Nigeria claimed their third FIBA Women’s AfroBasket title after beating Senegal 65-48 in Sunday’s Final in the Malian city of Bamako.
Evelyn Akhator led the way with team-highs of 13points and seven rebounds in the winning effort in the women FIBA Afrobasket championship.
On the other side Astou Traore sparked Senegal with game-high 17points but it was not enough to seal the victory for their side.
Sam Vincent’s ladies dominated the third quarter winning 15-7, while the last quarter seemed very tough for both sides as Nigeria led with 17 points margin against Senegal’s 13 points to end the game with 65-48 points in favour of D’Tigress.
Courtesy of qualifying for the Final, both Nigeria and Senegal have qualified for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018 in Spain.
Earlier in the day, Mali claimed the last spot on the podium, after edging out Mozambique, 75-52, in the 3rd-Place Game.
Traore was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, headlining the All-Star Five Awards offered by Tissot, where she was joined by Evelyn Akhator (Nigeria; Italee Lucas(Angola), Leia Dongue ( Mozambique) and Nagnouma Coulibaly (Mali).
#AfroBasketWomen2017 All Star ⭐️Awards offered by @TISSOT : Italee Lucas🇦🇴, Evelyn Akhator🇳🇬, Astou Traore🇸🇳, Leia Dongue🇲🇿 & N. Coulibaly🇲🇱 pic.twitter.com/59ROXG3J0K
— FIBA (@FIBA) August 27, 2017
Final standings of the Women’s AfroBasket 2017:
5. Cote d’Ivoire
12. Central African Republic
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