by Leslie Anderson
Talk about a crowded field for first place.
After eight rounds of games in the French Feminine League, six clubs are tied for first place, a scenario that not even the best script writer could have imagined at the start of the season.
After this weekend's play, Aix, Bourges, Lattes-Montpellier, Mondeville, Valenciennes and Villeneuve d'Ascq all have identical 6-2 records.
USVO, after a difficult start to the season, showed no mercy against Mourenx over the weekend to record their sixth win.
A 22-6 third quarter advantage allowed them to ease to a 33-point win, 92-59. Sandrine Gruda led the way 18 points.
Bourges once again demonstrated their skill in defense en route to their triumph.
They restricted Clermont-Ferrand to only seven points in the last period as they ran out 76-52 winners with an exceptional shooting percentage.
|Cathy Melain had 15 points in Bourges' win over the weekend.|
In last week's EuroLeague Women match-up, Bourges hit only 39% from the field. This time around they shoot 53% including 11-of-21 from three-point range.
Bourges veterans Cathy Melain (15 points and six assists) and Vicky Hall (14 points and 10 rebounds) were the key players.
Mondeville quickly put aside their injury problems in what could have been a delicate match by dominating the first period to open a sufficient gap that Challes-les-Eaux were never able to reduce.
Their zone defence and the offense of Caroline Aubert (17 points, six rebounds and six assists) was too much for the visitors.
Mondeville prevailed 64-55 to notch their sixth win.
Montpellier had to work hard to put down Arras 77-66 in a seesaw battle that came to a climax in the final quarter.
At the other end of the table, Nice’s misery continue as they left themselves a little bit too much to do as they lost at home to Calais, 72-68.
The final match of the weekend was played this Sunday and Villeneuve d’Ascq beat Aix-en-Provence 77-66.
Geraldine Robert led the way with 21 points for the victors as they recorded their fifth straight win in the league.
Villeneuve's victory was based on their collective play as illustrated in their assist count (21-10) and their superiority on the boards (43-33).