The Nigerian women’s basketball team, D’Tigress continued their winning streak yesterday with a 79-49 victory over Algeria in the ongoing AfroBasket Women 2015 championship in Cameroon.
After their opening loss to Angola they have won four in a row moving into the Final
Phase. Algeria played an encouraging first-half, but could not avoid defeat against Nigeria.
Three Nigerians scored ten points or more, while Algeria’s Sarah Nemmouchi finished with a team-high 13 points.
After trailing for the entire opening quarter, Nemmouchi gave Algeria a 18-16 lead, but Nigeria’s Olayinka Sanni made sure to get her team back in front to close the half leading 30-21.
There could not be a bigger indication of Nigeria’s dominance in the painted area than their 57-32 rebounding advantage as three Nigerian players grabbed ten or more boards.
Nigeria coach Scott Nnaji used all twelve players at his disposal as they head into the last eight with four-game winning streak
Algeria’s Nemmouchi tried to swim against the tied for most of the contest, but the North Africans struggled to keep the moment going in the second quarter.
At some point of the game, Nigeria appeared to have control of the game, especially as Algeria made 15 points from beyond arc, exposing Nigeria’s fragile perimeter defense. But, Nigeria regrouped in time to clinch their fourth straight win.
On Monday, D’Tigress made a serious statement of their aims at the tournament, beating continental rivals Senegal 75-64.