The misstep would have put them in an awkward position. Les Bleues had the good idea to save themselves some cold sweats and uncertainties by overcoming Ukraine (109-88) in Roanne after a joyful attacking festival, but which will not spare the staff. and to his players some questions.
The daughters of Jean-Aimé Toupane erased the bad memory of their defeat at the launch of their campaign, in kyiv in November 2021 (71-90). Led by Alexia Chartereau (19 points, 5 rebounds), Marine Johannes (21 points) and Marine Fauthoux (12 points, 7 assists), decisive in the second half when the French managed to widen a definitive gap, they made two periods at 32 points and reached an offensive total (109) more achieved for two decades.
We must go back to September 15, 2002 to find traces of a greater offensive demonstration than the 109 points scored Sunday in attack by the Blue. The French had dominated Tunisia 131-35 within the framework of the World Championship disputed in China.
But they were also victims of damaging air pockets. Like this drop in tension to 37-20, in the 11th minute. While they could have headed for a quiet late afternoon, the Blues took a shower of 3-point shots (12/29 in the end for the visitors) and a 17-0. Author of 33 points in kyiv a year ago, Alina Iagupova did it again in the Loire (28 units). Returning from the locker room, when they had rebuilt a nest egg (64-51, 22nd), the French women again let the Ukrainians pick up on an 11-0. Before tightening the screw in the last period (23-12).
Les Bleues, who conceded 12 offensive rebounds, are in a position of joint leader of their group (3 wins-1 loss, like Lithuania, winner Sunday in Finland 65-56), that is to say in an ideal position to get their sesame for Euro 2023 before the last two matches scheduled in February (in Lithuania on February 9, in Finland on February 12). Only the group winners and the four best runners-up will travel to Israel and Slovenia (June 15-25, 2023).