Nigeria female basketball team, D Tigress recently wrote their names in history books by defeating Argentina at the on-going FIBA Women World Cup to become the first African team to get to the business end of the world’s biggest ladies’ basketball event. The victory was expected following the D’Tigress’ exploits against Turkey on Sunday, but the manner of the Argentine team’s resistance was a big surprise to many followers of the game. But at the end, the D’Tigress won by 75 points to Argentina’s 70.
The Nigerians had before the game promised to avenge the Super Eagles’ defeat by Argentina at the Russia 2018 World Cup, but they had to do it in hard way. They won the first quarter by 19 to 13, lost the second by 13 to 16, lost the third by 18 to 19 and took the final quarter by 24 to 22.
While Sarah Ogoke was the go to lady in the victory over Turkey, Promise Amukamara came to the party ready to match everything Argentina’s best lady, Mellisa Paola Gretter threw at Nigeria.
Amukamara accounted for 16 points, two rebounds, two assists and three steals to Gretter’s 21 points, seven rebounds, four assists and one steal. With the game swinging forth and back, it was left for the coaches to bring their experience to bear and in Ottis Hughley, Nigeria had a manager ready to tweak the trends to suit D’Tigress’ quest for victory. Even when the Argentines stormed back to reduce Nigeria’s lead to just one point in the third quarter, D’Tigress pegged them back in the final quarter to win the game by 75 points to 70.
D’Tigresses, recently defeated Senegal by 65 points to 48 to make the country the undisputed champions of the sport in the continent. Nigeria also holds the male version of the title.
The Afrobasket Championship final, played in front of an impressive Bamako crowd, saw the Nigerian girls going better than they did in the group stage of the competition against the same opponents, as they stifled the Senegalese’ ammunitions enroute to winning the trophy.
However, D’Tigress lost 71-40 to the United States of America (USA) in the quarter-finals of the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup played on Friday, September 28 when they came up against the reigning world champions for a place in the semifinal of the world cup.
D’Tigress also failed to bounce back from defeat to the United States of America with as they lost to France in a classification game.
They lost 84-62 to France in the classification playoff game of the ongoing 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup played on Saturday, September 29.
D’Tigress were paired against France in the qualification playoff game to determine the sides who finished fifth to eight.
Notwithstanding the outster from the World Cup, D’Tigress of Nigeria have won our hearts through their determination and history making exploits in Africa and the world at large. They are NaijaRavemakers’ Sports personality of the week.
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