Champions D’Tigress are through to the quarter-finals of the 2023 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket tournament in Kigali, Rwanda, after recording their second consecutive victory with a comprehensive 83-65 win over Egypt on Sunday.

D’Tigress, who are aiming for a fourth consecutive continental title, stepped up their chase for a fourth consecutive African title at the BK Arena with a commanding display against the Egyptians, having won their first game against DR Congo 69-35 on Friday.

Amy Okonkwo starred by scoring 29 points and 13 rebounds, scoring all 11 free throws she got in the game to help D’Tigress comfortably book a place in the last eight.

Murjanatu Musa was also brilliant with her 18-point contribution, while Nicole Enabosi registered double figures with 10 points to her name.

The Nigerians won the first two quarters 18-10 and 24-13, but they could not keep up the pace in the third quarter as Egypt emerged tops 19-14 to narrow the gap going into the last quarter.

The fourth quarter was fiercely contested as the North Africans tried hard to get back into the game, but D’Tigress saw off the game by winning the final quarter 27-23 and an overall 83-65 win.

This is a third consecutive victory for Nigeria over Egypt, having also beaten the North Africans in 2015 and 2017.

Nigeria will be in action in the last eight on Thursday August 3, as they await the winners of one of the classification games.

Also, 2015 runners-up Cameroon are through to the quarter-finals.

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