ASVEL clinched its second French championship title by beating Villeneuve d’Ascq 74-68 during the beautiful Astroballe. After winning the Eurocup, the Rhodaniennes sign a magnificent double!
🏆 Les Lyonnaises win match 3 and are LFB champions!!@basketlfb #PlayoffsLFB #SEFbasket pic.twitter.com/joA53pxH7j
– Sport in France (@sport_en_france) May 22, 2023
It will therefore have been necessary to wait for the very last minutes of the very last match of the 2022-23 season to know the French women’s basketball champion. At the end of a beautiful and magnificent contest in front of 4,500 spectators at the Astroballe, ASVEL won its second championship title (after that of 2019 won against Lattes-Montpellier), by winning 74-68 against Villeneuve d’ Ascq! While the two teams had each won a match at home, the club chaired by Tony Parker had the advantage of the parquet floor for the beautiful, and it took full advantage of it, even if the Northerners pushed the Lyonnaises to their last entrenchments and that this final remained undecided almost until the end.
At 6’43 from the end, Villeneuve d’Ascq was still leading
From the first quarter, the two teams fought a breathless battle and ASVEL finally concluded the first ten minutes with a four-point lead (18-14). But Villeneuve d’Ascq was completely in his game and took a four-point lead in turn (18-22). Despite a greater number of lost balls (9 against 3 in the first half), the Lyonnaises managed to regain the lead (35-30), but it was ultimately with a score of 37-37 that the two teams were returned to the locker room on a 3-point shot at the buzzer from Kamiah Smalls (17pts, 5rbds) for the ESBVA. Difficult then to know which side was going to switch this final. The Northerners took a three-point lead (41-44), then ASVEL came back in front (53-51, 30th) thanks in particular to Marine Johannes (16pts). It was then the MVP of the regular season Kennedy Burke (15pts, 7rbds) who provided the show to allow Villeneuve d’Ascq to lead 59-61 with 6’43 remaining. And that’s when the game changed.
Chartereau and Gruda rock the game
Thanks to two baskets + the fault, signed Alexia Chartereau (11pts, 8rbds) and Sandrine Gruda (18pts, 10rbds), ASVEL went to 67-61 in just over a minute. Laura Quevedo (3pts) drove the point home by scoring from three points (72-65), and the ESBVA did not take advantage of the unsportsmanlike foul of Blake Dietrick (9pts) to come back, Burke scoring his free throw but Janelle Salaun (10pts, 6rbds) missing his 3-point shot on the next possession (72-68 with 64 seconds remaining). The Astroballe could begin to believe it and Gruda’s two free throws sealed the victory for David Gautier’s daughters. For his first season, the coach managed the LFB-Eurocup double. Like Bourges last year, ASVEL is indeed the best team this season!
BASKETBALL – WOMEN’S LEAGUE / FINAL
From May 17 to 22, 2023
ASVEL (1) – VILLENEUVE D’ASCQ (2): 2-1 >>> ASVEL FRENCH CHAMPION
Match 1 – Villeneuve d’Ascq – ASVEL: 67-59
Match 2 – ASVEL – Villeneuve d’Ascq: 85-72
Game 3: ASVEL- Villeneuve d’Ascq: 74-68