Elonu, D’Tigress captain, bags MVP, headlines All-Tournament team of Women’s AfroBasket 2021

Elonu, D’Tigress captain, bags MVP, headlines All-Tournament team of Women’s AfroBasket 2021

Nigeria captain Adaora Elonu has bagged the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award of the FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2021.

Elonu led the Nigeria senior women national team, D’Tigress to a third straight continental title.

The victory came at the expense of hard-fighting Mali. Nigeria triumphed 70-59 at the Palais Polyvalent des Sports Yaounde in Cameroon on Sunday night. The four-time Women’s AfroBasket participant, who plies her trade in Spain, was also named in the All-Tournament team of the 26th edition of Africa’ premier women’s championship, as reported on the FIBA official website.

Elonu scooped 12 points, four rebounds, two assists and one block to lead Nigeria past Mali.

Joining Elonu in the All-Star team were Nigeria point guard and 2019 MVP, Ezinne Kalu; Senegal’s Yacine Diop, Cameroon youthful forward Marina Paule Ewodo; as well as Mali’s massive centre, Mariam Coulibaly.

Even though her team, Mozambican did not make it to the podium; forward Tamara Seda was the best rebounder of FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2021 with a total of 52 rebounds; Egypt swingman Nadine Mohammed won the best scorer award with 101 points; while Cote D’Ivoire guard Salimata Berte won the best three-pointer award with 16 made shot from behind the arch.

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Cape Verde were awarded the fair-play award of the championship. Also, the trio of Astou Traore of Senegal, Nacissela Mauricio of Angola and Aisha Mohammed Balarabe of Nigeria were honoured by FIBA Africa Region for their dedication to the sport and their national teams.

Nigeria’s senior national women basketball team, D’Tigress, cemented their position as the continent’s top team on Sunday as they emerged champions of the 2021 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket Championship by defeating Mali 70-59 in Yaounde.

D’Tigress’s victory in the Cameroonian capital city makes it the third consecutive FIBA Women’s AfroBasket title; having won the championship in the 2017 and 2019 editions.

The team, who are now unbeaten in three championships, led from the beginning of the game. But for a few moments, they never looked back in dominating game proceedings. They won the first quarter 22-11, but lost the second one 9-13; though they still led the game with seven points into the long break.

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