Open LFB 2009: No fireworks at the north derby

Villeneuve d'Ascq's trip to the Open LFB 2009 turned into a training match as they dominated the game from the second quarter onwards.

Lady Comfort and Jolene Anderson's after-match comments can be found after the game report.

Villeneuve d'Ascq taking on Armentières in the north derby ©

The first quarter was an entertaining affair with neither side able to gain control.

Emilie Gomis at the Open LFB 2009 in Paris  © womensbasketball-in-france.comThe experience of Emilie Gomis (right) with 8 points allowed Villeneuve d’Ascq to go ahead (19-15) by the end of the first quarter.

Villeneuve kept Armentières out of the paint for the first three minutes of the second period to extend their lead (23-15).

Coro Duval used her strength in the box to score back to back baskets for Armentières. But this was the end of the comeback.

Villeneuve finally started to play open and fast basketball, alternating their inside play as they went on a 10-0 run.

Virginie Bremont ended the barren spell for her side.

However Villeneuve continued to work inside the paint to maintain their advantage (37-23) with three minutes remaining.

Mélissa Micaletto had played at Mondeville in the same youth teams with Ingrid Tanqueray and used her knowledge to draw a foul on her former team-mate in a move to gain a couple of free-throws.

Villeneuve continued their dominance with Ana Cata-Chitiga (with 11 points in the first half) doing most of the damage as her side went into the interval leading (45-30).

It was one way traffic from the start of the third period as Villeneuve dominated all sectors of the game.

They moved 20 points clear with five minutes left to play in the quarter (52-32).

The game turned into a training session for Villeneuve as their head coach Abdou N’Diaye continued to turn his bench for his his side to blow away their opponents to lead (60-37) going into the final quarter.

Villeneuve went on to win (77-55) as the game fizzled out.

Open LFB: Box Score

What the game here: Villeneuve d’Ascq 77-55 Armentières

Open LFB Basket and the City 5 after-match comments Lady Comfort at the Open LFB 2009 in Paris  © Lady Comfort (left), who joined Villeneuve d'Ascq during the second part of last season, is really happy to have signed for the club for this year. She explained that her happiness for the win although they had things to work on, they needed to focus on their mistakes but as a team they were improving and the win was good. In addition she was looking forward to work with the new players on the team.

Jolene Anderson © LFB

Last season Jolene Anderson (right) was the new kid from the block after completing her University career with Wisconsin and a spell in the WNBA.

With seven new players in the team this season she finds herself as one of the senior members of the roster. She leaves the Open LFB 2009 with a perfect record of 2-0 and had a few words to say about the team and this season.

She said the she was really excited, it was a young team with just three players from last season, so they were still in the process of learning together. The victory was good and it was time for the team to move on from there and to hopefully have a good season.

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Date created: 26 September 2009

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