In France the television rights belong to Sport Plus, a service of the satellite channel provider Canal Plus. Yet they had not made any arrangement to cover the first leg of the match.
Alessandra Santos opened the scoring after 1½ minutes of play. However the lead for Bourges lasted less than 15 seconds as Tamika Whitmore fired in a three-pointer for the guests.
Céline Dumerc restored the advantage for Bourges Basket.
But points were hard to come by as neither team was able to gain any momentum. With six minutes played Hamchetou Maiga Ba split a pair of free-throws to level the score (11-11).
Bourges Basket stepped on the accelerator and with back to back baskets by Nwal Endéné Miyem appeared to give Bourges Basket the break that they were looking for.
With the first period winding down Gambrinus came up with a three-point play that was concluded by Eva Vitecková to end the quarter just 1 point behind Bourges (16-17).
Bourges stepped up defensively in the second period and kept Gambrinus scoreless for more than three minutes. Ana Lelas (left) and Dumerc fired in a couple of three-pointers during this time as Bourges Basket scored 8 points (25-16).
Hana Horakova ended the Bourges run with another three-pointer.
Furthermore back to back scores from Whitmore appeared to bring the guests back into the EuroLeague Women tie (22-27).
Bourges continued to struggle and saw their advantage fall to just 3 points (29-26) before Emméline Ndongue came to the rescue with the last 6 points of the first half.
This allowed Bourges Basket to go into the locker room with the first big lead of the match (37-26).
Ndongue continued from where she left off in the first half with another trip to the free-throw line. She added another point to her tally.
Thereafter Bourges Basket appeared to be in control after a three-pointer by Nóra Bujdosó (41-29) after 33 minutes.
Gambrinus did not abdicate and started to play better collectively. They hit their guests 10-2 and reduced their deficit to 4 points.
Pierre Vincent, the head coach made some tactical changes and Lelas got Bourges back on track with 4 quick points.
Despite a three-pointer from Horakova, Bourges managed to take a 7-point lead into the final period (51-44) due to back to back baskets by Katarina Manic (right) and Miyem.
The first 3 minutes of the final period belonged to the guests as they went on a (6-2) run to come to within 3 points of Bourges Basket.
Cathy Melain who was having a quiet day scored her first points of the game to settle her team's nerves. Five minutes later after a 13-0 run by Bourges the game as a contest was over (68-52).
Then the home team went on to win (72-57) to take the first game in the three-match series.
Miyem led the scoring with 19 points while Ndongue and Dumerc scored 17 and 12 points each.
Gambrinus had a better three-point percentage 6-of-11 but still finished 15 points short. Hamchetou Maiga Ba who is well known in the LFB led the scoring with 13 points.
Whitmore and Petra Kulichová also finished in double digits with 12 points each.
The second leg will be shown live on EuroSport 2 and CT4 Sports from the Czech Republic.