|21 May 2012|
BASKETBALL IN EUROPE
|Four crucial free throws by Romania international Gabriela Marginean sealed victory for Arras|
Arras claimed one of the biggest victories in their history on Sunday afternoon in Paris by coming back from a huge second-half deficit and shocking Bourges in the final of the Coupe de France (French Cup).
A team that came in 11th during the French league (LFB) regular season, Arras trailed by 18 points late in the third quarter but battled back to down the league champions, 64-58.
Sabrina Reghaissia, who led Arras with 19 points and three steals, hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 39 seconds to go.
Bourges, who reached the Second Round of the EuroLeague Women this season and defeated Lattes Montpellier in the French play-off championship, had a dream start.
They opened up a 26-13 lead by the end of the first quarter and stayed in command, stretching the advantage to 18 late in the third, when Jennifer Digbeu sank two free-throws.
Arras began to chip away, though.
With 5:22 to go in the game, Reghaissia buried a shot from the arc to close the gap to 53-48.
Bourges struggled to put the ball in the basket.
When Reghaissia drew a foul and went to the line with 1:21 to play and made both free-throws, Arras reduced the arrears to 57-56.
Then with 39 seconds to go, Reghaissia launched a three-pointer and connected to put Arras on top, 59-57.
Bourges tried to answer with their big center Emmeline Ndongue.
They fed the ball to the veteran and she earned a trip to the line but made just one of two free-throws.
Romania international Gabriela Marginean them sank four consecutive free-throws for Arras to seal the victory.
Reghaissia finished five of eight from long range for Arras.
They outscored Bourges 23-6 in the last quarter.