A D’Tigress player tries to block a Turkish player in the FIBA Group match
A D’Tigress player tries to block a Turkish player in the FIBA Group match

D’Tigress, Nigeria’s female basketball team made history at the ongoing FIBA Women’s World Cup in Spain as they stunned Turkey 74-68 in the Group B game decided on Sunday in Tenerife.

It was Nigeria’s first-ever FIBA Women’s World Cup victory and the first time the female team would defeat any European opponent.

With the victory, the Nigerian side, nicknamed D’Tigress, put themselves in a strong position to finish second in Group B

Sarah Ogoke shot the highest point for Nigeria, as her with 22 points helped propel D’Tigress against their formidable counterparts.

Evelyn Akhator also impressed with a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double.

Turkey struggled for much of the game, as Isil Alben contributed 15 points, while Esra Ural Topuz suffered a knee injury.

An elated Ogoke told reporters after the match: “It was great. I have played for a while with the National Team and I felt as though I personally had a point to prove.

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“We finally got an opportunity to show what we can do with this historic win against Turkey,” she said.

Coach of D’Tigress, Otis Hughley praised the team’s courage against a respected Turkish side: “Turkey have been through a lot to build that programme and for us to sneak a little shortcut like that…

“I was praying almost on my knees as we’re so inexperienced and young. 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,” the coach said.

Senegal, another country representing Africa at the tournament, also recorded their first-ever victory against Latvia to make it a memorable night for Africa.

Nigeria’s final group game will be against Argentina, on Tuesday who are yet to record a victory.