D’Tigress Power forward, Evelyn Akhator has conceded the Nigeria women’s national basketball team came up against a superior USA team in the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018 Quarter-Final.
Nigeria lost to USA 71-40 at the Pabellón Insular Santiago Martín in San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain on Friday.
Akhator finished the game with 8 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals and 1 block as D’Tigress’ quest for glory at the 18th edition of FIBA‘s premier international tournament for women’s national basketball teams is dealt a blow.
The African powerhouse started strongly – even leading after the first quarter by 8 points. But, they were pegged back by world number 1, USA who found their rhythm later in the clash.
Turkey-based Akhator writes on her official social media handles:
It wasn't meant to be on this occasion. We came up short against a very strong Team US.
After going the furthest we've ever gone in this competition, we definitely have something to build… https://t.co/wWcZjzx0Rt
— Evelyn Akhator (@akhator) September 28, 2018
Akhator for #FIBAWWC MVP
Meanwhile, Akhator has been nominated for Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the FIBA Women World Cup.
The 23 year old is up against Ting Shao of China, Belgium duo of Emma Meesseman and Kim Mestdagh, USA trio of Breanna Stewart, Tina Charles and Brittey Griner, Australia’s Liz Cambage, France triumvirate of Sandrine Gruda, Endene Miyem and Marine Johannes, Spain’s threesome of Astou Ndour, Marta Xargay and Alba Torrens, and Canada’s Kia Nurse.
Otis Hughley’s team are still competing for something. In one of their two more games, they will face France on Saturday for 5th place.
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