The Nigeria Women’s basketball team, D’Tigress, have qualified for the quarter-final stage of the ongoing FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in Spain.
D’Tigress sealed their place among the last eight teams with a nervy 57-56 win over Greece on Wednesday at the Santa Cruz court in Tenerife.
Having secured back-to-back wins against Turkey and Argentina, expectations were high that the Coach Otis Hughley tutored side will continue their record-breaking run at the World Cup and that they did even though it was not any easy against the Greeks.
It was all tied at the end of the first quarter as the Nigerian Ladies had 15 points just as their Greek counterparts did.
Things, however, got better for the D’Tigress in the second quarter as they established a five-point going into halftime; winning 16-11.
The third quarter got better for Nigeria as they further increased their lead with their 17-11 win.
However, it did not look too good for the D’Tigress in the final quarter as Greek Women tried hard to claw backinto the game; leading as much as 10-3 in the decisive final quarter. Even though D’Tigress lost the final quarter 9-19, they held on to finish overall at 57-56.
The Nigeria Women’s basketball team now have their work well cut out as they are billed to face the United States of America in the quarter-final.
Tunde Eludini is a graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Nigeria where he studied International Relations. He is a Senior Correspondent coordinating the sports section for PREMIUM TIMES. Twitter: @tundeyeludini