Nigeria's D'Tigress qualify for FIBA World Cup

28 August, 2017, 02:55 | Author: Laverne Higgins
  • Afrobasket 2017 Nigeria’s D’Tigress are champions

D'Tigress defeated Senegal 65-48 in the final in Bamako, Mali to be crowned champions. They first won it in in 2003.

With the Nigerian ladies on the ascendancy, Senegal were pushed back, which only worked in the favour of the D'Tigress, who took the third quarter 15-7.

D'Tigress had earlier booked their place at next year's FIBA World Cup in Spain following their semi-final win against hosts Mali.

However, D'Tigress started the final game on a bad note, losing the first quarter 12-18 to the Senegalese, who failed to keep up in the second quarter.

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They went ahead to win 25-17 points in the third quarter and then wrapped it all up on 98-43 points at the end of the fourth quarter.

Similarly, Naignouma Coulibaly was the top performer of her team, scoring six points, 17 rebounds, one assist, one steal and a block to get efficiency rate of +19, while Nigeria's Nyingifa got +10.

But D'Tigers Captain, Aisha Muhammed, Adaora Elonu and Ezinne Kalu contributed seven rebounds, four assists and two steals respectively during the match.

Nigeria's return to glory in women basketball in the continent began on July 21 immediately Musa Kida-led NBBF was inaugurated by Solomon Dalung, Minister of Youths and Sports.

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