Nigeria’s senior women’s basketball team, D’Tigress, has taken a significant stride towards securing a spot at the Paris 2024 Olympics following a commanding victory against Senegal in the ongoing qualifiers.
With 16 teams vying for coveted spots across 4 different cities, including Xian in China PR, Antwerp in Belgium, Belem in Brazil, and Sopron in Hungary, competition is fierce. While hosts France and defending champions USA have already clinched qualifications, the remaining 14 teams are battling it out for the remaining 10 slots.
Drawn in Group A alongside Senegal, USA, and Belgium, D’Tigress faced their West African rivals in Antwerp, marking the beginning of their campaign with a resounding 72-65 win.
Amy Okonkwo emerged as the star of the match, earning the title of Most Valuable Player with impressive statistics:
Efficiency per game: 27.0, leading the pack
Points per game: 21.0, ranking second highest
Rebounds per game: 10.0, securing the top spot
The victory sets the stage for D’Tigress as they prepare to face formidable opponents in the upcoming matches. On Friday, they are set to clash with the USA, followed by a showdown against Belgium on Sunday.
As the qualifiers unfold, D’Tigress aims to maintain their momentum and secure their berth at the prestigious Olympic Games in Paris. With determination and skill, they strive to make their mark on the international stage and represent Nigeria with pride.