Nigeria women’s basketball team, D’Tigress have sealed their spot in the quarter-finals of the ongoing FIBA AfroBasket in Dakar, Senegal.
Nigeria, defending champions of the continental showpiece, walloped Cameroon 106-39 on Tuesday.
With the 2015 71-70 Afrobasket semi-final loss to the Cameroonians still on their minds, the Nigerians exerted their superiority on the Central Africans from the tip-off taking the first quarter 21-7.
The girls took the second quarter 28-16 heading into half-time with a comfortable 26-point lead, ending the half 49-23.
The Nigerians continued the intensity in the third quarter, outscoring their opponents 23-10, before taking the final set 34-6 and ending the game with a difference of 67 points.
Reacting to the game, former captain of the team, Aisha Mohammed, who played in the loss to Cameroon in 2015, said the win meant a lot to the team and more importantly, they want to retain their title.
“It means a lot to us because we are trying to defend our title. In 2015, they beat us and we wanted to win this game badly. This is not the first time we are beating a team with over 100 points, we are just here to win and retain our title, that’s why we’re here and we are going to make sure we keep on working,” she said.
Promise Amukamara was the top performer of the day with 14 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Captain AdaoraElonu was also one of D’Tigress’ top performers with 14 points alongside IfyIbekwe and Mohammed, who finished the game on 14 points respectively.
Nigeria defeated Tunisia 75-26 in their first game of the tournament.
Having kicked off their campaign with a victory over Tunisia, D’Tigress are three wins away from retaining the title they won in 2017.