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FIBA Women’s World Cup: Nigeria Loses to USA

D’ Tigress surrendered to the USA in the quarter-final of the FIBA Women’s World Cup in Tenerife, Spain on Friday.

The United States of America’s women basketball team shook off an inauspicious start to qualify for the semi-final with a 71-40 win over D’Tigress.

Ezinne Kalu led D’Tigress with eight points, four rebounds and two assists. Amina Mohammed returned to the team after she missed the quarterfinal qualifying game against Greece due to injury. The centre couldn’t impact the game as she had in the previous games, scoring just two points in the game.

The first quarter ended 9-17 with D’Tigress firmly in control of proceedings but Otis Hughley’s side could not build on the positive start as USA limited Nigeria to just six points in the second quarter to the Americans 18.

The fourth quarter seemed a cakewalk for the highest ranked women’s basketball team, as they cantered to a 25-5 win in the quarter.

Before losing out to the USA team, the team made history as they became the first African team ever to win three games in the tournament.

D’Tigress ended the tournament after beating Turkey, Argentina and Greece.

Belgium and France will play on Saturday with the winner facing the USA.

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