By Owolabi Abiola/First Zeal Media Cast
Nigeria captured their third FIBA Women’s AfroBasket crown after beating Senegal 65-48 in Sunday’s Final in the Malian city of Bamako.
Evelyn Akhator led the way with team-highs of 13points and seven rebounds in the winning effort.
On the other side Astou Traore sparked Senegal with game-high 17points but it was not enough to seal the victory for their side.
Courtesy of qualifying for the Final, both Nigeria and Senegal have qualified for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018 in Spain.
Mali won the last spot on the podium, by beating Mozambique, 75-52, in the 3rd-Place Game.
Traore was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, headlining the All-Star Five Awards offered by Tissot, where she was joined by Evelyn Akhator (Nigeria; Italee Lucas(Angola), Leia Dongue ( Mozambique) and Nagnouma Coulibaly (Mali).
For her outstanding role in guiding Nigeria to their first title in 12 years, Evelyn Akhator was named on the All-Star Five of the tournament along with Senegal’s Astou Traore.
Traore was awarded the MVP Award offered by Tissot as she was the tournament’s leading scorer with 21.6 points per game to go with 5.6 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.3 assists.
Angola’s star point guard Italee Lucas, who lit up at the Palais des Sports Salamatou Maiga all tournament was included on the lineup much to the appreciation from the crowd mostly for her ball handling skills.
Mali’s Naignouma Coulibaly, who was the best rebounder with 77 off the board and Leia Dongue of Mozambique complete the list of the All-Star Five.
Final standings of the FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2017 :
5. Cote d’Ivoire
12. Central African Republic