Bruno Blier was quoted in the basketball news section of the local regional paper that he had viewed the game against Armentières as dangerous and tricky for Arras.
His main concern was Mia Fisher who played for Arras last season. However Fisher was given a warm welcome from the Arras supporters.
Arras got off to a flying start and led (9-1) with just over two minutes played. They pushed the advantage up to 10 points (13-3) with less than five minutes played.
Blier's fear was confirmed when Fisher went on the rampage offensively. She took on Arras single-handedly and scored the remaining 8 points of her team during the first quarter.
Arras led (15-11) by the end of the first quarter.
Arras found a solution to keep the ball away from Fisher while scoring 16 unanswered points to stretch their advantage (31-11) with three minutes to play in the second quarter.
Armentières never really recovered despite reducing their deficit at the interval (21-34).
The hosts controlled the pace of the game during the second half of the match to win comfortably (80-51).
Blier's team controlling the game allowed him to finish the match with Princesse Goubou and Juliana Mailounda who both got onto the score sheet.
For Arras all the players scored with Leilani Mitchell leading the way with 18 points. Sarah Michel, Pauline Akonga Nsimbo and Hanna Bouldwin-Biernacka all finished in double digits with 14, 12 and 12 points each.
For Armentières Anda Nedovic led the scoring with 10 points while Fisher and Valérie Labbe also added 10 points apiece.
After all the negative basketball news about EuroLeague basketball for Bourges Basket, they got back to business with a comfortable victory against Limoges (80-48).
Limoges' challenge lasted two minutes (4-4)and then Bourges went on the rampage with a 16-2 run to lead (20-6).
Limoges did not collapse immediately. With Erica Davis and Aikaterni Spatharou finding their way to the basket they finished the first quarter trailing by 9 points (18-27).
The second quarter was a scrappy affair and Bourges extended their advantage by the time the teams went into the locker room (40-26).
The second half belonged to Bourges. They gave their opponents no chance and outscored them (40-22).
Bourges used 12 players in this match with nobody playing more than 21 minutes.
Anäel Lardy (right) led the scoring with 13 points and was voted player of the match from the Bourges supporters.
Davis compiled a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds for Limoges. There was also some good news for Limoges with the return from injury of Johanna Tayeau who spent four years at the Bourges basketball academy.
Basket Landes scored the first 8 points of the match and did not allow their guests from Toulouse into the game. They led (27-14) by the end of the first quarter.
They stretched their advantage by the half-time break (45-28).
Toulouse fell further behind by the end of the third quarter (38-57). They only started to play to their full potential in the final quarter when it was too late to save the game.
For Basket Landes Anaïs Le Gluher (19 points) and Aja Parham (12 points and 5 steals) will take up all the space in the basketball news section in the regional papers for their performance in the (75-55) victory.
For Toulouse it was not a match to remember despite the efforts of Agathe Nnindjem-Yolemp and Leah MetCalf with 13 points each. However Katerina Dorogobuzova is getting accustomed to LFB basketball.
Pauline Krawczyk from Montpellier has had a great season so far and was once again the player of the match. She scored 26 points, handed out 5 assists and drew 5 fouls in the (75-56) victory against Mondeville.
Sandra Dijon-Gérardin marked her return after illness with 19 points. Her performance swung the game in favour of the hosts.
The injury problems of USO Mondeville has been well documented in all the basketball news media outlets in France recently and unfortunately the list has got longer.
This match was slightly spoiled with the injury to Esther Niamke-Moisan. An ambulance had to be called after the initial first aid.