Nigeria’s national women basketball team, D’Tigress need to step up their game in today’s final group match against Argentina if they must advance to the quarterfinals of the ongoing 2018 FIBA Women World Cup in Spain.
The Nigerian girls made history on Sunday at the championship as they stunned Turkey 74-68 in the Group B game. It was Nigeria’s first-ever FIBA Women’s World Cup victory and the first time the female team would defeat any European opponent.
With the victory, the Nigerian ladies have put themselves in a strong position to finish second in Group B overcome stubborn Argentines in the final group match.
Sarah Ogoke got the highest point for Ngeria, as her 22 points propelled D’Tigress against their formidable European counterparts
Evelyn Akhator also impressed with a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double.
Turkey struggled for much of the game, as Isil Alben contributed 15 points, while Esra Ural Topuz suffered a knee injury.
An elated Ogoke told reporters after the match: “It was great. I have played for a while with the national team and I felt as though I personally had a point to prove.
“We finally got an opportunity to show what we can do with this historic win against Turkey,” she said.
Australia leads Group B with 2 wins, while Turkey and Nigeria tied at second place with 1 win each. Argentina are at the bottom of the group with no win.
Turkey will play against Australia while Argentina will face Nigeria in their third and last matches of the group.
Sixteen teams in four groups are competing in the tournament on the island off Tenerife, set to end on Sept. 30. The group leaders will directly qualify for the quarterfinals, while second- and third-place teams will play an elimination match to advance to the quarterfinals.
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