The LFB Championship play-off game between Mondeville and Bourges was broadcast live by Normandie TV and made available on the internet.
The first five minutes were rather dull with both sides missing almost everything with just a single point scored.
Mondeville, playing at home, finally gave the scorekeepers some work to do with Aurélie Bonnan (left) and Temeka Johnson scoring.
With Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui finally warmed up Tarbes started to find their way to the basket. They went into the lead (12-7) with two minutes to play in the first quarter.
The introduction of Clarisse Costaz for Mondeville paid off as she picked up her team with 5 points to end the quarter trailing by 2 points (15-17).
Tarbes continued with their player-to-player marking system as they moved 11 points clear (28-17) halfway through the second quarter.
Tarbes continued to keep the ball away from Lenae Williams and went into the interval (35-27) ahead.
Yacoubou-Dehoui (pictured) was having problems running. She was limping and was taken off to have a rest with her team leading (41-32).
Johnson was quick to take advantage of Yacoubou-Dehoui's absence by picking up defensive rebounds and rushing down the other end "coast to coast" to score back to back baskets. With her quick hands she made an opening for Williams, who hit a trey.
Within 90 seconds of Yacoubou-Dehoui's departure Mondeville's deficit was down to 2 points (40-42).
Tarbes were on the back foot while Bonnan and Yacine Séné scored to take Tarbes into the final quarter leading (49-43).
François Gomez decided it was better to bring Yacoubou-Dehoui back during the final quarter.
Mondeville pushed their advantage to 10 points (57-47) with seven minutes left to play.
Tarbes stepped up defensively and with the pace of Isis Arrondo finding holes in the Mondeville defense they went on a 11-0 run with Hamchetou Maïga-Ba, Frida Eldebrink, Fatimatou Sacko and Yacoubou-Dehoui all scoring (57-56).
The game got faster as the teams traded basket for basket. Florence Lepron started to perform her magic for Tarbes while Johnson was Mondeville's main weapon.
However with a minute to play Tarbes had regained the lead (67-66) through Lepron.
Lepron's perfect free-throwing 4-of-4 was enough to see Tarbes through (71-68).