The Nigeria Women’s national basketball team, D’Tigress defeated Turkey to earn their first ever win at the FIBA Women’s World Cup on Sunday night.
D’Tigress after losing their group opener against Australia battled to a 74-68 victory over Turkey and this has made the D’Tigress off the list of teams without a victory at the tournament.
D’Tigress head coach, Otis Hughley, expressed great delight with the performance of his girls even as he admitted that Turkey were no pushovers.
“Turkey has been through a lot to build that programme and for us to sneak a little shortcut like that. Wow, I was praying almost on my knees as we’re so inexperienced and young,” he said.
“We came through a lot of adversity and mistakes and were still able to fight off a couple of runs. We even held on with some poise when two of our main players fouled out.
“I had been getting a little criticism for trying to get all the girls ready instead of focusing on the main stars, but I knew this kind of moment would come.
Following Sunday’s win, D’Tigress will be hoping for another good outing when they face Argentina in their next game on Tuesday.