Traditionally the first week of LFB basketball is hectic for the clubs in the first division with three games to be played within a space of 10 days.
However the railway strike and fuel shortage in France prevented three games of the second round taking place.
The bad news from the second round of games was the injury of Amélie Pochet (left) from Basket Landes.
After 26 minutes in the game against Mondeville she fell to the ground and her scream was enough to say something serious had happened. This time she popped her other knee and from all accounts it is another ACL injury for her.
Two three-pointers by Lenae Williams gave Mondeville the perfect start to lead (10-6) after six minutes of play.
Basket Landes then went on the attack. With clutch three-point shooting and excellent point guard play by Katarina Manic (left), they edged in front (18-14) after 10 minutes to go into the interval ahead (37-26).
Mondeville picked up the intensity after the break. Thanks to 9 points from Aurélie Bonnan reduced their deficit going into the final quarter (46-49).
Mondeville regained the lead with a three-pointer by K. B. Sharp (51-49) with nine minutes to play.
Jennifer Humphrey and Manic led the charge by Basket Landes as they put a 14-3 run together to go in front (63-54) with four minutes left to play.
Mondeville fought back and with nine seconds left to play they thought they had levelled the game when Williams hit a shot close to the three-point line. The officials signalled only 2 points and the chance of overtime disappeared.
USO Mondeville: Touty Gandega 6, Anne-Sophie Pagnier 0, Esther Niamké-Moisan 0, Aija Brumermane 9 (4 steals), K. B. Sharp 13, Lenae Williams 17, Yacine Sene 2, Pauline Thizy 3 , Aurélie Bonnan 9, Valeriya Berezhynska 8
Basket Landes: Aminata Konate 7, Katarina Manic 20, Bineta Diouf 2, Anaïs Le Gluher 3, Julie Barennes 8, Amélie Pochet 3, Julia Borde DNP, Marion Laborde 13, Jennifer Humphrey 20
For the first 20 minutes Villeneuve d'Ascq dominated COB Calais and led (53-33) at the interval.
The second half was a completely different story with Calais taking over the affair and reducing their deficit to a single point with three minutes to play.
Somehow Villeneuve, playing at home, weathered the storm and pulled off the victory.
Ingrid Tanqueray (right) was once again the star player for the hosts with 16 points, 7 assists and 2 steals. Olayinka Sanni and Carla Thomas chipped in 18 and 17 points each, while Bridgette Mitchell scored 16 points.
This victory did not stop Abdou N'Diaye, the head coach, from making his displeasure known about the performance of his team during the second half of the LFB derby.