Nigeria’s D’Tigress continued their impressive form at AfroBasket Women 2015 on Monday, beating West African rivals Senegal 75-64.
With the win Scott Nnaji’s team climbed top of Group B thanks to Angola’s defeat early in the day.
Nothing seemed to work out for Senegal as the team leading scorer Astou Traore only scored her first two points later in the third quarter to finish with six points.
Although D’Tigress entered the final quarter leading 60-48, Senegal managed to cut the deficit to just six points. But a succession of poor execution resulting in three turnovers in that moment of the game allowed Nigeria to regain a 12-point lead.
Both Helen Ogunjimi and playmaker Sarah Ogoke came off the bench to reenergise Nigeria’s offense. The pair combined for three Nigeria’s three-pointers as Ogoke led all scorers with 18 points.
Fiba.com reports that it was Nigeria’s first win over Senegal in the last three meetings at AfroBasket Women competition.
Nigeria improved their mark to 3-1, prompting Joyce Ekworomadu to describe the win as “big statement, but we need to face one game at time.”