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D’Tigress Nigeria beat Senegal to win 2017 Women's AfroBasket title [Video]

Nigeria are the champions of the 2017 Women's AfroBasket after they beat Senegal on Sunday.

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Nigeria are the champions of the 2017 Women's AfroBasket after they beat Senegal on Sunday.

They did it again! D’Tigress, Nigeria’s Women Basketball Team have won the Women’s AfroBasket title for the third time.

Nigeria on Sunday, August 27 defeated Senegal 65-48 to win the 2017 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket title in Bamako, Mali.

Evelyn Akhator who made the tournament All Stars scored 13points, a team high and had seven rebounds for Nigeria as they dismantled Senegal to finish the 2017 Women’s AfroBasket with a perfect winning streak.

D’Tigress play Nigeria beat Senegal to win the 2017 Women's AfroBasket title (FIBA)

 

Eight matches of the tournament they won, solidifying their dominance in African Women’s basketball.

Nigeria lost the first  quarter of the final 12-18 points but returned to take the lead in the second quarter with 21-10 advantage to end the first half with 33-28 points.

Ndidi Madu and Oumoul Khairy Sarr play Ndidi Madu of Nigeria tackles Oumoul Khairy Sarr during the game (FIBA)

 

The game looked an easy one for the coach Sam Vincent-led side who dominated the third quarter, recording 15 points against seven points by the Senegalese.

Nkechi Akashili, Ezinne Kalu and Upe Atosu play Nkechi Akashili, Ezinne Kalu and Upe Atosu celebrates Nigeria's win (FIBA)

 

The Senegalese made it harder in the last quarter as Nigeria got another 17 points against Senegal’s 13 points.

Captain of the D’Tigress Aisha Mohammed contributed seven rebounds while Adaora Elonu added four assists.

Ezinne Kalu play Ezinne Kalu of Nigeria in action during the game (FIBA)

 

Astou Traore tried to spark Senegal with game-high 17points but it was not enough to beat the D’Tigress who were clearly the better side.

Traore had a good tournament nonetheless and she was named MVP of the 2017 Women’s AfroBasket.

Astou Traore play Astou Traore of Senegal was named MVP of the 2017 Women's AfroBasket (FIBA)

This is Nigeria’s third win at the Women’s AfroBasket; they had won it in 2003 and 2005; coach Vincent was also the coach of the other two winning teams, he now has three Women’s AfroBasket titles.

Courtesy of progressing to the Final, both Nigeria and Senegal had already qualified for the 2018 FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup in Spain.

Earlier in the day, Mali beat Mozambique, 75-52, in the 3rd-Place Game.

Final standings of the FIBA Women’s AfroBasket

Evelyn Akhator (second from right) and Astou Traore (third from right) play 2017 AfroBasketWomen All Star Italee Lucas, Evelyn Akhator, Astou Traore, Leia Dongue, N. Coulibaly (FIBA)

 

(1) Nigeria (2) Senegal (3) Mali (4) Mozambique (5) Cote d'Ivoire (6) Angola (7) Egypt (8) Cameroon (9) DR Congo (10) Guinea (11) Tunisia (12) Central African Republic

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