges with seven seconds to tie the game.
Bourges had one more chance to take the game into overtime but messed up the last play completely.
In the end Bourges lost by the 3 points they conceded at the end of the second quarter (55-58). This victory was the first for Basket Landes in the Ligue Féminine at the Prado.
Bourges must now pick themselves up for the EuroLeague Women competition which tips off in mid week.
Basket Landes: Camille Aubert 7, Katarina Manic 8, Bineta Diouf 3, Anaïs Le Gluher-Cano 12, Julie Barennes 3, Julia Borde, Marion Laborde 11, Sarah Ousfar DNP, Jennifer Humphrey 17 (10 rebounds and 5 assists)
Elsewhere in the Ligue Féminine de Basketball in round 3
Arras are joint top of the LFB after notching up victory number three. They beat local rivals Villeneuve d'Ascq (80-61).
Pauline Akonga-N'Simbo was once again on fire for Arras. She scored 16 points during the first 20 minutes to help her team lead (36-29) going into the interval.
Arras' dominance in the paint resulted in 44 points. They had no problems the rest of the way. Akonga-N'Simbo finished the game with 28 points and 8 rebounds. She was also fouled 9 times and went 10-from-11 from the free-throw line. Krissy Badé (in picture) had a good all-round game with 11 points and 5 assists.
Emilie Gomis was the top scorer for Villeneuve with 17 points.
The first Rhônalpin Derby in the Ligue Féminine de Basketball was a classic
Lyon BF and Challes-les-Eaux produced an exciting derby match with plenty of drama concluded by a 4th-quarter suspense and overtime.
Lyon paid the price for allowing Challes-les-Eaux to lead at half time (45-33) as they used up a lot of energy in the second half chasing after the score.
The three-pointer by Mame-Marie Sy-Diop - in her first game for Lyon - with 30 seconds left in regulation time levelled the score (67-67). Neither team scored again and overtime was played.
Lyon were handicapped by fouls. This resulted in Leslie Ardon, Julie Legoupil and Sy-Diop all fouling out of the game during the last five minutes and just missed out on winning their first Ligue Féminine game of the season.
Challes-les-Eaux went 8-from-10 from the free-throw line as they held on to win (77-74). In total Challes-les-Eaux scored 26-from-33 attempts from the charity stripes with Mistie Mims (left) finishing with 10-from-13 and scoring a total of 22 points while also being fouled 10 times.
The good news for Lyon is that Leigh Aziz stays at the club for the season and Krystal Thomas is joining them soon.
Australian-Spanish combination get Aix-en-Provence the victory
Cindy Lima for the second week in a row had a solid first-quarter scoring with 10 points from 4-of-6 attempts. However it was her Spanish collegue Tamara Abalde who led the way with 14 first-half points as Aix led Nantes-Rezé (41-32).
In the second half of the match Nathalie Hurst (in picture) took over the show finishing the match with a game high 22 points while dishing out 5 assists as her team rolled over Nantes.
Caroline Aubert and Doriane Tahane had 16 points each for the guests. But it was not enough for the team to get into the game.
Pourtant Bourges se trouve au Prado, les joeuses de Bourges Basket ont bien du mal de garder leur avantage contre les Landaises qui profitent des absences Berruyèriennes de Cathy Joens et Styliani Kaltsidou. C'est alors à Jennifer Humphrey et à la fin à Anaïs Gluher-Cano de sceller la victoire pour Basket Landes.
Arras 80-61 Villeneuve d'Ascq
Arras continue à montrer sa forme dans le derby contre Villeneuve d'Ascq. Pauline Akonga N'Simbo met la pression sur Emilie Gomis et ses partenaires avec 28 points. L'ESBVA ne revient plus après l'interval et perd logiquement.
Lyon 74-77 Challes-les-Eaux (après prolongation)
Ca se jouait de peu. Mais à la fin les fautes contre les Lyonnaises avec 5 pour Mame-Marie Sy-Diop (18 pts, 12 rbds), Leslie Ardon et Julie Legoupil et un presque parfait résultat des Savoyardes en lancer-francs permettait à Challes de gagner ce match en prolongation.
Pays d'Aix 84-67 Nantes Rezé
La combinaison des joueuses d'Australie-Espagne porte ses fruits pour Aix-en-Provence contre une équipe de Nantes portées surtout par Caroline Aubert et Doriane Tahane. Aix gagne enfin son premier match de la saison avec Tamara Abalde et Nathalie Hurst marquant 43 points au total à elles deux.
Charleville-Mézières 78-61 Nice
Rien était perdu pour les deux équipes jusqu'au dernier quart ou le jeu de Cavigal Nice perdait de l'intensité. Les bonnes passes décisives, 10 en total d'Amel Bouderra et les 36 points de ses deux co-équipières Zoi Dimitrakou et Valeriya Berezhynska l'ont mené à emporter leur première victoire de la saison malgré les 24 points de Fabienne Constant et les 14 points de Jeanne Senghor de Nice Cavigal.
A ne pas oublier au buzzer avant la pause le pannier phéoménale de Bouderra de sa propre raquette!