Nigeria women's national basketball team

The Nigeria women's national basketball team, also known as D'Tigeress, represents Nigeria in international women's basketball competition, and are regulated by the Nigeria Basketball Federation, the governing body for basketball in Nigeria. Nigeria has one of the most successful women's national teams on the African Continent, being the current African champions.

 Nigeria
FIBA ranking17 Decrease 1 (21 November 2019)[1]
Joined FIBA1964
FIBA zoneFIBA Africa
National federationNigerian Basketball Federation
CoachOtis Hughley Jr.
Nickname(s)D'Tigeress
Olympic Games
Appearances1
Women's World Cup
Appearances2
MedalsQuarterfinals (2018)
AfroBasket Women
Appearances11
MedalsGold medal africa.svg (2003, 2005, 2017, 2019)
Bronze medal africa.svg (1997, 2015)
All Africa Games
Appearances8
MedalsGold Gold: (2003)
Silver Silver: (2007, 2015)
Bronze Bronze: (1978, 1999, 2011)
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HistoryEdit

2004 Summer OlympicsEdit

The Nigerians competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in basketball, one of ten events their national teams qualified for. The Nigerian women's basketball team was one of the twelve teams competing in the event. They earned their berth through a zone qualifying tournament and played in Group A along with Australia, Brazil, Greece, Japan, and Russia.[2] The team went 0–5 in the preliminary round. In the 11/12th place game, they defeated the Korea for a final finish of 11th out of 12 teams.[3] With this win, they became the first women's African basketball team to win a game at the Olympics.[4]

Mfon Udoka was the team's leading scorer and the tournament's second highest scorer. Team athletes Itoro Umoh-Coleman and Joanne Aluka both played high school basketball at Hephzibah High School prior to playing together for Nigeria.[5]

2006 FIBA World Championship for WomenEdit

Nigeria qualified for the 2006 FIBA World Championship by winning the 2005 FIBA Africa Championship for Women.[6] They were placed into Group C with China, Russia, and the United States. Nigeria did not qualify for a pass into the second round and were defeated in the 15/16th place game by fellow African representatives Senegal by a score of 66–64. Their tournament record was 0–5.

Nigeria also participated in the 2006 Commonwealth Games held in Melbourne, Australia.

Team in 2007Edit

The team attended the FIBA Africa Championship for Women 2007; the qualifying event for African teams attempting to make the 2008 Summer Olympics. Nigeria made it to the quarterfinals of the 2007 FIBA African Championship before losing to Mozambique 69–61. They won fifth place by defeating Cameroon 63–50. The team did not qualify for the Beijing Olympic Games.

The Nigerian squad went undefeated in group play during the 2007 All-Africa Games. They went on to the semi-finals and lost to Mozambique 57–46.

2009 Nations CupEdit

Nigeria has qualified for the 2009 Africa Cup of Nations (basketball) to be held in Libya.[7]

Competitive RecordEdit

AfroBasket WomenEdit

AfroBasket record
Year Round Position GP W L GS GA GD
  1966 Did not enter
  1968
  1970
  1974 Group stage 5th 5 3 2 278 245 +33
  1977 Did not enter
  1979
  1981 Group stage 7th 4 1 3 215 280 -65
  1983 Did not enter
  1984
  1986
  1990
  1993
  1994
  1997 Semi-finals 3rd 6 4 2 398 310 +88
  2000 Did not enter
  2003 Champions 1st 6 5 1 386 328 +58
  2005 Champions 1st 5 2 3 454 293 +161
  2007 Quarter-finals 5th 8 6 2 516 448 +68
  2009 Quarter-finals 5th 8 4 4 441 440 +1
  2011 Semi-finals 4th 8 4 4 511 502 +9
  2013 Quarter-finals 6th 8 3 5 411 429 -18
  2015 Semi-final 3rd 8 6 2 608 477 +131
  2017 Champions 1st 8 8 0 645 413 +232
  2019 Champions 1st 5 5 0 399 243 +156
Total 12/24 4 titles 79 51 28 5262 4408 +698

Team honours and achievementsEdit

Intercontinental

Continental

TeamEdit

Current rosterEdit

Roster for the 2019 Women's Afrobasket.[8]

Nigeria women's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
SG 7 Ogoke, Sarah 29 – (1990-06-25)25 June 1990 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) CB Vigo  
F 9 Mohammed, Aisha 33 – (1985-10-21)21 October 1985 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Bursas BSB  
PG 10 Amukamara, Promise 26 – (1993-06-22)22 June 1993 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Charnay BB  
F 11 Elonu, Adaora 29 – (1990-04-28)28 April 1990 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) Uni Girona CB  
C 12 Edeferioka, Elo 26 – (1993-04-10)10 April 1993 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) CB Vigo  
C 13 Akhator, Evelyn 24 – (1995-02-03)3 February 1995 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) CB Avenida  
SG 16 Nwajei, Jasmine 24 – (1995-02-02)2 February 1995 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) First Bank BC  
PF 21 Nyingifa, Atonye 28 – (1990-12-08)8 December 1990 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) Porta XI Ensino  
PG 23 Kalu, Ezinne 27 – (1992-06-26)26 June 1992 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Landerneau BB  
C 24 Imovbioh, Sarah 27 – (1992-04-25)25 April 1992 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) PEAC-Pécs  
C 25 Macaulay, Victoria 29 – (1990-08-07)7 August 1990 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Galatasaray  
SF 52 Ibekwe, Ify 29 – (1989-10-05)5 October 1989 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Virtus Eirene Ragusa  
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 10 August 2019

Former players and coachesEdit

This is a list of former players and coaches, as well as current players who have played on past squads, with their years on the team indicated by the Nigerian flag beneath a given year.[9][10][11]

Name Number Position Nationality 2004* 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Olawunmi Adebayo 9  
Tayeloly Adeniyi 10  
Mobolaji Akiode 6 Guard Nigeria    
Joanne Aluka 5 Forward United States  
Mactabene Amachree 13 Guard Nigeria  
Parricia Chukwuma 12  
Kevin Cook Coach    
Adenike Dawodu 11  
Nguveren Iyorhe 10 Guard  
Ezinne James 15  
Aisha Mohammed 9 Guard    
Juliana Ojoshogu Negedu 7 Guard  
Scott Nnaji Coach  
Chineze Nwagbo 8  
Linda Ogugua 15 Center Nigeria  
Morolake Ogunoye 5  
Ugo Oha 8 Center United States  
Ugochuckwu Oha 15    
Funmilayo Ojelabi-Ogunleye 10    
Mercy Okorie 7    
Adeola Olanrewaju 14  
Taiwo Rafiu 14 Center  
Rashidat Sadiq 12 Forward    
Sam Vincent (basketball) Coach  
Itoro Umoh-Coleman 4 Guard United States    
Tamunomiete Whyte 5  

*Olympic games attended by the squad indicated in this year.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 21 November 2019. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  2. ^ (5 February 2004), 2002 Gold Medalist Sue Bird Added To USA Women's Senior National Team Archived 20 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine, USA Basketball. Retrieved 4 March 2009.
  3. ^ Women's basketball at the 2004 Summer Olympics at sports-reference.com
  4. ^ (24 August 2004), Nigeria snaps streak, finishes 11th, ESPN. Retrieved 4 March 2009.
  5. ^ Andy Johnston, Umoh teaches lesson in life, Augusta Chronicle, 29 January 1997. Retrieved 3 March 2009.
  6. ^ (27 February 2006), 2006 USA Basketball Women's Senior National Team's First European Tour Roster Stocked With Talent Archived 31 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine, USA Basketball. Retrieved 4 March 2009.
  7. ^ (12/10/08), Nigerian National Basketball Team Qualifies for 2009 Nations Cup, ZNNW.com. Retrieved 4 March 2009.
  8. ^ 2019 Women's Afrobasket roster
  9. ^ NGR Women coach – Kevin Cook: I Want to Work with Nigeria Forever, FIBA Africa. Retrieved 4 March 2009.
  10. ^ 2006 FIBA World Championship-Nigeria (Statistics) Archived 8 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine, USA Basketball
  11. ^ Mechelle Voepel, (14 September 2006), Another American rout, but turnovers worth noting, ESPN. Retrieved 7 March 2009.

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