Nigeria’s D’Tigress Wednesday continued their Cinderella run in the ongoing FIBA Women Basketball World Cup with Greece their latest victim.
They beat European power by the narrowest of margins, 57 to 56 points, to set a date with the almighty United States in the quarterfinals.
Nobody gave the girls any chance of coming this far, but since their opening day loss to Australia, the Nigerian girls have changed their game in such a way that many pundits have tipped them to ‘harass’ Team U.S.A on Friday.
The D’Tigress have now beaten the best Europe has offered so far, with their victory over Turkey giving them their biggest scalp yet.
The Greeks, with Nigeria-born Maria Emmanuoela Fasoula, were expected to be the D’Tigress’ biggest test since the opening day, but they met a D’Tigress side ready to give as much as they received.
Nigeria led 15 to 7 points early in the game, but the first quarter ended 15 points apiece.
As has been the case in this competition, D’Tigress had a new leader yesterday with Evelyn Akhator topping in the performance charts.