The march was still too high for the women’s Asvel, beaten at the Prado de Bourges on Tuesday night for the second round of the women’s league final (78-62). This is the team of President Tony Parker led 2-0, and while the series will continue on the side of Lyon on Saturday, the daughters of Pierre Vincent will have no choice: a new defeat would offer the title to the Berruyères.
The first twenty minutes of this second clash suggested that the adjustments imagined by the visitors would offer a more balanced game. In a cruel lack of success with three points (0/9 at the break), Marine Johannès (7 points) and hers stayed in the shot relying on their inner Kayla Alexander, impeccable in the first two quarters (17 points to 7 out of 7 on shooting, 2 counters).
Asvel finished the game with a tiny 5% three-point lead: 1 in 20!
Recovering a much more stable defensive base, while freeing himself offensively (26-16 in the 3rd quarter), Bourges then frankly accelerated after the break. While Alexander was perfectly contained (only 2 points after halftime), Iliana Rupert showed her versatility, alternating between three-point shots and mid-range shots (16 points to 6 of 14 shots, 7 rebounds).
The Asvel between ball losses and catastrophic address
Opposite, the Lyonnaises stammered their basketball in attack, and suffered the level gap too visible on the rebound (18 offensive catches against 7). This second outing did not address possession management concerns (13 assists, 11 missed balls) while the hungry three-point address fixed nothing (1 in 20).
To the applause of an audience that ended the evening on an ola, Olivier Lafargue’s protégés folded the meeting quite easily. The Eurocup champions took advantage of these first two duels to signify that in this final, the two committed teams are not fighting on equal terms.