AFROBASKET CHAMPIONSHIP: D’Tigress Win Fourth Consecutive African Tittle Against Senegal

D’Tigress of Nigeria has emerged champions of Africa again following a 84-74 win over Senegal in the final of the 2023 FIBA Women’s Afrobasket tournament in Rwanda.

The game against the Senegalese was a rematch of the final of the 2019 Women’s Afrobasket and the semi-final of the 2021 edition which Nigeria won on both occasions.

Saturday’s (Today’s) victory by the country’s female national team is historic as the defending champions have become only the second team ever after Senegal to win four consecutive titles.

After waiting for 12 solid years with no title to show for their efforts, D’Tigress ended the drought as they were crowned champions in 2017. The team then followed up with victories in 2019, 2021 and now 2023.

D’Tigress crowned 2023 Afrobasket champions in Rwanda

Nigeria won the first quarter, 19-10 before increasing the lead with more intensity in the second quarter by 43-31at halftime.

The Senegalese returned from the break rejuvenated, and they rally back the lead 62-57 at the end of the third quarter.

While the final quarter was fiercely contested, D’Tigress secure a 10-point victory to etch their name in African basketball history.

On Thursday, the Nigerians dispatched Rwanda, the hosts, 79-48 in the semi-final to book a place in the finale.

The coach Wakama maintained the starting five of the previous game; Amy Okonkwo, Palla Kunaiyi-Akpanah, Elizabeth Balogun, Sarah Ogoke and Blessing Ejiofor.

Interestingly, first time team coach of the D’Tigress, Rena Wakama is the first female coach to win the Afrobasket title.

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