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|Edwige Lawson-Wade led BLMA with 17 points, five assists and four rebounds|
LATTES MONTPELLIER REACH FINAL
Valéry Demory steered Lattes Montpellier to a hard-fought, 52-47 victory over Challes-les-Eaux in a deciding third game of the French LFB play-off semi-finals.
Fresh off being named the LFB's French Player of the Year, Edwige Lawson-Wade had 17 points, five assists and four rebounds for Montpellier.
Mistie Mims, named the top foreigner in this season's LFB, was held to just seven points and three rebounds.
Montpellier's victory has put them into a title showdown with defending champions Bourges.
The best-of-three play-off finals get underway on Thursday at Montpellier, with Games 2 and 3 (if necessary) to be played at Bourges on 3 and 6 May.
SOPRON FORCE FIFTH GAME
UNIQA Euroleasing Sopron won Game 4 of their Hungary play-off showdown with Uni Seat Gyor, 83-76.
The result has set up a title decider in Sopron on Sunday.
Diana Fuerez poured in 20 points and both Dora Horti and Zsofia Fegyverneky contributed 19 for Sopron, the defending champions.
NICHOLLS EXTENDS RIVAS STAY
Rivas Ecopolis have made their most important signing of the close season by reached agreement with rising star Laura Nicholls on a new three-year contract.
The 1.89m center, a Spanish international, averaged 7.6 points and 6.5 rebounds for Rivas, the surprise package of the EuroLeague Women.
At the Final Eight, where Rivas reached the title game, Nicholls had nine points and six rebounds in an upset of hosts Galatasaray and next had 10 rebounds to go with her five points in a victory over Beretta-Famila Schio.
The 23-year-old had seven boards to go with six points in an upset of Fenerbahce, and seven points with one rebounds in the title game defeat to Ros Casares.
Nicholls will be pivotal for Spain this summer when they attempt to reach EuroBasket 2013.
She won bronze medals with Spain at EuroBasket 2009 and the 2010 World Championship in the Czech Republic.