For Bourges Basket (team picture above), Tarbes and Montpellier, things are going well as they won four of their five games. At the bottom end of the table Toulouse are the only team without a victory in 2011.
Challes-les-Eaux drop out of the top four after falling at home to Bourges Basket (60-72).
Mistie Bass from Challes-les-Eaux continued from her weekend's performance against Tarbes with 25 points and 9 rebounds.
Her team-mate Bianca Thomas contributed 11 points. But their combined efforts were not enough to trouble Bourges Basket.
Bourges Basket went into the lead 30 seconds before the end of the first quarter and led (14-11) at the start of the second quarter.
They then controlled the second and third quarter and opened up a 17-point advantage going into the final quarter (59-42).
Collectively Bourges were too strong for Challes-les-Eaux. In addition Cathy Joens with 17 and Paoline Salagnac with 14 points (6 assists and 5 steals) were in excellent form as their side cruised to another LFB victory.
Tarbes remain in second place after overcoming Mondeville (66-63).
The first 20 minutes belonged to Mondeville, playing at home. They scored the first 10 points of the game in less than two minutes and led (28-12) by the end of the first quarter.
Tarbes woke up during the second quarter but still went into the locker room trailing (29-40).
For the first time Tarbes went ahead with nine minutes left to play in the final quarter. But they had to wait until the 35th minute to take the lead for good through Erin Thorn.
Montpellier's 14-0 run during the first quarter (17-6) put them in charge for good against Aix-en-Provence. Then Montpellier paced themselves to victory with Ana Lelas and Gaëlle Skrela doing doing most of the damage with 17 and 18 points respectively.
Hollie Grima and Natalie Hurst fired in 24 and 22 points respectively for Aix-en-Provence. Yet they were powerless in stopping their hosts.
Nantes-Rezé move back into the top 4 after an overtime victory against Charleville-Mézières (64-61). However they are tied with Arras and Basket Landes in fourth place.
Arras won another derby of the north in beating Union Hainaut (74-58) with 27 points coming from Pauline Akonga N’Simbo.
Jennifer Humphrey who played for COB Calais last season fired in 18 points for Basket Landes as they came from behind in the final quarter to overturn Calais (68-54).
Villeneuve d'Ascq beat Toulouse (87-58). But they had to wait until the second quarter to get things going. Olayinka Sanni compiled a double-double of 23 points and 15 rebounds while new signing Adrijana Knezevic scored 14 points.