The defending champions of the FIBA Women’s Afrobasket Championship, D’Tigress of Nigeria, started their quest to win a record fourth title in a row in a blistering and devastating form as they destroy the ladies from the Democratic Republic of Congo by 69-35 points on Friday.
A huge 34 points margin difference.
The Coach Rena Wakama tutored D’Tigress left no one in doubt from the tip off as they hit hapless Congolese 16-8 in the first quarter before making it 29-18 at the interval.
Elizabeth Balogun and Sarah Ogoke were just too strong for Congolese Ladies to handle with Balogun hitting a double figure just like Ogoke.
The score at the end of the third quarter stood at 46-32, however in the final quarter, D’Tigress knocked them badly 23-3 to close the game at 69-35. 16–8, 13–10, 17–14, 23–3.
Nigeria will be back on the Kigali BK Arena court again on Sunday against Egypt.
Before then, Egypt will face Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday in the second game of group D.
The tournament features a group phase that divides the 12 teams into four groups (A, B, C, and D), with each group consisting of three teams.
In this stage, each team will engage in a one-leg game against their two group opponents.
The top teams from each group will directly advance to the quarter-finals, while the teams ranked second and third in each group will compete in knockout matches to secure a place in the quarter-finals.
As the tournament progresses to the final phase, the winners of the quarter-finals will move on to the semi-finals, while the losing teams will participate in classification games for the 5th to 8th places, 9th to 12th places.
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