Nigerian women's basketball team D'Tigress beat Cote d'Ivoire to advance to semifinals of 2021 AfroBasket

The D'Tigress are through to the semifinals of the 2021 AfroBasket.

D'Tigress of Nigeria are through to the semifinals of 2021 AfroBasket (Instagram/AfroBasket)

Nigerian women's basketball team D'Tigress have continued their quest for a third straight AfroBasket title with a win over Cote d'Ivoire to advance to the semifinals of the 2021 edition.

After emerging from Group B with three wins, the D'Tigress on Wednesday, September 23, 2021, faced Cote d'Ivoire in a quarterfinal clash in Yaounde, Cameroon.

The D' Tigress started the better side with a starting five of Ezinne Kalu, Victoria Macaulay, Ify Ibekwe, Odera Chidom, and captain Adaora Elonu took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and eventually winning 24-8.

In the second quarter, they continued their dominance and extended their lead by 22 points, heading into half-time with a 43-21 scoreline.

Cote d'Ivoire fought back in the third and fourth quarter, but Nigeria were too much for them and held on for a final 72-56 victory.

Kalu once again was the standout performer for D'Tigress with 17 points, four rebounds, six assists and one steal.

The D'Tigress will play Senegal-who beat Mozambique in the quarterfinals- for a place in the final.

Nigeria have won this title four times and are the reigning champions after winning back to back in 2017 and 2019.

The D'Tigress are seeking a third consecutive win in the competition, which only Senegal achieved when they won thrice in a row in 194, 1977 and 1979.

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