FIBA World Cup: D’Tigress Lost To France in a Classification Match, Take On Canada For 7th Place
Nigeria’s D’Tigress lost 84-62 to France in a classification game of the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball 2018 World Cup on Saturday.
D’Tigress failed to put behind them their loss to the USA and were swept aside by France who set up a fifth-place game clash with China. Nigeria play Canada in the seventh place classification match on Sunday.
Otis Hughley girls won the first quarter 20-18 but lost 22-14, 23-10 and 21-18in the remaining quarters.
Evelyn Akhator who has made three double-doubles in the tournament, scored nine points, six rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Akhator is also the player with the most minutes played in the 2018 World Cup (157 minutes).
Adaora Elonu led D’Tigress scorers’ chart with 15 points and two assists while Evelyn Akhator weighed in nine points, two assists and six, rebounds which was not enough to secure the win. The French side were too strong in all areas for the D’Tigress with Helena Ciak finishing with 16 points.
France with their height advantage dominated inside the paint recording 69 per cent conversion rate from their attempts while 18 points were also scored against the D’Tigress from the three point line with the duo of Ciak and Gruda Sandrine leading the charge against D’Tigress with 16 and 15 points respectively.
D’Tigress coach Otis Hughley said the girls may be physically tired but are mentally ready to take on Canada and secure a win.
He said, “Considering the number of games we have played since the world cup started, it has taken its toll on the players. The most experienced centre Aisha Mohammed had to sit out this (France) match because of an injury she sustained against Turkey. She managed to rush back against USA, but we could not get her ready on time for the game against France.
“Early preparation made possible by the federation which saw us camp in Atlanta, Lagos and the friendly against Turkey in Istabul before the World Cup was really helpful in getting us ready for our best-ever finish by any African country in the history of the World Cup.”
D’Tigress, ranked 34 in the world, defeated Turkey (7th), Argentina (15th) and Greece (20th) before setting up a quarter-final clash with defending champions and world number 1 USA.