After making history as the first African team to win a game at the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup, D’Tigress of Nigeria crowned their achievements by reaching the quarterfinals of the tournament. Although they were stopped by reigning world champions, United States, they ended their run in the eighth position.
Nigeria went to the World Cup with 12 players and we at Naijaonpoint have highlighted four of them who were simply exceptional throughout the competition.
Undoubtedly the star of D’Tigress, Evelyn Akhator was phenomenal for Nigeria. When it comes to assessing players, FIBA pays close attention to ‘efficiency per game’, ‘points per game’, ‘rebounds per game’ and ‘assists per game’. Akhator came out tops in all of these categories, except the last.
She’s also the reason why Nigeria is listed as having the highest point in offensive rebounds in the tournament. She plays for Beşiktaş women’s basketball team in Turkey.
The point guard of the team, Ezinne Kalu recorded the most assists per game for Nigeria. She scored the deciding point that put Nigeria ahead of Argentina when the two teams were tied at 38 points. She also scored 14 points against Greece.
She plays for Vasas Akademia SC in Hungary.
Promise Amukamara has the second highest number of points per game and the second highest number of assists per game on the team. The 16 points she scored against Argentina were a huge booster for D’Tigress in their 75-70 win.
Amukamara also plays for CSM Satu Mare in Romania.
The captain of the team, Adaora Elonu is second on the team in terms of efficiency per game. She also has the third highest number of assists per game.
She plays for Atlanta Dream in the US.