African Champions D’Tigress humiliated Democratic Republic of Congo 79-46 to reach the semi-finals of the FIBA Women’s Afrobasket 2019 in Dakar, Senegal on Thursday.
Like other games, the D’Tigress started brightly in the first half and took a 15 points lead at the end of the second quarter (38-23). But could have been more if they had not struggled at the offensive end in the last 4 minutes of the second quarter.
Congo took a 4-0 run at the start of the third quarter but that didn’t take long as Nigeria extended their lead to 30 points (59-29) with 2:16 minutes left in the third quarter.
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Despite a late surge from the Congolese, the reigning champions were beyond reach as they made it back to back semis at the FIBA Women’s Afrobasket.
Ezinne Kalu led two other players on double figures for Nigeria. Kalu scored 17 points 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 5 steals in 23 minutes. While Victoria Macaulay added 14 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal to go with it. Captain of the team Adaora Elonu also had a brilliant game contributing 11 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 4 steals.
DR Congo also had three players on double figures, Ginette Mfutila Makiese had a team high 15 points, Mureille Muganza Nyora added 10 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal while Bernadette Ngoyisa scored 11 points and 5 rebounds in the game.
The Congolese committed a huge number of turnovers (34) against 9 suffered by Nigeria.
Nigeria will face the winner between Mali and Cote d’Ivoire in the semi final on Friday.