Nigeria’s female basketball national team, D’Tigress have turned their attention on defending their title next month at the African championship in Cameroon, following their slump at the ongoing Olympic Games.
Megasportsarena.com reports that all permutations or a stunning outing in Tokyo, Japan by the Nigerian lasses fell to naught, as they lost all their three group matches and their elimination was confirmed with Sunday’s loss to Japan.
Otis Hughley’s side, therefore, failed to live up to their pre-competition billing, as the reigning African champions finally bowed out from Tokyo 2020 with a loss to the host country, Japan, which happened to be D’Tigress’ third defeat in the group stage.
A report by aclsports.com added: “Following two losses in the first two games against the US and France, Nigeria’s D’Tigress needed a win against the hosts, Japan but failed to pick up the much needed points to give themselves a shot at a place in the quarterfinals, losing 83-102.
“D’Tigress started the game brightly and did the simple and basic things right all through the four quarters but we’re undone by the trey’s from the Japanese who completed over twenty of their attempted threes while Nigeria had to make do with the two-point buckets with each possession.
“At half-time, the hosts had built a 13 point lead basically from shooting behind the arc thus accumulating an extra point with every possession they got.
“While Victoria Macaulay was the star player for D’Tigers getting the job done mostly in the paint Hayashi kept knocking down the threes for the hosts to continually pull away till the blast of the final whistle.
“D’Tigress will now look to the FIBA women’s Afrobasket in Cameroon which takes place in September to defend the title they won two years ago in Kigali, Rwanda.”