The United States Women’s basketball staff have prolonged their Olympics successful streak to an unbelievable 50 video games, though they had been pressured to labour for it in opposition to a powerful and decided Nigerian staff.
Nigeria’s D’Tigress misplaced to the U.S. staff 72-81 within the preliminary spherical Group B opener on the Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo.
The end result confirmed Team USA has been flawless because the 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona. It was not a fairly efficiency by the Americans, however they managed to get the job accomplished.
In the primary quarter, Nigeria confirmed good management and tenacity on the defensive finish and caught the American off guard early within the recreation. At the top of the primary quarter, Nigeria led 20-17 and had pressured eight turnovers from the US girls.
But the defending Olympic champions bounced again within the second quarter and dominated the sport. At one level within the second quarter, they ripped off a 23-0 run, gained the quarter 27-12, and constructed a double-digit lead on the break. At this stage, they had been by no means in peril of shedding the sport.
Team USA gained the third quarter 26-18 and obtained a bit of lackadaisical in the direction of the top of the fourth quarter and the D’Tigress took management, dominated the match, and gained it 22-11 to slender the successful margin by simply 9 factors.
‘Next Game Will Be Better’
Just final week, in an exhibition recreation in Las Vegas to arrange for the Olympic Games, USA humiliated Nigeria 93-62 factors and D’Tigress coach, Otis Hughley, can use the newest end result to encourage his staff forward of video games in opposition to France and Japan.
At the post-match briefing, Hughley admitted he would have most popular enjoying one other staff within the opening recreation.
“It’s like starting your boxing career and they tell you you’re fighting Muhammad Ali (USA) in his prime. Now that is not something you’re looking for. ‘I want to box, but I don’t want to box that bad’” he mentioned.
Nigeria’s Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, mentioned he was so pleased with the Nigerian women and their efficiency regardless of the end result of the sport.
“I watched the sport from the begin to the top. Every second. I noticed gamers who can struggle, and so they fought.
“From 20 points disadvantage, they climbed back steadily, the height and built of the Americans notwithstanding. The next game will be better. I trust them. Going up against the Americans as they did, our team is good and can be better,” he mentioned.
Nigeria’s D’Tigress will probably be again on the court docket on Friday for his or her second Group B match in opposition to the French staff.