The D’Tigress was defeated by a resurgent USA in the quarter-final of the FIBA Women’s World Cup in a game which the Nigerians led by the end of the first quarter.
Ezinne Kalu led D’Tigress with eight points, four rebounds and two assists.
Amina Mohammed came back into the team after she missed the quarterfinal qualifying game against Greece due to injury but centre couldn’t impact the game as she had in the previous games, scoring just two points in the game.
Evelyn Akhator set the ball rolling when she won a defensive rebound, then sunk a jump shot to open the scoring.
The first quarter ended 9-17 with D’Tigress firmly in control of proceedings but Otis Hughley’s side could not build on the positive start as USA limited Nigeria to just six points in the second quarter to the Americans 18.
D’Tigress held onto the lead till Breanna Stewart sunk a trey with 2:04 on the clock. Aj’a Wilson extended the lead by one point from the free throw line.
Wilson scored another two points from a layup to close out the scoring for the quarter and ensure the Americans never looked back.
The D’Tigress played more aggressively in the third quarter but still fell short with an 11 point difference at the end of the quarter.
The fourth quarter seemed a cakewalk for the highest ranked women’s basketball team, as they cantered to a 25-5 win in the quarter.
Despite the loss, D’Tigress made history in the tournament in Spain, becoming the first African team to win three games at the Women’s World Cup.
The Americans eventually won with the final scores at 71-40.