D’Tigress inches away from Tokyo 2020 Olympics after win against Mozambique
By Niyi Busari
D’Tigress took a bold step towards securing a 2020 Olympics ticket after recording a blowout victory against Mozambique, 85-51 points
On the night that all the 12 players on the roaster scored at least two points, Promise Amukamara was the one who led the team with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals and 3 assists.
Rebound Queen, Evelyn Akhator picked up 7 and scored 9 points.
Team captain, Adaora Elonu had 10pts, 4 assists and 3 steals with 100% records from her two points attempts while Ezinne Kalu recorded 11 points and 5 assists;
Although, Mozambique started like a house on fire in the first quarter to lead Nigeria 19-18, heading into the second quarter it was all about the coach Otis Hughley led team immediately the second quarter resumed.
The team stepped up its game with some solid defensive play and full court press to frustrate their fellow African opposition as they dominated the rest of the quarters, 23-9, 15-13, 19-10 to enjoy a 34 point victory.
Although, the team has technically qualified for Tokyo 2020, a ticket will be officially guaranteed if USA beat Mozambique in the next group game on Saturday.
Elizabeth Balogun debut for Nigeria was rewarded with 9 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals after playing 16:25 minutes.
Nigeria will face host- Serbia on Saturday.