Nigeria women’s basketball team, D’Tigress have emerged champions of the 2019 FIBA women’s AfroBasket in Dakar, Senegal.
Nigeria successfully defended the title they won in 2017 by defeating the hosts in the final on Sunday night.
With the home crowd cheering Senegal inside a 15,000 capacity arena, it was a disappointing defeat for them as D’Tigress held on to win 60-55.
The first, second and third quarters were won by Nigeria (10-14, 14-18, 13-16) but it was a nervy fourth as the hosts put up a scare to win 18-12, which was however not enough.
Evelyn Akhator led with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 1 assist to help D’Tigress retain their title.
Nigeria become the second team after Angola to have successfully defended the AfroBasket title.
And Nigeria have now won the competition a total of four times since its inception.