D'Tigress defeats mali, qualifies for FIBA 2019 finals
Defending champions Nigeria are through to the final of the on-going FIBA Women’s AfroBasket Championship in Senegal after making easy work of Mali in Friday’s semi-final encounter in Dakar.
In what was supposed to be their biggest test yet at the championship, D’Tigress defeated their Malian counterparts 79-58 to progress to the final, where they will face either host nation Senegal or Mozambique.
Ezinne Kalu led D’Tigress in the scoring department with a game-high 19-point haul. Adaora Elonu pitched in with 13 points, while the duo of Ify Ibekwe and Evelyn Akhator contributed 12 points respectively.
Akhator also picked up a game-high 13 rebounds.
Nigeria, Mali, Mozambique, and Senegal have automatically qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics pre-qualifying tournament that is scheduled to be played in November.