D’Tigress beat Senegal, qualify for AfroBasket finals

Defending Afrobasket champions, D’Tigress of Nigeria, beat Senegal to qualify for the finals of this year’s competition.

Defending Afrobasket champions, D’Tigress of Nigeria, beat Senegal to qualify for the finals of this year’s competition.

After going 2-0 in the group stage with blow out wins against Mozambique (67-50) and Angola (85-65), the champions were confident entering the knockout stages of the competition.

D’Tigresses got another dominant win over the Ivory Coast (72-56) in the quarter finals before coming into today’s game with the aim of qualifying for back to back finals. Head coach Otis Hughley went with a starting lineup of Adaora Elonu, Odera Chidom, Ezinne Kalu, Victoria Macaulay and Ify Ibekwe.

The game started quickly for Nigeria as they took the first quarter with a 22-11 point lead.

The lead was extended to 45-31 by the half. The 3rd quarter ended 60-44 and Nigeria held off a late rally to end the game 73-63 Nigeria will take on Mali in the finals on Sunday.

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