Villeneuve-d’Ascq overthrows Basket Landes in the first leg of the Women’s League final

Villeneuve-d’Ascq overthrows Basket Landes in the first leg of the Women’s League final
Villeneuve-d’Ascq overthrows Basket Landes in the first leg of the Women’s League final

Kendra Chery’s last shot, taken from the center of the field against common sense with seven seconds remaining, did not even touch the circle. Symbolic of the failed end of the match of Basket Landes, which lost in the hot atmosphere of Mont-de-Marsan, Saturday, during the first round of the final of the Women’s League, won by Villeneuve-d’Ascq at finish (70-66).

The Northerners put an end to fourteen months of invincibility for the Landes team at home against French teams. And take a big option on the French champion trophy. Rachid Meziane’s players will have two match points, Friday 17th and possibly Sunday 19th at the Palacium.

But the leaders of the regular season, finalists of the Euroleague, suffered to win. Unrecognizable, asphyxiated (22% success) by the Landes defense, which annihilated the interior game, the northern attack, backfiring until then (95 points average in play-offs), was reduced to 22 points in the first half. time, 6 in the second quarter, like Janelle Salaün (11 points, 8 rebounds) and Kamiah Smalls (12 points, 5 rebounds 3 assists), held to four points on 1 of 12 shots. Villeneuve trailed by 14 units at the break (36-22).

Only one point for Basket Landes in the last four minutes

But the ESBVA, although not varnished with the withdrawal from play due to injury during the match of its two Belgian European champions Maxuella Lisowa Mbaka and Betty Mununga, radically changed its face in the second half. And revolted by passing a 6-0 on its first two attacks after the restart before finding the rhythm and the alternation which had been its strength all season.

But Basket Landes did not give up, finding in Alexis Peterson and Angela Salvadores (14 points) perfect long-distance antidotes (9 out of 21 in the end) to stay two steps ahead at the end of the third quarter (52 -50). The level of the match rose a notch, Villeneuve went in front for the first time on a shot from Aminata Gueye but the battle ended up swinging to the northern side in the last four minutes.

And it was the Ivorian pivot Kariata Diaby (11 points) who delivered the blow, on a basket with a baseline foul and an interception at the expense of Alexis Peterson just over two minutes from the end (68- 65). Basket Landes only scored a tiny point in the last four minutes and lacked lucidity in the use of its final ammunition.

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