The Nigeria Senior Women’s Basketball Team D’tigress on Thursday reach another final in the ongoing Afrobasket Women’s Championship, after crushed host country Rwanda, 79-48.
D’tigress who are yet to loose any match and are now gunning for their fourth successive championship trophy, have maintained their dominance in the competition since 2015.
The talented team also achieved the feat of being unbeaten in 23 games. They will face the winner between Senegal and Mali in the final on Saturday, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
In the game, Amy Okonkwo, known for her superb skills qualities as she recorded 23 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and one block to help the team get pass Rwanda who had a huge home support.
According to NAN, the D’tigress were dominant all through the four quarters of the match recording, 22-6, 22-12, 17-14 and 13-21 to coast home a 79-48 victory.
Going memory lane, 2015 was the last time Nigeria lost a game in the Women’s Afrobasket against Cameroon in the semi-finals.
In reaction to the achievement, Head Coach of Rwanda, Sheik Caar, a post match news conference revealed that Nigeria is a power house in basketball and that they made three points looked easy and they had 45 per cent average.
Caar said, “If you have a team making three points look easy and you only have just one player making points how are you going to win a team like Nigeria.
“We tried but Nigeria are better physically and mentally, indeed they deserve to win and we just have to prepare harder next time.”
Nigeria’s Head Coach, Rena Wakama also made comments applauding the team for their triumph.
Interestingly, the coach had just two weeks to prepare the team said, “It’s a very good feelings I give kudos to the players who gave their best and have done very well to reach another final.
“Indeed it’s a great achievement and we look forward to playing in the final and winning the championship trophy,”
Wakama’s D’tigress records in the competition are: 69-35 against Congo, 83-65 against Egypt, 59-52 against Mozambique and now 79-48 against Rwanda.