Nigeria’s female basketball national team, D’Tigress will seek revenge against USA when both sides clash on July 27 at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, megasportsarena.com reports.
This is sequel to a sublime thrashing handed the Nigerians by the Americans in a pre-Olympics build-up game, which left the US women’s basketball team in a buoyant mood.
The Americans, who lost their two earlier test matches, ended their build-up schedule with an emphatic 93-62 victory over D’Tigress in Las Vegas, USA, as they took the game with all gusto and verve, haven seen Nigeria’s male squad, D’Tigers stun their counterparts the previous weekend.
To avoid suffering the same blight, the USA ladies held D’Tigress to just 30.6 per cent shooting and shot 53.8 per cent overall, as they outscored Nigeria in all four quarters of the game, though only by one point in the third quarter.
The USA’s top performers were A’ja Wilson and Breanna Stewart, who led with 16 points and 10 rebounds and 14 points and six assists respectively, while Atonye Nyingifa led D’Tigress with nine points.
Atlanta Dream of USA center, Elizabeth Williams played 29 minutes and scored four points for D’Tigress, but former US youth international , Nneka Ugwumike sat out of the game, as Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) is still reviewing her nationality switch.
On the other hand, her younger sister, Chiney Ogwumike starred for D’Tigress, as she has lodged a strong appeal against FIBA’s decision to rule her ineligible for a national switch and classified her as a naturalized citizen.
The Ugwumike sister will now hope to be cleared in time to be part of D’Tigress’ first group fixture at the Tokyo Games, as the Nigerians will hope for a better result against the same US team on July 27, following which they will also face France and Japan in Group B.