Nigeria’s female basketball national team, D’Tigress will on Tuesday go out for their second match at the 2019 African Women’s Basketball Championship in Dakar, Senegal, with eastern neighbors, Cameroon as the team standing between them an a quarter-finals ticket, megasportsarena.com reports.
D’Tigress are the defending champions, from the last edition in Mali, and their opening day victory against Tunisia gives confidence of a ticket into the next round at FIBA Women’s Afribasket 2019.
The holders started their title defence with a blow out win over Tunisia on Saturday at the new Dakar Arena in Senegal, with Evelyn Akhator on top for Nigeria in a 75-26 win over the North Africans.
Akhator scored a game high 13 points to finish with 10 rebound double-double while adding 3 steals, 1 block and 2 assists in the game, shooing ar 83.33% of her field goals and made 3/4 from the free throw line in 15 minutes.
Atonye Nyingifa added 12 points and 4 rebounds the second player on double figures for Nigeria, while Jasmine Nwajei (7), Sarah Ogoke (6) and Sarah Imovbioh (6) were effective from the boards.
With 6:25 minutes remaining in the second quarter, Nigeria had taken a 20 points lead over Tunisia (38-8) and further made it a 30 points lead heading to the break (40-10).
Tunisia could only score 4 points in the entire second quarter and the damage was however worsened in the second half as the North African side were left in sorry state.
No Tunisian player made a double digit point in the entire game, but D’Tigress gave away 21 turn overs and made three of 18 from the deep, which observers said they must correct before taking on Cameroon in their second game on Tuesday for a place in the quarter-finals.