The two teams were tied (21-21) at the end of the first quarter and continued to trade baskets until the 18th minute of the game (33-33).
Pauline Krawczyk (pictured) and Khadijah Whittington finished the quarter strongly for Montpellier as they went into the locker room leading (41-37).
Villeneuve regained the advantage early in the third quarter (44-43) before collapsing totally and conceding 13 straight points.
Krawczyk was having an excellent evening from behind the arc as the hosts went into the final quarter leading (64-53). Sylvie Gruszczynski and Krawczyk quickly increased the lead to 20 points (73-53) and ended this game as a contest with eight minutes remaining.
The concept of defense was thrown out of the window for the rest of the match with Montpellier outscoring Villeneuve (17-15) to take a 22-point lead into the second leg.