The new rules for playing basketball in LF2 suits the SIG

 Luc Pfister © Just over a year ago in our series of women playing basketball in France Luc Pfister (left) explained the structure of Illkirch-Graffenstaden (SIG) and his hopes for the future.

Unknown to everybody at the time, the rules and structure of women's basketball were about to change.

The rules of engagement for all the clubs in the second division are that they must have three players under 23 on the team sheet for each game this season (next season this will increase to four players). They must also have a second team and a functional basketball academy.

The SIG has more or less had this structure in place for years but the move to professionalism has not really happened.

At the end of last season: Darline N'Soki left to join Tarbes in the LFB while Charline Servage joined the professional structure of Lyon.

Lina Brazdeïkyte who joined the SIG to work in the academy and to train the U18 tea had to stop playing basketball because she is expecting a baby. Marie-Noémie Privet had to leave to concentrate on education.

The club acquired the services of Amina Njonkou who is 22 years old. Nadège Drago-Dupré who used to play for Racing Strasbourg and is now the mother of two was asked by the SIG if she liked to be playing basketball again in the second division.

 Céline Pfister © These two players joined: Lucie Battaglia, Célia Mauler, Héloïse Boissinot, Aline Fischbach, Caroline Nestor-Deininger, Bettina Kadila, Chloé Westelynck, Céline Schmitt-Sendner for the adventure this season.

The club has also registered players from the academy to make up the numbers.

Céline Pfister (left) who is the daughter of the president of the club and a French youth international is one of the academy players in the squad and has already played for the first team this season. She was hoping to make her home début this weekend. Yet in the end she had to watch the game from the bench.

The SIG had a tough start to the season with some heavy defeats. But they are now back on track after winning their last three games.

The 13 November 2010 was marked on the calendar because the SIG was hosting Perpignan and the return of Francis Jordane to the SIG.

Jordan used to coach at the SIG and was the trainer of Philippe Breitenbucher.

In 2006 Perpignan beat the SIG in the Amateur cup final (69-67). Today the only players left from both teams in that game are Lucie Battaglia and Caroline Nestor-Deininger.

The match itself was not a brilliant affair and went down to the wire. Perpignan fired in 9 three-pointers while the SIG went 16-of-24 from the free-throw line.

The two teams were tied (63-63) with about eight seconds left to play. Lucie Battaglia was on the ball for the SIG with three seconds remaining when Fatou Dieng came from behind and got the ball away from Battaglia.

The official did not see it that way and called a foul: Battaglia made the first and missed the second free throw.

Dieng picked the rebound and went racing up the court and fired off a shot on the buzzer that hit the backboard and the chance was gone.

Céline Schmitt-Sendner with 28 points and Aline Fischbach with 11 points were the only players in double digits for the SIG in the (64-63) victory.

This is the fifth victory of the season for the SIG, while for Perpignan it is the seventh defeat.

The rest of the news from LF2 - week 10

Lyon ended the winning streak of Roche Vendée in a scrappy game (65-59). Géraldine Bertal's 22 points and 12 rebounds helped Lyon maintain their perfect record on top of LF2.

Reims BF bounced back from last weekend's defeat to beat Limoges (64-46).

Reims move back into second place while Roche Vendée drop to third and Limoges hang on to fourth place.

Nice are alone in fifth place after crushing Angers (90-56), while Pleyber-Christ move into joint sixth place after winning on the road (97-90) against Voiron.

Kelly Corre fired in 20 points, while Aude Kernevez had a double double of 10 assists and 13 points for Pleyber-Christ.

In the derby of the north Dunkerque Malo beat Armentières (78-63) with Linda Bousbaa coming out on top with 19 points, 10 drawn fouls, 7 assists and 4 steals.

Le Harve ended their negative series by beating Pau (60-52) while Rennes beat the CFBB (75-64).

Results of week 10:

CFBB 64-75 Rennes
Reims 64-46 Limoges
Lyon 65-59 Roche Vendée
Nice 90-56 Angers
Le Havre 60-52 Elan Béarnais Pau Lacq Orthez
Illkirch-Graffenstaden 64-63 Perpignan
Voiron 90-97 Pleyber-Christ
Dunkerque 78-63 Armentières

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Date created: 14 November 2010

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