Nigeria’s female basketball team, D’ Tigress, has been knocked out the FIBA Women’s World Cup by United States of America.
After winning the first quarter, D’ Tigress succumbed to a resurgent USA in the quarter-final of the competition in Tenerife, Spain. The US women basketball team shook off an inauspicious start to qualify for the semi-final with a 71-40 win over D’Tigress.
Ezinne Kalu led D’Tigress with eight points, four rebounds and two assists. Amina Mohammed returned to the team after she missed the quarterfinal qualifying game against Greece due to injury. The centre couldn’t impact the game as she had in the previous games, scoring just two points in the game.
Eveyln Akhator set the ball rolling when she won a defensive rebound, then sunk a jump shot to open the scoring. The first quarter ended 9-17 with D’Tigress firmly in control of proceedings but Otis Hughley’s side could not build on the positive start as USA limited Nigeria to just six points in the second quarter to the Americans 18.
D’Tigress held onto the lead till Breanna Stewart sunk a trey with 2:04 on the clock. Aj’a Wilson extended the lead by one point from the free throw line. Wilson scored another two points from a layup to close out the scoring for the quarter and ensure the Americans never looked back.