AFROBASKET CHAMPIONSHIP 2023: D’Tigress Defeat Rwanda, Set Up Final Clash With Senegal

Nigeria women basketball team, D’Tigress have defeated Rwanda to reach the final of this year’s FIBA Women AfroBasket Championship for a record 4th consecutive time (2017, 2019, 2021, 2023).

The Nigerian side which continued its dominance in basketball on the continent on Thursday evening defeated host Rwanda 79-48 at the BK Arena to qualify for the final.

Under a newly appointed manager Rena Wakama, D’Tigress who are the defending champions, also picked one of the two tickets allocated to Africa for the 2024 Pre- Olympic Games qualifiers.

D’Tigress seized control of the game from start to finish securing a 22-6 win in the first quarter and by halftime, they continued their dominance by leading 44-18.

Despite the host showing enough zeal to pick up their performance in the third quarter, Nigeria dominated them by 58-35 before wrapping up the game in the final quarter with a well deserved 79-48 win.

Speaking after the game, Rena Wakama, Head coach of Nigeria said, “There’s no secret. But they should be empowered. I believed in them. And I put a lot of confidence. And here we are doing amazing things. Team work and confidence in them, and we see the results.”

Amy Okonkwo against Rwanda

Amy Okonkwo led the D’Tigresses to victory with a game-high 23 points, while Olaoluwatomi Taiwo followed with 12 units to her name

Okonkwo also contributed 10 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists

D’Tigress has now extended their unbeaten run to 23 games.

The last time Nigeria lost a game in the Women’s Afrobasket was in 2015 against Cameroon in the semifinals.

Nigeria will now take on Senegal in Saturdays Final.

Senegal who returns back to the AfroBasket Women finals since 2019, in the other Semi-Finals, overcame fellow West African side, Mali, 75-65.

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