Nigeria’s senior women basketball team, D’Tigress, on Sunday, defeated Senegal 65-48 to win the Women Afrobasket Championship in Mali, for the third time after 12 years.
The team had defeated host nation Mali 48-47 points in the semi-final on Saturday in Bamako to secure one of the two FIBA World Cup tickets available to Africa.
They had won the 2003 and 2005 editions. With the victory, the team has qualified for the 2018 Women FIBA Championship in Spain.
Evelyn Akhator, Dallas Wing forward, in the Women National Basketball Association (WNBA) who was selected as one of the top five performers in the competition, scored 13 points and seven rebounds for D’Tigress.
Akhator also made two assists and one steal even as she made no successful block during the final game.
D’Tigers Captain, Aisha Muhammed, Adaora Elonu and Ezinne Kalu contributed seven rebounds, four assists and two steals respectively during the match.
However, Astou Traore, the top performer for Senegal, scored 17 points which was the highest score in the match, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and no block, all in vain to stop D’Tigress.