D’Tigress pip host Mali to advance into final 

Nigeria’s women basketball team, D’Tigress, are through into the final of the ongoing 2017 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket Championship in Bamako, Mali after defeating the host 48-47 on Saturday.

The girls have also secured a ticket for the 2018 FIBA World Cup in Spain with the victory over their Malian counterparts.

D’Tigress continued their blistering run of form in a campaign for a third title, starting the first quarter with a relatively low margin of 10-7 points.

The second quarter ended 23-12, while the third quarter,
which proved difficult for the Sam Vincent-led team, saw the Malians move raced to a 17-16 win for the quarter.

The final quarter was almost a nightmare for D’Tigress who could not match the fireworks of the hosts as the Malians won the quarter with 18-9 points but the result was good enough for the Nigerians to win the game with 48-47 points to secure a place in the final and also grab one of the two World Cup tickets available.

D’Tigress’ Ezinne Kalu contributed a total of 11 points and six assists to the victory.

Nigeria will take on Senegal on Sunday for the final of the 2017 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket Championship.

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