Connect with us

Sports

D’Tigress stun France to boost qualification hopes for FIBA 2022 World Cup

Published

on

Nigeria women’s basketball team, D’Tigress on Friday bounced back from a disappointing defeat against China to win against world number five, France.

The Nigerian ladies are on the verge of qualifying for the 2022 FIBA Women World Cup to be hosted later in the year after a 67-65 point victory.

The team led by Coach Otis Hughley did just enough to rally back from a 17pt deficit in the first quarter to snatch a win and book their second consecutive world Cup outing with a game to spare.

Second quarter saw a more purposeful and dominant D’Tigress crawl their way back into the game with a 16-10pts win to close the first half 27-38.

The team applied more pressure to win the third quarter 21-14 before another impressive 19-13pts finish in the 4th quarter to seal the win.

Read Also: D’Tigress begin FIBA World Cup qualifying series with defeat to China

Victoria Macaulay shouldered the scoring burden on the night with 19 points while contributing 4 assists.

The Galatasaray of Turkey centre also did some work defensively with 4 rebounds, 5 steals and 4 blocks to help the team secure its first ever win against France.

The French girls will not forget Oderah Chidom in a hurry after contributing 13pts, 5assts and 6rebs to avenge the 2020 Olympics and 2018 FIBA World Cup defeats.

Promise Amukamara and Adaora Elonu added 10pts each to seal a victory for the team.

Second placed Nigeria will face Mali at noon on Sunday with the hope of sealing qualification for the Australia tournament, while France will hope to bounce back when they meet China.

Join the conversation

Opinions

Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism

Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.

As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.

If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.

Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.

Donate Now

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

15 − three =

TEST

Investigations