Nigeria’s national women basketball team, D’Tigress are on course for a third African title at the ongoing 20th edition of the FIBA Africa Championship for Women in Yaounde, Cameroon.
Yesterday, the Nigerian girls made it four wins in a row at the championship after crushing their Algerian counterparts 79-49, a victory which puts them on the brink of Thursday’s quarter-finals.
D’Tigress have not dropped a game since their opening loss to title-holders Angola last Friday. The Algerians played an encouraging first-half, but could not avoid a heavy defeat against Nigeria.
Three Nigerians scored ten points or more, while Algeria’s Sarah Nemmouchi finished with a team-high 13 points.
After trailing for the entire opening quarter, Nemmouchi gave Algeria a 18-16 lead, but Nigeria’s Olayinka Sanni put her team back in front to close the half leading 30-21.
There could not be a bigger indication of Nigeria’s dominance in the painted area than their 57-32 rebounding advantage as three Nigerian players grabbed ten or more boards.
Nigeria coach Scott Nnaji used all twelve players at his disposal as they head into the last eight with four-game winning streak
At some point of the game, Nigeria appeared to have control of the game, especially as Algeria made 15 points from beyond arc, exposing Nigeria’s fragile perimeter defense. But, Nigeria regrouped in time to clinch their fourth straight win.
The Nigerian girls will face either Mozambique or Gabon in the quarter-final on Thursday.


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