Nigeria women basketball team, D’Tigress defeated Angola 85-65 to qualify for the quarterfinal of the ongoing FIBA Afrobasket Women in Yaounde, Cameroon.
D’Tigress began their title defence with a hard fought victory against Mozambique and have now followed it through with a convincing 20 point win over Angola to secure a place in the last eight.
Unlike we’ve seen in previous games, this time, Coach Otis Hughley’s girls got out of the block immediately after tip-off racing into a 31-18 lead over Angola at the end of Q1. It was the same story in the second quarter as D’Tigress extended their Q1 lead by an extra 11 points to lead 51-28 at half time.
D’Tigress however cooled off with the tempo in the second half but did enough to emerge winners by 20 points.
The top performers on the day were: Ezinne Kalu who had 12 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists and 3 steals; Odera Chidom with 10 points, 6 rebounds and an assist; Amy Okonkwo also with 10 pointd, 6 rebounds and an assist; Captain Adaora Elonu with another 10 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists and finally Amukamara Promise with 10 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 3 steals.
The journey to achieving the ‘three-peat’ continues as the girls wait for confirmation of their quarterfinal opponents.