Nigeria’s female basketball team, D’Tigress coach, Otis Hughley revealed his unreserved love for his players after a gallant 71-40 loss to the USA.
The smoking hot Americans lost their first ever quarter in 12 years to the determined D’Tigress. The Nigerian girls defeated the U.S in the first quarter 17-9 before losing all others.
Hughley said the girls gave their all and played their very best ever game, as he stated it was the best 31-point loss he has had in his career.
The Nigerisn team also reduced the U.S, defending champions dominance to 9 points in the first quarter, the worst ever tally in the history of the World Cup and Olympics.
“I love these girls. I have two biological daughters and I feel like I have 12 more daughters,” Hughley said during his post-match interview.
“I thought they fought really well in the first half. I think the difference in the game is who shot well. I thought we played exponentially above what we have.
“Our girls dug down until there was nothing left. I’ve never felt so happy after a 31-point loss.”
The defending champions, USA survived a slow start to book a spot in the semi-final with a 31 point win.
It was the Americans’ 20th straight win in FIBA Women’s World Cup and are now at 9,999 points in the history of World Cups.
USA’s Breanna Stewart finished with 19 points, A’Ja Wilson had 11 points in 13 minutes, and Tina Charles got eight points and 15 rebounds.
Ezinne Kalu scored eight points, six assists (a game-high), five steals (game-high), and four 4 rebounds for Nigeria while forward Evelyn Akhator also bagged eight points and five rebounds.