After the defeat conceded in the North in the first leg, ASVEL replied on its floor against Villeneuve d’Ascq in the final return of the Women’s League (85-72) and will host the beautiful this Monday.
Everything remains to be done in the final of the Women’s Basketball League. While Villeneuve d’Ascq had the last word on his floor in the first leg, ASVEL was able to find the solutions to equalize with a victory everywhere in front of his audience at Salle Mado-Bonnet. A meeting whose scenario was almost one-sided.
Indeed, at the start of the match which saw the defenses take precedence over the attacks, the ESBVA could only lead for a little less than two minutes, after the opener signed Kennedy Burke (12 points, 7 rebounds). Alexia Chartereau (16 points, 5 rebounds), Marine Johannès (16 points) and Sandrine Gruda (17 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists) took their responsibilities to allow the Rhone team to race in the lead throughout the first quarter. However, the resistance of the Villeneuve d’Ascq players prevented the gap from swelling too quickly. The difference has never exceeded six lengths during these ten minutes. It was only at the start of the second quarter that the Villeurbannaises took off on the scoreboard.
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ASVEL has mastered its subject
And this despite the absence of Gabby Williams due to the consequences of the concussion suffered during the semi-final return against Bourges. Overwhelmed despite their captain Caroline Heriaud (13 points), Villeneuve d’Ascq suffered the waves and saw the gap exceed the bar of ten points before flirting with those of 20 lengths ahead as half-time approached. Back on the floor, Kariata Diaby (10 points, 5 rebounds) sounded the charge and the northern club started the third quarter with a 7-0 which was able to revive some hope. However, the Rhone response was immediate with an 8-0 to which Julie Allemand (15 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists) contributed.
With the bar of 20 points exceeded, ASVEL approached the last ten minutes of the meeting in a position of strength. With the energy of despair, Villeneuve d’Ascq gave everything to get closer with the gap which was reduced to seven units with 54 seconds left to play. However, in the free throw game with Juste Jocyte (18 points) who went on the line, ASVEL sealed the fate of the game. Thanks to this victory (85-72), the Rhone formation offers itself the right to dispute the beauty on its floor as of this Monday.
BASKET – LIGUE FEMININE / FINALE
From May 17 to 22, 2023
ASVEL (1) – VILLENEUVE D’ASCQ (2): 1-1
Match 1 – Villeneuve d’Ascq – ASVEL: 67-59
Match 2 – ASVEL – Villeneuve d’Ascq: 85-72
Match 3 : Monday, April 22 in Lyon