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.
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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.