Limoges lost again to the SIG as NF1 basketball has returned for 2009
Limoges was dominating NF1 basketball since the second round with 14 consecutive victories.
This sequence came to an end as they lost at home (67-58) to Illkirch Graffenstaden (SIG), the only team that they have not beaten this season.
The SIG never trailed in this game. Despite not playing to their full potential they were able to take the victory due to their three-point shooting, 8-of-21, and frequent trips to the free-throw line, 13-from-22.
Limoges shot only 3-of-15 from beyond the arc and were less frequent at the free-throw line 4-of-8.
In similar circumstances to their first match the SIG got off to a flying start with Aminata Konate (left) hitting 2 shots from behind the arc to give them an early lead (6-2).
Limoges were soon back on even terms for the only time in the match (6-6) through Marie-Frédérique Ayissi.
Céline Schmitt-Sender gave the SIG the advantage when she split a pair of free-throws. Marie-Noémie Privet then sent the SIG on their way as they edged the first period (21-15).
The second period was a scrappy affair with the visitors stretching their advantage (40-27) at the interval.
Limoges returned from the locker room with more purpose and kept their opponents scoreless for four minutes as they scored 9 points.
However three-pointers by Aline Fischbach and Jessica De Amorim (right) allowed the visitors to keep the lead (54-51) going into the final quarter.
This period was error prone and tight as both sides played well defensively. Jeanne Senghor brought the home side to within 3 points of their guests (55-58) after 35 minutes
The remaining five minutes belonged to the SIG and Konate as she scored 5 points (63-58) to more or less make the game safe as the game entered the last 30 seconds.
The last points in this match came from the free-throw line.
Konate led the scoring for Illkirch-Graffenstaden with 15 points. The only other player in double digits was Privet with 10 points. Schmitt-Sender scored 8 points but took 19 rebounds.
Allison Vernerey, who joined the team from the French national camp, scored 9 points and took 6 rebounds.
For Limoges Ayissi compliled a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds while Senghor scored 12 points.
Despite the defeat Limoges remain in pole position in the NF1 basketball regular season table.
Are Dunkerque back?
Dace Brumermane was back to her best with 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists as Dunkerque pulled off an amazing victory (97-75) on the road against Voiron.
Bénédicte Fombonne poured in 21 points. Jéhanne Detry scored 20 points, which included 4-of-4 from beyond the arc.
In addition Amélie Fresnais had her best game for Dunkerque this season in an almost perfect shooting day as she scored 16 points.
Patricia da Silva kept Voiron in the game with her 25 points but with a team effort of 1-of-17 from beyond the arc they were not able to hold their guests during the second half of the match.
In an exciting first half the lead changed several times as both teams played open offensive basketball. Dunkerque finally took the lead for good at the end of second period with back to back baskets from Fombonne and Lucie Carlier to go into the locker room leading (38-34).
Dunkerque increased their advantage during the third period (65-56). But they only put their hosts away with a 15-0 burst during the last five minutes of the game.
Dunkerque are now in eighth place and two games clear off the relegation zone.
The rest of the news from round 16 NF1 basketball
Strasbourg ABC raced out to a (7-0) lead but ended up trailing at home to Rennes by the end of the first period (19-25).
Rennes did not lose the lead for the rest of the game and ran out winners (73-63) with Nadia Morgan leading the scoring with 18 points.
Armentières gave their home supports a scare during the first 15 minutes of their match against Pleyber-Christ before pulling away with a 13-2 run to lead at the interval (42-33).
Armentières controlled the rest of the game to win comfortably (85-57) with Anne-Charlotte Quicque scoring a game high 21 points.
Ifs playing at home made Charleville-Mézières work hard for their victory (66-55).
US Laveyron edged out Colomiers (74-59) in the only match of the round between clubs in the relegation zone.
Roche Vendée beat the CFBB (66-51) while Toulouse lost at home to Nice (57-68).
Limoges are still two games clear at the top while Armentières, Charleville-Mézières and Roche Vendée are all tied in second place with 12 victories and 4 defeats.
US Laveyron were the only team to win in the bottom 4 this weekend.
All the results from round sixteen for the Nationale Féminine 1 are listed below: