Nigeria women's national basketball team
|FIBA ranking||20 1|
|FIBA zone||FIBA Africa|
|National federation||Nigerian Basketball Federation|
|World Championships for Women|
The Nigeria women's national basketball team, also known as D'Tigers, is the national women's basketball team in Nigeria it is ranked number one in the African continent and in the top 20 in the world.
This is a list of the members of the squad as of the FIBA Africa Championship for Women 2007.
Olayinka Sanni, Mfon Udoka, Mercy Okorie, Ononiwu Chisaokwu, Ekworomadu Joyce, Ugochukwu Oha, Charity Egenti, Sefi Mojidi, Marie Izidor Enjol, Chioma Udeaja, Funmilayo Ojelabi-Ogunleye, and Amaka Adibeli.
Head Coach: Ayo Bakare
Assistant Coaches: Patrick Omo-Osagie and Mfon Udoka
2004 Summer Olympics
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. 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. With this win, they became the first women's African basketball team to win a game at the Olympics.
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.
2006 FIBA World Championship for Women
Nigeria qualified for the 2006 FIBA World Championship by winning the 2005 FIBA Africa Championship for Women. 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.
Team in 2007
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 Cup
Former players and coaches
|Joanne Aluka||5||Forward||United States|
|Juliana Ojoshogu Negedu||7||Guard|
|Ugo Oha||8||Center||United States|
|Sam Vincent (basketball)||Coach|
|Itoro Umoh-Coleman||4||Guard||United States|
*Olympic games attended by the squad indicated in this year.
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