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The D’tigress made a strong start to the game, securing a 19 – 10 point lead in the first quarter. The second quarter was a closely contested affair, with the Nigerians edging ahead by 24 – 21 points, extending their lead by 3 points. By halftime, the score stood at 43 – 31 points, with the D’tigress leading by a margin of 12 points. During the third quarter, the Senegalese began to find their rhythm and managed to win the quarter by 26 – 19 points, narrowing the deficit to just 5 points. However, the Nigerian team maintained enough momentum to carry them through the final minutes and secure victory, ultimately winning the fourth quarter by 22 – 17 points.
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In the semi-final match held on Thursday, the Nigerians displayed their dominance by defeating the host team Rwanda with a score of 79-48, earning themselves a place in the final.
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An impressive milestone was achieved by Coach Rena Wakama, who became the first female coach to lead a team to victory in the competition since its inception in 1966. Under her guidance, the D’tigress clinched their fourth consecutive AfroBasket Women title (2017, 19, 21, 23), solidifying their remarkable dominance. Also, Amy Okonkwo followed in the footsteps of Ezinne Kalu and Adaora Elonu, to win the Most Valuable Player award. Featured Image Source: Daily Post NG
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