Les Bleues lose heavily to Canada

This is not the sequence the Blues dreamed of. After a great inaugural victory in the Basketball World Cup against Australia on Thursday (57-70)the French women’s basketball team lost heavily to Canada (45-59).

Very poorly started in their meeting, the Blues, however, turned to only minus six at the end of the first quarter (9-15). But the next ten minutes sealed their fate, with a difference of more than twelve at the break (17-29). Blame too many turnovers, never or rarely converted attacks, and general weakness.

A fatal clumsiness of three points

Back from the locker room, the Blues could have returned to the game. On the contrary, he conceded the biggest difference of the game in the third quarter: 20 points (17-37).

Not very successful in the shot (30.6%), the Habs paid especially for a very strong clumsiness in three points: only three registered of 19 attempts, against six of 20 for Canada. With only six offensive rebounds (against 19 for their rival), Jean-Aimé Toupane’s men repeated the same mistake as against Australia by returning too many attacking balls to their rival on duty. Canada, however, also lacked precision, but was able to nail down its highlights. Not France.

The Habs will have to settle the offensive landscape on Sunday against Mali.

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⏱️ It’s over! France lost for their second match against Canada (45-59). Canada chained a second success when the Bleues stalled. It is a great defeat, logical given the clumsiness of the tricolor today.


Q4, 9′ – 45-58

Marine Fauthoux’s first three-point basket!


Q4, 8′ – 42-56

Alexander makes two free throws for Canada. Today there will be no tricolor victory.


Q4, 8′ – 42-54

Gabby Williams again! Les Bleues follow less than twelve.


Q4, 7′ – 40-53

Good defense by Les Bleues who used up the opponents’ 24 seconds. But we must score now!

11:34 a.m.

Q4, 4′ – 40-51

Finally, Alexia Chartereau has three points! Minus eleven, we believe it!

11:34 a.m.

Q4, 6′ – 37-51

Alexander commits a foul and takes a free throw for Canada.

11:30 a.m.

Q4, 5′ – 37-50

The Blues defend Canada very well, they intercept, but Marine Fauthoux misses the conclusion. It’s very hard today, nothing smiles at the French.


Q4, 4′ – 37-50

Gabby Williams sneaks into the defense to reduce the gap to minus thirteen! The hope is still there!


Q4, 2′ – 35-50

Finally a three-point shot! It is Chery who marks it. She intercepts the ball on the next action, but her ankle turns. She appears to be fine and stays on the ground.


Q4, 2′ – 32-50

What a monster shot by Fields! Canada launches. Michel gives two more points to Les Bleues.


Q4, 1′ – 30-47

Another fumble by Gabby Williams. Les Bleues drink water.


⏱️ Les Bleues are left behind at the end of this third quarter (30-45). We saw it all: a failed start from home (a gap of more than twenty points), before the Habs found a small address. They are a bit far to get a victory, but we will have to reduce the gap as much as possible.


Q3, 9′ – 30-45

Les Bleues recover the ball on a throw-in… And they lose it the next instant.


Q3, 8′ – 30-43

Beautiful basket from Migna Touré! Les Bleues are only at minus thirteen. Why not an elevator?


Q3, 6′ – 28-43

Gabby Williams finally wakes up and hits a superb two-point shot. She gets the foul, that’s plus three.


Q3, 6′ – 25-41

Gabby Williams finds colors! Canada continues to chain the baskets unfortunately.


3Q, 4′ – 21-39

Les Bleues have just chained three successive baskets. They bridge the gap, but are still largely carried out.

11:04 a.m.

Q3, 2′ – 17-34

Canada now has double the score of France.


3T, 1′ – 17-32

Canada finds its first triple in the third quarter. There are fifteen points of difference, it begins to be very hard for Blue.


⏱️ Here we go again! Let’s hope the Blues set their sights during the break!


Is it time for the Blues reaction?

Alexia Chartereau leaves the flat looking defeated. Photo: Brendon Thorne / AFP.


⏱️ It’s the break and France is targeted and abused! Les Bleues are twelve points behind at the break (17-29) and miss their start. Canada finished strong at this time of the second quarter, while the Blues failed to make any of their 3-point shots (0/6).


2Q, 9′ – 17-20

Great three-point shot from Carleton. Canada takes advantage of this and passes two more points: now, the Blues are ten points down, the biggest difference of the game.


2Q, 8′ – 17-22

Canada continues to lead this game, France loses balls and misses their shots.


2Q, 7′ – 17-20

Les Bleues’ first triple thanks to Iliana Rupert!


2Q, 7′ – 15-20

Requested timeout. Les Bleues are at five and in check in front of the basket. This game is very close, few shots hit by both sides and a lot of waste.


2Q, 6′ – 15-20

Les Bleues penalized with a great three-point shot! That hurts.


2Q, 6′ – 15-17

Marine Fauthoux still misses her 3-point shot. The offensive rebound goes to Ciak passing one of his two shots. France returns to two points.


Shay Colley unsportsmanlike foul against Marine Fauthoux. The Habs pass one of their two free throws (2/4).


2Q, 5′ – 13-17

Counters locked again! The clumsiness of the two teams is terrible.


2Q, 2′ – 13-17

France is just four points behind Canada, despite a really poor attacking performance.


2Q, 2′ – 11-17

Les Bleues also started this second quarter badly: they already have eight for Canada (9-17).

Fortunately, Gabby Williams wakes up and opens her counter (1/5).


⏱️ It is the end of this first quarter, catastrophic for the Blue. They are only 22% successful against baskets. turnovers, poor decisions and shooting clumsiness… France is already six points behind Canada (9-15), not necessarily more in the legs.


Q1, 10′ – 9-15

French interception that pays nothing. Sarah Michel misses her pass and returns it to Canada, who get two free throws.


1Q, 9′ – 9-13

France takes a long thanks to Berkani. But Canada continues with 2 points and lack of Touré. That’s plus four for Canada.


1Q, 8′ – 7-10

The counter is locked on both sides. Both teams fail to score and stupidly lose balls!


Q1, 6′-7-10

Marine Fauthoux commits the foul and makes one of her two free throws.


Q1, 5′-6-10

Great three-point shot from Colley! Les Bleues are in trouble in this first quarter.

Iliana Rupert scores a first basket as soon as she enters the court.


2Q, 3′ – 4-6

Les Bleues are not successful against the baskets. Fortunately, Canada misses both of its long-range shots. Badiane finally manages to turn around, France returns.


Q1, 2′-2-6

Alexia Chartereau sets her sights and opens the counter for Les Bleues. Canada defends very well.


Q1, 2′ – 0-4

The French pass is intercepted by Carleton. He commits a foul and makes both of his free throws. Les Bleues are yet to score.


Q1, 1′-0-2

A first offensive rebound for Canada, and a basket behind. Chartereau misses his shot, Fauthoux intercepts but is also in check.


⏱️ Let’s go for this second game of chickens!


The starting five of Les Bleues

Marine Fauthoux, Sarah Michel, Gabby Williams, Alexia Chartereau and Marième Badiane will start on the court.


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This is the number of points scored by Gabby Williams in the first match for Les Bleues. It is also his record with the France team. The 26-year-old winger delivered a complete game (3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals) and reassured, after Marine Johannès package.


Four years ago, Canada beat Les Bleues in pool

In the last World Cup, in 2018, Les Bleues lost to the Canadians in their last group match (71-60). A bad memory for the Habs, who remain at three losses in their last five games.


Marine Johannès withdraws from the World Cup, Mamignan Touré calls as reinforcements

Marine Johannès was forced to withdraw from the World Cup after feeling pain in her right thigh during the training match against the United States on Monday. She is replaced in the group by Mamignan Touré. Les Bleues have lost one of their best offensive weapons.


Inning win for the Blues

The French women’s team won their first World Cup match yesterday against Australia (70-57) in Sydney. Against a host country that did not have much success in the shot, Les Bleues delivered a very good collective score. Les Bleues got rid of the current runners-up in the world, a first success that should give them confidence for the future.


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