AfroBasket 2017: D'Tigress to face host nation Mali in semifinals

AfroBasket 2017: D'Tigress to face host nation Mali in semifinals

AfroBasket 2017: D'Tigress to face host nation Mali in semifinals

However, Astou Traore, the top performer for Senegal, scored 17 points which was the highest score in the match, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and no block, all in vain to stop D'Tigress.

Yesterday's victory was Nigeria's third in the competition having won it in Mozambique in 2003 under the same American coach, Sam Vincent.

Nigeria's women national team, D'Tigresses, yesterday defeated Senegal by 65 points to 48 to make the country the undisputed champions of the sport in the continent.

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Following their victory, Nigeria also qualified for the FIBA Women's World Cup in Spain next year.

It will be recalled that Kida said the players and officials' welfare was prioritised by the management board of the NBBF to get the best of the team. Nigeria won the third quarter 15-7 and capped it with a 17-13 hold out at the championship buzzer.

Vincent sees Nigeria as a strong favourite for the title as the team now possess a fine blend of technically and tactically sound players from the collegiate to the professional level.

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Mali stepped up the pressure on Nigeria but on a night when their shots found their way out of the main target, the hosts struggled and with mounting pressure from both the bench and the crowd, the players on court failed to handle it.

D'Tigress booked the first FIBA World Cup ticket from the African zone after advancing to the finals of the Afrobasket with the defeat of host-Mali in a hard fought semi-final game by 48points to 47.

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