> The essential
Tonight, the Toulousaines, who would have been able to count on Hélène Jakovljevic absent against Aulnoye, face a team accustomed to the games of the division and which will await them firmly, haloed by its surprise victory last week in Reims, in a stamped meeting Grand Est derby.
> The strengths of GIS
We must start by quoting Shelby Saint-Juste. The native of Clamart, passed through Nice, Mondeville and Calais from where she comes, has achieved feats since the start of the championship. The fifth in the 2017 U19 World Cup, after scoring 27 points against the Federal Center, scored 20 in Reims, facing stiffer opposition. It thus confirms its beautiful 2020-2021 season (13 points and 5.3 rebounds on average) and honors the confidence given by the SIG.
With her three other players exceeded the thirty minutes of play on average in two games: Chloé Mantelin, the Ardéchoise trained in Bourges and Ligue 2 champion with Charnay in 2019, Louise Dambach, at SIG since the age of 12 years. and the Canadian Stephany Skrba, who is starting her third season in Alsace after playing for LFB in Montpellier, Bourges and Arras.
> Under the spell of Joelly Belleka
At the end of last week’s victory over Aulnoye-Aymeries (74-48), Xavier Noguera the TMB coach was full of praise for the rookie of the offseason: “She has a player profile that we didn’t have the past years. She brings a lot of percussion, defensive density. It was important for us to recruit a player with a profile like that. She has talent and should gain momentum. Defensively, she is solid. . Offensively, she is able to shoot outside and drive. It’s a strength and a novelty for our team. “
> TMB wounded
Lorraine Lokoka has had a minor surgery and is resuming training this week. Its resumption in competition is only a matter of a few days. As for Hélène Jakovljevic, victim of a victim of the thumb, who did not play against Aulnoye as a precaution and because the TMB bench is more supplied this year, should therefore be able to hold her place tonight.