Bourges Fall To First Defeat In France

10 January 2011
EuroLeague Women

The winter break came at the wrong time for French powerhouse Bourges.

The only team to enjoy the festive period without a defeat in the LFB, Bourges returned from the holidays and suffered their first setback of the campaign this weekend in a 60-56 loss at Lattes Montpellier.

Ana Lelas, a 27-year-old Croatian forward who spent the previous two seasons at Bourges, had 17 points for Montpellier.

Gerardin Dijon weighed in with 12, along with seven rebounds.

For Bourges, Paoline Salagnac poured in 13 points and Stella Kaltsidou 11.

Bourges are 5-3 in Group D of the EuroLeague Women with a game coming up against Frisco Sika Brno on Wednesday.

Their last Qualifying Round contest will be against Beretta-Famila Basket on January 19.

Both of those EuroLeague Women clashes are at home.

Defending French champions Tarbes, who are last in EuroLeague Women Group C at 3-5 but still with a chance of progressing, fell 60-54 at Hainaut Basket.

Brooke Smith made her Tarbes debut after moving to the club from Cras Basket Taranto over the Christmas break and scored four points in less than 16 minutes.

Jelena Dubljevic led Tarbes with 15 points.

Hainaut got 18 points from Jasmon Covington.

Tarbes host Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje this week before finishing their EuroLeague Women Qualifying Round campaign at VICI Aistes.

They are 9-3 in France.

The other French EuroLeague Women side, USO Mondeville, climbed above the .500 mark at 7-6 after claiming a 67-63 victory at EuroCup Women outfit Villeneuve d'Ascq.

Mondeville are fourth in Group A of the EuroLeague Women at 3-5 and take on Taranto before ending their Qualifying Round at home to struggling TTT Riga.

KB Sharp led a balanced Mondeville attack with 14 points.

EuroCup Women sides Nantes Rezé and Arras were big winners on the road.

Arras routed Toulouse 78-58 and Nantes thrashed Aix-en-Provence, 80-55.


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