Sunday, November 2, 2008

LFB (France) 8/2008 - Bourges 70, Union Hainaut 54

Back in the days when Union Hainaut (5-3) was Olympic Valenciennes (USVO) - Union Hainaut was formed this year by the union of USVO and one other club - the yearly match against Bourges (8-0) could determine who would win the Ligue Féminine. Bourges would remain undefeated in its quest for a championship with a decisive 70-54 victory to the disappointment of the home Union Hainaut fams.

The boxscore of the game is here.

Looking at the quarter by quarter results, it appears that Bourges had this game under control almost from the tip-off. Bourges led 20-14 after one quarter and Union Hainaut could only close to within two points, with Bourges leading 35-31 at the half. A 20-9 third quarter by Bourges sealed the deal and Bourges apparently held Union Hainaut at arm's length for the rest of the game.

In shooting percentage, Bourges shot 46 percent from the field and Union Hainaut shot 38 percent. It was Bourges that would win the battle of the rebounding, 39-29, but it was the fact that Union Hainaut sent Bourges to the line twenty-seven times that was a major help for Bourges in remaining undefeated. Both teams shot 55 percent from the stripe...but Union Hainaut only got nine visits.

In a disastrous game, no player scored in double digits for Hainaut. Kathy Wambe lead with nine points. Sabrina Reghaissia led in rebounding with seven total rebounds and seven points. Tiffany Stansbury would score eight points and have five rebounds for Union Hainaut.

And what of Chioma Nnamaka? She disappeared, shooting 1 for 7 on the night. Believe it or not, Union Hainaut had even worse performances than Chioma's from a couple of players.

Bourges, on the other hand, had good performances from Nwal-Endéné Miyem, who scored 14 points and four rebounds. Catherine Melain scored six points and seven rebounds, and Céline Dumerc scored eight points and five rebounds for Bourges.

Pictures will come when they can be found. The basketLFB site has a few videos up, but not of anyone from the Dream.

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