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D'Tigress claim third consecutive FIBA Women's AfroBasket title

The Nigeria women’s basketball team, D’Tigress, emerged champions of Africa for the third time in a row after securing a 70-59 points win over Mali in the final match of the 2021 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket on Sunday.

The coach Otis Hughley-led side started very brightly in Sunday’s final; overpowering the Malians 22-11 in the first quarter. However, D’Tigeress fell short in the second quarter, which the Malians won 13-9.

The Nigerian women got back their groove in the third quarter which they won 28-14. Though Mali claimed the final quarter 21-11, it wasn’t enough to tie the game nor deny D’Tigress from securing a historic hat trick of titles having also won in 2017 and 2019.

D’Tigeress are only the second team in Africa to win three consecutive titles after Senegal did the same in the 70s

Two Nigerians – Adaora Elonu and Ezinne Kalu – were selected into the team of the tournament. Elonu was also voted as MVP for the tournament.

In the third-place match, Cameroon handed a surprise 53-49 points victory over 11-time African champions, Senegal.

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