France women’s workforce: great promise against Belgium
Led by their vice-captain Alexia Chartreux, the French women’s workforce dealt with Belgium this Friday evening in Pau (74-55). A second encouraging warm-up recreation, three weeks earlier than the beginning of the World Cup.
The flawless Les Bleues proceed their preparations. After defeating weak Bosnia and Herzegovina within the huge video games on August 21 in Marseille, the French women’s workforce this time dominated an opponent way more at their degree, Belgium, in Pau in entrance of 4,564 spectators (74-55). In the continuation of the battle behind closed doorways the day earlier than, already gained by the identical margin (83-62).
Without Sandrine Gruda, suspended for the competition, with out Marin Johannes and Asitan Kone remaining in uniform, with out Sara Chevojon and Caroline Herriot, launched this Friday, and the expectant Iliana Rupert and Gabby Williams, nonetheless within the WNBA playoffs (just like the Belgians, disadvantaged of from their two facilities (Emma Meesseman and Julie Allemand)… it was an inexperienced however recent French workforce that turned up on the Palais des Sports.
The begin of the match for Jean-Emme Toupan’s gamers was strict, as the brand new captain Sarah Michel, each in assault and protection, with great depth (7-0, third). The tricolors dominated fairly distinctly within the first 5 minutes in all fields of the match, however however the Belgians took benefit of the primary – younger – rotations of the blues to boost the rating on the finish of the primary quarter (16-16). .
Again on the bottom, the Sarah Michel – Alexia Chartreau duo, decided on the toes, nevertheless, allowed the French ladies to take management (28-20, fifteenth). Like a really good collective recreation between the locals on the stage, Marine Fauthoux, Chartereau, Chéry and completed by Tadic within the Belgian zone, the French workforce mastered its theme, in a fluency we weren’t used to seeing after their Olympic medal ( 37-24, 17 -you). Only their rest of a number of defensive folds, mixed with a renewed Belgian tackle, solely allowed them to return to the locker room with a 5-point lead (41-36).
Alexia Chartereau in management mode
In the absence of Sandrin Gruda, the Blues tried to regain some composure and management after getting back from the dressing room to keep away from a repeat of the missed finish of the primary half, marked by a rush. That got here from vice-captain Alexia Chartreau, who injected communicative vitality from each ends of the pitch to energy a 10-0 run (51-36, twenty fourth).
Valerie Demory’s gamers lived solely on their outdoors shot, particularly Julie Vanloo, 13 factors on 4/8 from threes, and remained even within the rating (51-45, twenty seventh). But Jean-Eme Toupan’s males have been superior and that dominance can be vindicated within the closing third of the sport.
Ana Tadic, very efficient in his brief passages, weighed within the racket and Minja Toure (8 factors) within the outer strains along with his penetrations and mid-range shot. From +9 on the finish of the third quarter, the distinction flirted with +20 on the finish of the sport, which is reassuring against an opponent of the identical sort within the FIBA rankings.
From this second preparatory recreation, let’s keep in mind the great presence of Alexia Chartreau (13 factors on 5/7 capturing, 6 rebounds for 21 scores), but in addition that of Sarah Michel (7 factors, 3 rebounds, 2 steals) or Ana Tadic (14 factors at +30 from +/-). And good cohesion, each in protection and assault. ” The match isn’t excellent, however the women have been courageous “, emphasised coach Jean-Eme Toupan in entrance of the microphone of Bein Sports after the assembly.
It was the final recreation for the France women’s workforce at dwelling on this World Cup build-up (September 22 – October 1 in Australia). In lower than forty-eight hours, the Blues will meet the Belgians once more for revenge in Kortrijk, this Sunday 4 September at 16:00 (watch on BeIN Sports).
Boxscore France – Belgium
Photo: Alexia Chartereau (FIBA)