Nigeria’s D’Tigress have set up a quarter final meeting with the United States of America following a 57-56 victory over Greece in the ongoing 2018 FIBA Women’s World Cup.
Sarah Imovbioh replaced injured Aisha Mohammed who until her injury had been sensational for Nigeria averaging 10 points per game.
Kalu Ezinne and Evelyn Akhator led the D’Tigress scorers chart with 14 points while Promise Amukarama weighed in with 13points.
The tension soaked encounter had the Honorable Minister of Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung in attendance.
Akhator once again emerged the top performer for the team with 14 points, 13 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 assists.
With about 30 seconds to the end of the game and Greece leading by a point, Elo Edema caught a rebound before being fouled. She converted the resulting 2 free throws to give the D’Tigress 57points to 56 lead.
Reacting after the match, team captain, Adaora Elonu said the victory was well deserved against a team that were also hungry for a win.
“The victory was very difficult but we are happy that at the end, we won. Winning the game for Africa and Nigerians in the presence of the Minister of Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung who today turned 54 made it extra special.”
The game which was only tied in the first quarter saw the D’Tigress end the 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarters (31-26, 48-37, 57-56) as winners.
NBBF Vice President, Babs Ogunade lauded the never say die spirit of the girls.
He said the qualification for the quarter finals of the World Cup marks a new dawn in the history of basketball in Nigeria.
“Now, the whole world will start taking us seriously as we have registered our name on the global basketball map.”
The federation is proud of the girls while Nigerians around the world are walking tall because of this victory against Greece.”
Ogunade said the team will savor the victory and qualification for a while before hitting the gym on Thursday to prepare for the quarter final clash against World number 1, United States of America on Friday.”