ANTWERP, BELGIUM – The United States defeated Nigeria 100-46 in the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualification Tournament held in Antwerp, making the competition even more exciting.
It was a long way from the epic opening game against Belgium. Instead of a last-minute chip-in to snatch victory from the brink of defeat, the Americans stormed into the game and took a 2-0 lead.
turning point: The second quarter was when America stepped on the gas and hit the floor hard. They posted a strong period, 32-7, dashing Nigeria’s hopes of staying in the contest.
TCL Player of the Game: Sabrina Ionescu is probably the best candidate to play for the U.S. national team, and had a strong performance with nine points, eight assists, and six rebounds. She made America plus-52 in her game.
Statistics don’t lie: The United States came out on top in almost every statistical category, so take your pick. But one of the big contrasting numbers is, of course, the contrast in shooting percentages from downtown, with the U.S. making 15 of 31 while Nigeria made just 2 of 18. .
Conclusion: This turned out to be a mismatch both in quality and depth. Nigeria had hoped to be able to push their opponents hard following their important success on the first day against Senegal, but they were unable to withstand America’s transition and attacking power.
they said: “Tonight was great and we settled in really well. The first group got us going and that set the tone for the rest of the games. Every game was competitive and we We don’t take it lightly. We focus on execution and details. Every game is important. It’s a game where we get better and that’s how we look at it.” Jewel Lloyd, USA Guard
“There were some things we wanted to improve on as we went through this tournament. Just being together every day and trying to expand on what we do. Our guard play was exceptional. (Kelsey) Plumb’s minutes. We were limited, but it was nine games.” Sabrina (Ionescu) also had eight assists. We did a good job communicating.” USA Head Coach Sheryl Reeve
“Against a team like America, you have to be focused from the jump and never slack off. I’m still proud of my girls. We still have a long way to go. There are many things that need to be improved.” Elizabeth Balogun, Nigeria national team player
“It was a tough game. We didn’t do what we wanted. I ask my girls to play with passion and focus and we lacked that. .We came back fighting more in the second half, but at that point it was too late. “ Rene Wakama, head coach of Nigeria national team