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USA Defeats Nigeria 93-62 In Female Basketball Friendly

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The USA womenís basketball national team will be heading to the Tokyo Olympics in a more buoyant mood.

The Americans who lost their two earlier test games finished their friendly schedule before the 2020 Olympics with an emphatic 93-62 victory over Nigeriaís DíTigress on Sunday in Las Vegas.

Having seen the Nigeria menís team stun their male counterparts some days back, the American ladies attacked Sundayís friendly in a business-like fashion

The Americans held DíTigress to just 30.6 per cent shooting while they shot 53.8 per cent overall. They also outscored Nigeria in all four quarters of the game, though only by one point in the third quarter.

The top performers for the US were Aíja Wilson and Breanna Stewart who led with 16 points and 10 rebounds and 14 points and six assists, respectively.

For DíTigress, Atonye Nyingifa led with nine points. Atlanta Dreamís center Elizabeth Williams played 29 minutes, scored four points; meaning no Nigerian player scored in double figures.

In Sundayís friendly, Chiney Ogwumike, who is the younger sister of Nneka was allowed to play for Nigeria, but SBNation reports she is appealing FIBAís decision to classify her as a naturalized citizen.

Nneka on her part didnít play as the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) is reviewing their cases.

Interestingly, their first game in the group stage will also be against Nigeria on July 27 in which DíTigress will hope for a better result.



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