Wins For French EuroLeague Women Clubs At Open LFB

18 October 2010

It seems like only yesterday that Pierre Vincent and Herve Coudray were putting the national teams of France and Mali through their respective paces at the FIBA World Championship for Women.

France made it to the Quarter-Finals while Mali suffered an early exit from the tournament, despite showing a lot of improvement in their last two group games.

Both men are now back in the French LNB coaching Bourges (Vincent) and USO Mondeville (Coudray) and getting their teams ready for the EuroLeague Women.

Each club was in action at the annual Open LFB 2010 in Paris over the weekend.

Bourges claimed a 59-48 win over Union Hainaut while Mondeville trounced Calais, 81-51.

Emmeline Ndongue had 16 points and the Czech Republic's Ilona Burgrova and new signing Catherine Joens had 10 apiece for Bourges.

Burgrova is coming off an impressive World Championship in which she helped the Czechs capture a silver medal.

14. Aurélie Bonnan (USO Mondeville)
Aurélie Bonnan had 13 points and 15 boards in the Mondeville win over Calais

Vincent says it's going to take some time for Bourges to get into their rhythm.

"We are here to work and put everything in order on the ground," he said.

"It was a bit complicated, we committed too many turnovers.

"In the second half, we were much better. We can improve in attack using the unique qualities of each of our players."

Mondeville haven't had much time together and it showed against Calais as they led 37-33 at half-time.

But they opened the second half with a 21-5 run and never looked back.

Mondeville veteran Aurelie Bonnan had 13 points and 15 rebounds.

"We needed to find the pace after a poor preparation," Bonnan said.

"We are fortunate to have retained 70% of our squad from last season.

"We were more aggressive on defense in the second half and with a player like Lenae Williams, it makes everything easier.

Williams led Mondeville with 22 points.

She hit eight of her 17 shots from the floor, including four of nine from behind the arc.

"Our experience has been beneficial in the game to combat a very short preparation," Coudray said.

"We played to what we already knew how.

"Our goal is to keep moving and working."

The other French side taking part in the EuroLeague Women is Tarbes, and they scraped a 60-57 victory over Charleville Mézières.

Tarbes won the French title last season but there have been a lot of comings and goings of players at the club.

Florence Lepron, who shone at the World Championship for France and is the Tarbes captain, had 13 points.

She said: "Charleville did not try to beat the champions because we are not the same team.

"There are no small teams.

"They played almost the perfect game."

Alain Jardel is the Tarbes coach.

"It will be hard all season," he warned.


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