Title favourites advance to #AfroBasketWomen Quarter-Finals
DAKAR (Senegal) – Hosts Senegal, reigning champions Nigeria, Mali and Mozambique have booked their locations within the Quarter-Finals of the 26th version of the FIBA Girls’s AfroBasket.
Defending champions Nigeria made mild work of Cameroon 106-39 on Tuesday in a one-sided tie .
4 gamers scored 14 factors apiece together with captain Adaora Elonu, Aisha Balarabe, debutant Promise Amukamara and Ify Ibekwe whereas level guard Ezinne Kalu added 12 factors to encourage Nigeria to the most important win at this event up to now.
This efficiency was an announcement of intent from the West Africans who bossed the paint choosing an unbelievable 54 rebounds as in comparison with Cameroon’s 18. Of the 54, Elonu picked eight whereas Evelyn Akhator made it her enterprise to get seven to her identify.
Nigeria led 17-Zero within the first quarter earlier than Cameroon considerably discovered their toes to lastly rating however even then the gulf in school was visibly evident. The Lionesses physique language mentioned all of it amidst their very own self-inflicted surprising efficiency.
Nigeria led 49-23 on the half time break and resumed play within the third quarter with the identical depth that they began the sport with. They executed a full court docket press and utterly despatched the Cameroon guards into disarray a lot to the shock of head coach Natosha Cummings-Worth who couldn’t consider her eyes.
Ibekwe, Balarabe and Atonye Nyingifa wore their hearts on their sleeves and threw all the pieces on court docket and in the identical spirit Kalu was immense on the high.
Ultimately, Nigeria was too sturdy for his or her neighbours Cameroon who had no solutions to all of the questions D’Tigress threw at them all through the sport.