Nigeria’s women basketball team, D’Tigress, have been crowned the winners of the 2017 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket Championship after defeating Senegal 65-48 in the final on Sunday in Bamako, Mali.
The Sam Vincent-led team defeated the host Mali in the semi-final of the tournament on Saturday to secure a ticket for the 2018 FIBA World Cup in Spain.
The Senegalese edged the Nigerian girls 18-12 in the first quarter but could not maintain the tempo in the second quarter. The D’Tigress however doubled their efforts in the second quarter to win the period with a margin of 11 points and to end the first half with 33-28 points.
D’Tigress continued to show dogged defending despite their lead, making life difficult for their opponents in the third quarter. It ended 48-35 in favour of the green and whites.
The Nigerian girls had to do a lot to keep the Senegalese at arm’s length in the fourth quarter as Nigeria led with 17 points margin against Senegal’s 13 points to end the game with 65-48 points.
Nigeria’s top scorer in the match was Evelyn Akhator who scored 13 points and the captain Aisha Mohammed made seven rebounds in the game.
Vincent led Nigeria to win the 2003 and 2005 editions and also added the 2017 edition to make it his third title in the Championship.
Nigeria’s D’Tigress’ Road to glory:
Nigeria 80-69 Mozambique
Nigeria 84-47 DR Congo
Nigeria 106-72 Egypt
Nigeria 106-33 Guinea
Nigeria 58-54 Senegal
Nigeria 98-43 Ivory Coast
Nigeria 48-47 Mali
Nigeria 65-48 Senagal