32-year old forward Geraldine Robert (183-F-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Lattes Montp. and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17. She had the game-high 20 points adding seven rebounds and four assists for Lattes Montp. in her team's victory, helping them to crush Villeneuve (#11, 6-11) with 17-point margin 79-62. It allowed Lattes Montp. to consolidate first place in the French LFB. Lattes Montp. have a solid 15-2 record. Robert turned to be Lattes Montp.'s top player in her first season with the team. Robert has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in points (2nd best: 13.6ppg), rebounds (7th best: 7.8rpg) and averages solid 57.6% FGP.
Second best performed player last round was Dawn Evans (170-PG-89, agency: LBM Management) of Arras. She is American guard in her first season at Arras. In the last game Evans recorded impressive double-double of 15 points and 11 assists. It was enough for Arras to edge the higher-ranked Mondeville (#9, 7-10) by 4 points 75-71. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Arras left the very bottom place moving slightly to 13th position. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Arras managed to get this year. Evans is a newcomer at Arras and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.
Third place about best performers goes to forward Diandra Tchatchouang (186-F-91) of Perpignan (#3). Tchatchouang scored 17 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Tchatchouang's great performance Perpignan lost 73-78 to the lower-ranked Tarbes (#6, 9-8). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Perpignan needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 11 victories and 5 lost games. Tchatchouang has a very solid season. In 15 games in France she scored 7.1ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Mistie Mims (191-C-83) of Lyon - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Chay Shegog (196-C-90) of Toulouse - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists 6. Olayinka Sanni (188-C-86) of Villeneuve - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Angelica Robinson (197-F-87) of Tarbes - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists 8. Olesia Malashenko (189-PF-91) of Arras - 19 points and 7 rebounds 9. Helena Ciak (197-C-89) of Perpignan - 7 points and 18 rebounds 10. Sheana Mosch (177-G/F-81) of Charleville - 27 points and 6 rebounds
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Recap of LF2 Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - 1 day ago
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Arras - COB Calais 72-63 Arras overcame COB Calais in the opener. COB Calais trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 19-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 63-72 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Dlesha Lloyd (179-86, college: Clemson) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Assitan Kone (190-95) contributed with 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Shawnta Dyer (185-91, col... [read more]
Arras overcame COB Calais in the opener. COB Calais trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 19-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 63-72 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Dlesha Lloyd (179-86, college: Clemson) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Assitan Kone (190-95) contributed with 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Shawnta Dyer (185-91, college: Louisville, agency: Two Points) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and Ornella Bankole (181-97) added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for COB Calais. Top scorers: Arras: D.Lloyd 20+7reb, B.Dinga-Mbomi 15+2reb, A.Pagnier 12, A.Kone 10+7reb+2ast, A.Mara 5+1ast, M.Malumba 4+6reb+4ast COB Calais: S.Dyer 17+12reb, O.Bankole 16+7reb+1ast, A.Radovic 11+6reb, E.Mendy 8+6reb+4ast, E.Prodhomme 5+2reb+2ast, M.Okou-Zouzouo 4+4reb
Roche held off Montbrison for 1-0 lead. The hosts trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 38-16 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Roche dominated on the defensive end, holding Montbrison to just 4 points in third quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 38 of its points in the paint compared to Montbrison's 10. Roche forced 25 Montbrison turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Johana Tayeau (173-89) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 4 assists. Power forward Elodie Naigre (182-95) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Roche's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ukrainian power forward Olga Maznichenko (187-91, agency: LBM Management) answered with 21 points and 7 rebounds and Cameroonian Amina Njonkou (185-88, college: Arizona) added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Montbrison. Top scorers: Roche: J.Tayeau 23+4reb+4ast, E.Naigre 15+9reb+3ast, M.Sinico 10+6reb+3ast, M.Dia 8+5reb+2ast, C.Heriaud 6+5ast, G.Kubatova-Leskova 4+3reb+3ast Montbrison: O.Maznichenko 21+7reb+2ast, A.Njonkou 11+8reb+1ast, E.Duvivier 7+5reb+3ast, D.Bakabadio 5, A.Bouillon 5+3reb+3ast, C.Thomas 4
Bretagne Basket rallied past Reims for the opening victory. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 54-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Bretagne Basket made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 Reims turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Marie Butard (174-86) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 6 assists (made all of her eight free throws). The former international guard Sabrina Palie (177-81) contributed with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Five Bretagne Basket players scored in double figures. Bretagne Basket's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Clementine Samson (181-91) answered with 21 points and guard Fleur Devillers (181-95) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Reims. Top scorers: Bretagne Basket: M.Butard 16+1reb+6ast, K.Elenga 13+1reb+1ast, K.Corre 11+4reb+2ast, S.Palie 10+8reb+5ast, A.Dowe 10+5reb, M.Debaut 8+2reb+2ast Reims: C.Samson 21+3reb, F.Devillers 15+5reb+2ast, S.Ousfar 10+5reb+3ast, N.Popovic 6+4reb, L.Gonzalez 6+1reb+7ast, B.Pavicevic 6+1reb
Avenir topped Toulouse in Game 1. It was a very good performance for American forward Tiffany Clarke (183-91, college: Vanderbilt) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds. Center Mathilde Combes (184-96) contributed with 8 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Avenir's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Center Alice Nayo (186-93) answered with 13 points and 6 rebounds and Croatian center Emilija Podrug (190-79) added 7 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Toulouse. Top scorers: Avenir: T.Clarke 16+14reb, C.Cirgue 12+2reb, J.Belleka 10+1reb+2ast, M.Combes 8+8reb, S.Gauthier 7+4reb+3ast, M.Devaux 6+2reb+2ast Toulouse: A.Nayo 13+6reb, L.Metcalf 13+2reb+2ast, A.Sissoko 9+2reb+1ast, O.Toure 7+2reb, E.Podrug 7+8reb+2ast, A.Degorces 4+1reb+2ast
Bourges clinch Cup title, Clarissa Dos Santos named MVP - 2 days ago
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Flammes-Bourges 65-75 Bourges clinch Cup final as they overcame Flammes 75-65. They dominated the first half and managed to seal the double-digit victory. Bourges posted a 22-16 lead in the start of the game and added a massive 25-10 surge in the second frame. Flammes replied with two narrow victories in the second half, but could not save the game. Clarissa Dos Santos (184-C-88, agency: ProDep Management) top-scored for the winners with 26 points and was named MVP of the game. Kayla Al... [read more]
Bourges clinch Cup final as they overcame Flammes 75-65. They dominated the first half and managed to seal the double-digit victory. Bourges posted a 22-16 lead in the start of the game and added a massive 25-10 surge in the second frame. Flammes replied with two narrow victories in the second half, but could not save the game. Clarissa Dos Santos (184-C-88, agency: ProDep Management) top-scored for the winners with 26 points and was named MVP of the game. Kayla Alexander (193-C-91, college: Syracuse, agency: LBM Management) added 13 in a win. Kim Mestdagh (179-SG-90, college: Colorado St., agency: ProDep Management) replied with 20 points in the losing effort and Amel Bouderra (160-G-89) brought 16.
Isabelle Yacoubou selected the top French playing abroad in last week's games - 4 days ago
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We bring you last week's top performances from French who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. Naignouma Coulibaly (191-C-89)to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Araski in the Spanish LFB in Saturday night's game.
We bring you last week's top performances from French who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.
#1. This week's number one is an international center Isabelle Yacoubou (190-86, currently plays in Italy). Yacoubou led Familia Schio to a victory over the sixth-ranked Ragusa (15-7) 78-59 in the Italian Serie A1 last Monday.
She was MVP of the game. Yacoubou recorded 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds (made all of her seven free throws).
Famila Wuber Schio (18-4) is placed second in the Serie A1.
It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Yacoubou has relatively good stats this season: 13.8ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.5spg and FT: 88.6%.
She is currently a member of the French senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international center Sandrine Gruda (193-87, currently plays in Turkey). Gruda contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Botas (10-16) crushing them 87-65 in the Turkish KBSL on Wednesday night.
She scored 8 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in 24 minutes.
Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu Istanbul (24-2) is placed first in the KBSL.
It was her team's 17th consecutive victory in a row.
The Regular Season already ended.
It's Gruda's first season with the team.
This year Gruda has relatively solid stats: 13.2ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 52.8% and FT: 67.4% in 18 games she played so far.
She is in the roster of the French senior national team.
#3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Helena Ciak (197-89, currently plays in Euroleague). Ciak contributed to an overtime Dynamo Kursk's victory against the third-ranked USK Praha (9-5) 87-80 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game.
She recorded 6 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks.
Dynamo Kursk (14-0) is placed first in group A.
So far her team won all fourteen games in the Semi-Finals.
This season Ciak averages: 7.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 53.3% and FT: 70.8%.
She has a dual citizenship: Polish and French.
Ex-Tango Bourges Basket player is also a member of the French senior national team.
#4. Point guard Najat Ouardad (152-90, agency: LBM Management, college: Auburn, currently plays in Belarus). She could not help Gorizont (15-3) to beat Tsmoki-Minsk.
Ouardad was the second best scorer with 9 points. She also added 4 rebounds (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line).
But the first-placed Gorizont (15-3) was defeated 60-55 in a derby game by the much lower-ranked Tsmoki-Minsk (#10) in the Places 1-4 group.
Ouardad's overall stats this season are: 5.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.9apg and 2.2spg.
She used to play for the French U16 national team
back in 2006.
#5. Former U20 international point guard Lucie Bouthors (174-88, also represented by LBM Management, currently plays in Turkey) managed to help Edremit Belediyesi Gurespor to win against the seventh-ranked Izmit (23-14) 64-59 in the Turkish TKBL (second division) in Saturday night's game.
She recorded only 4 points.
Edremit Belediyesi Gurespor (29-8) is placed third in the TKBL.
Bouthors' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
Bouthors' overall stats this season are: 6.3ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.4apg.
She used to play for the French U20 national team
nine years ago.
#6. Forward Carole Leclair (185-89, currently plays in Switzerland) was not able to help Geneve Basket in their game against Fribourg (20-4) in the Swiss LNA.
Leclair was the second best scorer with 8 points. She also added 7 rebounds in 37 minutes.
Geneve Basket (#4) was crushed 88-35 on the road by the leading Fribourg in the Places 1-5 group.
This year Leclair's overall stats are: 9.6ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.5spg in 15 games.
She is a former university international player as she played for the French team eight years ago.
The list of other players, who all have French passport but never been selected to any of French national teams:
#1.Naignouma Coulibaly (191-C-89, currently plays in Spain) led Argon Uni Girona to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Araski (13-13) crushing them 80-51 in the Spanish LFB in Saturday night's game.
She had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 12 rebounds. Coulibaly also added 5 assists and 5 steals in 26 minutes.
Spar Citylift Girona (21-5) is placed second in the LFB.
This year Coulibaly averages: 8.8ppg, 8.8rpg and 1.4apg in 13 games she played so far.
She has a dual citizenship: Mali and French.
#2.Soana Lucet (185-F-87, agency: LBM Management, college: Arizonaw, currently plays in Germany) managed to help TSV 1880 Wasserburg in a victory against the closely-ranked TV Saarlouis Royals (13-9) crushing them 88-62 in the German DBBL last Monday.
Lucet recorded only 2 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in 23 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. TSV 1880 Wasserburg (20-2) is placed first in the DBBL.
It was her team's ninth consecutive victory in a row.
Lucet has reliable stats this year: 11.1ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg in 23 games.
#3.Magaly Meynadier (170-SG-91, currently plays in Germany) faced previously mentioned Soana Lucet in the German DBBL last game.
Meynadier. She could not help TV Saarlouis Royals (13-9) to beat TSV 1880 Wasserburg (20-2).
Meynadier recorded 7 points.
TV Saarlouis Royals was crushed 88-62 on the road by the leading TSV 1880 Wasserburg.
It was TV Saarlouis Royals' third consecutive loss in a row.
Meynadier's overall stats this season are: 4.1ppg and 1.6rpg.
She is another player who holds two passports: French and Luxembourg.
#4.Melisa Mendes (175-G-88, college: UTEP, currently plays in United Kingdom) contributed to a Nottingham Wildcats' victory against the sixth-ranked Team Northumbria (9-9) 57-52 in the British WBBL in Saturday night's game.
Mendes scored 10 points and added 4 assists in 26 minutes.
Nottingham Wildcats (14-3) is placed first in the WBBL.
It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row.
They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
Mendes has reliable stats this year: 10.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.7apg and 2.4spg in 17 games.
#5.Alexia Rol (181-F-89, currently plays in Switzerland) helped Fribourg win their game against the fourth-ranked Geneve Basket (1-3) crushing them 88-35 in the Swiss LNA on Saturday night.
Rol recorded 5 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists in 33 minutes.
BCF Elfic Fribourg Basket (3-0) is placed first in Places 1-5 group.
So far her team won all three games in the Semi-Finals.
Rol has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 15.1ppg, 4.7rpg, 3.9apg and 2.0spg in 20 games.
Rol has both French and Swiss nationalities.
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