FIBA Women's W/Cup: D'Tigress Break Jinx With Victory Over Turkey
History was made on Sunday night as Nigeria’s D’Tigress recorded their first ever win at the 2018 FIBA Women’s World Cup in Tenerife Spain.
The reigning African champions defeated Turkey 74-68 in a Group B encounter at the Santa Cruz de Tenerife court on Sunday.
The morale boosting win for D’Tigress is come on the heels of the earlier 86-68 in their opening game to Australia on Saturday.
The D’Tigress who had lost 89-51 to Turkey in a warm-up game enroute the tournament, trailed 15-7 in the first quarter to the Turks but bounced back strongly to win the second quarter 22-17.
Otis Hughley’s girls extended their lead from five in the second quarter to 13 to win 23-10 before losing 22-26 in the fourth quarter.
Celta de Vigo forward, Sarah Ogoke the star for Nigeria as she accounted for 22 points, four rebounds, three assist and two blocks.
While Former Dallas Wings forward Evelyn Akhator who incidentally will playing her club basketball in Turkey after the World Cup bagged a double racking in 13 points and ten rebounds.
Akhator has been signed on by Besiktas.
Following Sunday’s win, D’Tigress will be hoping for another good outing when they face Argentina in their next game on Tuesday.
Argentina have lost their first two games at the ongoing World Cup in Spain.
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