Ligue Féminine de Basketball Road wins for Montpellier and Tarbes
For the Ligue Féminine de Basketball the third round of action opened with a live broadcast by LFB TV of the game between Saint Amand Hainaut Basket and Tarbes. This was the first regular season game outside the Open LFB since 2009 to be broadcast live by the LFB.
Saint Amand Union Hainaut Basket are still looking for their first victory of the season after falling at home (61-67) to Tarbes.
Unfortunately for the hosts two big other sporting events were going on at the same time. So the sports hall was rather empty.
The match itself was not a classic and only came to life in the final five minutes.
With Clémence Beikes making her first start of the season for Hainaut Basket, her team had the better of the play for the opening minutes and edged the first quarter (21-19).
The second quarter belonged to Paoline Salagnac and Tarbes as they went into the locker room leading (39-35).
The quality of the basketball dropped during the third quarter while nothing happened scoring wise for over four minutes. On the other hand key players already in foul problems added more to their counter.
Petra Stampalija (left) playing for Saint Amand finally ended the barren spell from the free-throw line. The hosts then took charge of the game and went in front through Marina Solopova (42-41) with 27 minutes played to stay in front till the end of the third quarter (47-45).
The final quarter was a see-saw battle with both teams having their moments in front during the first six minutes. Tarbes' deeper bench prevailed in the end as they went in front for good with a pair from the charity stripes by Florence Lepron (60-58).
Paoline Salagnac added a couple more points before Solopova hit the self destruct button by picking up a technical foul.
The hosts were unable to get back into the game despite the departure of Salagnac with 5 fouls and suffered their third defeat in the Ligue Féminine de Basketball.
In the other game of the evening Mondeville's perfect start to the season came to an end by losing at home to Lattes Montpellier (67-72).
Mondeville got off to a flying start with 2 shots from beyond the arc by Egle Sulciute and a third three-pointer by K. B. Sharp as they raced off to an (11-4) start.
However Edwige Lawson-Wade (right) was on form for Lattes Montpellier and scored 12 first-quarter points as her team edged the first quarter (24-22).
The second quarter was end to end basketball with Mondeville chasing before drawing level (39-39) with a minutes to play in the first half.
Mondeville went into the locker room with the lead (40-39).
Montpellier stepped on the accelerator after the break and with 28 minutes played they led (56-44). Mondeville started to hit big three-pointers reducing the deficit to 6 points going into the final quarter (54-60).
It was an exciting final quarter with Mondeville hitting all the clutch shots while missing the simple shots and hence failed to regain the lead allowing Montpellier to walk away with the victory (72-67).
USO Mondeville 67-72 Lattes Montpellier
USO Mondeville: Touty Gandega 7, Awa Sissoko DNO, Ingrid Tanqueray 3, Kadidia Minte 4, K. B. Sharp 13 (5 assists), Giedre Paugaite 3, Laëtitia Kamba 15 (9 rebounds), Margaux Touraud DNP, Eglė Šulčiūtė 20 (4 assists), Naignouma Coulibaly 2