Nigeria’s senior basketball women team, D’Tigress continued their quest for top honours at the AfrobasketWomen2015 in Yaounde, Cameroon with another commanding performance, beating Guinea 100-47.
The team had ended Egypt’s unbeaten run last Saturday in a Group B action, with a comprehensive 97-68 victory after their shock opening loss to reigning champions Angola last Friday.
Against their Guinean counterparts yesterday, the Scott Nnaji-tutored girls got off in a frightening fashion leading their fellow West African opponents 25-9 in the first quarter.
Nigeria’s assault was spearheaded by Joyce Ekworomadu inspired who scored 12 points or more, while Nadia Peruch-Niang paced Guinea with 17 points and 7 rebounds.
Guinea, in the second quarter, made 3 shots from beyond the arc, cutting the deficit to just 13 points, but it was a matter of time as Nigeria went on to close the third quarter with a 73-40 lead.
Nigeria made their total dominance of the game count, and it became more evident in the painted area where they out-rebounded Guinea 63-30.
Helen Ogunjimi was the heroine after coming off the bench to make 15 of her game-high 19 points from beyond the arc.
Eventually Peruchi-Niang summed up Guinea aspirations in the competition: “I have told the girls not to worry about the score. Those teams Senegal and Nigeria are way too ahead of us. But we still have to get better and learn from our mistakes.”
The winner of this year’s AfroBasket Women will automatically secure direct qualification for the Rio 2016 summer Olympics, while the teams that finish second and third will have a second Olympic chance by playing a FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women next year.


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