Nigeria women’s basketball team’s hopes of qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympics were dashed on Wednesday as Korea defeated Belarus 66-65.
D’Tigress were eliminated on points difference following Korea’s victory over the European favourites.
D’Tigress had on Tuesday bounced back from their opening day defeat to Belarus by edging South Korea 70-69 in their second game at the 2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in France.
The win had given the Nigerian women hope after they had lost to Belarus by 11 points.
If Belarus, as expected, had defeated Korea on Wednesday, Nigeria would have advanced in the play-offs for a Rio 2016 ticket.
However, the big margin loss to Belarus proved to be Nigeria’s undoing in a group of very tight results.