The Nigeria senior women basketball team, D’Tigress defeated Senegal to retain the Afrobasket title in Dakar yesterday.
The D’Tigress won by 60-55.
It will be recalled that the Nigerian team won the 2017 edition of the competition by defeating the same Senegalese team.
D’Tigress won the first quarter 14-10, took the second 18-14 and the third 16-13 before the Senegalese ladies in a last ditch effort won the final quarter 18-12.
D’Tigress captain Evelyn Akhator was the best performer for the champions as she contributed 14 points and also made nine rebounds.
To emerge champions, D’Tigress didn’t lose a single match as they won their two group matches 75-26 against Tunisia and 106-39 against Cameroon. In the quarter-finals, they beat Congo DR 79-46 before edging out Mali 79-58 in the semi-finals, Daily Trust reports.
The third place match played before the final between Mali and Mozambique ended 66-54 in favour of Mali. Meanwhile, Apart from the title, D’Tigress have also picked one of the tickets to the African pre-qualifiers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The official draw which held on Saturday in Dakar pooled Nigeria, Mozambique and Congo DR in Group A while Senegal, Mali and Angola were placed in Group B. The African Pre-Qualifiers for the Tokyo games will take place from November 14-17 at a country yet to be determined.