D’Tigress beat Mozambique, move close to Tokyo Olympics
Nigeria women, D’Tigress made great steps towards securing a 2020 Olympics ticket after beating Mozambique 85-51.
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 champion, Evelyn Akhator picked up 7 rebounds 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 well in the first quarter to lead Nigeria 19-18, and heading into the second quarter it was all about the coach Otis Hughley led team immediately the second quarter resumed.
Nigeria 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 hosts Serbia on Saturday.