In the Quarterfinals matchup yesterday, the USA defeated Nigeria 71-40. Nigeria led after the first quarter 17-9, but the D’Tigress couldn’t withstand the star power on the dominant Team USA squad. Ezinne Josephine Kalue was the top performer for the D’Tigress with 8 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, & 5 steals. Nneka Ogwumike had 6 points and 3 rebounds for Team USA.
Despite the loss, this team has nothing to be ashamed of. They made history during this tournament and showed the world that Nigeria basketball (men & women) is here to stay for a long time. During this tournament Nigeria became the first African country to have three victories in a World Cup and the first African country to reach the World Cup Quarterfinals (for women African teams). The D’Tigress are just getting started.
On Friday, the Nigeria will face the USA in the Quarterfinals of the 2018 FIBA Women Basketball World Cup. For Nneka Ogwumike this will be a bittersweet game. Nneka is Nigerian, but she is playing for Team USA in this tournament. Here is her tweet about the game below:
I love how Nneka & her sister Chiney continue to embrace their Nigerian culture and are great role models young girls growing up. As Nneka stated this game shows everyone how much the game of basketball has grown in Nigeria. There’s so much talent in Nigeria and this will only be the beginning to matchups between Nigeria and the USA. Although, I want to see Nneka do well tomorrow, I’m rooting for Nigeria to pull off the upset.
The D’Tigress survive a close game versus Greece in the Quarter Final Qualification round today. Nigeria defeated Greece 57-56 to advance to the Quarterfinals in the 2018 FIBA Women Basketball World Cup. Evelyn Akhator was the top performer with 14 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals, & 1 block. Nigeria was down 1 with :03 seconds left in the game. However, Elo Edema Edeferioka was able to draw a foul and made both free throws to give the D’Tigress the lead. Check out the highlights here:
Nigeria will take on the USA Friday September 28th in the Quarterfinals. This will be a great match.
The Nigeria D’Tigress earned their first ever victory in the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup. Nigeria defeated Turkey 74-68 in the second game of the Group Phase round. Sarah Ogoke led the team with 22 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, & 1 steal.
The 2018 FIBA Women Basketball World Cup is currently taking place in Spain. After losing the opening game in the tournament to Australia, Nigeria responded today with an improved performance. Check out the highlights below:
The next game is on Tuesday September 25th vs. Argentina. If Nigeria wins this game, they will secure the 2nd seed in Group B (gives them better positioning in the Quarter Final Qualifications round)
We’ll keep you updated on the D’Tigress progress in this tournament.
In front of approximately 80,000 fans in Wembley Stadium, Anthony Joshua defeated Alexander Povetkin in the 7th round with a KO to remain the Unified World Heavyweight Champion. Joshua had a slow start to this match taking numerous of hits including one jab to the face that caused Joshua’s nose to bleed. However, the resilient Joshua began to take control of the fight in Round 3, which led to the KO and victory in Round 7. With this victory, Joshua improves to a record of 22-0 (21 KOs).
The question everyone is asking (ONCE AGAIN) is whether we will get the Wilder fight next. After the match, Joshua admitted that we want to fight to Wilder for his next match on April 13th, 2019. I’m not going to get my hopes up like last time, but I sure hope we do get this fight next year.
Lawrence Okolie defeated Matty Askin with an unanimous decision victory by the judges to become the new British Cruiserweight Champion. The 25-year-old boxer is now 10-0 (7 KOs). This fight was in the undercard for the Joshua vs. Povetkin fight
On September 10th, Nneka Ogwumike was awarded the Seasonlong WNBA Cares Community Assist Award for her work in the community.
Nneka said, “I hope that my passion for culture, education and women’s empowerment reaches the hearts and minds of young aspirers and helps them accomplish goals, achieve dreams and cultivate future generations of brilliance.” (WNBA)
Congrats to Nneka on receiving this award. It is truly amazing to see athletes continue to use their platform to make a positive impact on their communities.
After defeating Central Africa Republic 114 – 69 today, the Nigeria D’Tigers becomes the first team to officially qualify for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup. Al-Farouq Aminu was the star player today during the game with 12 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, & 3 steals. Here are some highlights from the game:
Nigeria is currently ranked 32nd in the FIBA World Rank. They should continue to rise in the rankings after this victory. The 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup will take place in China from August 31st – September 15th.
The D’Tigers look to continue their undefeated streak (8-0) in the FIBA World Cup African Qualifiers with a match tomorrow vs Senegal.