Nigeria’s D’Tigress have emerged champions of the 2017 FIBA Women’s Afrobasket. D’Tigress won the title on Sunday evening after defeating strong rivals Senegal 65-48 in the final.
Trailing by six points from the first quarter, the Nigerians fought back to win the second quarter 21-10 points. D’Tigress never looked back as they extended their lead by winning the third quarter 15-7 points and the fourth quarter 17-13 points.
Point guard, Osaretin Ekhator, emerged top performer for Nigeria with 13 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Following their victory, Nigeria also qualified for the FIBA Women’s World Cup in Spain next year.
D’Tigress clinched the women’s title for a third time after defeating their strong rivals Senegal 65-48 in the final as they secured their spot for the FIBA Women’s World Cup in Spain next year.
Nigerians including former vice president Atiku Abubakar, Nigerian football legends Nwankwo Kanu, Mutiu Adepoju and the country’s football governing body praised the ladies for their astounding feat in the continent.
Congratulations, ladies! You’ve brought a lot of pride to Nigeria. https://t.co/HhBm6uDiiC
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) August 27, 2017
Weldone D’Tigress. You displayed the true Nigerian spirit. Congratulations!
— The NFF 🇳🇬 (@thenff) August 27, 2017
D’TIGRESS ARE THE 2017 AFROBASKET CHAMPIONS! pic.twitter.com/fjCVUNprHL
— Nigeria Basketball (@NigeriaBasket) August 27, 2017
— Amina J Mohammed (@AminaJMohammed) August 27, 2017