Nigeria’s D’Tigress defeated Angola 65-55 on Saturday to finish third at the AfroBasket Women 2015 in Yaounde, Cameroon.
Joyce Ekworomadu paced a dominant D’Tigress side with a team-high 15 points as they kept their Olympic hopes alive.
Sonia Guadalupe hit three-pointers to lead Angola with 13 points as they finish out of the podium for the first time since 2005.
Fiba.com reports that with the victory, Nigeria clinched the last spot available for the Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament to be played next year.
D’Tigress trailed 55-45 heading to the final quarter, but kept Angola scoreless for the entire quarter as they finish on the podium for the first time since winning the tournament as hosts in 2005.
Ekworomadu scored six crucial points, including a three-pointer, in the third quarter to keep Nigeria in the contest.
After losing to Angola in the Group Phase, Nigeria showed a lot more determination to win the contest.
Following a heartbreaking 71-70 Semi-Final defeat to hosts Cameroon, Scott Nnaji team’s stepped on floor to do whatever was necessary to keep their Olympic dreams alive.