D’Tigress win fourth consecutive women’s Afrobasket title on Saturday…
Nigeria’s senior women’s basketball team, DTigress won a fourth consecutive women’s Afrobasket title on Saturday night at the BK Arena in Rwanda.
D’Tigress recorded a 84-74 victory against arch-rivals, Senegal to be crowned the 2023 FIBA women’s Afrobasket champions.
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The first quarter ended in a nine-point game with Nigeria showing their superiority early on. The Senegalese ladies, however, kept the margin closer as Nigeria went into the halftime break with a 24-21 scoreline in the second quarter.
At the beginning of the second half, Senegal added more bite to their game and this paid off as they won the third quarter 26-19, thereby reducing the deficit to make it a five-point game between both teams.
Both teams battled it out with each other in the final quarter as Nigeria eventually took the game 84-74. This sealed it as D’Tigress won a fourth consecutive women’s Afribasket title..
Amy Okonkwo was the top performer on the day with 14 points, eight rebounds, and two assists in 37 minutes. Ifunaya Okoro was in second place contributing 16 points, four assists and two steals in 23 minutes. While Elizabeth Balogun showed up with 15 points, two assists, five rebounds and two blocks in 35 minutes.
Rena Wakama went into the tournament as the only female head coach at the 2023 FIBA women’s Afrobasket and became the first woman to lead a team to victory as D’Tigress win a fourth consecutive women’s Afrobasket title.