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Dominant D’Tigress Win Historic Fourth Afrobasket Title

In a thrilling final at the 2023 FIBA Women’s Afrobasket tournament, the Nigeria national women’s basketball team, D’Tigress, secured a historic 84-74 victory over Senegal, becoming champions of Africa once again.

This remarkable win marks the second time in history that a team has claimed four consecutive titles, with Senegal being the first to achieve this feat.

After a 12-year title drought, D’Tigress broke the jinx and claimed their first championship in 2017. Since then, they have continued their winning streak, triumphing in 2019, 2021, and now 2023, exhibiting incredible performance on the court.

Despite having a team predominantly made up of “rookies,” with only a few experienced players, D’Tigress proved their critics wrong from the onset. Coach Rena Wakama’s guidance and coaching played a significant role in their success, shutting down doubters and leading the team to victory.

In the final held at the BK Arena in Kigali, Amy Okonkwo set the tone for D’Tigress, scoring the team’s first two points in the opening quarter. The team dominated the first quarter, securing a 19-10 lead. While Senegal narrowed the margin in the second quarter, D’Tigress still maintained the upper hand with a 24-21 advantage.

With a 43-31 lead at halftime, D’Tigress was halfway to achieving their goal. However, the Senegalese team fought back fiercely after the break, winning the third quarter 26-19 and reducing Nigeria’s lead to just five points.

In the decisive final quarter, D’Tigress stepped up their game, showing remarkable composure under pressure. They held off the strong challenge from Senegal and clinched the nervy quarter 22-17, sealing the game with a final score of 84-74.

Notably, Coach Wakama’s historic achievement makes her the first female coach to win the Afrobasket title. With her at the helm, many are optimistic about D’Tigress’ prospects in the days ahead, especially with the Olympic qualifiers on the horizon. This victory has undoubtedly boosted the team’s confidence and opens up possibilities for even greater accomplishments in the future.

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