Saturday, October 18, 2008

LFB (France) 6/2008 - Clermontois 85, Union Hainaut 75

With Bourges and Tarbes both undefeated, Union Hainaut (4-2) were looking to remain in third place in the Ligue Feminine de BasketBall all by themselves. Instead, they were outscored in the fourth quarter which allowed home team Clermontois (3-3) to steal an 85-75 victory at home.

The boxscore of the game can be found here.

It was once again the case of a team being outshot on the court - Clermontois shot 46 percent compared to the 40 percent of Union Hainaut. Once again, a team that won in the Euroleague on Wednesday loses to a non-Euroleague team on Saturday.

It was a tale of two halves - Union Hainaut had a comfortable 53-38 lead at halftime. But in the second half, it was all Clermontois. But by the end of the third, Union Hainaut only led by one, 63-62, and Clermontois outscored Union Hainaut 23-12 in the final quarter.

Union Hainaut was able to win the battle of the offensive boards and the battle of total rebounding. They turned the ball over more, however, 15 times to Clermontois's 11 times. Furthermore, Union Hainaut sent Clermontois to the line 27 times, and Clermontois shot better from the free-throw line as well.

For Union Hainaut, it was a coming out for Tiffany Stansbury. Stansbury had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Clémence Beikes was Hainaut's second scorer with 12 points and 7 rebounds.

Chioma Nnamaka scored 10 points, shooting 4 from 5. However, she was one of two players for Union Hainaut who would foul out, the other being Sabrina Palie.

Claire Tomaszewski led Clermontois with 20 points. Claudia Das Neves added 19 points, and Emma Randall - an Australian player - had 18 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double.

Up next for Union Hainaut: Aix-en-Provence, which is also 4-2 on the year after a 68-67 win against Mondeville on the road. This should be a great game.

Pics will be up when I can find them.

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