Ligue Féminine de Basketball: Christmas break news
2011 came to an end in the Ligue Féminine de Basketball (LFB) with Lyon and Hainaut Basket pulling off big wins. Elsewhere not all is well at Tarbes while Villeneuve d'Ascq announced roster changes.
Unfortunately the match between Arras and Basket Landes had to be postponed due to a number of players from Arras picking up a stomach bug.
Bourges Basket did not need to score 70 points in holding off Cavigal Nice to end the year on a high with a (66-56) road victory. Cathy Joens went 10-of-12 from the field to finish with a game high 24 points. Styliani Kaltsidou with 17 points and 5 assists was the only other player in double figures for the defending Ligue Féminine de Basketball champions.
Jeanne Senghor-Sy and Stéphanie Dubois had 15 and 10 points for Cavigal Nice.
Lyon's victory against Tarbes (77-69) was overshadowed by the off-court issues at Tarbes:
Lauren Neaves (in picture) and Ljubica Drljaca had been released from Tarbes before the game. Isis Arrondo who played for a few minutes announced that she was also leaving the club.
Charleville-Mézières lost at home to USO Mondeville (56-61) in a game with all the players entering the court and scoring.
Anna Vida finally found her mark from behind the arc with 3-from-3 for 9 points while three of her team-mates each scored 10 points for the winners.
Challes-les-Eaux bounced back from the weekend defeat to beat Nantes-Rezé (77-61) to finish 2011 on top of the LFB regular season standings.
Emilija Podrug and Mistie Mims scored 21 and 20 points respectively for the winners while Lenae Williams and Johanne Gomis had 17 and 16 points for Nantes-Rezé. However the good news for Nantes-Rezé was the 9-point contribution and performance of Claire Stievenard who recently returned to the team after injury.
Hainaut Basket got all their tactics right in beating Montpellier (72-66). With four players in double digits the hosts played the collective game which resulted in 20 assists in the victory. Montpellier were without Stephany Skrba for this match. However Sandra Dijon-Gérardin was on form and led her team with 18 points.
Despite this defeat Montpellier remain in second place.
Villeneuve d'Ascq were blown away on their home court (9-30) during the second quarter against Aix-en-Provence. They then failed to recover and ended up losing (55-65). Nathalie Hurst was once again the top scorer with 19 points.
This was the last game for Catherine Kraayeveld in the colours of Villeneuve d'Ascq. With resuming the season resumes in January Sidney Spencer will be the new player in the LFB roster.